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by Sati1
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta reference on Buddha teaching so students leave quickly
Replies: 19
Views: 1094

Re: Sutta reference on Buddha teaching sought

Dear Dave,

Thank you. I thought that there was a similar sutta about Buddha speaking "to dismiss his listeners", but this one is already very helpful.

With metta,
by Sati1
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Commentaries, Abhidhamma, etc. Why bother?
Replies: 28
Views: 1700

Re: Commentaries, Abhidhamma, etc. Why bother?

As a case in point, consider Dhammapada verse 294 without the aid of the Commentaries. Verse 294. Having killed mother, father, and the two kings, and having destroyed the kingdom together with its revenue officer, the brahmana goes free from dukkha. Dear Pilgrim, Could you please expand on this? W...
by Sati1
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta reference on Buddha teaching so students leave quickly
Replies: 19
Views: 1094

Sutta reference on Buddha teaching so students leave quickly

Hello,

I am looking for a reference in which it is mentioned that Buddha teaches in such a way that his students can leave as quickly as possible (rather than him getting entangled in lenghty discussions or in their affairs).

Thank you,
by Sati1
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu
Replies: 8
Views: 1910

Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu

Hello, I would like to recommend to everyone here the videos of Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu on YouTube. What makes them stand out is that most of them deal with many dozens of questions posted to him by listeners, which he addresses from his perspective as a Buddhist monk. I appreciate particularly that he ...
by Sati1
Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Literature and the Seventh Precept
Replies: 12
Views: 1449

Re: Literature and the Seventh Precept

SarathW wrote: I read only Dhamma fictions they also very entertaining.
:D
Could you provide an example of Dhamma fiction? I don't think I have come across such a book.
by Sati1
Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Jhana biochemical?
Replies: 17
Views: 1512

Re: Is Jhana biochemical?

Almost certainly there is, although it is difficult to perform that type of analysis on a live, meditating brain. There are reports of changes in MRI patterns in the brains of jhana meditators: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/2013/653572/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="w...
by Sati1
Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two sutta references sought
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Two sutta references sought

Thank you, Mkoll! A helpful complement to the other sutta.

Wih metta,
by Sati1
Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two sutta references sought
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Two sutta references sought

Dear Mike,

Great, thanks for sharing this commentary.

Best,
by Sati1
Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two sutta references sought
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Two sutta references sought

Dhammanando wrote:
Sati1 wrote:The one I am looking for forms the framework of this talk by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu that is very interesting:
It's the two Dhammavihārī Suttas, A. iii. 86-89. ATI seems to have only the first:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
That's it, thank you!

With metta,
by Sati1
Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two sutta references sought
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Two sutta references sought

Thanks for the postings, Sam Vara! The first one is the one I was looking for, but the second one seems a bit different. The one I am looking for forms the framework of this talk by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu that is very interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RaZXz1nzn4" onclick="window.open(this.h...
by Sati1
Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two sutta references sought
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Two sutta references sought

Hello, I was wondering if anyone here knows the references for: (1) whether or not there is a Buddha, the Dhamma exists always; a Buddha only proclaims and teaches it (2) description of "a person who lives by the Dhamma" and the four or five types of individual who don't live by the Dhamma: one who ...
by Sati1
Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Two arahants who are Fully Enlightened Ones in one world system - Why is this not possible?
Replies: 40
Views: 2928

Re: Two arahants who are Fully Enlightened Ones in one world system - Why is this not possible?

1. The fact that the Buddha can encompass the whole universe with his mind means that somehow his mind has access to the entire universe. 2. The fact that going for refuge to the Buddha is highly meritorious, as is giving alms to his disciples, even long after he died, means that somehow his existen...
by Sati1
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Two arahants who are Fully Enlightened Ones in one world system - Why is this not possible?
Replies: 40
Views: 2928

Re: Two arahants who are Fully Enlightened Ones in one world system - Why is this not possible?

This is why - http://www.awareplus.co.uk/images/apples_piled.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; 8-) :goodpost: This question is indeed a very interesting one that I've wondered before as well. It is probably one of those "imponderables"...
by Sati1
Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we extend Metta to ourself?
Replies: 29
Views: 2137

Re: Should we extend Metta to ourself?

I think that would be sabbattatāya , where attatā could be viewed as functioning as a reflexive pronoun. One such use as such can be seen in a Ceylonese variant reading of Sn 3.8 " hiṃ­samat­tā­namattatā " (harming himself by himself). Dear Sylvester, Thank you very much for is information; this is...
by Sati1
Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god
Replies: 44
Views: 8766

Re: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god

Dear cookiemonster, rather than present a sceptical position, I was just trying to describe what happened at the retreat. As I mentioned in a post that followed the OP, I actually believe that much of what he said is true (eg. that Brahma Sahampati exists and that he might have some degree of influe...
by Sati1
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we extend Metta to ourself?
Replies: 29
Views: 2137

Re: Should we extend Metta to ourself?

As part of the above-mentioned course the teacher gave us a printed copy of MN 7. Towards the middle of the sutta is a description of loving-kindness meditation: "He abides, having suffused with a mind of loving-kindness one direction of the world, likewise the second, likewise the third, likewise t...
by Sati1
Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god
Replies: 44
Views: 8766

Re: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god

Coyote wrote:Would this be considered a breach of pācittiya 8?
He is not a monk.
by Sati1
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god
Replies: 44
Views: 8766

Re: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god

Nonetheless, I've downloaded his talk on the Metta Sutta and will be listening to it tomorrow, if only in the hope of making sense of his chart. Dear Ven. Dhammanando, Great, I look forward to hearing your opinion! One thing I forgot to mention is that Dr. Ranatunga openly claims to be a non-return...
by Sati1
Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god
Replies: 44
Views: 8766

Re: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god

Hi Aloka, Yes - it's Ranatunga, not Ranathunga. Sorry for the misspell! The thing about the session was that the individual snippets of information all made sense - eg. the existence of Brahma gods, the reference to suttas, the value of contemplating mind-states, the potential for people to recall p...
by Sati1
Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god
Replies: 44
Views: 8766

Teacher claims to receive teachings from Brahma god

I wanted to share an unusual experience I had yesterday, when I attended a one-day retreat taught by a Dr. Lalith Ranatunga from Sri Lanka. Apparently he is very popular there, where he can gather crowds of up to 500 people. He bases his teachings on interpretations of the suttas, from which he draw...