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by cookiemonster
Mon May 27, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Brahmaviharas Bhavana Lead to Brahma Realms or Heaven?
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Brahmaviharas Bhavana Lead to Brahma Realms or Heaven?

Hello, I'm a bit confused reading the benefits of Metta some list rebirth in happy realms,some translate to heaven and others translate to Brahma realms. If I'm understanding correctly Brahma realms are jhanic realms correct? SO their not actually heaven which is a sensous plane (sugati). Which is ...
by cookiemonster
Sun May 05, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?

"In what five precepts are his actions restrained? A noble disciple abstains from killing, from taking what is not given, from wrong sensual behavior, from lying, and from intoxicants that cause indolence. "And what are the four lofty mental abidings bringing happiness in the present, which he can ...
by cookiemonster
Sun May 05, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?
Replies: 23
Views: 762

Re: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?

Sotapannas have perfect virtue and ethics ... Where is this found in the suttas? As I understand it, sotapannas - at the very least - perfects mundane and apprehends supramundane Right View. This eliminates self-view, clinging to rites and rituals, and skeptical doubt, the three hallmarks of a sota...
by cookiemonster
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rareness of human birth
Replies: 35
Views: 1082

Re: Rareness of human birth

Hello, Sorry if this question has already been asked, but the Great Rebirth Debate thread is now so huge that it's not humanly possible to search through it... I read on the one hand that human rebirth is extremely rare. On the other hand I read that if one is rich/poor/handsome/ugly (etc.) in this...
by cookiemonster
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1750

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

... discussing them in a public context, which should not be done. Agreed ... a public announcement is unskillful speech, but IMO one should also keep in mind Right Speech if asked in a personal context, where one abstains from lying, speaking at the right time, truthfully, beneficially, and withou...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1750

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

There's also a question that so far I seem unwilling to let go. It goes something like this: What is the common stage of attainment (is that how to call it?) for Buddhists? Both among monastic communities, and among lay people? Nobody seems to talk about it. Like, people don't say "Hi, I'm Alison, ...
by cookiemonster
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1750

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

grumpyfreyr wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:58 pm
how do aryas find each other?
Through long personal association (AN 4:192) & knowledge - supernormal (AN 3:40) or ordinary.
by cookiemonster
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Disrobing defeat or progress?
Replies: 29
Views: 1916

Re: Disrobing defeat or progress?

This topic reminds me of something I read (in the Buddha and His Teachings by Narada Thera) about laymen who are also true monks: "Concerning a minister who attained arahantship while seated on an elephant decked in his best apparel, the Buddha remarked: Even though a man be richly adorned, if he wa...
by cookiemonster
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paticcasamupadda - namarupa/name-and-form, vinnana/consciousness, and sankharas/fabrications
Replies: 41
Views: 1881

Paticcasamupadda - namarupa/name-and-form, vinnana/consciousness, and sankharas/fabrications

In the "standard" version of paticcasamupadda/dependent origination, it is said: "With ignorance as condition, volitional formations come to be; with volitional formations as condition, consciousness; with consciousness as condition, name-and-form" (e.g. SN 12.1: https://legacy.suttacentral.net/en/s...
by cookiemonster
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 9341

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

The implication of Pure Land Buddhism to me is this: Was Gotama negligent by not creating his own pure land for his disciples?
by cookiemonster
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: homosexuality
Replies: 16
Views: 2095

Re: homosexuality

Hi Forgive me if this is in the wrong place. I have been working my way through the Digha Nikaya and have come across something that has got me rather upset. As a gay man, I came to Buddhism for it's welcoming friendly, humanistic approach, imagine my dismay reading the cakkavatti sutta only to rea...
by cookiemonster
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: MN 120: why are bhikkhus aspiring for the household life?
Replies: 15
Views: 1662

Re: MN 120: why are bhikkhus aspiring for the household life?

Dear DW forum I have always found MN 120 to be an unusual sutta; in that it appears to say the bhikhus are aspiring for a non-bhikkhu life. For example, it says: “Take a mendicant who has faith, ethics, learning, generosity, and wisdom. “Idha, bhikkhave, bhikkhu saddhāya samannāgato hoti, sīlena sa...
by cookiemonster
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Born female due to sexual misconduct in past lives
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Re: Born female due to sexual misconduct in past lives

Dear forum I have often read the common Buddhist view that "female birth is due past life sexual misconduct" has no basis in the teachings of the Buddha or the Nikayas. However, today I read Thig 15.1, which appears to at least infer being born female is due to sexual misconduct in past lives. Plea...
by cookiemonster
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: A Survey on "Pali scriptures"
Replies: 11
Views: 1367

Re: A Survey on "Pali scriptures"

When you see the term "Pali scriptures", how do you understand it? I mean, What does the term include? I understand it to refer primarily to the suttas & vinaya, secondarily to abhidhamma, tertiarily to commentaries/subcommentaries/etc. As with most things "Buddhist" in my mind, it is a spectrum, a...
by cookiemonster
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism Expired, says Gnanananda
Replies: 42
Views: 2504

Re: Buddhism Expired, says Gnanananda

salayatananirodha wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:16 am
don't forget about paccekabuddhas
Good point! Even if Gotama's sasana expired after 500 years, then arahatta can still be attained outside of those 500 years by reaching Paccekabuddahood.