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by DNS
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1869

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

The suttas are permeated throughout with discussion of rebirth and what leads to the end of rebirth. " He recalls to mind his various temporary states in days gone by; one birth, or two or three or four or five births, 10 or 20, 30 or 50, a 100 or a 1,000 or a 100,000 births, through many cycles of ...
by DNS
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5830

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

Buddha was an atheist The Thirty-one Planes of Existence Buddhism, like Jainism might be more appropriately called Transtheism . It is beyond the theism or atheism of discussing an all-powerful Creator-God. There are impermanent deva gods, but not the traditional Creator-God found in other religions.
by DNS
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 3059

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

As I look at the Waharaka thread, I see numerous people challenging and refuting Waharaka's and Lal's views. And that is fine. Why censor their views? Allow it to stand in the marketplace of ideas and have it put for challenge, which is what happened. If we start censoring what is true Dhamma and wh...
by DNS
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 103
Views: 2931

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

How about Buddhism? all we have is the Buddha's advice in AN 4.192 . And that's still pretty good advice. As the saying goes, "don't meet your heroes" (because you'll be disappointed). I knew a person who followed a new age guru for about 25 years, writing back and forth, continual contact, then on...
by DNS
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 103
Views: 2931

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

The modern trend of making noble states virtually an impossible state to attain, is mistaken, imo. I feel that the modern trend is actually quite the opposite: nowadays jhānas, magga-phalas or at least some vipassana ñāņas are attained during a weekend retreat. I would say it is safer to be overly ...
by DNS
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 1527

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

The Buddha was not a materialist, nor a nihilist. It is wrong view to say that since the self is material, composed of the four great elements, the product of mother and father, at the breaking-up of the body it is annihilated and perishes, and does not exist after death. DN 1 "He has wrong view, is...
by DNS
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 103
Views: 2931

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

She couldn't eat due to her depression. She wasn't trying to starve to death. It's interesting that she was a sakadagami and had depression. A modern trend found in some Buddhists is the "arahantification of sotapannas" believing sotapannas are almost on a par with arahants and here is the report o...
by DNS
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Physical posture during seated meditation
Replies: 16
Views: 965

Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

Lotus positions are good because they provide the best balance, but as Sam Vara noted, it shouldn't be at the expense of your health or injury. Choose a comfortable position. In the past when I'd give some meditation instructions at IRL groups, I'd always remind the group how mindfulness is supposed...
by DNS
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 103
Views: 2931

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

voluntary starvation She couldn't eat due to her depression. She wasn't trying to starve to death. It's interesting that she was a sakadagami and had depression. A modern trend found in some Buddhists is the "arahantification of sotapannas" believing sotapannas are almost on a par with arahants and...
by DNS
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?
Replies: 22
Views: 476

Re: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:57 am
Nibbana
What about the person who got the controller in his hand?
Perhaps the 5 aggregates? Edit, the aggregates are the image on the screen. It's an analogy, not a literal representation. :tongue:
by DNS
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?
Replies: 22
Views: 476

Re: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?

Are you running out of questions Sarath? :lol: I like analogies, some good ones by budo and whynotme. Rebirth is like a television. The remote control is kamma. The remote controls which channel is on. One moment you're Miami Vice . . . another time you're the weatherman on Groundhog Day . . . anot...
by DNS
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?
Replies: 22
Views: 476

Re: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?

Are you running out of questions Sarath? :lol: I like analogies, some good ones by budo and whynotme. Rebirth is like a television. The remote control is kamma. The remote controls which channel is on. One moment you're Miami Vice . . . another time you're the weatherman on Groundhog Day . . . anot...
by DNS
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if?
Replies: 12
Views: 314

Re: What if?

budo wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:11 pm
DNS wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:56 pm
It's already happened, several times, here is just one of many examples:
Although I would add that these teachings can fill in details to Buddhist meditation.
:thumbsup: Yes, certainly the other Dharmic paths are at least very good for Samadhi, imo. And probably Sila too.
by DNS
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if?
Replies: 12
Views: 314

Re: What if?

It's already happened, several times, here is just one of many examples:

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by DNS
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from New Zealand :)
Replies: 9
Views: 633

Re: Hello from New Zealand :)

Welcome to DW!