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by Dhammanando
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Transfer/Sharing merit limits
Replies: 20
Views: 410

Re: Transfer/Sharing merit limits

1. I have a question , this wasn't of the words of the Buddha ? No. It's the arahant Nāgasena talking to King Milinda some time in the 2nd century BCE. 2. About the pretas , who live on the gifts of others , does here referring to foods ? No. When the term paradattūpajīvī is applied to humans (e.g....
by Dhammanando
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Transfer/Sharing merit limits
Replies: 20
Views: 410

Re: Transfer/Sharing merit limits

Based on the scriptures, are there any limits as to what kind of beings can receive merit when someone tries to share it? In the Milindapañha the benefit of dedicating the merit of a gift to one's deceased relatives is limited to those who have been reborn as just one of the four sub-species of pet...
by Dhammanando
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Order of Precedence
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Order of Precedence

My impression is that hardly any bhkikkhu nowadays follows the Buddha's prescription addressing a junior as avuso. Is it so? Yes. The common practice nowadays is to address one's juniors by their name, which the Parinibbānasutta also permits. Any reasons for that? Did anyone tried to introduce this...
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 27
Views: 831

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

diamind wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Did buddha ever say NOT to make images of him?
In Pali sources there is no mention of the question ever being raised.
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 461
Views: 26874

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Nonsense. There are hundreds of parallel passages in Sanskrit Buddhist texts where Pali nicca appears as Sanskrit nitya, anicca as anitya, attā as ātmān, and anattā as anātmān. The key is " Sanskrit Buddhist texts ". The point of my post was to show that European scholars did not err in treating Pa...
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 461
Views: 26874

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

2.Those European scholars, when they first came across the Asoka pillars, came to the conclusion that Pali was a later iteration of Sanskrit. Of course, there were no Pali manuscripts in India except for the Asoka pillars. This is very clear in Allen’s book. If one really wants to understand the hi...
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Order of Precedence
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Order of Precedence

What is a "senior" and a "junior" bhikkhu? Is it determined by the length of time one is ordained (as I have heard)? If so, does a newer monk who has attained a high attainment (e.g. he is already an anagami or arahant) still address an older monk as "venerable sir" or "reverence" if the older monk...
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 696

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

Yes, I do expect the Buddha to exhaustively list each and every persuasion if it is applicable. This sutta is very straightforward - it deals with men obsessing over women and women obsessing over men. No mention of children, beasts, or dead people. THAT was entirely invented by your dissatisfactio...
by Dhammanando
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.7 Āṇi Sutta. The Drum Peg.
Replies: 11
Views: 300

Re: SN 20.7 Āṇi Sutta. The Drum Peg.

Do you agree with this. Thanks No, it's a bizarre mistake by the PED compilers, given that the "four pairs of persons, eight kinds of individuals" who make up the sāvaka-saṅgha include arahants and that certain persons known to have been arahants (e.g. Kumārakassapa in the Payasisutta) are called "...
by Dhammanando
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Suttas for the Householder
Replies: 29
Views: 20362

Re: Suttas for the Householder

Generally, how strict would preceptors be of ordaining someone whom the father or mother is against the person going forth, for wrong reasons (such as someone who is excessively anti-religious, to the point of stopping someone from being ordained by not giving permission)? Or is successively obtain...
by Dhammanando
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Ko nu kho"? "What" or "who"?
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: "Ko nu kho"? "What" or "who"?

In the great majority of cases the context alone will suffice to show whether "what?" or "who?" is the more apt translation of ko . In your second passage, for example, clearly "What?" is needed, for the answer to the question is a mode of behaviour, not a person. In cases where either translation m...
by Dhammanando
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Āṇi sutta: a question on pali text
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Āṇi sutta: a question on pali text

Volovsky wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:15 pm
Hmm... But PED seems to treat bāhiraka as an adj... Or do I miss your point?
I'm sure you get my point, though it's possible of course that I'm mistaken. I'll look into the matter.
by Dhammanando
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.7 Āṇi Sutta. The Drum Peg.
Replies: 11
Views: 300

Re: SN 20.7 Āṇi Sutta. The Drum Peg.

There is obviously a self-affirming conflict of interest above; which negates the negation of Buddhist commentators that a literal reading of Āṇi Sutta would provide. This sounds unconvincing, unless there is more evidence to support the claim. The phrase: "spoken by disciples" appears, at first gl...
by Dhammanando
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Āṇi sutta: a question on pali text
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Āṇi sutta: a question on pali text

No, for the adjectival form is bāhira and the addition of -ka is precisely for the purpose of forming a noun from it. Having said that (and as Mike quotes Bhikkhu Bodhi saying in the other Āṇisutta thread), the sāvaka in sāvakabhāsita is understood in the commentaries as being the disciples of outsi...
by Dhammanando
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Suttas for the Householder
Replies: 29
Views: 20362

Re: Suttas for the Householder

How much weight/importance does Buddhaghosa's commentary about the requirement of obtaining permission to be given forth have in Theravāda countries, such as Thailand? Some policies recommended in the commentary are followed and some aren't. For example, in Thailand if a man were seriously threaten...