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by Dhammanando
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: More effort in 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: More effort in 2020

I have been off balance from October. Practice waned a bit. Was not focused and single-minded like the 12 months prior to it. A new year is almost here. Look to return to practice with double the effort and much wiser. Also lose 10 more kilos (lost 10 kilos this year). That would mean no more insip...
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Manchester UK like-minded associate quest!
Replies: 11
Views: 478

Re: Manchester UK like-minded associate quest!

I am aware of the places in Manchester, including the Samatha Trust's (recently extended)place, which is lovely. I have actually sent them an email too, and i'm awaiting a response. I'm more looking for a potential place to live (or people to live with), as opposed to a centre at which to practise....
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother

Aren't we discussing mahapajapati?.....who is the buddha's aunt and not his mother?: Yes. Sorry, my reply was a bit of a muddle. Let me try again: Mahāpajāpati was the younger sister of Mahāmāyā... At the birth of each sister, interpreters of bodily marks prophesied that their children would be wor...
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1909

Re: Lack of progress

The second part has now been posted.

http://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogs ... rt_15.html
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rishi, Seers, Lersi
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Rishi, Seers, Lersi

Bhante, are the Lersi in Thailand now the same type? They are hermit that specialize in meditation and magic? There are men here who call themselves ṛṣīs and dress up in the way that ṛṣīs are traditionally depicted in Thai art. But I couldn't say how much of it is genuine. My impression from a dist...
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rishi, Seers, Lersi
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Rishi, Seers, Lersi

The word Lersi is derived from the Sanskrit word Rishi of which Ruesi is a derivative of, meaning a "seer" or "one who sees into the beyond". have received knowledge from Brahma himself and therefore able to interpret or discover the true meaning of the Vedas and many of the Kata/ Gatha (mantras). ...
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother

When do scholars think that this commentary was written? In the 5th century CE. But the relevant question would be the antiquity of its contents rather than the date in which those contents were put into their present form. Edit: ....also, did she give birth to any children and did they fulfill the...
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: user on this forum with buddhanussati (itipiso...) in signature
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: user on this forum with buddhanussati (itipiso...) in signature

Our member Kusala has: "He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One; He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds; He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. " It's...
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother

Why must seven days after the being intent on awakening is born his mother passes away? In the suttas it's just presented as a brute fact, with no reasons offered. The commentaries give the explanation: From the moment of the conception, thus brought about, of the future Buddha, four devas with swo...
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother

The question is were there (/ are there) any Buddhist or Hindus who interpret the names of Buddha's mother and step-mother as signifying some higher truths, like theological ones. The commentary to the Dakkhiṇavibhaṅgasutta explains the name of Mahāpajāpati: Herein, in the name "Mahāpajati Gotamī",...
by Dhammanando
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: what is upasama-anu-s-sati?
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: what is upasama-anu-s-sati?

sentinel wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:51 am
It seems everything perceivable but nibbana .
Can you expand on that? I don't understand what you're trying to say.
by Dhammanando
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?
Replies: 15
Views: 787

Re: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?

Do ancient Indian languages like Pali have a separate word for self, that is not attā? Yes. For example, Pali has the reflexive pronoun sa (= Vedic sva , Latin sui , German sich ) and the two adverbs sayaṃ (= Vedic svayaṃ ) and sāmaṃ (= Vedic svayamaṃ , Russian сам ). Is/was attā used interchangeab...
by Dhammanando
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 431

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

chownah wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:26 pm
Can you find a picture of one of these early images so we can see what this turban thing is all about?
Just search google images for Gandhara (or Mathura) + Buddha.
by Dhammanando
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: what is upasama-anu-s-sati?
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: what is upasama-anu-s-sati?

If upasama is meant as a synonym for nirvana, such as the frequent formula "upasama abhinnayaya sambodhaya nibbanaya samvattati", then it seems really dumb and unnecessary to list that as a meditation topic. If one already has the ability to touch and abide in nirvana, why would you need a Dharma i...
by Dhammanando
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 431

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

but the flame doesn't seem to me to be turban like at all....it seems sort of flame like. It's not that the flame is meant to look like a turban, but rather that artistic representation of the uṣniṣa was in the earliest days of Buddha images turban-like but later took on other forms. But the varian...