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by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Levels of accomplishment?
Replies: 31
Views: 4579

Re: Levels of accomplishment?

Greetings Drolma, In the fourfold scheme of the Noble Sangha (eightfold if you wish to distinguish between bhikkhus and bhikkunis)... the Buddha is classified alongside the arahants. He is often referred to as "The Arahant". What is true of the arahant is true of the Buddha... it just happens also t...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426814

Re: the great rebirth debate

Greetings, A few comments.... 1. The subtext for this forum states that partipants must "Be nice". If we had picked up stuka's comment in question prior to it being quoted multiple times, it would have been removed because it wasn't really "being nice". I have now clarified our standards for Stuka s...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi, all
Replies: 13
Views: 1874

Re: Hi, all

Cool. The "hippy Keith" has arrived.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Levels of accomplishment?
Replies: 31
Views: 4579

Re: Levels of accomplishment?

Greetings Drolma, The Noble Ones are categorised as follows... Arahant - final destruction of ignorance, no more becoming Non-Returner - a trace of craving results in becoming, but never again to the human realm Once-Returner - born once more, before attaining arahantship Stream-Entrant - maximum of...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Suffering - Is it skandhas or attachment to them?
Replies: 29
Views: 3970

Re: Attachment

Greetings, According to the Buddha's teaching, it is attachment through ignorance that causes suffering. Yes, and if we expand that simple representation into the full twelve nidanas of the dependent origination process, attachment by way of craving and clinging is amongst the steps followed on that...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Dhamma
Replies: 10
Views: 1923

Re: Dhamma

Greetings, Do Theravadans believe that dhamma existed before Gotama Buddha? Yes. "Whether a Tathagata appears or not, this condition exists and is a natural fact, a natural law; that is, the principle of conditionality. "The Tathagata, enlightened to and awakened to that principle, teaches it, shows...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dhamma related Music
Replies: 18
Views: 1821

Re: Dhamma related Music

Greetings stuka,
Jesus Jones... good call.

That song was from the album Doubt, which now that I think about it, had a cover that uncannily resembles the :twisted: emoticon

Image

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Teacher/Student Portrayals in Pop Culture
Replies: 14
Views: 3162

Re: Teacher/Student Portrayals in Pop Culture

Greetings christopher, Interesting thoughts. Another slant on the Teacher/Student relationship is that of a 'mentor'. A mentor acts as a guide and helps someone where they can to the best of their ability. The concept of a 'mentor' in Western culture feels a little bit out-dated and/or restricted no...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:25 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from DownUnder
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Re: Hello from DownUnder

Greetings Chris,

Wonderful to see you here. Thank you for joining us and I look forward to your participation. :D

I hope your recent retreat went well.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:01 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Japan :^)
Replies: 12
Views: 1824

Re: Hello from Japan :^)

Greetings Chris, Thanks for sharing.... though you do realise that riv::: is longer than river don't you! :D As for retrofuturist, I think the name came about in the midst of a whole lot of good underground synth-pop releases on record labels like Ninthwave, A Different Drum, Cohaagen and so on circ...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana-element with no residue
Replies: 13
Views: 3610

Re: Nibbana-element with no residue

Greetings venerable Dhammanando , Thank you for the explanation... that helps clarify things. Greetings Jechbi ~ thank you for providing the alternative sutta quotation... it actually answers in the affirmative, my 2nd question about whether "being" could have been alternatively represented as "beco...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana-element with no residue
Replies: 13
Views: 3610

Nibbana-element with no residue

Greetings, I was reading through John Ireland's translation of the Itivuttaka when I came across the following interesting sutta. Chapter 2 (Section of the Twos) - Sutta 17 (From pages 139-140 of John Ireland's translation of the Udana and the Itivuttaka, published by BPS) Nibbanadhatu Sutta This wa...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:47 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Japan :^)
Replies: 12
Views: 1824

Re: Hello from Japan :^)

Greetings Christopher,

Care to elaborate on the mystery of the ::: ?

I've always been curious about that!

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:33 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Replies: 6
Views: 1038

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Greetings, A bit of controversy about whether Hermann Hesse's 'Siddartha' is Dhammic... but surely Dr. Suess' classic "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" is Dhammic. Yeah? "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! You have brains in your...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism for the 21st Century Parent
Replies: 20
Views: 2946

Re: Buddhism for the 21st Century Parent

Greetings christopher:::, I'm happy to continue a discussion on the topic. My experience to date (I have a four year old son... turning five in April) has been similar to yours. I don't discuss Buddhism per se with him, but I do try to encourage him to act with lovingkindness and compassion. We've a...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:06 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1922)
Replies: 6
Views: 1408

Re: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1922)

Greetings venerable,

Well... I agree it's a loose connection. ;)

The time I went to read it, I got about two chapters through and I decided my time would be better spent reading suttas.

Nonetheless, people find the Dhamma in different ways.

Metta,
Retro. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 4.255: Kula Sutta (maintaining family wealth)
Replies: 5
Views: 1350

AN 4.255: Kula Sutta (maintaining family wealth)

Greetings, A handy little sutta for the modern householder... AN 4.255 - Kula Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.255.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; "In every case where a family cannot hold onto its great wealth for long, it is for one or another of ...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426814

Re: the great rebirth debate

Greetings Manapa, on this thread I am seeing some disdurbing things! would it not be better to find common ground? than as others have mentioned point out sociopathic statements, or be too gun ho in how we post? The purpose of this sub-forum is to openly permit this kind of important and challenging...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426814

Re: the great rebirth debate

Greetings participants and observers of the Great Rebirth debate, My observation of threads like this on other discussion forums is that often participants "talk past each other" because of different understandings on what exactly constitutes "annihilationism", or as it is in Pali, ucchedavada . The...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 12414

Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?

Greetings, Much of what I see in debates about rebirth is an underlying, yet often unnoticed debate, about what constitutes the view of "annihilationism" ( ucchedavada ). In my mind, I already have a picture of what I consider the ucchedavada position to be, but I'd really like to open it up initial...