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by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 4974

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Dear friends, any Buddhist should wise enough to understand that these east-west things are generalizations mainly considering the majority.
If someone fails to understand even such a thing, means that he is in a hurry.
by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 4974

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

You Westerners are generally in a hurry; therefore, you will have greater extremes of happiness, suffering, and defilement. If you practice correctly, the fact that you have to deal with many problems can be a source of deep wisdom later on . Ajahn_Chah_A_Still_Forest_Pool The above is merely a gen...
by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 4974

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

You Westerners are generally in a hurry; therefore, you will have greater extremes of happiness, suffering, and defilement. If you practice correctly, the fact that you have to deal with many problems can be a source of deep wisdom later on.
Ajahn_Chah_A_Still_Forest_Pool
by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trusting Precedence of Texts
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: Trusting Precedence of Texts

Dhamma is mainly the Buddha Vacana If the above was true, why are the warnings in the suttas about false teachings? Warnings are there for thinking before someone grasp later additions and modern criticisms. In reality, the only way to know if something is truly Buddha Vacana is by verification by ...
by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trusting Precedence of Texts
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: Trusting Precedence of Texts

I think it is best to always keep the basic Dhamma refuge in mind, namely, sanditthiko akaliko ehipassiko opanayiko paccattam vedittabbo vinnuhiti . Dhamma is mainly the Buddha Vacana, though someone can't read and understand. When someone needs to clarify something, he should have to consider trus...
by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?
Replies: 25
Views: 1507

Re: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?

A Western psychiatrist who had ordained as a monk had to learn this lesson. He asked permission to stay at WatBa Pong for the three-month rains retreat in order to have a master under whom he could really practice meditation. Several days later, when Achaan Chah announced to the assembled monks tha...
by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 4974

Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Ajahn_Chah: A_Still_Forest_Pool You would discover that many Westerners had come before you. Since 1965 hundreds of Europeans and Americans like you have come to visit and learn in the forest. Some came to study for short periods and then returned home to integrate what they learned into their hous...
by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trusting Precedence of Texts
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: Trusting Precedence of Texts

That's probably because the suttas are often obscure to new readers, in difficult language, dreadfully repetitive, and expensive to access in a paper book. This is the point where we need effort. But modern commentaries, what you call Attanomati, are written in modern language that we can easily gr...
by thang
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trusting Precedence of Texts
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Trusting Precedence of Texts

The generally accepted criteria for trusting precedence of teachings is as follows. 1. Sutta (suttas and vinaya) 2. Suttanuloma (facts in accordance with sutta and vinaya) 3. Acariyavada (old commentaries and teacher's tradition) 4. Attanomati (modern commentaries, views and our own view) Modern day...
by thang
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Forgotten Ajahn Puth Thaniyo's Teachings
Replies: 0
Views: 1106

Forgotten Ajahn Puth Thaniyo's Teachings

He was a student of Ajahn Sao who is a teacher of Ajahn Mun. Now let us talk about meditation practice. The activity of practising meditation includes both samatha, calm, and vipassana, insight meditation. You have probably heard and read a great deal on meditation practice, but some of you may be w...
by thang
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1146
Views: 117484

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

General opinion of the majority of Sri Lankan Sangha is this: (As I have heard) 1. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara 2. Meevanapalane Siri Saddhammalankara 3. Walasmulle Abhaya 4. Pitiduve Siridhamma/ Siri Samanta Bhadra "Above mentioned monks are cunning or have miccaditti. They are disobedient to the s...
by thang
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: what 'dhamma' is exactly in vaya-dhamma?
Replies: 7
Views: 1384

Re: what 'dhamma' is exactly in vaya-dhamma?

‘vaya-dhammā saṅkhārā, appamādena sampādethā For starters Dhammā is plural nominative correct? second question, is sampadetha (accomplish) referring back to the previous sentence or an unnamed object? I interpret sampadetha here as meaning one should accomplish the noble eightfold path [as the unna...
by thang
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Bhante Ñāṇavimala : the Mahā Kassapa of this age
Replies: 21
Views: 3385

Re: Bhante Ñāṇavimala : the Mahā Kassapa of this age

Bhante's Advice Learn to live in the present. Making plans troubles the mind. Live with whatever arises. Turn away from everything. Develop nibbidā (dispassion) from day to day – we have to develop this from the beginning – to learn to delight in solitude – if one is to die alone, one has to learn ...
by thang
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Developing Nimittas as in Visuddhimagga ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1564

Developing Nimittas as in Visuddhimagga ?

Highly regarded venerable Nyanavimla advices not to develop nimittas as the Visuddhimagga says. But some traditions like Pa auk advice to do. Confusing ... Everything is affliction and one has to learn to delight in nothing. But in the beginning one has to delight in one’s meditation, being wary of ...
by thang
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Bhante Ñāṇavimala : the Mahā Kassapa of this age
Replies: 21
Views: 3385

Re: Bhante Ñāṇavimala : the Mahā Kassapa of this age

He sounds amazing. Are there any collected teachings or dhamma talks from him? His short teachings are published in the same site under the topic Bhante's Advice . First two paragraphs are quoted below. The Buddha-dhamma (teaching of the Awakened One) is different to the Hindu system which builds u...