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by green
Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: metta as my main practice
Replies: 54
Views: 8836

Re: metta as my main practice

Hi Green, non-Buddhists can try to do metta all they want and go hug the hugging ma and other wierd things-- they won't be able to succeed in practicing real metta. I don't think this opinion is supported in the Suttas. In the Assalāyana Sutta (MN. 93) the Buddha has the following exchange with an ...
by green
Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pali Canon - can it be attributed back to the Buddha?
Replies: 37
Views: 6556

Re: Pali Canon - can it be attributed back to the Buddha?

If the Pali canon does not come from the Buddha -- it sure comes from a genius -- and that genius can only be the Supreme Buddha. It is perfect in it's understanding of the mind and perfect in it's reasoning and execution. The Pali Canon seems as if it has no certain order to an undeveloped mind--an...
by green
Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gods in the Canon
Replies: 16
Views: 2766

Re: Gods in the Canon

Couldn't quite deside where to put this so sorry if it is in the wrong place! I know there is mention of what the Buddha considdered a Brahman, and Monk, to be but is there any mention in the suttas of what he considered to be a god? Thanks in advance Manapa I agree with clw_uk, be very careful wit...
by green
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:43 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Controversial Theravada traditions?
Replies: 27
Views: 8140

Re: Controversial Theravada traditions?

I don't mean to break any rules of the TOS, so if I am moderators please close this thread. I am considering attending Theravada centers in my area. Are there any Theravada traditions that might be considered controversial, or even cults? I made this mistake with Tibetan Buddhism, and I don't want ...
by green
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 102140

Re: Dhamma book written by arahat?

To put Daniel Ingram's utterances into perspective: it is like a Christian saying that the Bible is nonsense, or like a Muslim saying that the Koran is nonsense. Such an assertion would make it clear that the speaker belonged to neither religion. I think that just letting your mind wander where it ...
by green
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 102140

Re: Dhamma book written by arahat?

It seems to me, through my own inconsequential experience, but also the experiences of other people who have walked on the path, is that humility seems to be a bi-product of progress. I agree. I think the reason the Buddha mentions that he is fully awakened is because the Dhamma had died-out and he...
by green
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: metta as my main practice
Replies: 54
Views: 8836

Re: metta as my main practice

non-Buddhists can try to do metta all they want and go hug the hugging ma and other wierd things-- they won't be able to succeed in practicing real metta. Metta is radiation of good will through the Triple Gem, it is a love of all beings as no different from yourself. The Triple Gem makes one actual...
by green
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:07 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 8728

Re: Tantra

Regarding the supposed great differences between Theravada and Mahayana, here's what Ven Dr Walpola Rahula whom I guess many here would know, has to say: I have studied Mahayana for many years and the more I study it, the more I find there is hardly any difference between Theravada and Mahayana wit...
by green
Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 8728

Re: Tantra

In this sutta the Buddha inflames the passions of the Bikkhu Nanda by showing him 500 extremely sexy Nymphs. Then he informes Nanda that these Nymphs can be had by him. Nanda then says he will follow the Buddha because the Buddha has guaranteed that Nanda will have these sexy Nymphs. Then in the co...
by green
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditating with the Flu
Replies: 19
Views: 3723

Re: Meditating with the Flu

AHA! So there is a weakness to singularly practicing anapansati compared to the themed meditation -- my favorite is Buddha anusati ...it is perfect for any time of illness. When I had the flu -- I generally stopped breath focusing when sick-- it is painful since your lungs are directly affected, bes...
by green
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 8728

Re: Tantra

I agree with with many of the Theravadins in that modern Mahayana and Vajrayana are grossly lacking in basic understanding of the 4 Noble Truths -- and are given this mantra or that mantra and empowerments without even understanding basic meditation and that precepts are mandatory in one's practice....
by green
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism
Replies: 27
Views: 4255

Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Yes, there are some differences, but is that what it's really about? What is it really about? Many believe beginners to Buddhism must be indoctrinated with the doctrine of rebirth. My personal opinion is that this indoctrination has got to stop. Many westerns (including myself) find the whole notio...
by green
Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 8728

Re: Tantra

The writings of Theravada are meant for one thing -- getting one into right view and advancing one towards stream entry and eventually Arahanthood. Theravada establishes one in conviction like nothing else. The exposition is so precise, that all other doctrines pale in comparison. ONE MUST HAVE A ST...
by green
Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:58 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism and Science
Replies: 19
Views: 2999

Re: Buddhism and Science

Two very different forms of knowing.

All knowledge is compatible for the knowledgeable -- it's those who are ignorant and assume there can only be one valid way of knowing and not others is when we have a problem.
by green
Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Women can be Buddha
Replies: 41
Views: 7100

Re: Women can be Buddha

There was a topic here somewhere about women being Buddhas or not. Woman can be Buddha and if who you call "the buddha" has said that woman can not be buddha then he himself was not a buddha. how can an enlightened spirit, man or woman, leave his wife and his son behind and still be considered a Bu...