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by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Paradox of Becoming - Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 16
Views: 3228

Re: The Paradox of Becoming - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Greetings kow, The preface answers your question well. The topic of becoming, although it features one major paradox, contains other paradoxes as well. Not the least of these is the fact that, although becoming is one of the most important concepts in the Buddha’s teachings, there is no fullscale tr...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha Boy!
Replies: 18
Views: 3639

Re: Buddha Boy!

Greetings piper,
piper wrote:From what cause would the Buddha be reborn?
There is no such cause.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: abhidhamma
Replies: 16
Views: 3010

Re: abhidhamma

Greetings Craig, My perspective is that the Abhidhamma Pitaka constitutes a Dhamma Theory that attempts to systemise the teachings of the Buddha (as recorded in the Sutta Pitaka) in such a way that they capture the technical essence of the teachings without reference to conventional concepts or refe...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Paradox of Becoming - Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 16
Views: 3228

The Paradox of Becoming - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Greetings, I've noticed there's been a bit of contention about becoming, birth and so on in the context of the Dhamma, and specifically dependent origination. Therefore, here's a text specifically addressing "becoming"... The Paradox of Becoming - Thanissaro Bhikkhu http://dhammatalks.org/Archive/Wr...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Maha-Satipatthana Sutta
Replies: 33
Views: 6713

Re: Maha-Satipatthana Sutta

Greetings Manapa,

If you wish to post it as a PDF file, I recommend CutePDF Writer (freeware).

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The poetry of Ryokan
Replies: 13
Views: 1908

Re: The poetry of Ryokan

Greetings,
Element wrote:The wind gives me
Enough fallen leaves
To make a fire
Movement of the mind is unsettling and can fuel the flames of greed, aversion and delusion.

It is better to be cool, with a still mind and no flames. 8-)

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dependent Origination
Replies: 140
Views: 20410

Re: Dependent Origination

Greetings meindzai, http://www.majhost.com/gallery/DanElHombre/smilies/banghead.gif I'm not going to repeat myself. Looks like you're becoming a headbanger. ;) Non-becoming is cool. 8-) Speaking of "becoming", see also the following related thread: The Paradox of Becoming - Thanissaro Bhikkhu http:/...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: what method do you use?
Replies: 20
Views: 6261

Re: what method do you use?

Greetings thecap,
thecap wrote:Mindfulness as taught by the Buddha.
Me too. I generally go straight to the Pali Canon for meditation instruction.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Element Confusion
Replies: 4
Views: 1212

Re: Element Confusion

Greetings,

From memory, I think earth refers to solidity, water refers to cohesion, fire refers to heat, and air refers to movement.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Not-Self Strategy
Replies: 31
Views: 5556

Re: The Not-Self Strategy

Greetings Drolma, I guess another way to ask this is, is there a way to understand and discuss emptiness beyond dependent origination and off of the meditation cushion? All things are not-self, not-I, not mine (anatta) and are in a constant state of transience and flux (anicca). I can't recall the B...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Ireland
Replies: 13
Views: 2944

Re: Hello from Ireland

Greetings and welcome.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:39 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Saludos desde San Juan, Texas
Replies: 7
Views: 1624

Re: Saludos desde San Juan, Texas

Greetings and welcome.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:30 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A lotus
Replies: 14
Views: 3079

A lotus

Greetings,

A photo I took on the weekend in Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, Australia.

Image

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The mechanism of gandhabba
Replies: 91
Views: 17237

Re: The mechanism of gandhabba

Greetings Comments on gandhabba from Ajahn Sujato in... Understanding Death & Beyond (Perspective of Early Buddhism) Limited edition download: http://www.c2rc.org/papers/C2RC2008-P2S1-EarlyBuddhismPersp-Sujato.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; A somewhat mysterious usage of the term...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:40 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Not-Self Strategy
Replies: 31
Views: 5556

Re: The Not-Self Strategy

Greetings Drolma, Why was Lord Buddha willing to discuss not-self so clearly, but he didn't offer a reply when he was asked if there was no-self? One reason is because to someone who did not understand anatta, they would have interpreted the response in such a way that led to eternalism, annihilatio...