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by Kusala
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Healing power of Buddhist Chanting
Replies: 10
Views: 841

Re: The Healing power of Buddhist Chanting

Listening to Ajahn Achalo talk about his parents @ 50:20 - 59:15 deeply moved me...the power of metta is so beautiful...

by Kusala
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 3447

Re: Religion of peace

Do you find that buddhism is a religion of peace ? I find this video soothing . All Buddhists can sit together in harmony . Different sect but same origin . However , Muslims regard their religion Islam advocate peace too . https://youtu.be/aIo7rGEAJ6c Mod : should this move to other category ? Mod...
by Kusala
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Healing power of Buddhist Chanting
Replies: 10
Views: 841

Re: The Healing power of Buddhist Chanting

Almost a year ago I watched a documentary on Youtube about a man in China who had snake like skin problem. It is quite an interesting documentary especially for people who are of Buddhist faith. The documentary video started with the interview of a man about 30 years old who had skin that looked li...
by Kusala
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 4921

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

Is the image of Lord Buddha, experienced by numerous meditators after his paranibba, actually not the true and right picture of him ... :sage: I don't remember the exact Sutta, but I recall the Buddha saying after his Parinibbana, gods and men can't see him... On a different note, this article migh...
by Kusala
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karmic debt
Replies: 13
Views: 793

Re: Karmic debt

According to some TIbetan texts I have we have all kinds of karmic debts from having an infinite number of lives in samsara. Debts for bad deeds done, services rendered to us, other beings taking care of us as parents and so forth. These debts can lead to suffering and there are some methods for pa...
by Kusala
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 4921

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

It's possible that Buddha's eyes were not blue at all, but rather brown. 'Nila' translates to "dark color" in general. They could have been brown or blue. 'Nila' is the reason why Moggallana, Krishna and Shiva are often depicted as blue in Indian art. It's modern interpretation means 'blue', but it...
by Kusala
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 4921

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

It's possible that Buddha's eyes were not blue at all, but rather brown. 'Nila' translates to "dark color" in general. They could have been brown or blue. 'Nila' is the reason why Moggallana, Krishna and Shiva are often depicted as blue in Indian art. It's modern interpretation means 'blue', but it...
by Kusala
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 4921

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

So basically its a modern day corruption to have a image of the Buddha? Why is Thailand etc.. full of buddha statues if there is nothing in the cannon about making images. This is strange. I see it as a type of Buddhanusatti. But if there is no mention of his form in the pali cannon where was it ad...
by Kusala
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 4921

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

Are there any descriptions of how the buddha looked in the cannon? Where does this familar image of buddha come from? We can't really say what the historical Buddha actually looked like. Buddhist scriptures provides some clues, but modern day Indian genetics can sort of help us put the pieces toget...
by Kusala
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 71
Views: 21449

Re: Buddha's skin colour

Knowing what we know now, such as DNA and all that good stuff, it makes perfect sense... I haven't seen Indians with "forty teeth" , Most adults have 32 teeth. Among these teeth are 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 12 molars (including 4 wisdom teeth). Most people have a complete set of adul...
by Kusala
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Tocharian Buddhism
Replies: 0
Views: 540

Tocharian Buddhism

Ever wonder what Tocharian( dead Indo-European language) sounds like?

by Kusala
Mon May 21, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 71
Views: 21449

Re: Buddha's skin colour

his skin was the color of skin his blood was the color of blood his bones were the color of bones I get what you're saying... people tend to make assumptions when discussing the appearance of the Buddha. The Buddha was from ancient Nepal, so they automatically assume that he'd look like the people ...
by Kusala
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity
Replies: 25
Views: 2165

Re: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity

Now, the general impression of the Hebrew Old Testament is the Tribes of Israel (of which only the tribe of Judah largely remains) regarded themselves as 'The Chosen People of God'; that there was something specifically special about being born an Israelite. Similarly, in the Pali suttas, we can re...
by Kusala
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can we become Buddhas?
Replies: 22
Views: 3210

Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Amanaki wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:01 pm
If you reach enlightenment you can become a buddha :) But because of how we live today and much of the texts has been translated incorrect and we tend to not be strickt enough in the practice it is very difficult to reach Buddhahood today.
I think Theravadins prefer to use the term "Arahant".
by Kusala
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Transfer merit to peta
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Transfer merit to peta

Hi all, In Mahayana Buddhism, there are rituals dedicated especially for hungry ghosts, helping them to alleviate their suffering. In Theravada Buddhism, is there any such activity or ritual, dedicating merits for hungry ghosts, not just departed relatives but hungry ghosts in general. Thanks. Yes,...