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by Aloka
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Rai from UK
Replies: 11
Views: 558

Re: Rai from UK

Welcome Rai :hello:

I'm from the UK too.


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by Aloka
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 87
Views: 3139

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:53 pm
Alan Watts gives a brief description of Tantra.
It appears he followed the same path.
Alan Watts also appeared to follow the path of alcoholism.

:shrug:

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by Aloka
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 67
Views: 3597

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

There's a section on "Non-Dualism" in Ajahn Sumedho's little book "The Way it is" which was written in the 1980's : NON-DUALISM "The significant offering of the Buddhist teaching lies in what we call non-dualism. Its the 'neithernor' approach to philosophical questions. Monistic religion tends to ta...
by Aloka
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

Welcome, JoyCatherine :hello:

With metta,

Aloka :anjali:
by Aloka
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 5155

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

. ...and now for a short intermission...This is an excellent talk I attended a number of years ago at Amaravati Monastery. Its Ajahn Sumedho with "Who Needs Enlightenment When I Have My Opinions?" Well worth listening to and hopefully not the subject of more dissatisfaction and disagreement! To quot...
by Aloka
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 68
Views: 2637

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

The smart Mahayana practicioners I know have given up this practice and instead refer to Theravada as Southern Buddhism now. Personally, I just call it Theravada. Yes, I don't know of any Mahayana/Vajrayana practioners who refer to Theravada as "Southern Buddhism". Maybe its different in the USA. .
by Aloka
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?

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Regarding heart/mind, the translation of "citta" at the ATI website is :
citta: Mind; heart; state of consciousness.
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/glossary.html#c


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by Aloka
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 1333

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

OK - but personally I don't believe in omniscience, or the 32 marks and other myths which appear to elevate the Buddha to a kind of Superman with a weird appearance.


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by Aloka
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 1333

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Milindapanha: from Sutta Central: The Milindapañha or “Questions of King Milinda” records a series of discussions on points of Dhamma between the monk Nāgasena and the Greek king known as in Pali as Milinda. He is usually identified with Menander I Soter, who ruled an Indo-Greek kingdom from his ca...
by Aloka
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 1333

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

And yet the Theravada acknowledges the omniscience of the historical Buddha, right? It might be worth reading "The Buddha and Omniscience " by Bhikkhu Analayo. Here are 2 excerpts: in the Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta the Buddha was asked whether he claimed omniscience himself. In reply, the Buddha quit...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 1333

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Zom wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:43 pm
That Buddha is God? -) Well.... okay 8-)
No.


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by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 1333

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Believe me, I read enough. And don't forget that all mahayanic texts are considered true and correct by mahayanists - there is no such thing that some mayahanic groups don't accept certain scriptures. Mahayana is all-inclusive religion (and for this reason it has a number of inner contradictions). ...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 1333

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Zom wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:54 pm
Short answer: in Mahayana Buddha is a God.
Source, please?

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by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shambhala international
Replies: 21
Views: 1374

Re: Shambhala international

LuisR wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:48 pm
That is rather unfortunate. Pema Chodrons writings are pretty good. I was given a book written by her not long ago. I like her writing style.
Sure, Pema Chodron writes some sensible advice for beginners. She was previously a student of Chogyam Trungpa and she's a nun who keeps her precepts.
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shambhala international
Replies: 21
Views: 1374

Re: Shambhala international

No, I don't live in the USA - but I noticed this newspaper article about them recently: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/buddhist-group-admits-sexual-abuse-by-teachers Somehow I don't feel comfortable with the idea of a Buddhist organisation with its own "king" and "queen" of a mythical...