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by cookiemonster
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 15
Views: 806

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

why believe either a commentary or a late text? :shrug: Everything is commentary - in a way. The teachings, books, or articles we hear or read today - from monks or otherwise - are commentaries. The suttas we read in English are commentaries (the translator(s) opinion on what the Pali, Chinese, Tib...
by cookiemonster
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 4460

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

diamind wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:49 pm
So basically its a modern day corruption to have a image of the Buddha? Why is Thailand etc.. full of buddha statues if there is nothing in the cannon about making images. This is strange.
I see it as a type of Buddhanusatti.
by cookiemonster
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Order of Precedence
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: Order of Precedence

Thank you. :anjali:
by cookiemonster
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Buddha's Dietary & Lifestyle Recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 1549

The Buddha's Dietary & Lifestyle Recommendations

Just wanted to share here ... It seems to me that recent scientific studies are starting to bear out many of the Buddha's recommendations regarding diet & lifestyle in the suttas: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4250148/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5372885/ https://www....
by cookiemonster
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Order of Precedence
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Order of Precedence

In the Maha-parinibbana sutta ( https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.16.1-6.vaji.html#chap6 ), the Lord stated: "And, Ananda, whereas now the bhikkhus address one another as 'friend,' let it not be so when I am gone. The senior bhikkhus, Ananda, may address the junior ones by their name, t...
by cookiemonster
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can an Arahant improve their understanding after awakening?
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Re: Can an Arahant improve their understanding after awakening?

Thank you for your answers. The topic is quickly shifting to the actual purpose of my question. So I ask the moderators to split this topic between the initial question and what I'm about to ask. I'm trying to understand if an arahat can improve his understanding of the dhamma after his awakening. ...
by cookiemonster
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 67
Views: 5933

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

None of the introductionS to theravada buddhism mention anything about "experiencing non-duality". However, Some buddhists say that they meditate in order to experience non-duality, and it is an important part of buddhism and path to enlightenment. How important is experiencing non-duality in thera...
by cookiemonster
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why prayer was performed on the first and fifteenth of each month ?
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: Why prayer was performed on the first and fifteenth of each month ?

James Tan wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:19 pm
Greetings ,

What is the reason that in Buddhism prayer was performed on the first and fifteenth of each month ? Is there any specific reason to it ?
Prayer? Can you provide some references?
by cookiemonster
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Dhammatalks Icon
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: Dhammatalks Icon

Does anyone know where I can find the original icon of this: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/87/3f/d0/873fd0ed2f656f8b8761a6069d39a530.png Or does anyone out there know how to resize it while keeping the resolution. This is part of a dhamma propagation project, so I think it's relevant. https://i.yt...
by cookiemonster
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Confusion between Eight fold noble path and Anatta
Replies: 14
Views: 1794

Re: Confusion between Eight fold noble path and Anatta

Hello, I wonder what is the philosophy of Buddhism. I guess the whole philosophy of Buddhism is Anatta. (Not self) But, with meditation traditions, it seems that more people and instructors are lay more emphasis on the destination (Nirvana and its path) and not to understand Anatta. Also , I wonder...
by cookiemonster
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When was Gotama a sotapanna?
Replies: 22
Views: 996

When was Gotama a sotapanna?

Before he became the Buddha ... at what point in his lifestream was he considered a sotapanna?
by cookiemonster
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 4460

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

In the suttas, I recall reading that the Buddha's skin appeared golden, he had dark hair & blue eyes, that he was on the thinner side (legs like/as slim as deer's legs?), and that he otherwise looked like every other monk in the darkness (a visiting King could not discern which monk was the Buddha w...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness is the direct path?
Replies: 18
Views: 2120

Re: Mindfulness is the direct path?

Right mindfulness is one of the eight path factors but it is also described in the suttas (satipatthana sutta) as the direct path to nibbana. So if you practice the four bases for mindfulness you also practice the noble eightfold path? How do these two correspond to each other? As I understand it, ...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Jhanas and Nirvana
Replies: 15
Views: 1470

Re: Jhanas and Nirvana

Should every person who is going to attain the Nirvana follow the 1-8 jhanas? Or the jhanas only work for some? For example, I know there were many who attained the Nirvana just by listening to a dhamma talk or cleaning a compond of the monastery? So I feel like working on 1-8 jhanas kinda only spe...
by cookiemonster
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 4735

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

khemindas wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:57 pm
hypertolerance, multiculturalism, feminism and equality ideas
... all are attachments to (various forms of) self, IMO.