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by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:28 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Taking Refuge and Precepts
Replies: 22
Views: 5143

Re: Taking Refuge and Precepts

Thank you much Bhante Appicchato, this is another excellent teaching. When Buddhagosha says, in the last sentence: This last explanation is based upon the fact that in the Pali language, the verbal roots denoting "going" (gati) may also have the meaning of "knowing" (buddhi). Therefore the words "I ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Taking Refuge and Precepts
Replies: 22
Views: 5143

Re: Taking Refuge and Precepts

Advice from Bhikkhu Bodhi; see paragraph 6, The Methods of Going for Refuge:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... .html#ref4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Taking Refuge and Precepts
Replies: 22
Views: 5143

Re: Taking Refuge and Precepts

No, but you would be more correct and it would help your practice in future, if you did make the extra effort to take formal refuge from a bhikkhu.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Agganna Sutta
Replies: 184
Views: 39319

Re: Agganna Sutta

I have no problem taking the sutta literally. Similar genesis stories of godly beings degenerating into mankind are found in other ancient cultures.

By the by, Elohim, Ida Wells library link to Agganna Sutta no longer works. Too bad, they had a great selection of suttas & sutras.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Store consciousness in Theravada
Replies: 19
Views: 4831

Re: Store consciousness in Theravada

I skimmed the chapter in Waldron's book on alaya-vijnana in the Theravada and I did not gain any clarity. Will have to study and not skim, I guess.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: I just found out were getting laid off in two months
Replies: 33
Views: 7219

Re: I just found out were getting laid off in two months

Perhaps you boss is heartless, but go directly to him and explain my wife is expecting our first child, so at least keep me on, please.
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Usnisha
Replies: 38
Views: 4519

Re: Usnisha

Here is another example, where the flame is plain to see. The text underneath also says "flame". Although this Thai image puts the flame atop the "normal" ushnisha, unlike the one in my first post.

http://www.asianart.com/exhibitions/nies/24.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Tipitaka Online
Replies: 3
Views: 1668

Tipitaka Online

Not translations of, but transliterated into many scripts:

http://www.tipitaka.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Anattā
Replies: 53
Views: 11536

Re: Anattā

As long as big words are appearing, here are two definitions of Ontology: 1 : a branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature and relations of being 2 : a particular theory about the nature of being or the kinds of things that have existence The first one does not sound useful for self or non-self...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Usnisha
Replies: 38
Views: 4519

Usnisha

http://lh3.ggpht.com/__Uf6IV06080/SSPXRsitn-I/AAAAAAAAAQk/bBGKfrk6vLw/s640/Bodhi%20Lankarama%20032.jpg One of my favorite statues of Buddha is a gold one with a flame atop the head. This image is another example of a "flame buddha". In mahayana statues this usnisha is a lump, not a flame. Anyone kn...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Anattā
Replies: 53
Views: 11536

Re: two truths

This is a good explanation of the two truths, in Theravada: http://www.dhammaweb.net/dhamma_news/view.php?id=390" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Bhante, "all dhammas, conditioned and unconditioned, are empty of self..." or something very close to that, is in the Dhammapada : 279. "All...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:46 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Ancient Buddhist Texts
Replies: 2
Views: 1682

Ancient Buddhist Texts

This site is not exclusively devoted to Pali texts, but it may still be of interest to some:

http://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/index.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Anattā
Replies: 53
Views: 11536

Re: Anattā

Retro: Any kind of self that could exist outside of the five aggregates....
Would be a chimera. Any "self" that has no perception, no consciousness, no form & no feeling, could have no meaning as a "self".
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:29 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!
Replies: 48
Views: 14153

Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

One reason I post so little at Esangha is just that it is too big and too many posts fly by before one can even read, much less digest, what is being written.