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by Zom
Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Overcoming drowsiness - Buddha advice to Moggallana
Replies: 4
Views: 1047

Re: Overcoming drowsiness - Buddha advice to Moggallana

I think that light here is the bright mind of jhana. Lumious mind, free from defilements. See MN 128.
by Zom
Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 405
Views: 35204

Re: Are white lies acceptable?

Telling truth is the option -)
by Zom
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Hidden in Javana
Replies: 10
Views: 2845

Re: Hidden in Javana

My question then is, who or what controls that volition? .... "Lord, who makes contact?" "Not a valid question," the Blessed One said. "I don't say 'makes contact.' If I were to say 'makes contact,' then 'Who makes contact?' would be a valid question. But I don't say that. When I don't say that, th...
by Zom
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A moral dilemma
Replies: 9
Views: 2244

Re: A moral dilemma

Tell the truth is the option.
by Zom
Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: About the 8 precepts?
Replies: 21
Views: 3814

Re: About the 8 precepts?

And don't forget that in the case of 8 precepts "sexual misconduct" turns into "no sexual activity at all".
by Zom
Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: A sotapanna
Replies: 84
Views: 18868

Re: A sotapanna

Sotappana? Check yourself again on this lets say so.. after 40 years -)
by Zom
Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Urge to Believe in God
Replies: 26
Views: 3049

Re: The Urge to Believe in God

If beings experience pleasure & pain based on the creative act of a supreme god, then obviously the Tathagata has been created by an excellent supreme god, which is why he now feels such pleasure free from fermentation. If beings experience pleasure & pain based on the creative act of a supreme god...
by Zom
Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A lie followed by truth
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: A lie followed by truth

I think there is that "both-black-and-white-kamma" result in this case. 11. "What is dark-and-bright kamma with dark-and-bright ripening? Here someone produces a (kammic) bodily process both (bound up) with affliction and not (bound up) with affliction... verbal process... mental process both (bound...
by Zom
Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Beginner's question about reincarnation.
Replies: 25
Views: 3838

Re: Beginner's question about reincarnation.

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi is Cool :bow:
by Zom
Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 23
Views: 5255

Re: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution

If someone attempts to make a point by means of parody, how is that a "lie"? Too huge and too detailed sutta for a parody, especially if we take other same ("this topic") passages from other suttas. And what is more, when Buddha uses analogies, even "funny" ones, he usually make it clear that this ...
by Zom
Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How many Arahants were there during the time of the Buddha?
Replies: 2
Views: 778

Re: How many Arahants were there during the time of the Buddha?

If we take Magha Puja day - there were 1250 (gathered in one place). During the First Council after Mahaparinibbana - 500 arahants (gathered in one place). So I think overall quantity is not much more than these numbers. Possibly 3000-4000 as maximum (during all his life). In some sutta Buddha says ...
by Zom
Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 23
Views: 5255

Re: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution

That being said, I agree with Prof. Gombrich that, taking the context of DN 27 into account, this sutta is a lively and ingenious parody that was actually meant to make fun of the very need for a cosmology as a foundation for religious development. So you think this sutta (and other DN suttas about...
by Zom
Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How often should I meditate?
Replies: 12
Views: 2362

Re: How often should I meditate?

I watched the videos (recommended by Zom), and found these to be a lot of help as well as very interesting. Yes, Ajahn Jayasaro tells many helpful things -) By the way there are more short videos with him, for example like this (and more in the right column) :reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch#!...
by Zom
Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Path to Stream Entry
Replies: 10
Views: 1282

Re: Path to Stream Entry

Is it possible for anyone to accurately say so, other than a Buddha? I think that is almost impossible to say. Here..: Here, venerable sir, putting on robes in the morning and taking bowl and robes I approached the house of the female lay disciple Migasala and sat on the prepared seat. The female l...
by Zom
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 23
Views: 5255

Re: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution

What is the Buddhist view on evolution? Yes, evolution as a general process fits well in buddhist theory. In Digha Nikaya texts Buddha said, that there are periods when people are bad-natured, they respect no moral laws, behave like animals, hunting on each other, having sex with relatives and they...