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by Aloka
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6745
Views: 662814

Re: the great rebirth debate

There was still suffering when the Buddha was alive. It’s only at his death did all suffering cease. Physical pain was no longer a source of dukkha for him. In MN53 the Buddha said to Ananda: "My back aches. I will rest it." If he wasn't suffering with pain from the backache , he wouldn't have need...
by Aloka
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 2187

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

MettaDevPrac wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:11 am
Why do we often fail to consider sexual conduct the same way?
Because most men are obsessed with it in one way or another. They either preach its the work of Mara or the Devil, or wallow in lasciviousness ....and sometimes both!


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by Aloka
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6745
Views: 662814

Re: the great rebirth debate

AlexBrains92 wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:08 am

Although I don't believe (because it's a matter of belief) in literal rebirth, I still have the motivation to behave morally and to end suffering in life.
No need to fear a bad rebirth, because kamma is already experienced moment by moment.

Well said. :anjali:
by Aloka
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good for Your Soul
Replies: 30
Views: 981

Re: Good for Your Soul

Yes indeed, on to other things which are good for your soul like this feel good video: chownah "Yeah, I'm a soul man, yes I am!" Apparently there was also a film in the USA in the 1980's called "Soul Man" but I don't think it was about Sam and Dave.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Man_(film) .
by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 2187

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

Ceisiwr wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:24 pm
Aloka wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:29 am
Ceisiwr wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:07 am


It is important to seek the advice of the wise.
All very well in theory, but it seems increasingly difficult to find and communicate with any living people who are truly "wise" these days!

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I had in mind the suttas themselves and the commentaries.
Oh, okey dokey, my mistake!

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by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good for Your Soul
Replies: 30
Views: 981

Re: Good for Your Soul

no soul & no self are misguided translations Whatever, to put it quite simply, having a "soul" is a Christian belief. the issue isn't belief… This Dhamma that I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, to-be-experienced by the w...
by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good for Your Soul
Replies: 30
Views: 981

Re: Good for Your Soul

cappuccino wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:57 pm


no soul & no self are misguided translations


On Self, No Self, and Not-self
Whatever, to put it quite simply, having a "soul" is a Christian belief.

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by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good for Your Soul
Replies: 30
Views: 981

Re: Good for Your Soul

The Buddha countered all soul-theory and soul-speculation with His Anatta doctrine. Anatta is translated under various labels: No-soul, No-self, egolessness, and soullessness. To understand the Anatta doctrine, one must understand that the eternal soul theory _ 'I have a soul' _ and the material th...
by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 2187

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

As I've quoted the Agganna sutta , and this is the Classical Theravada forum, the view is that of the Agganna sutta, which means human is in no way die out because of the lack of sexual acts, sex is immoral in the first place. And your hypothesis is just impossible to happen, so it's a useless and ...
by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 2187

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

Is the classical Theravadin view that all sexually activity is rooted in lust and so is unwholesome? Does it matter what the view of someone else is? Go into your own experience, there you will find if a sexual act is unwholesome or wholesome. It is important to seek the advice of the wise. All ver...
by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: You can not attain Jhana at home!!
Replies: 24
Views: 1328

Re: You can not attain Jhana at home!!

SteRo wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:47 pm
That's really a nonsensical title.

Life itself can be nonsensical sometimes!


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by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good for Your Soul
Replies: 30
Views: 981

Re: Good for Your Soul

salayatananirodha wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:38 am
soul is not a buddhist teaching
Thanks for reminding us!

:twothumbsup:

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by Aloka
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 2187

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

Yes, sex is always immoral, unskillful and unwholesome and is the great obstacle to the Path. Whoever defend for sexual acts is doing so based on their own defilement, is either insufficient in regard to Dhamma knowledge or deliberately misrepresent the Buddha's teaching to justify for their impuri...
by Aloka
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Emptiness or shunyata meditation instruction
Replies: 39
Views: 1229

Re: Emptiness or shunyata meditation instruction

Step by step emptiness meditation instruction that leads to awareness just there..... I don't know about that, I'm not a meditation teacher. However, if you can find a quiet place to sit, (in the open air is good)... and just relax, ....relax completely.. and gently let go of conceptual thoughts, y...
by Aloka
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good for Your Soul
Replies: 30
Views: 981

Re: Good for Your Soul

cappuccino wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:35 pm
the quotes can be evaluated by thinking people

intelligent people can come to the right conclusion
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:hello: Bye!

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