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by culaavuso
Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Modern Ascetic Movements
Replies: 38
Views: 2797

Re: Modern Ascetic Movements

You don't want to participate in the greed of modern society, yet if you are a wanderer living off the alms of others, those others are giving from their participation in society. Right. However, I would not expect anyone to provide alms to a self proclaimed "holy man" unless said "holiness" was se...
by culaavuso
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Modern Ascetic Movements
Replies: 38
Views: 2797

Re: Modern Ascetic Movements

Unlike the India of his time, we don't have any well-established, socially accepted alternatives to being economically productive members of society. Even our contemplative religious orders are prized for their ability to provide bread, honey, and wine for the marketplace. So the prince would proba...
by culaavuso
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: beginner here, need advice: do vipassana or not?
Replies: 10
Views: 3016

Re: beginner here, need advice: do vipassana or not?

I just want to be able to deal with what life throws at me, in a better way. And what is the result of stress? There are some cases in which a person overcome with pain, his mind exhausted, grieves, mourns, laments, beats his breast, & becomes bewildered. Or one overcome with pain, his mind exhaust...
by culaavuso
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Slave question
Replies: 9
Views: 1845

Re: Slave question

Undesirable . Applicants falling into the following categories should not be given the Going-forth. As the Going-forth is the customary first step in full Acceptance, this means that they should not receive full Acceptance, either. Any bhikkhu who gives any of these applicants the Going-forth incur...
by culaavuso
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Slave question
Replies: 9
Views: 1845

Re: Slave question

Now at that time a certain slave, having run away, came to have gone forth among the monks. The mistresses, having seen (him), spoke thus: “This is our very slave. Come along, let us bring him (back).” … as in BD.1.46 … “Monks, a slave should not be let go forth. Whoever should let (one such) go fo...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Rain soddens what's covered..."
Replies: 49
Views: 4338

Re: "Rain soddens what's covered..."

I notice that Ajahn Thanissaro's translation is essentially the same as John Ireland's. Possibly both Ven. Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu and John D. Ireland were influenced by Ven. Ñāṇamoli Bhikkhu's translation of the word as "sodden". Ven. Ñāṇamoli Bhikkhu's translation of Nettippakaraṇa first translated in...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Rain soddens what's covered..."
Replies: 49
Views: 4338

Re: "Rain soddens what's covered..."

Opilāpeti, parisandati, pariplavati, sedeti, seceti, pāyeti, omadati, sammaddati, or vokirati. Not all of the above actually occur as finite verbs, but I've constructed them on the basis of their past participles which are to be found. E.g. I've never seen vokirati, but one will meet with its past ...
by culaavuso
Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Practicing in heaven.
Replies: 5
Views: 991

Re: Practicing in heaven.

How do you assure that you will stay on the path in your future births? Take the case of another man. He is not even endowed with unwavering devotion to the Buddha, the Dhamma, the Sangha. He is not joyous and swift in wisdom and has not gained release. But perhaps he has these things: the faculty ...
by culaavuso
Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Rain soddens what's covered..."
Replies: 49
Views: 4338

Re: "Rain soddens what's covered..."

I think it would be in relation to the absence of wind and sun to dry it off after the rain. That explanation appears to make sense, especially given one of the places where this quote is found in Ud 5.5 : Then the thought occurred to Ven. Mahā Moggallāna: "In reference to which individual did the ...
by culaavuso
Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Emptiness VS Mindfulness ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1943

Re: Emptiness VS Mindfulness ?

How does the teaching of emptiness as per following Sutta are reconciled with mindfulness (Satipathana)? To begin, some definitions of mindfulness might be helpful: And what is the faculty of mindfulness? There is the case where a monk, a disciple of the noble ones, is mindful, highly meticulous, r...
by culaavuso
Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Ṭhānissaro - craving and fabrication
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Ven. Ṭhānissaro - craving and fabrication

Sutta SN 51.15 is discussed in Ven. Ţhānissaro Bhikkhu's book Discernment : Because no intentions are constant or permanent, they can't create a constant or permanent happiness. The best they can create, when they're trained to be skillful, is a happiness that's relatively long-lasting and harmless....
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Non violence and self defense
Replies: 36
Views: 5103

Re: Non violence and self defense

If eliminating human emotions works for you go for it! Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding. Even then you should train yourselves: 'Our minds will be unaffec...
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Ṭhānissaro - craving and fabrication
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Ven. Ṭhānissaro - craving and fabrication

What it means for the goal to be asaṅkhata is unclear to me. It seems like a paradox to say that nibbāna is unfabricated, and also the cessation of craving. If craving underlies the process of fabrication then the cessation of craving would result in unfabrication. It seems like two events rather t...
by culaavuso
Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: paying homage to the buddha
Replies: 9
Views: 1777

Re: paying homage to the buddha

I think it is the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, at least that's what came to mind when I wrote it. And the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ananda, saying: "Ananda, the twin sala trees are in full bloom, though it is not the season of flowering. And the blossoms rain upon the body of the Tathagata and d...
by culaavuso
Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Mystery of Consciousness.
Replies: 26
Views: 2169

Re: Mystery of Consciousness.

They do talk about this, but I think the fundamental problem - the "hard problem" - is about experience in its broadest sense. Why is there experience of anything? The really hard problem of consciousness is the problem of experience. When we think and perceive, there is a whir of information-proce...