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by Sati1
Tue May 12, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Modern Burmese vipassana dates back to the 1700s
Replies: 14
Views: 1707

Re: Modern Burmese vipassana dates back to the 1700s

Recently saw a paper which mentions vipassana texts from the 18th century: "[...] The earliest known record of someone who challenged this assumption is that of a monk from the Sagaing Hills in Upper Burma named Waya-zawta whose movement flourished during the reign of Maha-damma-yaza-dipati (r. 173...
by Sati1
Tue May 12, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas on harmlessness (avhimisa)?
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: Suttas on harmlessness (avhimisa)?

Dear santa100,

Thank you very much for the references. I found the collection of suttas on the A2I website particularly helpful. Another good one is Dhp 300.

With metta,
by Sati1
Mon May 11, 2015 6:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas on harmlessness (avhimisa)?
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Suttas on harmlessness (avhimisa)?

Hello,

Does anybody know of texts that explain harmlessness (avihimsa) and what the benefits of its cultivation are?

Many thanks!
by Sati1
Fri May 08, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The State Of Asian Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 2259

Re: The State Of Asian Buddhism

Great, thank you, Ben. I have put it on my "to read" list.

With metta,
by Sati1
Fri May 08, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The State Of Asian Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 2259

Re: The State Of Asian Buddhism

I wouldn't give the quote that much credence. There is a long history of westerners commenting on the parlous state of Buddhism among the poor benighted Asians that goes back to the days of Marco Polo and beyond. For some balance, you should read Donald Lopez's 'From Stone to Flesh' http://www.amaz...
by Sati1
Thu May 07, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A day in the life of a novice Buddhist monk
Replies: 25
Views: 5531

Re: A day in the life of a novice Buddhist monk

Wonderful and very interesting!

Thanks for sharing, Bhante.
by Sati1
Wed May 06, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Re: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

This book is great, a biography of Nyanatiloka with a short biography also of Nyanaponika:

http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=17992" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Sati1
Mon May 04, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2313

Re: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Dear Anagata,

Thanks for your response. That makes sense and might explain why enlightenment still seems to be possible despite the dire predictions.

With metta,
by Sati1
Sun May 03, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

I just came across this recent movie about the Irish monk U Dhammaloka, who appears to have been the first Western monk ever. For those who are interested in helping, the producers are currently raising funds:

http://www.thedharmabum.eu/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

With metta,
by Sati1
Fri May 01, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay life or monasticism?
Replies: 23
Views: 5045

Re: Ditching lay life, wanting to ordain.

Dear Upasaka Sumana, I very much sympathize with your strong desire to ordain and would agree with you that monkhood provides more suitable conditions for practice than lay life usually does. Otherwise Buddha would not have spoken so highly of the monk life (eg SN 42:7, An 3:45, Sn 274 and 221, Iti ...
by Sati1
Fri May 01, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 70
Views: 10001

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

The growth of Buddhism in the United States has been nothing short of explosive. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_in_the_United_States" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; This article states that: In 2012, U-T San Diego estimated U.S. p...
by Sati1
Fri May 01, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is reading and watching the news bad for the mind?
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Re: Is reading and watching the news bad for the mind?

Sam Vara wrote:I think it depends on the type of news that is being reported, and also on how one deals with what one reads.
:goodpost:
by Sati1
Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2313

Re: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Dear Ven. Dhammanando, thanks for your reply. I can see how even the slightest advance on the Path is already worthwhile, especially if it can assure eventual deliverance from samsara (not to say the benefits of happiness and peace enjoyed in this life). So perhaps living in an age in which arahants...
by Sati1
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2313

Re: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Dear santa100 and robertk, Thank you for your responses. It seems then that one should not get too hung up on that number, since its legitimacy is dubious. Even the numbers quoted by Bhikkhu Bodhi (2000 years for arahants, etc) are not particularly encouraging, as they would indicate that in our epo...
by Sati1
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2313

Re: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Dear santa100,

Thank you for the reply and for the reference. If the duration of the sasana depends on our behaviour, where does the 5,000 year prophesy fit in? Is that number just mythological, or is the source authoritative?

Many thanks,