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by rowyourboat
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cula Sotapanna
Replies: 7
Views: 5573

Re: Cula Sotapanna

this is a very important topic as we should atleast strive to be cula-sotapannas. They seem to be synonymous with sotapatti-magga persons, but not sotapatti phala persons (if you believe that particular version of the 8 types of followers). "In the Dhamma thus well-proclaimed by me — clear, open, ev...
by rowyourboat
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The negative language of Theravada.
Replies: 43
Views: 5179

Re: The negative language of Theravada.

i think no one can guarantee permanant happiness- that would be a lie- as happiness itself is impermanant- the only truth is the cessation of suffering (it almost goes without saying- but it has been said clearly by the buddha that he is not leading his bikkhus towards suffering but to calm, mindful...
by rowyourboat
Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dependent Origination
Replies: 140
Views: 15684

Re: Dependent Origination

I must say I dont see anything in the mahanidana sutta which contradict the dhamma vinaya. It does talk of several lifetimes and this understanding is integral to the destruction of the cycle of samsara which the buddha talks of in many places. Ven Ananda is a stream entrant (he just had difficulty ...
by rowyourboat
Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Goenka technique
Replies: 132
Views: 26164

Re: Goenka technique

Hi Jechbi, From what I have heard Goenka considers vedana synonymous with bodily sensations as he says that terms like 'somanasa' are used for mental pleasantness in the suttas. I listend to his entire satipatthana course tapes and I must say I found it hard going due to the way some terms were used...
by rowyourboat
Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)
Replies: 31
Views: 6646

Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

'discernment found both in himself and the devas' even more interesting: now assuming this was said to a stream entrant this would make sense. The path to becoming a deva is the development of saddha, sila, suta, caga, panna (faith, virtue, knowledge, generosity and insight). These are abundant in a...
by rowyourboat
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Goenka technique
Replies: 132
Views: 26164

Re: Goenka technique

I have not attended Goenka retreat but have heard tapes of his. So this is just my opinon. I feel there he uses certain terms differently from the suttas: As far as suttas go there are controversies regarding Goenka's interpretation of vedana: suttas often seem to depic vedana as an applicable term ...
by rowyourboat
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)
Replies: 31
Views: 6646

Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

I suspect these recollections are most useful for stream entrants! There is no problems in others doing these, ofcourse. Mahanama was a stream entrant. Steam entrants will have unshakeble faith in the buddha, dhamma ,sangha and will know what each of those words describing the dhamma and sangha mean...
by rowyourboat
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life in a Theravadin country
Replies: 10
Views: 2052

Re: Life in a Theravadin country

I lived in sri lanka for many years. The culture is so infused with buddhist values, to live in such a culture is to 'humanized' all over again. People actually smile much more and smiles are expected after every transaction. People are more laid back (possibly one of the reasosns thouse countries a...
by rowyourboat
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism: Cultural Add-ons vs. Dhamma
Replies: 10
Views: 1884

Re: Buddhism: Cultural Add-ons vs. Dhamma

we like to think we are culturally neutral, but being human, western culture must have crept into buddhism. it would be good to identify what the might be..
by rowyourboat
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: dibbacakkhu
Replies: 8
Views: 2109

Re: dibbacakkhu

A few instances I can remember from the suttas (sorry dont have links) Ven Moggallana seeing suffering pretas while walking up a mountain Ven Moggallana (and other monks) visiting deva worlds Ven Anuruddha (and other mokns) conversing with devas in this world The Buddha seeing people who needed his ...
by rowyourboat
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dependent Origination
Replies: 140
Views: 15684

Re: Dependent Origination

The buddha does talk about descent in to the womb an such like in the Mahanidana sutta when talking about the DO. But at the same time, there are suttas which say that the elements of the DO can be seen in the here and now (okkantasamyutta) by stream entrants. Now all stream entrants are not endowed...
by rowyourboat
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: what method do you use?
Replies: 20
Views: 4529

Re: what method do you use?

Hi Jcsuperstar, Yes, I can send you an instruction manual on the method practiced...well two instructions manuals actually- one for the samatha bit and the other for the vipassana. Please send me an email to dhammachat' at ' hotmail.com. this offer is open to anyone who would like to have a copy.. :...
by rowyourboat
Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Blighty!
Replies: 9
Views: 1516

Re: Greetings from Blighty!

Hello everyone, Thanks for the warm welcome. Yes, I have been to Chiswick. I did a talk there- 'The path of vipassana' a few weeks ago. I conduct a weekly meditation class at selsdon buddhist vihara. The english medium class is on tuesdays 7-9pm. I'm hoping to conduct my first 10day retreat at vajra...
by rowyourboat
Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Levels of accomplishment?
Replies: 31
Views: 4884

Re: Levels of accomplishment?

Isnt there another way of talking of attainment as well: dhamma follower, faith follower etc?
by rowyourboat
Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Blighty!
Replies: 9
Views: 1516

Greetings from Blighty!

Hi I'm rowyourboat, as in 'gently down the stream..'
I'm a theravada buddhist pracitioner doing some teaching and learning in UK, near London. I'm originally from Sri Lanka.

Nice to be here with dhamma friends..
by rowyourboat
Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: what method do you use?
Replies: 20
Views: 4529

Re: what method do you use?

Ven Amathagavesi samatha-jhana and vipassana. It is an offshoot of the Mahasi sayadaw system now incorporating jhana. Subsequent developments have added seeing the five aggregates and codependant origination through it's vipassana method.
by rowyourboat
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Alagaddupama Sutta
Replies: 1
Views: 807

Re: Alagaddupama Sutta

Thanks for this Ben
I'm doing this sutta today in the meditation class, so this will be helpful

with metta
by rowyourboat
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: colours
Replies: 6
Views: 1280

colours

Hey Moderators
Please tone down the colours of this site! I need sunglasses to look at this and it is not very attractive or soothing to the eye! 8-)