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by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 354

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

Greetings cappuccino, You may "feel" that to be the case due to craving (tanha) for "being" (bhava), but the Buddha spoke against "being", aka "existence". "Just as a tiny bit of faeces has a bad smell, so I do not recommend even a tiny bit of existence, not even for so long as a fingersnap." ( AN 1...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 647

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings, I have to point out here, for those who are not familiar, that Theravada monasteries in the West are strictly hierarchical. So, the monastery runs as a mini dictatorship where the abbot's rule is law, transcending every social rule, even the laws of the country. After this, the senior mon...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 354

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

Greetings chownah, I think that if one can achieve the state of "in the seeing only the seen" then phenomena can be more readily seen as being not self, impermanent, and unsatisfactory which are the bases of the arising of dispassion. Or better still, being aware of the actual arising of phenomena v...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 645

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

Greetings DooDoot, However, unlike Hinduism, the Buddha taught this non-dual consciousness of sense objects is impermanent. Therefore, it seems non-duality can only be temporary. Being merely temporary, it appears non-duality cannot represent liberation or Nibbana. :yingyang: All sankhata-dhamma ari...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 647

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings,
cappuccino wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:29 am
Try harder to appreciate exactly what I'm saying
Try harder to appreciate that what you're saying has nothing to do with this topic.

If you wish to create a topic on the wit and wisdom of cappuccino, by all means do, but until then...

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 647

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings, Do others hurt your feelings? One can refuse to feel Then no one can hurt your feelings This is a topic about structures, relationships and very real physical dangers in a monastic setting. That warrants more serious consideration than a facile response that boils it all down to "feelings...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 645

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

Greetings, it seems that some people want to act like nondual police and want to disrupt any discussion which does not coincide with their narrow definiton of the term EVEN when it is clearly defined as to what is meant by its use. Well, yes. Actually, that's why there was a separate Phenomenologica...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 477

Re: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

Greetings Bryozoa, Perhaps you could furnish me with a list of those sutras if they can we divided into individual discourses? Not at a discourse level, but as a collection level, ven. Nanavira wrote... These books contain the Buddha's Teaching -- they can be trusted absolutely from beginning to end...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 477

Re: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

Greetings Bryozoa, Couldn't Theravadin scribes have condensed the Pāli Canon into one manageable text similar to the Bible or Quran? More to the point, it's likely the original compilers repeated and extrapolated texts. Classic examples here are the "Lust and So Forth Repetition Series" of the Angut...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Good and Bad
Replies: 7
Views: 178

Re: Good and Bad

Greetings,

Since the Buddha taught on the subject of the wholesome and the unwholesome, what do you think?

Kind regards.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha consume meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Did Buddha consume meat?

Greetings, There is much textual evidence that the Buddha ate meat. It appears that vegetarianism as an ideology or a religious ideal, only became wide spread well after the historical Buddha's time. Depends what you mean by wide-spread. Devadatta thought he could use vegetarianism as a wedge to spl...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 645

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

Greetings, It's a can of worms! There doesn't seem to be a consensus on the meaning of either "phenomenology" or "non-duality", or whether these terms are applicable to what the suttas describe. Perhaps it's best not to introduce such ideas in the first place, given the difficulty involved. :shrug: ...
by retrofuturist
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 645

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

Greetings sentinel,
sentinel wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:00 am
Not Two does not says it is One either .
Accurate statement.

The arahant's experience is neither monism, nor duality.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do Arahants create (conceive) Nama-rupa?
Replies: 19
Views: 239

Re: Do Arahants create (conceive) Nama-rupa?

Greetings Sarath, The arahant has only suddha saṅkhārā . For one who looks upon them as pure preparations, all those objects do not crystallize into 'things'. The description of the non-manifestative consciousness in the Brahmanimantanikasutta looks like a riddle in the form of a jumble of negative ...
by retrofuturist
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Akiñcano - "With the Right Understanding" (Phenomenological Explorations of the Pāli Suttas)
Replies: 38
Views: 874

Re: Bhikkhu Akiñcano - "With the Right Understanding" (Phenomenological Explorations of the Pāli Suttas)

Greetings, The chapter on paññā starts with a thorough beat down of "sensation" as an English language translation of vedana. The main problem with "sensation" is that it's a "hybrid" term which sees a "sensation" simultaneously regarded as a naturalized "external" thing, which with the right instru...