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by culaavuso
Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Non violence and self defense
Replies: 36
Views: 4925

Re: Non violence and self defense

I have felt that "forgiveness" is very specific and needs to be asked for - acceptance is the concept I have tried to use - but metta seems to me to be more universal or perhaps less "personal" if that makes any sense. There is an essay by Ven. Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu titled Reconciliation, Right & Wron...
by culaavuso
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: watching porn can be adultery?
Replies: 78
Views: 14220

Re: watching porn can be adultery?

Anyhow it is a Dukkata offence found in the first Sanghadisesa. I took a brief look at the 13 saṃghādisesas on this site but couldn't find it. Can you tell me where it is? At one time a certain monk, being lustful, stared at the private parts of a woman and semen was emitted. … “There is no offence...
by culaavuso
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to have a negative view of Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, Judiasm)?
Replies: 28
Views: 2765

Re: Is it wrong to have a negative view of Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, Judiasm)?

I know they are filled with ignorance of who and what they are insulting, but what should we do in reaction to these types? This appears to be an opportunity to practice development of a number of mental and verbal skills. Feeling good-will and compassion for them even when they are ignorant and in...
by culaavuso
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: First and Third Noble Truth
Replies: 533
Views: 50221

Re: First and Third Noble Truth

you explain what is not said by the Noble Truths .. but these should stand on their own feet , shouldn't they? No; you are making up a criterion which demands that brief statements contain every other Teaching statement within them, one that demands Teaching in brief to be Teaching in detail at one...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?
Replies: 41
Views: 4393

Re: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?

However some may argue that Buddha did not talk with an experienced practitioner. Āḷāra Kālāma and Udaka Rāmaputta were both experienced practitioners with whom the Bodhisatta spoke in order to verify his development of the perception attainments. So I went to him and said, 'To what extent do you d...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist response to Muslims
Replies: 218
Views: 22356

Re: Buddhist response to Muslims

Personally, I am a bit cautious when it comes to believing what I watch in the news. Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the jo...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Pali word for craving used in the 4 Noble Truths
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Re: The Pali word for craving used in the 4 Noble Truths

Is "tanha" the actual word that is translated as "desire" or "craving", used in the second noble truth? Yes. Idaṃ kho pana, bhikkhave, duk­kha­sa­muda­yaṃ ariyasaccaṃ—yāyaṃ taṇhā ponobbhavikā nandi­rāga­saha­gatā tatra­tat­rā­bhinan­dinī, seyyathidaṃ —kāma taṇhā , bhava taṇhā , vibhava taṇhā . Now ...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?
Replies: 41
Views: 4393

Re: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?

Now, is there sutta support for this? AN 5.166 contains an interesting exchange on this subject: Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu accomplished in virtuous behavior, concentration, and wisdom might enter and emerge from the cessation of perception and feeling. There is this possibility. But if he does not ...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?
Replies: 41
Views: 4393

Re: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?

Cessation is a fairly subtle state and can be confused with other even unskilful states of mind, what gives solidity to the interpretation of the phenomenon is what follows it, that is the fruition, and this is why I am absolutely positive about interpreting it correctly. Which fruition? One of the...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?
Replies: 41
Views: 4393

Re: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?

A precise description or definition is beyond my reach but I can try my best, while experiencing cessation the six internal bases and the six external bases cease, there are no sounds, sights, tangibles, odors flavors nor mind objects, and you cannot perceive the internal bases either, also there a...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fourfold Sangha
Replies: 47
Views: 10459

Re: Fourfold Sangha

Interesting to note it's consistently "bhikkhus bhikkhunis upasakas and upasikas" and "catasso parisa" in the pali suttas. Wondering now, how "sangha' came about into Theravada Budhhism. :anjali: The Pāḷi-English Dictionary entry for sangha cites many suttas that use the word in a variety of contex...
by culaavuso
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?
Replies: 41
Views: 4393

Re: Is the Theravada Tradition wrong?

18. Herein, (i) What is the attainment of cessation? It is the non-occurrence of consciousness and its concomitants owing to their progressive cessation. (ii) Who attains it? (iii) Who do not attain it? No ordinary men, no stream-enterers or once-returners, and no non-returners and Arahants who are...
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why arūpa is translated as "formless" ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1028

Re: Why arūpa is translated as "formless" ?

If one is amanussa . Then he is not human. It cannot be "he does not have human". If something is arūpa and translate it as formless, it means that thing has no material or Should it be translated as not-material and mean it is not material? This sounds like it's just the difference between a noun ...
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are compliments bad?
Replies: 9
Views: 1367

Re: Are compliments bad?

Okay, there is still something I do not get. If I complement someone saying they have a nice haircut, then they will feel good. They will have the emotion of feeling good -- they will have pleasure. Isn't this bad? Why would this be bad? Why not be happy for them? Being happy for them seems to be p...
by culaavuso
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: comparison?
Replies: 4
Views: 1415

Re: comparison?

From a historical perspective it might be informative to read the book The Bodhisattva Ideal: Essays on the Emergence of Mahayana published by the Buddhist Publication Society. Some of the essays can be found online, including: Bodhi and Arahattaphala: From Early Buddhism to Early Mahāyāna by Karel ...