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by Nicolas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How would you place your hands when bowing/saluting the shrine/showing respect to monastics
Replies: 27
Views: 2612

Re: How would you place your hands when bowing/saluting the shrine/showing respect to monastics

I do the palms and fingers against each other (like in the first picture), but typically with the thumbs only touching each other and not the rest of the hands (i.e. the thumbs are more relaxed and less "tight"), it's what comes most naturally to me.
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 3464

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

1+1=2 is known to be true because it proves its reliability through time. The notion "all phenomenon are impermanent" disputes this reliability. If 1+1 = 2 is always true whether i think of it or not and If 1+1=2 is a phenomenon Then, "all phenomenon are impermanent" cannot be true because the trut...
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 3464

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

[...] "1+1=2" is a concept, which is not a phenomenon unless it occurs as a thought or within a thought in a mind. When I think "1+1=2", then no longer think it, that thought/phenomenon is impermanent. That doesn't mean that 1+1=2 is not always true, whether I think it or not. Same goes with sabbe ...
by Nicolas
Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Incest.
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Incest.

There is also this: Monks, these two bright qualities guard the world. Which two? Shame & compunction. If these two bright qualities did not guard the world, there would be no recognition of ‘mother’ here, no recognition of ‘mother’s sister,’ ‘uncle’s wife,’ ‘teacher’s wife,’ or ‘wives of those who ...
by Nicolas
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)
Replies: 16
Views: 1286

Re: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)

I'm asking because this video would appear to contradict what I've learned, listening to certain talks by a highly respected monk, who said that most people, having lived out their human birth, end up in the ghost realm (or lower)... what do the suttas say, regarding this issue? I don't feel like s...
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can i choice a better choice sometimes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2015

Re: Can i choice a better choice sometimes?

You can make a better choice. Responsibility should not be relegated to one's environment. You are responsible for your own actions. All beings that come and go, that pass away and undergo rebirth, are owners of their kamma, heirs of their kamma; all have kamma as their origin, kamma as their relati...
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help needed
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Help needed

It's translated as "like a mirage" by Bodhi, Sujato, Nanananda (Thanissaro reads "mirage", but "like a" is implicit). The PTS dictionary reads the following for "marīci": Marīci (f.) [Vedic marīci; cp. Gr. marmai/rw to shimmer, glitter, mai_ra dog star, a)maru/ssw sparkle; Lat. merus clear, pure; pe...
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 1545

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:33 am
[...]
And yet:
Upajjhatthana Sutta wrote: A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to death; I am not exempt from death.’
by Nicolas
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 1545

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

SarathW wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:20 pm
[...]
"Death meditation" is described by the Buddha as reflecting on the possibility of death being imminent, and that one should thus be mindful and put in effort to dispel unwholesome qualities in case death comes soon. (see AN 6.19 & AN 6.20)
by Nicolas
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 4132

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

These quotes from the Pali Canon may be of use: Of that which the wise in the world agree upon as not existing, I too say that it does not exist. And of that which the wise in the world agree upon as existing, I too say that it exists. And what is it, bhikkhus, that the wise in the world agree upon ...
by Nicolas
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Locating Buddhist quotes & passages
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: Locating Buddhist quotes & passages

#3 From a secondhand quote but I haven't seen the primary source: better to swallow a a red hot lead ball, than to stick one's thingy into a woman. Or better to stick one's thingy into a viper's mouth, than inside a woman. The red hot ball: Aggikkhandhopama Sutta . Also referenced in Dhp 308 , Iti ...
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 45
Views: 2499

Re: Sutta source

Sutta source - Bhikkhu Bodhi "The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya." 2012 - p. 1192. Can you please share the accompanying footnote too? Hi Paul, The footnote reads: "Assuming the historical authenticity of this passage, if the Buddha had wished to proscribe...
by Nicolas
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Was Bahiya an Arahant when he met Buddha?
Replies: 6
Views: 716

Re: Was Bahiya an Arahant when he met Buddha?

The sutta is extremely clear: "You, Bāhiya, are neither an arahant nor have you entered the path of arahantship. You don't even have the practice whereby you would become an arahant or enter the path of arahantship." [...] Through hearing this brief explanation of the Dhamma from the Blessed One, th...
by Nicolas
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 97
Views: 5926

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

In case this refers (in part) to the recent topic about Bhikkhu Analayo and his book & lecture series, my understanding is that they don’t necessarily refer to actions taken to combat climate change (especially not for monastics) but instead are about how to deal with it on a personal and internal l...
by Nicolas
Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Bhikkhu Analayo New Online Course ( Free )
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: Bhikkhu Analayo New Online Course ( Free )

He recently wrote a book on the topic, which his course will most likely refer to: Mindfully Facing Climate Change.