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by Richard
Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Ven Bodhi's "A Course in the Pali Language"
Replies: 8
Views: 2294

Re: Ven Bodhi's "A Course in the Pali Language"

I listened to this course up through Lecture 16, but have since been going through the book on my own. The class sessions seemed to be getting very slow-paced, with questions and discussions that were difficult to hear. I appreciated hearing the pronunciation and learning some grammar points, but wh...
by Richard
Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Jara Sutta
Replies: 3
Views: 1275

Re: Jara Sutta

This sutta speaks of the sufferings of old age and death as a way of urging people to join the monastic life. But I think that household life is an excellent place to reflect on getting older. I now have a grandchild, and she is beautiful to see, but also reminds me that I will be around for only a ...
by Richard
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Paramatthaka Sutta
Replies: 5
Views: 1396

Re: Paramatthaka Sutta

This sutta can be used to raise a question: what is the difference between being entrenched in views, as described here, and following "right view"? Everyone needs a viewpoint to work with, but it's easy to start thinking that holding certain views is the most important thing. But the only true "Sup...
by Richard
Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Suddhatthaka Sutta
Replies: 1
Views: 699

Re: Suddhatthaka Sutta

As the Notes indicate, the opening verse seems to refer to a belief that still persists: that merely gazing upon a guru, or a divine image, will guarantee spiritual progress. Such a practice, "in connection with what is seen," is ineffective and potentially enslaving. There are other suttas, I belie...
by Richard
Wed May 26, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Dutthatthaka Sutta
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Re: Dutthatthaka Sutta

As many here will know, the most detailed account of all the entrenched positions from which people in the Buddha's time were disputing is in DN 1, the Brahmajala Sutta. Those of us who have studied Western philosophy are also well acquainted with how much ego and prejudice is involved in all the en...
by Richard
Sat May 22, 2010 12:50 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Guhatthaka Sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: Guhatthaka Sutta

I am surprised there has been no comment on this sutta for the whole past week. Are we having trouble with its attitude toward all those who are "floundering around, immersed in craving"? I live in a city where it's not hard to see people whose lives are wrecked by drug and alcohol addiction. I can'...
by Richard
Mon May 17, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Why learn Pali?
Replies: 48
Views: 10174

Re: Why learn Pali?

I can only give personal reasons for why I study Pali, as I have doing on my own for the last 6 years or so. I once studied a good deal of Latin, and now enjoy learning a language that has a very similar grammatical structure. I think the best reason to learn any language is to be able to read the g...
by Richard
Wed May 12, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Kama Sutta
Replies: 10
Views: 1881

Re: Kama Sutta

Should we regard this sutta as addressed primarily to monks, or equally to everyone? I ask this because there are other suttas such as AN VIII, 54 where a wealthy layman approaches the Buddha and says, " We are laypeople who enjoy sensual pleasures, dwelling at home in a house crowded with children,...
by Richard
Thu May 06, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Layman Arahant
Replies: 45
Views: 8185

Re: Layman Arahant

In a footnote to his essay, "The Jhanas and the Lay Disciples according to the Pali Suttas," Bhikkhu Bodhi says, "The question of lay arahantship is a vexed one. While the texts record several cases of lay people who attained arahantship, immediately afterwards they either take ordination or expire....
by Richard
Wed May 05, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Dvayatanupassana Sutta
Replies: 3
Views: 636

Re: Dvayatanupassana Sutta

I have never studied this sutta before, and at first glance it seems a bit intimidating because the method of presentation is unusual. But the basic strategy is just to see the path as "dual," that is two-sided, consisting of the origin of suffering and its cessation. This duality is then seen from ...
by Richard
Mon May 03, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello All
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Hello All

My name is Richard and I am glad to discover this forum. It has been almost 20 years since I began to think of myself as a Buddhist, studying all the major schools before finally settling on Theravada as my practice. I live in a city with no Theravada community, so I just study Pali and read the sut...