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by Phena
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 172639

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

paul wrote:Are the three unwholesome roots the cause of climate change?
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... -1.3295853
Yes, absolutely!
by Phena
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Trumpcare is immoral
Replies: 25
Views: 2208

Re: Trumpcare is immoral

A few percent more taxes for a rich person is not going to negatively affect their life, That might be your judgment, but if the rich don't happen to share it then you're going to lose them. “In days to come rulers shall grow unrighteous; they shall rule after their own will and pleasure, and shall...
by Phena
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4885
Views: 457104

Re: the great vegetarian debate

If you are not interested in having a sectarian argument don't mention Mahayana sutras to support your point of view. It's already been pointed out that they are not Buddhavacana. They hold no sway here. Technically, the matter is a bit different since this thread is now in "Connections to other pa...
by Phena
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4885
Views: 457104

Re: the great vegetarian debate

I'm not going to have that argument on a Theravada Buddhist forum. I'm not interested in having a sectarian argument. :thumbsup: If you are not interested in having a sectarian argument don't mention Mahayana sutras to support your point of view. It's already been pointed out that they are not Budd...
by Phena
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4885
Views: 457104

Re: the great vegetarian debate

When you look at the industrial scale slaughter of animals and the misery and suffering it creates, and just because it may not be dark kamma with dark result if one consumes meat, does not seem a good enough reason to ignore this problem. The monastics here have provided sound and reasonable argume...
by Phena
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Perfections: A Study Guide by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 27
Views: 2065

Re: The Ten Perfections: A Study Guide by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The important thing to keep in mind is that, though it's not a requirement to pursue Buddhahood in Theravada Buddhism, pursuing Buddhahood is nonetheless an option for Theravada Buddhists, through practicing the Paramitas. This is well-attested in Theravadin scriptures and commentaries. Buddhahood ...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 16018

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Savatthi, in Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. There he addressed the monks: "Monks!" "Yes, lord," the monks replied. The Blessed One said, "Monks, before my self-awakening, when I was still just an unawakened Bodhisatta, the t...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 203
Views: 16018

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

As explained in the Jataka tales, which are part of Theravada literature, the Six Paramitas are the means by which Shakyamuni attained Buddhahood: Perhaps the earliest genre of Buddhist literature in which the pāramitās appear are the collections of Jātakas, the stories of the Buddha’s previous liv...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering
Replies: 35
Views: 2604

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering

They are valid, but it is not how the Buddha attained awakening. It was the rediscovery and direct knowledge of the Four Noble Truths, their three modes and twelve aspects, as has been relayed in the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. In Theravada Buddhism, the Jātakas are a textual division of the Pāli ...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering
Replies: 35
Views: 2604

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering

This is a system the Mahayana developed, that is the Paramis Dhammawiki presents traditional Theravada teachings: https://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Dhamma_Wiki:About https://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=10_Paramitas I am not here to debate the validity of the Paramitas, which are part of the...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering
Replies: 35
Views: 2604

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering

I'll remind you that you are quoting Mahayana ideas on a Theravada forum. No, I am not: In the Ten Perfections you will see elements of the Five Precepts and The Noble Eightfold Middle Path... The Buddha spent many past lives as an ascetic monastic perfecting each of the ten perfections. He could n...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering
Replies: 35
Views: 2604

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering

Well no, it looks like Thanissaro is supporting my view on this, I.E. of lateness: He's speaking of the lateness of the Mahayana interpretation of the Paramitas. He's not saying that the Paramitas aren't how the Buddha attained Buddhahood. You are missing the entire point of the article, due to you...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering
Replies: 35
Views: 2604

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering

The Paramitas (Paramis) are a later addition. They originate from the Mahayana which is also a later development in Buddhism. Please tell that to Thanissaro Bhikkhu: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=29782#p428541 This is Thanissaro Bhikkhu's study guide on the Ten Perfections and the pa...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering
Replies: 35
Views: 2604

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering

unsupported claims that this is how the Buddha attained enlightenment. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=29782 This is Thanissaro Bhikkhu's study guide on the Ten Perfections and the path to Buddhahood: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/perfections.html The Paramitas (Paramis) are...
by Phena
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering
Replies: 35
Views: 2604

Re: The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering

You seem to be unaware of the Jataka tales, their importance in Theravada Buddhism I am aware of the Jatakas, but I disagree that they are important in early Buddhism and Theravada. Sections of the the Jatakas are not considered canonical. and how they explain the virtues of the Buddha's past lives...