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by Sanghamitta
Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu
Replies: 53
Views: 4820

Re: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu

I am rather inclined to the view which says that the development of the Buddha -dhatu doctrine represents a reversion within Buddhism to the Upanashadic philosophy that the Buddha rejected.
by Sanghamitta
Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu
Replies: 53
Views: 4820

Re: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu

Very well said..
by Sanghamitta
Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Manapa wrote:sometimes it is best to say nothing than anything wa want.

Don't have to agree, but we don't have to point it out either.
I was assuming a querie or active discussion, I was not advocating addressing people in the supermarket queue... :smile:

:anjali:
by Sanghamitta
Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Compassion in Buddhists terms is making clear what the Buddha said, in a kindly way. It is not substituting speculative thoughts for the Buddhadhamma in order to be agreeable.
by Sanghamitta
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Can I ask you what your Sangha and practice is Christopher ::: ?
by Sanghamitta
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

You are addressing you points to Peter , Christopher:::, but if I could address a couple of them. You compare a Theists belief in god with going for Refuge in the Buddhist sense. But there is no comparison. The Buddha, not Sanghamitta or anyone on this forum said that to take refuge in god or gods r...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

As it happens Thomas, I once held your view...It became increasingly clear that the nature of the Buddhadhamma was unique, and that its end result was similarly unique. But it might not be now, or in this lifetime, accessable to all, for kammic reasons. This is not exclusivist. Or if it is , it is e...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Well, to keep it simple, the "one in the Pali Canon ". You are producing a circular arguement. I dont accept the existence of " masters in other religions " whose " enlightenment" equates to that described by, and attained by, The Buddha. So it looks as though you and I might have reached an impasse...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Well personally I tend to take a point of view which quotes Krishnamurti with a very large pinch of salt.. :smile: And " snobbish" is a term which refers to social position, the dismissal of a person or views because of a perceived social inferiority. It is not applicable in this context. It was the...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu
Replies: 53
Views: 4820

Re: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu

When I first became a student of the Dhamma some years ago, the concept of Buddha-Nature served as a kind of bridge from the Theism of childhood , to an understanding of a very different world view. As saddha developed to some degree that same concept seemed vague, woolly, and irrelevant. I think it...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 11025

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

Many things may be useful, anything can be useful if approached correctly. However the Way Of The Elders is complete in itself. As a very experienced Forest Tradition monk once said to me after reading Sogyal Rinpoche's BOTD. " Its very good, but as far as I am concerned all of the mahayana is gildi...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

There is an English expression, " Jack of all trades, master of none ". It referred originally to people who can turn their hand to a number of tasks , but had not served an apprenticeship. There are many people who are open hearted, who have a real interest in a number of spiritual paths but have n...
by Sanghamitta
Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

I feel that other religions should be tolerated and respected (in most cases, unless they cause harm). However, I don't think that means that we have to agree with them or proclaim that they are true. :anjali: I would agree Ngawang Drolma, I would add that on occasion we may need to proclaim that a...
by Sanghamitta
Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 11357

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

There was an excellent book on this topic called " Tolerence " ( appropriately enough :smile: ) by Bhikkhu Kantipalo, now out of print I think. The Bhikku argued that tolerence means that with live peaceably alongside that with which we dont agree, not that we reduce everything to a soup. He pointed...
by Sanghamitta
Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Advice re. Ven Ajahn Sumedho, please.
Replies: 22
Views: 2806

Re: Advice re. Ven Ajahn Sumedho, please.

I think there is Ben. I think it was done as a delicate hint to someone who would make a delicate hint. Apparantly it was a bit too delicate, hence the appearence of dozens of boxes of Whoppers and fries. :smile:
by Sanghamitta
Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Advice re. Ven Ajahn Sumedho, please.
Replies: 22
Views: 2806

Re: Advice re. Ven Ajahn Sumedho, please.

Ah the fun of cultural diffrences. I was told by a monk at a vihara I attended regularly that the Sangha had requested that the secretary should request ( we're getting there ) that the the laity bring only vegetarian food when possible. A few weeks later a group of lay folks laid on a special Dana ...
by Sanghamitta
Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu
Replies: 53
Views: 4820

Re: Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha-dhātu

My off-the-cuff response is: Because there is nothing to be enlightened. Buddha nature seems to imply some kind of underlying true self. Enlightenment illuminates the anatta nature of phenomena. Maybe someone else can give a more precise answer. Indeed. "Buddha nature" doctrine it seems to me , is ...
by Sanghamitta
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 11025

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

Being an Arahant is no big deal, but do heed Luang Por Chah's advice on the matter. :) Best wishes in all. I dont see how anyone could rightly judge that who was not an Arahant, unless you are saying......? I think FA is referring to one of Ajahn Chah's many iconoclastic statements from "No Ajahn C...
by Sanghamitta
Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 11025

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

floating_abu wrote:Being an Arahant is no big deal, but do heed Luang Por Chah's advice on the matter. :) Best wishes in all.
I dont see how anyone could rightly judge that who was not an Arahant, unless you are saying......?
by Sanghamitta
Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Advice re. Ven Ajahn Sumedho, please.
Replies: 22
Views: 2806

Re: Advice re. Ven Ajahn Sumedho, please.

Hello Dazzlebling, you dont say whether you are a boy duck or a girl duck.. :smile: I guess from your reference to an escort you are a woman. If so then you need to take particular care not to offer to put any gift into the Ajahn's hands directly, as you say, he will indicate where to put things. Ju...