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by green
Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Tathāgata
Replies: 22
Views: 7592

Re: Tathāgata

There are many other terms to describe it, e.g. Buddha-nature, Self-nature Pure Mind, Dharmakaya (Dharma Body), Tathagata-garbha (Buddha-treasury), Reality (real mark), Dharma Realm, Dharma Nature, the Complete and Perfect real nature, etc. In the Classical Forum please limit discussion to Theravad...
by green
Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why is Buddhist Faith not blind?
Replies: 101
Views: 9290

Re: Why is Buddhist Faith not blind?

Yet, proof of the existence of Nibbana (for a non-Ariya) has not been forthcoming... Yes but you can see and understand aspects of what it means in this life, heaven and god etc are just speculation Metta The question is, does everything need to be verified before it is believed? Faith is simply tr...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Tathāgata
Replies: 22
Views: 7592

Re: Tathāgata

In his translation and commentary on the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (see http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.011.harv.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;), Dr Peter Harvey discusses Tathāgata as follows: One Who Moves in Reality : Tathāgata is a term for a Buddha. ...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Tathāgata
Replies: 22
Views: 7592

Re: Tathāgata

Here is a further exposition of the meaning of the Tathagatha from the Aganna sutta, DN: Yassa kho panassa, vāseṭṭha, tathāgate saddhā niviṭṭhā mūlajātā patiṭṭhitā daḷhā asaṃhāriyā samaṇena vā brāhmaṇena vā devena vā mārena vā brahmunā vā kenaci vā lokasmiṃ, tassetaṃ kallaṃ vacanāya – ‘bhagavatomhi...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514267

Re: Buddhist Rebirth Refuted?

So you are seeing scientific "facts" are obvious? That's a fallacy, since it requires science education. I doubt the average person can "just do a test to see molecules" No but they have more weight behind them, the facts are easily to access and the maths is there if you really want to discover fo...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Tathāgata
Replies: 22
Views: 7592

Re: Tathāgata

Here is a further exposition of the meaning of the Tathagatha from the Aganna sutta, DN: Yassa kho panassa, vāseṭṭha, tathāgate saddhā niviṭṭhā mūlajātā patiṭṭhitā daḷhā asaṃhāriyā samaṇena vā brāhmaṇena vā devena vā mārena vā brahmunā vā kenaci vā lokasmiṃ, tassetaṃ kallaṃ vacanāya – ‘bhagavatomhi ...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Slumdog Millionaire
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Re: Slumdog Millionaire

I went into the movie thinking it's one of those overhyped movies, I've liked very few oscar movies. It was a juxtaposition of modern cruel realities with old time values and innocent romance, with adorable children from the slums who can really act, and an unlikely hero that you end up rooting for ...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why is Buddhist Faith not blind?
Replies: 101
Views: 9290

Re: Why is Buddhist Faith not blind?

I will leave you all to simply speculate (please, please don't waste your time) how it is that I can have an absolute faith in the BuddhaDhamma and unswerving commitment to it while at the same time maintaining a personal relationship to Jesus Christ and an unabashed acknowledgement of God Almighty...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?
Replies: 36
Views: 6121

Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Lokdhatu is quite confusing however, Buddha quite clearly defines what constitutes "the world" http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.082.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Then a certain monk went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat ...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514267

Re: Buddhist Rebirth Refuted?

Can you see atoms and molecules to prove they are real? There is a difference, mostly that these are now easy to test and find, devas arent If you don't understand these scientific proofs, then isn't the average person relying on scientists out of faith? Yes but you can easily access the material t...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514267

Re: Buddhist Rebirth Refuted?

with things like devas and things is that it is a faith where you can never have your doubts resolved. You know this how? Peter, come on. Are you actually suggesting that devas are real? I mean, be perfectly honest, do you even know what a deva looks like let alone find one, photograph one and scie...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:44 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Collective Kamma
Replies: 16
Views: 2555

Re: Collective Kamma

Actually there was a Sutta in which when a priest asks whether or not there is individual karma or collective karma -- Buddha states that it is an incorrect question and states the Patitya samutpada. So Buddha refrains from talking about Karma (collective or individual) and only speaks of karma in t...
by green
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why is Buddhist Faith not blind?
Replies: 101
Views: 9290

Re: Why is Buddhist Faith not blind?

I wasn't a Buddhist, but after studying what Buddha taught in the Tipitika and doing an honest study of other religions, I became compelled to ask these questions honestly : 1)Can anyone say the Bible, the Gita or the Koran has something with as much clarity and understanding of development of the m...
by green
Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514267

Re: Buddhist Rebirth Refuted?

An Arahant would guide one to the Patitya samutpada in any question related to rebirth. Buddha's Dhamma is well expounded --i.e. well explained. An Arahant has a job to make sure one gains right view and gains a mastery of the Dhamma. What Buddha discovered and guides one too is something quite majo...
by green
Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514267

Re: Buddhist Rebirth Refuted?

A Buddhist should NEVER argue about rebirth without discussing Dependent causation - to discuss it without a detailed discussion of this cycle would be like falling into a trap or wrong views. The Arahant gains the "Tevijja" or three knowledges -- which includes the knowledge of past lives. :anjali: