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by Kumara
Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Samadhi (best English translation?)
Replies: 127
Views: 32651

Re: Samadhi (best English translation?)

Do you seriously take the Mahāniddesa definitions of kāmā "as object" ( vatthu )? Does it fit in with the MN 13 presentation of kāmā? You seem to be taking what I quoted as agreement. If you refer to what I was referring to, you'd probably see that I was just adding to what Dmytro's posting on the ...
by Kumara
Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Samadhi (best English translation?)
Replies: 127
Views: 32651

Re: Samadhi (best English translation?)

Regarding the Leigh Brasington's term "Visuddhimagga jhana", - evidently it refers not to the Visuddhimagga itself, but rather to the later tradition. Similarly, much of the criticism directed at "commentaries" does not refer to the Commentaries themselves, but rather to the later scholastic interp...
by Kumara
Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:19 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Should We Neuter or Spay Animals?
Replies: 60
Views: 9605

Re: Should We Neuter or Spay Animals?

Perhaps this little story may shed some light. During a Dhamma discussion, a woman who owns the beautiful retreat I was staying in told me about the strange behaviour of her pair of golden retrievers. She said she did everything according to expert advice on dog breeding. Yet, after more than a year...
by Kumara
Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Should We Neuter or Spay Animals?
Replies: 60
Views: 9605

Re: Should We Neuter or Spay Animals?

Thanks to all who contributed to this topic. It obvious that most of you are supportive of neutering, though some of you also voice a concern on whether it is right. When I first heard of this, I immediately disliked the idea. I thought, "I wouldn't want this to be done to me." Later I questioned th...
by Kumara
Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:35 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Should We Neuter or Spay Animals?
Replies: 60
Views: 9605

Should We Neuter or Spay Animals?

In recent years, I hear people, Buddhists included, encouraging people to neuter or spay animals. Some Buddhist even raise funds for it. What do you all think about this?
by Kumara
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 139713

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Firstly let me apologise for the enthusiastic posting... :-) i have a thai friend who studied w/ lp paknam (sod?) and he says that the dhammakaya meditation taught is not the same as what lp paknam taught.. seems to be similar though jcsuperstar, you have a friend who actually studied with LP Sodh o...
by Kumara
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 139713

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Wat Paknam is on "good terms" with the Dhammakaya movement. As a matter of fact the preceptor of Phrarajbhavanavisudh, the abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, is the current abbot of Wat Paknam. Update: I'm told that there's an internal split into 3 groups now: the LP Sodh group, the Dhammachayo group an...
by Kumara
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 139713

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Look at the imagery of the massive regimented ceremony. That has nothing to do with the Dhamma, but it has everything to do with the aggrandizement of Dhammakaya organization, and where would you find anything comparable in imagery to those photos? I must first say that I can't verify the following...
by Kumara
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 139713

Donating large sums of money (Re: Wat Dhammakaya)

Some time later I discovered by accident that my wife had been donating money to the temple. Okay nothing unusual about that you may say but what I discovered was that she had been donating large sums of money (hundreds mostly and sometimes thousands of pounds). I was a little shocked to say the le...
by Kumara
Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 139713

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Do you think that Wat Dhammakaya will endure? Judging by the amount of people (and money) involved it doesn't look to me like it's going away! It looks very much as though they would like to 'take over' Thailand, if not the whole world, religiously speaking (and who knows, maybe politically too). E...
by Kumara
Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 139713

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

robertk wrote:I watch their chanel on Thai TV sometimes but the monk who is usually on has a soporific voice and is very repetitive. That is about as much praise as I can manage of Dhammakaya.
It's supposed to be hypnotic, though it obviously didn't work on you. :-)
by Kumara
Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:04 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Samadhi (best English translation?)
Replies: 127
Views: 32651

Re: Samadhi (best English translation?)

Ajahn Pasanno referred to "continued attention" during a dhamma talk yesterday. I think it helps remove some of the willful, strenuous quality that "concentration" has. I think "concentration" also sounds more black and white: you're concentrated or you're not. "Continued attention" reminds me of t...
by Kumara
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Samadhi (best English translation?)
Replies: 127
Views: 32651

Re: Samadhi (best English translation?)

slightly off topic: is samāhita (saŋ+ādahati1) derived from the same word as samādhi [fr. saŋ+ā+dhā]? Also, is the samādahaṃ cittaṃ of anapana 16 steps derived from samādhi? How would I go about finding out the answer myself when I suspect words are related? I've been reading DPR's PED dictionary e...
by Kumara
Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: CSCD Errata
Replies: 4
Views: 1446

Re: CSCD Errata

Would be nice if it's followed up with concrete action, huh?

I still have it installed, in case I might need to search function that allows searching with words within certain distance apart. No other does this.

I also like the report feature, but its broken in this version. I reported on this.
by Kumara
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:32 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No Replies
Replies: 23
Views: 6944

Re: No Replies

Still not working, it seems...

David, have you considered consulting the developer?