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by Zom
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No right or wrong (karma)
Replies: 47
Views: 771

Re: No right or wrong (karma)

4) Consider karma. Actions lead to consequences. But from the above three points, we conclude there's no good or evil, no morality. So an action, such as killing (which in the eyes of society is bad), could lead you to taking birth in a wealthy family (which in the eyes of society is good). An acti...
by Zom
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No right or wrong (karma)
Replies: 47
Views: 771

Re: No right or wrong (karma)

There are 4 types of kamma, as Buddha says. First one is white kamma, strong good kamma with strong good results such as rebirth in heavens. Second is black kamma, strong bad one with bad results such as rebirth in lower realms and even hell. Third is intermediate kamma, which normally leads to huma...
by Zom
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greatest Theravada teachers alive that can meditate
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: Greatest Theravada teachers alive that can meditate

Everyone can meditate, that is not hard at all 8-)
by Zom
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How was it technically verified in Theravada?
Replies: 31
Views: 678

Re: How was it technically verified in Theravada?

As for the question at hand, I recall a sutta saying that people have the capacity to "recognise" any other person at the same level or lower, but not recognise those who are higher than their current standing. If anyone knows the sutta and can share it that would be great. In the absence of that, ...
by Zom
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.
Replies: 26
Views: 831

Re: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.

You can almost guarantee someone in the future (or many people throughout history already), will use metta and 'love' as part of the justification for sexual predators to prey on victims. You really don't want to give them easy ammunition like that. Metta = "love" is a horrible and wrong translatio...
by Zom
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Re-birth stories within Buddhas time.
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Re-birth stories within Buddhas time.

There are such statements about the past but I don't think there is any passage where someone dies and the Buddha says rhat they have been reborn some where on Earth. Indeed. Most of statements refer to best disciples - be them monks or lay people, and best disciples have best kamma, leading to hea...
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 1005

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

What is, in your opinion, a good way to tell if someone is ready for monastic life? I believe being able to abstain from most if not all indulgence in sense pleasures and desires for distraction, i.e. solid sense restraint, would be a good one. Better than how long one can sit in meditation or some...
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 1005

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I'm curious to understand where you're coming from. One should understand if he is advanced enough to be a monk, because simply becoming a monk doesn't make you a better person, while the level of training is far more advanced (if you are going to be a good monk, of course). That simply means that ...
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 1005

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

Wouldn't that be worse?
Of course not. There are a lot of things that need to be done in personal practice even while you are a layman.
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?
Replies: 38
Views: 596

Re: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?

It seems to me that just penetrating the 4NT will be enough to get beyond Dukka. So what are the other stuff doing in the nikayas? All suttas or their parts correspond either to all 4 noble truths, or to some of them. Suttas are either about dukkha, or about things which lead to dukkha, or about th...
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 1005

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I find myself becoming more and more dispassionate towards those things.
You can change your mind in these 10-15 years.
by Zom
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 1005

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

What if I die before then without taking this great opportunity to devote my life to the Dhamma, choosing to please other's worldly desires instead?
What if your monkhood will fail, lets say, in 10-15 years? Will you have an opportunity to get a degree?
by Zom
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 554

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

I meant that each jhāna has it's own upacara samadhi as preliminary stage. There are many upacara samadhis as there are many jhānas. I don't recall such thing from Visudhimagga. Upacara is a pre-jhanic state. After that comes jhana - 1st one. After 1st jhana one shifts to 2nd if he is skilled enoug...
by Zom
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 554

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

Each jhāna (including arūpa) has upacara as preliminary stage
Preliminary stage for arupajhana is 4th jhana, I think this is obvious (from canonical texts).