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by rolling_boulder
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 3795

Re: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli

I have always found in my practice that it is better not to focus on all-or-nothing binaries. As I see it, there are practices that the Buddha recommended which are skillful. Each of these practices that we can do will be for our benefit and for the benefit of all beings. There is such a thing as ta...
by rolling_boulder
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Anything worthwhile in SR Vietnam?
Replies: 0
Views: 1356

Anything worthwhile in SR Vietnam?

Hi The more i hear from the expat community and experienced tourists, the more that Vietnam sounds like a cool place to go. I have never really heard much about Vietnam's particular strain of Buddhism. I know it's mahayana, but their bhikkhus wear orange robes? Is there anything worthwhile there in ...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

Ok, but we are looking for what the Buddha was actually trying to tell us!
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

[ In Buddhist terms this would be equivalent to saying that there is an Atman "beneath" the five aggregates, which doesn't appear to be what the Buddha taught - unless you argue that Nibbana is some sort of "true self". :shrug: The thing that really gets me about all these doctrinal issues at this ...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

:heart: Mike Dear Mr Mikenz I'm listening to the third talk and i agree with the conception of anatta expressed therein but i dont see how he's addressing the issue of the background mind or knower being Nibbana or not. Edit; ah, think i see now, in the second talk he explains about the preceding U...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

mikenz66 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:49 am
rolling_boulder wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:45 am
Who's Patrick Kearney?
The particular Patrick Kearney I'm referring to is a teacher who spent a few years in Myanmar as a bhikkhu:
http://www.dharmasalon.net/home.html

:heart:
Mike
Thanks

I'll try to find some time and energy to listen to the talks

RB
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

mikenz66 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:36 am
For anyone interested in Patrick Kearney's comments,
Mikenz,
Who's Patrick Kearney?

Is he an authority on such matters?

I googled him and was shocked at what I found... :tongue:
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:22 am
Monks in Dhammayutta Nikaya such as Ven. Thanissaro believes in a surviving self after Parinibbana or Parinibbana as an objective reality.
As opposed to what, sarath?
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

mikenz66 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:59 am
Well, the Thai Forest Ajahns do have their own interpretations....
Can you elaborate? I'm very interested to know what you mean by that.
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

Well, the Advaita idea seems to be that the knowing mind is the "true self" = atman = Brahmin, or, at least, the gateway to Brahman, so that's probably not considered correct from Buddhist point of view (certainly not by the Theravada commentaries). Hard to say. I was personally at a talk where LP ...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

So, my not-very-informed understanding is that the idea of the aggregates not being a self may well have preceded the Buddha, but those making that argument did have a "true self" in mind outside of the aggregates. Interesting, so if you ascribe to "knowing mind = nibbana" idea, then because that i...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 9755

Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

Hey. I was talking to a practitioner of the Advaita vedanta school. He was telling me quite insistently that Anatta was understood in the non duality school before Buddhism ever came about. If so, this pokes a big hole in Buddhist worldview. It's quite essential to us that this teaching is unique to...
by rolling_boulder
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Householder" etymology
Replies: 2
Views: 520

"Householder" etymology

Hi I am interested to know if we know anything about the etymology of the Pali gihin, gahattha, gahapati translated to English as "Householder." For interest, here is the English etymology. householder late 14c., "head of a household or family; one who manages a household;" by mid-15c. as "one who h...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 2900

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

Respectfully, Those who do not understand the teaching is actually most of us. Most of us do not personally know about life after death, etc. We only take it on faith. I think everyone in this thread is forgetting the second and under appreciated part of the Kalama Sutta. "Now, Kalamas, one who is a...