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by Dhammanando
Sun May 05, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?
Replies: 23
Views: 694

Re: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?

I take it from your replies to my question that the term "sentient being" is not found in the suttas with respect to the five precepts. "Sentient being" is how some translators (mostly those working with Mahāyāna texts) have chosen to translate the pāṇa- part of pāṇātipāta . It literally means a "b...
by Dhammanando
Sat May 04, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 67
Views: 3467

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

What are your views on the textual references? I take the Buddha's mention of Sineru in one of four ways depending on the context... 1. As referring to some particular Himalayan mountain whose identity is now unknown. Though Kailāśa is the traditional and popular candidate this seems unlikely to me...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 01, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'The Tightest Addiction' Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 1093

Re: 'The Tightest Addiction' Poll

Surely it's the one that takes longest to abandon: asmi-māna . “Suppose, friends, a cloth has become soiled and stained, and its owners give it to a laundryman. The laundryman would scour it evenly with cleaning salt, lye, or cowdung, and rinse it in clean water. Even though that cloth would become ...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 01, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 67
Views: 3467

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

Let's start an archaeological expedition to study mt. kailash!!! First we need to collect funds.....I'll volunteer to be the banker! :lol: It's already been thoroughly studied by John Snelling, the late editor of the Middle Way . The Sacred Mountain: the complete guide to Tibet's Mount Kailaś
by Dhammanando
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 2034

Re: Generosity as Poison

I'm asking what it has to do with the praxis of achieving deathlessness. Few people will arrive at the deathless in this lifetime; for the rest to do so will require further encounters with the Dhamma in future lifetimes. For any such encounter to be edifying it will need to occur while in a statio...
by Dhammanando
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma defined as intention before Buddha?
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Kamma defined as intention before Buddha?

bridif1 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:07 am
May you have a wonderful day!
Thank you. And you too!

:smile:
by Dhammanando
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ?
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ?

Is the mentioned Vinaya offence, relevant for all wishes/laws of rulers or only for wishes about 'Defining Pavarana day' ? If it is for all laws then how about very unfair laws? How to define the conforming limit? The Vinaya Piṭaka doesn't set any limitations on the rule's scope. Buddhaghosa's comm...
by Dhammanando
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma defined as intention before Buddha?
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Kamma defined as intention before Buddha?

As far as I understand Kamma is intention, so why does the object of that intention matter? In the non-arahant, it is cetanā alone that makes a performance count as a kamma, but it is not cetanā alone that determines the weightiness of that kamma. The weightiness is determined by multiple factors, ...
by Dhammanando
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ?
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ?

Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ? Should a monk stand up when the judge enters in to the court? He should do what the court requires. Not to do so would be contempt of court, which, depending on the country, would be either a civil or crimin...
by Dhammanando
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma defined as intention before Buddha?
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Kamma defined as intention before Buddha?

My question is, was kamma defined as intention before the Buddha? It doesn't seem so. For mainstream Brahminism karmas were the sacrifices and mantra-recitals that an eldest son would commission brahmins to perform to sustain his deceased parents in heaven. For Upanishadic Brahminism (as in your qu...
by Dhammanando
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha and Mahavira
Replies: 57
Views: 22019

Re: Buddha and Mahavira

A) Buddha and Mahāvīra were two different people with very similar biographies. Possibly. I mean outwardly the career of one successful samaṇa teacher would probably have looked pretty much like that of another. B) They were the same person and so Buddhism is a splinter group from Jainism which inv...
by Dhammanando
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: These go to eleven: the significance of the number 11 in the EBT
Replies: 13
Views: 612

Re: These go to eleven: the significance of the number 11 in the EBT

ToVincent wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:55 pm

How could I interpret MN 33 in this context?.
As only one of the eleven items (i.e., #10) is exclusively applicable to those gone forth, if I were in your position and of your persuasion I should focus on the other ten.
by Dhammanando
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: These go to eleven: the significance of the number 11 in the EBT
Replies: 13
Views: 612

Re: These go to eleven: the significance of the number 11 in the EBT

MN 33

"... possessed of eleven qualities, [a bhikkhu] cannot become one to reach growth, increase and maturity in this Dhamma and Discipline."
by Dhammanando
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Looking for sutta about Buddha "even-minded" ???
Replies: 2
Views: 221

Re: Looking for sutta about Buddha "even-minded" ???

Does this sutta exist? Vadhake devadattamhi, core aṅgulimālake, Dhanapāle rāhule ca, sabbattha samako munī’ ti. It's from the Apadāna verses of Sāriputta, but as this text is little read nowadays most people who know the verse will probably have encountered it in the "Qualities of a Tree Question" ...
by Dhammanando
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats Anicca?
Replies: 24
Views: 1156

Re: Whats Anicca?

Ok, I'm prepared to stipulate that the abhidhamma uses fancy philosophical language on purpose, When I wrote "higher (and distinctive) teachings" it wasn't specifically the Abhidhamma that I had in mind, but rather the buddhānaṃ sāmukkaṃsikā dhamma , “teaching special to Buddhas”, no matter whether...