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by DNS
Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravadin Cosmology
Replies: 16
Views: 2206

Re: Theravadin Cosmology

This is a great question, one I also have had, and my understanding is that it's all explained by kamma. These people had the amazing kamma to be born into a society where they would encounter the Buddha, and they actually encountered him and listened to him and understood him. That's amazing kamma...
by DNS
Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama deserting wife and child
Replies: 16
Views: 2152

Re: Gotama deserting wife and child

I never know Buddha's wife wasnt mention in the canon, perhaps this makes more sense as to why the Buddhas wife's name "Yasodhara" is very similar to Mahavira's wife's name "Yasoda" Also, Siddhattha. Apparently the first name Siddhattha was also 'lifted' from the Jains for the legend. The Tipitaka ...
by DNS
Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravadin Cosmology
Replies: 16
Views: 2206

Re: Theravadin Cosmology

Arahants are gone beyond. But with 31 planes of existence, I imagine some might be somewhat similar to the Pure Land the Mahyana describes (without buddhas, though).

Metteyya is in the Tusita heaven and I imagine being reborn there to hear him talk and teach would be of great benefit.
by DNS
Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama deserting wife and child
Replies: 16
Views: 2152

Re: Gotama deserting wife and child

But isn't that passage just saying that the parents knew and were opposed, but not saying anything about the wife and child? Sure. But there is very little about a wife of the bodhisatta Gotama, if he had any. Vinaya-piṭaka only once mentions about "mother of Rahula". When the Buddha was speaking a...
by DNS
Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama deserting wife and child
Replies: 16
Views: 2152

Re: Gotama deserting wife and child

According to the narration from the Sutta-piṭaka the whole situation was different: So, at a later time, while still young, a black-haired young man endowed with the blessings of youth in the first stage of life — and while my parents, unwilling, were crying with tears streaming down their faces — ...
by DNS
Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama deserting wife and child
Replies: 16
Views: 2152

Re: Gotama deserting wife and child

I don't know which link you are referring to, but here is my take on the subject and not all of the reasons below deal with family: 1) It was the custom, cultural norm at the time (in India) for young men to leave home and enter the homeless life as an ascetic. 2) The prince was leaving to achieve a...
by DNS
Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:30 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Angulimala
Replies: 6
Views: 1103

Re: Angulimala

Chris wrote: This is an oldie but a goodie. I always get comfort from the message in the story of Angulimala that not every little (or big) piece of kamma has to have its equal consequences.
:thumbsup:

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." Mahatma Gandhi
by DNS
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 1158

Re: Hello

shjohnk wrote: I am currently putting my focus on improving my meditation and cultivating the Brahmaviharas (Loving kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimty)
:thumbsup:

:hello:

Hi John,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:buddha2:
by DNS
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth mechanics
Replies: 29
Views: 3649

Re: Rebirth mechanics

Stefan wrote:Is this correct then:
Wikipedia wrote:Rebirth: belief that consciousness arising in the new person is neither identical to, nor different from, the old consciousness, but forms part of a causal continuum
Sounds good to me.
by DNS
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth mechanics
Replies: 29
Views: 3649

Re: Rebirth mechanics

OK, thanks. How should I say it then? Perhaps, "what are the mechanics of rebirth?" or "what is reborn?" You are not satisfied with my answer above? :tongue: Reprinted (reborn) here: It is more of a continuation in a series. The usual analogies are a flame, river, etc. Not the same river, not the s...
by DNS
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth mechanics
Replies: 29
Views: 3649

Re: Rebirth mechanics

Did my question imlpy that consciousness was self? :anjali: Kind of in this sentence: How does consciousness pass from one body to the next at the moment of rebirth? Consciousness does not "pass" from one body to the next; otherwise it would imply a permanent consciousness or self. I know it is mor...
by DNS
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth mechanics
Replies: 29
Views: 3649

Re: Rebirth mechanics

Six common misconceptions of a permanent self:

1. The body

2. Feelings

3. Perceptions

4. Mental formations

5. Consciousness

6. The world

(None of the above constitutes a permanent self.)

Sorry, don't have the exact Sutta reference handy. :thinking:
by DNS
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Dhamma names?
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Re: Dhamma names?

I don't think so. Anagarika Dharmapala had one and he was a lay man all his life until about the last year when he ordained. His dying words were, " may I be re-born 25 more times so that I can spread the Buddha-Dhamma ." :bow: :bow: :bow: Not sure how you could do it, but I would check with a vener...
by DNS
Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 10-Fold Path
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Re: 10-Fold Path

Hi Jim, Ten factors found in Arahants: 1. Right Understanding 2. Right Thought 3. Right Speech 4. Right Action 5. Right Livelihood 6. Right Effort 7. Right Mindfulness 8. Right Concentration 9. Right Knowledge 10. Right Deliverance (from Khuddakapatha 4) The final two attained with enlightenment.
by DNS
Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachings of Self Damaging Dhamma?
Replies: 8
Views: 1225

Re: Teachings of Self Damaging Dhamma?

Do we think that Sangha memebers who teach in these terms actually do damage to Dhamma and to others wanting to understand Dhamma, since it seems to let people cling to some sense of Self Unfortunately I have heard and read some teachings from some teachers who talk of this "true self." I think it ...