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by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conversations with devas
Replies: 24
Views: 3631

Re: Conversations with devas

Greetings JC, i'm not sure... i never read the whole bio... :embarassed: Well I read it... but I can't remember :embarassed: I assume if they were living, it wouldn't have been such a problem. The problem presumably relates the traditional assessment on what parinibbana constitutes; cessation and so...
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conversations with devas
Replies: 24
Views: 3631

Re: Conversations with devas

Greetings JC,
jcsuperstar wrote:i dont think it's mun's talking with devas that causes problems, it's his talking with arahants that people take issue with.. :juggling:
Oh yeah... that's right. Were these arahants that had already achieved parinibbana, or didn't he specify?

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Arahantship already here?
Replies: 17
Views: 2559

Re: Arahantship already here?

Greetings Chris,

No... only modern Zen.

:sage:

It's always seemed an inappropriate use of the term 'enlightenment' to me.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Arahantship already here?
Replies: 17
Views: 2559

Re: Arahantship already here?

Greetings Craig, Arahantship is the permanent eradication of greed, aversion or delusion. Moments in which these factors are not present could rightly be called vipassana (seeing things as they really are) but there is nothing permanent about this. Not that it's relevant to Classical Theravada (thou...
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 32
Views: 9075

Re: Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Greetings,

From memory, I think this little controversy all came about on account of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's expositions on nibbana, but I don't remember the specifics.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:05 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Yes, Pet Shop Boys
Replies: 35
Views: 4010

Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

You two dunces can go sit in the corner...

Image

:rofl:

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Yes, Pet Shop Boys
Replies: 35
Views: 4010

Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Greetings, Of no relevance to the Dhamma, but the new Pet Shop Boys album "Yes" has just been released and this link allows you to listen to (yet not download) the entire album. Yes, Pet Shop Boys - Album Sampler Widget http://widgets.clearspring.com/cscallback/urlexchange/49c1172b3de2a326/facebook....
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenges facing Buddhism in the Modern World
Replies: 11
Views: 4610

Re: Challenges facing Buddhism in the Modern World

Greetings TheDhamma, Well, this is an opening post, but it looks more like some possible 'solutions.' A challenge I see is that once people are introduced to the Dhamma on account of its compatibility with science, they may come to expect that everything that happens within the scope of Buddhism adh...
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tantra II
Replies: 25
Views: 3705

Re: Tantra II

Greetings David, I was having doubts about how authentic it is. Even stating so got me a good scolding on another Buddhist website. According to some I should not even have doubts, much less talk about them openly. Respectfully, isn't this the kind of deference to authority that got you entangled in...
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conversations with devas
Replies: 24
Views: 3631

Re: Conversations with devas

Greetings TheDhamma,

I think one of the earlier Thai Forest monks (was it Ajahn Mun?) supposedly saw devas, and I understand that such comments were not without controversy.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conversations with devas
Replies: 24
Views: 3631

Conversations with devas

Greetings, Does anyone know of any reports of anyone having done this in recent history? MN 79: Culasakuludayi Sutta http://www.dhammaweb.net/Tipitaka/read.php?id=113" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; "Venerable sir, isn’t there another course of actions, for realising the world of plea...
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:43 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Unfair Criticism?
Replies: 41
Views: 5053

Re: Unfair Criticism?

Greetings,

It would seem that the author prizes philosophy over liberation. I guess everyone's got their own priorities.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fruitful practice and nibbana, without the commentaries?
Replies: 27
Views: 2959

Re: A fruitful practice and nibbana, without the commentaries?

Greetings Ben, No, no such assumption made... my point was expressed solely within the confines of the topic at hand. My perspective is much like that of Tilt, "Commentaries may not be the final word, but they are important word." Certainly not critically important though to the point that stream-en...
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fruitful practice and nibbana, without the commentaries?
Replies: 27
Views: 2959

Re: A fruitful practice and nibbana, without the commentaries?

Greetings Ben, Nyaniponika Thera in 'Abhidhamma Studies' also asserts that while the core of the Abhidhamma Mantikas were probably composed by the Buddha, it was Sariputta and Sariputta's students who fleshed it out. This leaves though the historical fact that it is only the Theravada tradition that...
by retrofuturist
Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fruitful practice and nibbana, without the commentaries?
Replies: 27
Views: 2959

Re: Another Commentary topic

Greetings Chris, Can you tell us about some of them? They are the Noble Ones of the Pali Canon - that includes the Buddha of course. how you know they were Noble? When the suttas say they were noble, I believe them. how you know they were never aware of the explanations in the Commentaries? Because ...