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by santa100
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Picking up the threads of Theravada again
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: Picking up the threads of Theravada again

Another thing that ended my Theravada practice was the doubtful chance of accomplishing anything to move along the path, has anyone any advice on this? Imagine a race that requires 10,000 steps to reach the finish line. Any effort you make to put 1 step forward would mean that you're 1 step closer ...
by santa100
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 604

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

As I said; Buddhist’s and Jains were contemporaries. They competed for alms. Your historic understanding of the Buddha’s world is lacking. Here’s an excerpt from the Devadhaha sutta Your lengthy quote does absolutely nothing to back up your claim. True, some Buddhists and Jains competed for alms, b...
by santa100
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 604

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

No, not me. You are the one who slanders the Buddha with this preposterous baseless claim:
Pondera wrote:Then again, he did seem to be in a constant contest with the Jains for the right to alms food."
by santa100
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 604

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

In other words, I shouldn’t take the sutta literally. It's wrong to take the suttas literally every time, just like it's wrong to take them metaphorically every time. In this specific case, ask yourself whether your literal approach to AN 1.1-10 help propagating the Buddha's teaching to non-heteros...
by santa100
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 604

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

No, I'm quite serious. You completely miss the point of the sutta because you pigeonhole it into a tiny little box that only includes heterosexual people. I deliberately included other boxes and referred to the medicine analogy to exactly counter that pattern of thinking. Regardlesss of your object ...
by santa100
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 604

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

That's why it's important to always try to read and understand the suttas in broader context. Otherwise, their usefulness as valuable medicines to cure humans illness (which is innumerable in all its forms) would be severely limited. Not only LGBT community, but many many others people can benefit f...
by santa100
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The sequence of the four noble truths
Replies: 15
Views: 229

Re: The sequence of the four noble truths

Similarly, If wisdom is what ends suffering, one would expect that the training in wisdom would be the last, after training in morality and concentration, and yet, the path begins with wisdom and does not end with it. What is the wisdom behind this particular order if there is any? A good explanati...
by santa100
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does "rapture more not of the flesh" refer to nibbana?
Replies: 24
Views: 444

Re: Does "rapture more not of the flesh" refer to nibbana?

If so the first two types of rapture/pleasure are dependent on clinging to aggregates and the others (the 3rd) are not. It follows that, you can’t experience the first two types when you don’t cling to the aggregates. But nowhere in the sutta where it said the first 2 kinds require clinging to the ...
by santa100
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does "rapture more not of the flesh" refer to nibbana?
Replies: 24
Views: 444

Re: Does "rapture more not of the flesh" refer to nibbana?

1st question: What kind of rapture and pleasure would the Buddha be experiencing in the jhanas if not a type of rapture and pleasure that is free from aversion, hatred, and delusion (as SN 36 states)? After all, the Buddha dwells in the abcence of aversion, hatred, and delusion. Is he going to limi...
by santa100
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does "rapture more not of the flesh" refer to nibbana?
Replies: 24
Views: 444

Re: Does "rapture more not of the flesh" refer to nibbana?

Interestingly, also the first three jhanas have rapture and pleasure. If follows that rapture and pleasure can be experienced while clinging to the aggregates (when a person is not in nibbana), but also when a person is in nibbana when not clinging to the aggregates. This means that the first three...
by santa100
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can an Arahant improve their understanding after awakening?
Replies: 10
Views: 262

Re: Can an Arahant improve their understanding after awakening?

The Sammasambuddha Gotama is an arahant, but his arahant disciples Moggallana, Sariputa, etc. are not Sammasambuddhas. So while they no longer need to improve in terms of awakening understanding, there're still areas for a non-Sammasambuddha arahant to improve (ex: skills in propagating the Dhamma o...
by santa100
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does "rapture more not of the flesh" refer to nibbana?
Replies: 24
Views: 444

Re: Does "rapture more not of the flesh" refer to nibbana?

Ven. Bodhi's version of SN 36.31 is pretty straightforward: And what, bhikkhus, is carnal rapture? There are, bhikkhus, these five cords of sensual pleasure. What five? Forms cognizable by the eye … tactile objects cognizable by the body that are desirable, lovely, agreeable, pleasing, sensually ent...
by santa100
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: strange stuff in the sutta
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: strange stuff in the sutta

On item 1), Rhys Davids rendered it as "male organs concealed in a sheath" ( DN30-RhysDavids ) while Sujato rendered it as "retracted private parts" ( DN30-Sujato ). Either version indeed sounds pretty strange to us but then it also might just be because we haven't perfected the virtue of reuniting ...
by santa100
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Difference between Dosa and Patigha
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Difference between Dosa and Patigha

They're synonyms, just being placed under different groupings for ease of detailed analysis: dosa/hatred is one of the Three Poisons of lust, hatred, and delusion(raga, dosa, moha) (wiki def.); while patigha/aversion is one of the Seven Underlying Tendencies/Anusaya
by santa100
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?

What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person? a shaved head and a uniform? On a serious note, it'd take time and thorough investigation to really tell the difference, for there're monastics who act, speak, and think like lay people, and lay folks who act, speak, and think like monasti...