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by Akuma
Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6225
Views: 596819

Re: the great rebirth debate

I still don't understand your line of thought. I think you are approaching this with way to much implied baggage. As I see it it doesn't imply that at all. "Birth after death" means to me nothing more than "birth after death" (with "birth" and "death" understood as defined by the Buddha) and this a...
by Akuma
Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where is this quote from?
Replies: 10
Views: 2277

Re: Where is this quote from?

Can anyone here point to a Sutta where this (or something similar) can be found?
This is probably from Thich Nhat Hanh or someone similar. The idea of Indra's Net originated in vedic mythology and was reintroduced in the Avatamsaka Sutra which is a collection of Mahayana Sutras.
by Akuma
Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6225
Views: 596819

Re: the great rebirth debate

PeterB wrote: What if the concept of Arahants ( and the rest of the heirachy of attainment ) is the expression of a poetic ideal rather than an expression of ontological reality ?
What if its true for enlightenment, too?
by Akuma
Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6225
Views: 596819

Re: the great rebirth debate

I really don't see how you come to those odd conclusions and actually I don't understand your post at all. It seems you think it is more than that, then do you have anything to support your view? BTW an arahant is not to be measured in terms of birth and death, birth and death do not apply anymore....
by Akuma
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6225
Views: 596819

Re: the great rebirth debate

What if "rebirth" doesn't mean anything else than there will be birth again after death? Does the Buddha tell us anywhere that there is more to it? This would lead to impossible conclusions. For example a practicioner could only "give" Nirvana, he could only not get children, because in this scenar...
by Akuma
Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6225
Views: 596819

Re: the great rebirth debate

Hello Ancientbuddhism, Of course one may believe what one wants. What I don't approve of is the projecting of one's beliefs onto the Suttas. Many westerners who choose Buddhism to fill a hole in themselves will believe selectively because negative contents of the religion induce fear; in this case ...
by Akuma
Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do Metta, Go to to Hell
Replies: 21
Views: 2922

Re: Do Metta, Go to to Hell

So if a person enjoys doing metta, it is a transformed into a "sin", which will paid for later by going to hell, after they are done with a life deva realm? Going to hell afterwards is said to occur because the beings in heaven eat up much good karma for their existence and dont create much new; fo...
by Akuma
Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: kalamas sutta
Replies: 17
Views: 2157

Re: kalamas sutta

Hi everyone, what is your understanding on the kalamas sutra where buddha says not to believe in anything if it harmful. i see a lot people saying "buddha said do whatever agrees with reason, common sense and is conducive to the welfare for all". but i also see people saying, "dont go by specious r...
by Akuma
Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhaghosa on Visuddhimagga. Did he believe in it?
Replies: 23
Views: 3518

Re: Buddhaghosa on Visuddhimagga. Did he believe in it?

In the last page of Visuddhimagga ( in Sinhalese edition ) there is this: By the performance of such merit As has been gained by me through this And any other still in hand So may I in my next becoming Behold the joys of Tavatimsa, Glad in the qualities of virtue And unattached to sense desires. By...
by Akuma
Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sarvastivada!
Replies: 19
Views: 4541

Re: Sarvastivada!

Apparently, for you, Sarvastivada commentary can answer questions the Suttas cannot, and apparently the Suttas on their own don't have, for you, the designation "useable". Do I misunderstand? You do. Im giving credit to the schools like Sarvastivada for example to systematize the teachings in the s...
by Akuma
Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sarvastivada!
Replies: 19
Views: 4541

Re: Sarvastivada!

If anyone is interested to read this long article on Sarvastivada http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-ADM/bastow.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Any comments about it? They do seem to have their reasons for asserting what they do. Been a while since I read that. I'm from time to t...
by Akuma
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Buddhism vs Internal Family Systems Model
Replies: 0
Views: 871

Buddhism vs Internal Family Systems Model

Has anyone experience with using the IFS therapy system without (explicit) use of the Self-concept? Would / does it work? Are there drawbacks or advantages to such an approach?
by Akuma
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sarvastivada!
Replies: 19
Views: 4541

Re: Sarvastivada!

tilt wrote: The interesting this, is what do actual Sarvastivadin texts say as opposed to what the Tibetan Tenet systems says.
Im not sure I understand what you mean. Samghabhadra was a kashmirian Sarvastivada / Vaibashika master.
by Akuma
Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:16 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sarvastivada!
Replies: 19
Views: 4541

Re: Sarvastivada!

Harvey characterizes the Theravadin position, page 87: "'They are dhammas because they uphold their own nature [sabhaava]. They are dhammas because they are upheld by conditions or they are upheld according to their own nature' (Asl.39). Here 'own-nature' [sabhava] would mean characteristic nature,...
by Akuma
Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sarvastivada!
Replies: 19
Views: 4541

Re: Sarvastivada!

To enhance the answer to the second question -> 1.) two thoughts cant be conascent and a thought or thought-concomitant cant know itself. its said in the sutra that a person can witness the craving in his mind etc. when one is making the observation the observing thought and the craving (the thought...