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by Aloka
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I chose where I want to be reborn?
Replies: 17
Views: 404

Re: Can I chose where I want to be reborn?

Can I chose where I want to be reborn?
For instance, if I want to be reborn as a prince in the Buckingham Palace in London, can I do it?
Isn't this similar to the idea of Tibetan Buddhist reincarnation and "reincarnate lamas" ?


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by Aloka
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings
Replies: 143
Views: 6228

Re: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings

. Something it might be worthwhile to contemplate, when one gets caught up in many pages of postings on the internet: “The intellect’s not yours: Let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your long-term happiness & benefit. Ideas are not yours… Intellect-consciousness isn’t yours… Intellect-co...
by Aloka
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Practices for realising anatta
Replies: 10
Views: 212

Re: Practices for realising anatta

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Anatta - a dhamma talk given by Ajahn Amaro at Amaravati Monastery.


https://www.amaravati.org/audio/anatta/


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by Aloka
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings
Replies: 143
Views: 6228

Re: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings

. from "Emptiness" by Ven,Buddhadasa: If we enquire which of the Buddha's utterances dealing with this matter can be taken as authoritative statements we will find in many places the Buddha taught us to know how to look on the world as being empty, as in the phrase "Sunnato lokam avekkhassu mogharaj...
by Aloka
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 139
Views: 3525

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

Will wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:14 pm

Great little book called The Island which is full of Buddha's teachings on Nirvana, with many synonyms & definitions.
Here's a link to the PDF:

https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-books/the-island/



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by Aloka
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings
Replies: 143
Views: 6228

Re: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings

. Sounds like ... Connections to other paths #0003 zen, voideness, emptiness Excerpt from SN 22.95 : Phena Sutta : Foam Form is like a glob of foam; feeling, a bubble; perception, a mirage; fabrications, a banana tree; consciousness, a magic trick — this has been taught by the Kinsman of the Sun. Ho...
by Aloka
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings
Replies: 143
Views: 6228

Re: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings

I have great respect for Ajahn Buddhadasa. I've listened to all the talks I could find and read many of his books. He played an essential role in developing my practice. That being said, I'm not threatened when it gets pointed out that he held views contradictory to the suttas regarding other relig...
by Aloka
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings
Replies: 143
Views: 6228

Re: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings

Sounds like ... Connections to other paths #0001 Zen, social activism, bodhisattva, & ven. Buddhadasa Philosophy East and West, Vol. 61, No. 1 (JANUARY 2011), pp. 221-231 Buddhadasa's use of his Zen-inspired idea of chit wang or void mind as the basis for social activism thus leads to his view that...
by Aloka
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings
Replies: 143
Views: 6228

Re: Quibble on Buddhadasa's teachings

And, yet, the duo of you, my friends, unitedly quoting each other, have successfully managed to make me feel very amused, and of course, I don't consider DW as a bullying ground upon Theravada by gangs, yet. Thanks a lot for making my day, my teacher DD & friend Aloka. This was a discussion, and th...
by Aloka
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why are we attached to the world?
Replies: 23
Views: 395

Re: Why are we attached to the world?

we theravadans are, fortunately, not interested in such "many explanations" (which unfortunately include the passages quoted that can be explained more clearly by any kid taking AP psychology in high schools on Freud's "id/ego/superego" among others things.) What we need is explanations in the ligh...
by Aloka
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why are we attached to the world?
Replies: 23
Views: 395

Re: Why are we attached to the world?

Greetings Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta, No one is saying you need be enamored with Bhikkhu Buddhadasa or his perspectives, but if you could at least criticize his ideas, rather than smear his reputation, then your arguments may be more effective and may actually be on-topic. :thanks: Metta, Paul. :) Well sa...
by Aloka
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6116
Views: 551266

Re: the great rebirth debate

I think that this quote from Ajahn Dune Atulo is helpful: ONLY PRACTICE CAN RESOLVE DOUBT When people asked Luang Pu about death and rebirth, or about past and future lives, he was never interested in answering. Or if some people argued that they didn't believe that heaven or hell really existed, he...
by Aloka
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: to whom theravada buddhists pray?
Replies: 11
Views: 262

Re: to whom theravada buddhists pray?

I mean in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, Buddha is almost treated as Brahman/The One/Higher Consciousness that is you can pray to for anything. In my own experience of offline Vajrayana practices, people usually prayed to specific peaceful and wrathful deities , or "all the Buddhas and Bodhisattv...
by Aloka
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life is wild,scary and alluring. How to deal with it
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Life is wild,scary and alluring. How to deal with it

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Hello newbee,

Have you tried meditating?

Here's a 5 minute introduction (1) and the rest of the series of short Buddhist Meditation instruction videos can be found on YouTube.



Hope that helps.

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by Aloka
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 139
Views: 3525

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

I've heard that there are several people claiming to be arahants at the Dharma Overground forum - including the owner of the website.

https://www.dharmaoverground.org/discus ... ge/8118376

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