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by Jechbi
Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why did you choose Theravada?
Replies: 228
Views: 25658

Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Mawkish1983 wrote:I wonder if the caustic atmosphere I am perceiving here is my own mental construction...
You're not alone.
by Jechbi
Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Conceptual and Non-Conceptual
Replies: 50
Views: 5904

Re: Conceptual and Non-Conceptual

Thanks, Mike. I appreciate your exploration of this subject here. For collaborative discussion purposes: To me it is useful in order to understand what a particular practise is trying to achieve ... I'm struck by the notion of "achievement." And I'm mindful of the fact that it has come up in past re...
by Jechbi
Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Conceptual and Non-Conceptual
Replies: 50
Views: 5904

Re: Conceptual and Non-Conceptual

Hi Mike, Just catching up. Interesting discussion. With regard to this: Page 106 This goes to the heart of conceptual/nonconceptual in meditation: ... Insight practice is about ultimate reality, the ultimate nature of reality, and thus the specifics don’t matter. Morality and concentration are about...
by Jechbi
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:15 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Why people ask questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1982

Why people ask questions

from here:
Five reasons why people ask questions: through stupidity and foolishness; with evil intentions and through covetousness; with a desire to know; out of contempt; with the thought: "If he answers my question correctly, it is good; if not, then I shall give the correct answer.
by Jechbi
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 18194

Suffering and the end of suffering

The point is clearly stated there is no singular, unchanging thing to be found within the universe to which we can cling or hide behind or grasp onto or which we somehow are. I agree with this. The "supreme god" translation is one possible translation. In the broader context of the entire discussio...
by Jechbi
Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 18194

Ven. Bodhi's translation

Great king, there are four summaries of the Dhamma that have been taught by the Blessed One who knows and sees, accomplished and fully enlightened. Knowing and seeing and hearing them, I went forth from the home life into homelessness. What are these four? [Life in] any world is unstable, it is swe...
by Jechbi
Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:15 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Khaggavisana Sutta — A Rhinoceros
Replies: 4
Views: 912

Re: Khaggavisana Sutta — A Rhinoceros

Contrast this with the Mangala Sutta.
by Jechbi
Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Hi from Bennett
Replies: 76
Views: 9357

Re: Hi from Bennett

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by Jechbi
Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nagarjuna
Replies: 80
Views: 5632

Re: Nagarjuna

Well, one of the biggest problems in earlier scholarship, and one that is certainly very rife on Internet Buddhist Discussion Forums, is the approach which assumes that there are only two schools - Theravada and Mahayana. (Or maybe three, if one adds Tibetan Vajrayana.) Then, people try to argue th...
by Jechbi
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nagarjuna
Replies: 80
Views: 5632

Re: Nagarjuna

tiltbillings wrote:Your point is?
um ... that we should be mindful of the predilections and perspectives we bring to this type of discussion. Was that somehow not clear?

Here's another way you could have responded: "Good point. Worth remembering. Thanks." To each his own, I guess...
by Jechbi
Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if everyone were Buddhist?
Replies: 59
Views: 6317

Re: What if everyone were Buddhist?

Maybe the question could be, what if everyone were Dhammiko? That word "Buddhist" can be so problematic ...
by Jechbi
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the Buddha's Enlightenment seems higher than Arahan's?
Replies: 9
Views: 2118

Re: Why the Buddha's Enlightenment seems higher than Arahan's?

My understanding is that the Buddha is a Samma-sambudha, a thoroughly perfected being ... We need to be careful with that word " being ." Then Ven. Radha went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: "'A being,...
by Jechbi
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: conciousness and nirvana
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: conciousness and nirvana

I heard in Theravada consciousness ceases to exist when one enters Parinirvana. If consciousness ceases to exist then what is supposed to be left? Can this then be considered Nihilistic? If not then why and how can't it be considered nihilistic? If you are talking about "nihilistic" in the sense of...
by Jechbi
Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nagarjuna
Replies: 80
Views: 5632

Re: Nagarjuna

It is not a bad thing for a Theravadin to have some familiarity of the Mahayana. Sure, as long as we don't forget the limitations of having "some familiarity." We all have a tendancy to bring our own predilections and perspectives to discussions like this. "Formerly, bhikkhus, there was a certain k...
by Jechbi
Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The Casual Drink Or About That One Precept...
Replies: 71
Views: 11142

Re: The Casual Drink Or About That One Precept...

One other thought. Adding highlights: A. “I undertake the rule of training [that is] abstinence from the basis of negligence, [consisting in] intoxicating liquors and intoxicating wines.” B. “I undertake the rule of training [that is] abstinence from the basis of negligence, [consisting in] liquors ...