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by chownah
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother
Replies: 12
Views: 373

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 chownah
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3823

Re: Awareness as the goal

Breathing for one. This seems to not answer the question.....maybe if you talks about two, three, and/or four, you'll come up with an understandable answer. chownah Just because a conscious portion of awareness is fleeting from past to future, a portion at subconscious is continuously aware of all....
by chownah
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3823

Re: Awareness as the goal

I have no reason to believe that awareness is constant....my experience seems to indicate that it is not constant.....sometimes I'm half asleep and not very aware and sometimes I'm unconscious and seemingly not aware at all. What leads you to believe that awareness is constant? chownah Breathing fo...
by chownah
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3823

Re: Awareness as the goal

Isn’t awareness constant? the object or thought or attention is changing but awareness is always aware of trillions of things per second. It’s intensity does not fluctuate rather the life-formation develops as a magnifying glass. I have no reason to believe that awareness is constant....my experien...
by chownah
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother
Replies: 12
Views: 373

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 chownah
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1066

Re: Theories are useless

.....or maybe he has stumbled onto the truth that for some things theories are useless.
chownah
by chownah
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3823

Re: Awareness as the goal

There are the suttas which talk about nibbana before death and nibbana after death.......which the suttas seem to be saying that there is nibbana plus (nibbana with the six sense media) and mere nibbana which happens at death.......so, if taken this way it seems that not only did somebody liken a v...
by chownah
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother
Replies: 12
Views: 373

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

Am i the only one who finds this weird / interesting? :D I too find this very interesting.....it is kind of weird what some parents decide to name their children. Some people think that a name is destined to be placed on a child and so it can in some way foretell the childs future and some people b...
by chownah
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2078

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

I haven't read most of the posting in this thread but what I have read seems to indicate that alot of people think a monk should only teach the dhamma and do stuff which is clearly linked with the buddha's teachings. If we are to think that monks should be restricted in this way then we are to think...
by chownah
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links
Replies: 43
Views: 1121

Re: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links

The only question is how many links were there originally. I am using frank k's post as context for my answer but I am not replying to him directly. I think that originally there were no links. I think that originally the buddha attained a state of mental concentration and clarity and combined with...
by chownah
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3823

Re: Awareness as the goal

Until i find the sutta, the following article by Ven Bodhi can be relevant: https://tricycle.org/magazine/i-teach-only-suffering-and-end-suffering/ In thousands of suttas the Buddha teaches other things besides “suffering and its cessation.” For instance, in a series of dialogues in the Samyutta Ni...
by chownah
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

Can you find a picture of one of these early images so we can see what this turban thing is all about?
chownah
by chownah
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3823

Re: Awareness as the goal

Hi chownah, There is another sutta that i am unable to locate. I would be grateful if you or any other member of the forum can help me find it. In it, a member of other sects was somehow downplaying the significance of the Buddha's teachings, that they are only about suffering and ending it. In it,...
by chownah
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 3823

Re: Awareness as the goal

The goal is a flawless understanding of the four noble truths, both in letter and spirit. How can this be reduced to "awareness"? Bundokji, In another thread you were asking why the buddha chose to teach the end of suffering and I was adamant that the buddha did not make a choice but that he had fr...