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by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14914

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

PeterB wrote:Say a bit more JC ?
it goes against the stereotype that Internet zennies are all staunch anti rebirthers. and i always like it when stereotypes are broken.
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zen Vs Therevada
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Zen Vs Therevada

i used to wonder why the Japanese sangha didn't just go ordain in a Chinese or Theravada lineage, . . . . Chinese Ch'an I do believe functions in a Vinaya lineage. yes it does Tradition. well it worked for them, and not in that way tibetan Buddhists say "i know Tibetan Buddhism is true, because it ...
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14914

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

PeterB wrote:
Very very similar..
but far more interesting coming from a zen site..
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: self
Replies: 64
Views: 4134

Re: self

an interesting thought (maybe) most religions and people are quite easily able to see the body as not self, it's this thing that changes over time, and we have very little control over it. however most people will take the mind to be the self thinking "ahh the mind, the mind i can control". i cant r...
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zen Vs Therevada
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Zen Vs Therevada

i used to wonder why the Japanese sangha didn't just go ordain in a Chinese or Theravada lineage, and reintroduce the classic monastic institutions, seems simple enough right? but then i realized after spending time with Japanese Buddhists, that my view is just that of an outsider and they are for t...
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wise Understanding of Dukkha
Replies: 18
Views: 2628

Re: Wise Understanding of Dukkha

vipassana, as i understand it, is insight into the true nature of things, and according to the Buddha all conditioned things are not-self, impermanent and dukkha(suffering, stressful, unsatisfactory whatever you want to translate it as), so if one is meditating in order for insight to arise then one...
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in rebirth?
Replies: 193
Views: 12036

Re: Do you believe in rebirth?

that wasn't directed at anyone in particular. also about rebirth, i have believed different versions of non literal and literal rebirth in my time as a Buddhist, progressively moving towards where i am now which is the "orthodox" position. however, i will unashamedly admit, i still have no clue how ...
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in rebirth?
Replies: 193
Views: 12036

Re: Do you believe in rebirth?

before we have a rebirth of another rebirth thread full of arguments that go on for ever,let's remember to just discuss the topic at hand with out bring personal attacks into it. I'm sure there's a way to have a civil discussion of this topic :group:


:thanks: :focus:
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zen Vs Therevada
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Zen Vs Therevada

Japanese Zen does not have a Vinaya. :jawdrop: I expected something . The Soto school founded by Jiyu Kennett in the west follows the Vinaya. I think in order to do so it was necessary for them to receive initial ordination from an authentic source. I dont recall of the details off hand. i cant fin...
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: difficult situation
Replies: 53
Views: 4454

Re: difficult situation

no temple or group is prefect. if you have a place with good dhamma friends who you can trust, and a place where you can practice then i stay stick with it.
by jcsuperstar
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zen Vs Therevada
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Zen Vs Therevada

if you take the Thai forest tradition of the 20th century and compare it to some zen, you'll get many similarities. some think that maybe this is because Chan monks may have wandered into thailand and that Thai thudong monks may have bumped into Chan monks on their journeys as well. also Thai Buddhi...
by jcsuperstar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Tuvataka Sutta: Quickly Snp 4.14 PTS: Sn 915-934
Replies: 1
Views: 650

Tuvataka Sutta: Quickly Snp 4.14 PTS: Sn 915-934

Snp 4.14 PTS: Sn 915-934 Tuvataka Sutta: Quickly translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu "I ask the kinsman of the Sun, the great seer, about seclusion & the state of peace. Seeing in what way is a monk unbound, clinging to nothing in the world?" "He should put an entire stop to the root of o...
by jcsuperstar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Alms offering to Monkhood in the morning
Replies: 20
Views: 1307

Re: Alms offering to Monkhood in the morning

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamguava/2531747939/sizes/m/in/photostream/ I have stopped on my alms-round and given stuff to kids..... it is a great feeling to share and they appreciate it...but sometimes the adults look askance because they think I should consume the offerings myself. Not possible ...
by jcsuperstar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-self or No-self?
Replies: 37
Views: 2441

Re: Not-self or No-self?

, there are only mind and body processes. agreed No Individual entity, no personal entity, i see these as a self, not a soul when i think of a soul i think of some magic white ball that is inside me that goes to heaven or whatever when i die. i guess, i really have no idea what a soul is, however l...
by jcsuperstar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Psychedelics
Replies: 72
Views: 12098

Re: Buddhism and Psychedelics

What the hell is this thread about now ? How did we start with a request to condone drug taking and end up in the alienated loony tune world of Alistair Crowley ? Or maybe in fact in was a logical and inevitable progession. :shrug: loosing focus seems to be a common trait with the use of Psychedelics
by jcsuperstar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Psychedelics
Replies: 72
Views: 12098

Re: Buddhism and Psychedelics

couple things: is jhana specific to only Buddhism? no does the effect of meditation practice necessarily lead one closer to nibbana? no. look at the story of Devadatta, someone who gained great magical powers yet failed to even gain stream entry. there is a difference between samadhi and the Buddha'...
by jcsuperstar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Futurism
Replies: 15
Views: 1885

Re: Buddhist Futurism

what do schools say when children ask this question now?
by jcsuperstar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should Buddhists develop community support?
Replies: 18
Views: 2211

Re: Should Buddhists develop community support?

churches have used helping people get jobs as a selling point for their religion for a long time now, it's kinda a cheap tactic. one of my wife's friends (who is from isan and grew up uneducated and poor on a rice farm) was helped by a woman and got a pretty good job and this was tauted as being "I'...
by jcsuperstar
Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Psychedelics
Replies: 72
Views: 12098

Re: Buddhism and Psychedelics

i don't know how this thread got off and on to Aleister Crowley, but there was nothing particularly Buddhist about anything he said, did or taught. and concentration techniques are not Buddhism although we may use them in Buddhism. I've known people deeply into occult practices and I've read all the...