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by 2600htz
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 53
Views: 2135

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Hello It depends on how you use words, but dhamma is the real teaching of the Buddha, while the many kinds of Buddhism are attempts to be as close as possible to that dhamma. Regards. When you say "real teaching", do you mean what is written in the suttas? Hello: Emm by real teaching or dhamma i me...
by 2600htz
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 53
Views: 2135

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Hello

It depends on how you use words, but dhamma is the real teaching of the Buddha, while the many kinds of Buddhism are attempts to be as close as possible to that dhamma.

Regards.
by 2600htz
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 1149
Views: 118341

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Hello Lal: I hope you are doing well with your health issue. I was reading your website because i love the way you write - the abhidhamma section -. There you explain the "nine stages of a citta" (I dont have any abhidhamma background, it never caught my interest, only suttas). It seems the "nine st...
by 2600htz
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do the suttas ever specify...
Replies: 12
Views: 744

Re: Do the suttas ever specify...

Hello:

I think many believe entering a jhana is something like this :rofl:
(just a joke, hope im not offending anyone)

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Regards.
by 2600htz
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Persistent thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 711

Re: Persistent thoughts

:namaste: How do you deal with persistent thoughts, not necessarily during meditation but during regular hours as well? A certain thought pattern keeps surfacing over and over. Do you keep ignoring it? What exactly do you do with such thoughts (not random thoughts)? :anjali: Hello: If a certain tho...
by 2600htz
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth after Heaven/Hell
Replies: 12
Views: 633

Re: Rebirth after Heaven/Hell

What does decide where we get reborn after a lifetime in heaven/hell? Do we make kamma there? Are there any suttas on this? :anjali: Hello: Kamma decides where we get reborn after a lifetime in heaven/hell. We do make kamma there (all living beings, anywhere, make kamma: kamma is action). There are...
by 2600htz
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth after Heaven/Hell
Replies: 12
Views: 633

Re: Rebirth after Heaven/Hell

What does decide where we get reborn after a lifetime in heaven/hell? Do we make kamma there? Are there any suttas on this? :anjali: Hello: Kamma decides where we get reborn after a lifetime in heaven/hell. We do make kamma there (all living beings, anywhere, make kamma: kamma is action). There are...
by 2600htz
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Starving the defilements
Replies: 18
Views: 748

Re: Starving the defilements

Hello:

Yes it can be described that way.
But its more like starving from poisons, and eating only the good stuff.
Not just "don´t do this".

Regards.
by 2600htz
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: recollecting past lives
Replies: 20
Views: 766

Re: recollecting past lives

Hello: It depends on the inclinations of that person and his past merit. Some people seem to remember his past life without doing any meditation, even a couple of lifetimes. But meditators have the potential to remember aeons, even several contractions and expansions of the universe/ millions of lif...
by 2600htz
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1746

Re: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?

Hello: Well according to suttas , the richest man alive doesnt come close to being owner of the "highest merit". People who gave at the time of the Buddha had mostly a rebirth in deva or brahma realms, so it is consistent. Bill Gates might have been a buddhist in the recent past, who knows. People b...
by 2600htz
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does Sotappana assure no lower life?
Replies: 25
Views: 1251

Re: Why does Sotappana assure no lower life?

Hello: A Sotapanna is free from states of woe because he cannot longer commit the six major wrongdoings, but mainly because of being free of false beliefs (niyata micca ditthi). Most people are not going to kill an arahant or their mother in the next couple of rebirths, things a sotapanna cannot lon...
by 2600htz
Fri May 31, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?
Replies: 49
Views: 2170

Re: Who/what is discerning the 5 aggregates?

Hello:

What is discerning the 5 aggregates, the Buddha call it "eye of discernment", or "eye of wisdom".
And that is consciousness without craving, pure cognition. Of course it is not "our true self".

Regards.
by 2600htz
Fri May 31, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 4154

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

Hello: But what is so strange about gods that is hard to believe in them?. What is "so strange" is that there is absolutely no evidence, not a shred of a beginning of an indication that they exist. Only hearsay from millenia ago. So there is no particular reason to "believe in them" (which in itsel...
by 2600htz
Fri May 31, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta quotes to support the idea to live is good
Replies: 21
Views: 947

Re: Sutta quotes to support the idea to live is good

If killing a being in order to avoid him pain is the way to go, then i think half of the murderers would commit no wrong There is a difference between allowing one's dying pet to be put down and killing a game for thrills. Most people can tell the difference. I for one wouldn't lump them together. ...
by 2600htz
Thu May 30, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Historically, why religions prosper?
Replies: 32
Views: 1620

Re: Historically, why religions prosper?

Hello:

A religion is a "set of ideas", and ideas prosper easily, especially if this ideas are mostly dogmas -things that are hard or impossible to question or disprove-. Plus religions have almost the monopoly of the human existence/moral issue, which is a big field in people lifes.

Regards.