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by Paññāsikhara
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 314552

Re: vegetarian vs veganist

I know I have posted already a lot of questions this week, I hope I don't bother anyone with it. But there is no Sangha where I live, nor do I know anyone who is interested in Buddhism, so I find this a great place to ask questions, because I get good answers here... Since last year I decided to be...
by Paññāsikhara
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The 5 Aggregates and the 5 Clinging Aggregates
Replies: 31
Views: 8860

Re: The 5 Aggregates and the 5 Clinging Aggregates

Hi there! I got a (apparently) very simple question: The 5 aggregates and the 5 Clinging-Aggregates: What's the difference? :coffee: At times it may be more helpful to read "upadana-khandha" as fuel-aggregates, rather than "clinging aggregates", specifically if one wishes to take in the whole metap...
by Paññāsikhara
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination and Kamma
Replies: 11
Views: 1143

Re: Dependent Origination and Kamma

I would like to know the relationship between Kamma and dependent origination. A person has told me Kamma is the driving force behind dependent origination, but I don't think so. I think it is obviously a result of dependent origination, but not the ultimate push behind it. I always thought ignoran...
by Paññāsikhara
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: World Cycles and Cosmic Systems
Replies: 47
Views: 3665

Re: World Cycles and Cosmic Systems

And of course Bareau's 1955 Les Sectes Bouddhiques Du Petit Vehicule . In particular, three main lines: Sarvastivada, Vatsiputriya / Sammitiya, and Mahasamghika. That would cover most of the Buddhist tradition over that time. Please explain how the Buddha's teachings or his close commentators explai...
by Paññāsikhara
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: World Cycles and Cosmic Systems
Replies: 47
Views: 3665

Re: World Cycles and Cosmic Systems

Thus, it is quite incorrect to claim that "it is a Mahayana imposition", for it most certainly is not. And in fact, by so claiming, you have further confused the issue. Moreover, the so-called Diamond sutra merely mentions these systems, but does not "explain" them at all. It does not have to. The ...
by Paññāsikhara
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: World Cycles and Cosmic Systems
Replies: 47
Views: 3665

Re: World Cycles and Cosmic Systems

Buddha-fields are also Mahayana impositions Hm, I could swear I saw the term "buddhafield" somewhere in Visuddhimagga, though it’s likely the term is used in a different sense than in Mahayana. In the Visuddhimagga, the Apadana, and Theragatha too. The sense is different from that of later develope...
by Paññāsikhara
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: World Cycles and Cosmic Systems
Replies: 47
Views: 3665

Re: World Cycles and Cosmic Systems

Actually, the Buddha did not describe the horizontal "dimensional-width" of the cosmos. The chiliocosms were explained in later doctrinal formation of the Mahayana, specifically the Diamond Sutra . So, chiliocosms and and greater world-systems should not be considered Theravada or traditional Buddh...
by Paññāsikhara
Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?
Replies: 160
Views: 16405

Re: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?

... Edit: This is the thread I was speaking of: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=3064&hilit=historical+buddha&start=140" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; You'll find a post of mine in a similar vein (if not more friendly and humble than I am these days) about halfway dow...
by Paññāsikhara
Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: NDE Elements & Buddhist Experience
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: NDE Elements & Buddhist Experience

Astronauts who passed out from heavy G's experienced these same things; this would suggest, as it has to NASA, that these experiences in fact have nothing to do with death. It happens when the brain is under severe stress and all but shuts down for a time. As Pim van Lommel's studies have shown, th...
by Paññāsikhara
Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Any speculations about modern-day Arahants?
Replies: 7
Views: 1477

Re: Any speculations about modern-day Arahants?

As the Buddha explained to King Pasenadi, Your majesty, as a layman enjoying sensuality; living crowded with wives and children; using Kasi fabrics and sandalwood; wearing garlands, scents, and creams; handling gold and silver, it is hard for you to know whether these are arahants or on the path to ...
by Paññāsikhara
Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?
Replies: 160
Views: 16405

Re: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?

Technically, Theravada could be considered a form of Mahayana. Spoken like a Mahayanist, but Theravada is not a form of Mahayana. Tilt, I don't know of any Mahayana practitioners who would call Theravada "technically" a form of Mahayana. Please don't lump the bizarre statements of one person onto t...
by Paññāsikhara
Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?
Replies: 160
Views: 16405

Re: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?

.... If you want a look at mahayana buddhism as its actually practiced today, get some information on chan buddhism. Chan is chinese mahayana buddhism, usually found in the wild with chinese pure land buddhism, which encourages devotional practices. By number of adherents chan is probably the bigge...
by Paññāsikhara
Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Racism
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Re: Racism

I know the Buddha broke down the caste system, and I wanted to know what the Buddha might have said about racism that people can apply in the modern day. It may be rather an over-statement to say that "the Buddha broke down the caste system". For a start, he lived in an area that didn't really have...
by Paññāsikhara
Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda
Replies: 94
Views: 18543

Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Yeah, well, it can be without doubt shown that there were Mahayana bits and pieces in the Theravadin history of ideas, but that, even taking all of the above to account, is a long, long way from finding within the mainstream Theravada anything that looks like the Mahayana bodhisattva path structure...
by Paññāsikhara
Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda
Replies: 94
Views: 18543

Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Yeah, well, it can be without doubt shown that there were Mahayana bits and pieces in the Theravadin history of ideas, but that, even taking all of the above to account, is a long, long way from finding within the mainstream Theravada anything that looks like the Mahayana bodhisattva path structure...