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by Dhammanando
Mon May 13, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Using blindfolds for meditation?
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Using blindfolds for meditation?

Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? I've heard that it's something the Tibetans sometimes do , but I don't know why and I doubt the Buddha would have been much impressed: The Blessed One then asked: “Uttara, does the brahmin Pārāsariya teach his disciples the development of the faculties?” “He d...
by Dhammanando
Mon May 13, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: beneficial in the beginning...
Replies: 9
Views: 697

Re: beneficial in the beginning...

What does this mean? The phrase isn't explained in the Suttas. The Visuddhimagga's account of dhammānussati (recollection of the special qualities of the Dhamma) gives eight explanations: Herein, the Dhamma of the scriptures is well proclaimed because it is good in the beginning, the middle, and th...
by Dhammanando
Sun May 12, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!
Replies: 19
Views: 580

Re: The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!

With all due respects there seems to be a contradiction your reply. Saying firstly that one should not have pride or superiority on account of ones belief and then pointing to an outside doctrine, are these outside doctrines inferior based on a certain belief system, and doctrines. To draw a distin...
by Dhammanando
Sun May 12, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!
Replies: 19
Views: 580

Re: The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!

Bhante, if possible could you please explain more what you mean by pride in tribal affiliation. Whatever pride arises from one's membership of some particular tribe, clan, race, nation, etc., on account of one's belief in its superiority over other tribes, clans, races, nations, etc. Who is one act...
by Dhammanando
Sun May 12, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!
Replies: 19
Views: 580

Re: The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!

Can you always bow down to me in order to eradicate your Mana? Can we both bow down to each other once a minute constantly to eradicate our Mana on the shortest path? No. If it followed without fail that the act of bowing to somebody caused māna to be uprooted, then sīlabbataparāmāsa wouldn't be a ...
by Dhammanando
Sat May 11, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!
Replies: 19
Views: 580

Re: The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!

Zom wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 2:37 pm
Five princes thought that was the best way to eradicate their Mana.
That was not the way to eradicate, but to lessen (a little bit) 8-)
And only one kind of māna — the rather gross kind consisting in pride in one's tribal affiliation.
by Dhammanando
Thu May 09, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha and Mahavira
Replies: 57
Views: 22132

Re: Buddha and Mahavira

Ha is also in the compound of Buddha There is no ha in buddha. The syllabification is bud + dha, not budd + ha. To put it another way, the three consonants in बुद्धा are ब, द and ढ. The last gets romanized as dh, but the h is merely to show that the consonant is aspirated. It doesn't represent a se...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 08, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: upekkha relationship to kamma-saka (owner of ones actions)
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: upekkha relationship to kamma-saka (owner of ones actions)

What is the source of that chanting book passsage (first post in this thread) where it does explicitly equate upekkha with the kammassaka phrase? I've seen/heard the same explanation in Theravadan circles from thai, burmese, and sri lankan origin. I don't know in what text the AN. 5.57 passage firs...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 08, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Christmas?
Replies: 68
Views: 1822

Re: Christmas?

Come on Bhante, your being over complicated, I'm being very simple. If your claim had any basis you could have answered by just naming one of four Asian countries and then stating what evidence there might be for a French or a British divide-and-rule policy based on rival Buddhist sectarian affilia...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 08, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Christmas?
Replies: 68
Views: 1822

Re: Christmas?

The British here is one source https://www.jstor.org/stable/1051784?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents The British?? What kind of an answer is that? My question was: In which colonised Asian country did the colonisers try to foment division between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhists? If such a thing had ha...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 08, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Christmas?
Replies: 68
Views: 1822

Re: Christmas?

note the divisions in the dharma traditions, mahayana, Thervada, hinayana and Vrajayana was not coming from natural Buddhist sources, again this was doctored by Colonial British to convert people into Christians and cause division in the societies they were trying to control) Where did this happen?...
by Dhammanando
Mon May 06, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Meyerowitz-Katz on Moderate Drinking
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Meyerowitz-Katz on Moderate Drinking

Here's why moderate drinking is probably not good for you by Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz […] We’ve known about the association between moderate drinking and good health for quite some time. Researchers have identified that people who drink a moderate amount – usually between 1-2 standard drinks (16-20g ...
by Dhammanando
Sun May 05, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 3144

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

the one who feel feelings is you whilst the feeling is not self. It is vedanā that feels, not you. Vedayatīti kho, bhikkhave, tasmā vedanā ti vuccati. Kiñca vedayati? Sukhampi vedayati, dukkhampi vedayati, adukkhamasukhampi vedayati. Vedayatīti kho, bhikkhave, tasmā vedanā ti vuccati. It feels, bhi...
by Dhammanando
Sun May 05, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: upekkha relationship to kamma-saka (owner of ones actions)
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: upekkha relationship to kamma-saka (owner of ones actions)

Are there any EBT that support this interpretation, that upekkha/equanimity, as one of the 4bv (brahma vihara) , includes the wisdom of understanding one is owner and heir to their kamma? I don't think it is ever explicitly stated in the Tipiṭaka. At AN 5.57 the benefit of recalling ownership of ka...