What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

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chownah
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Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Post by chownah » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:40 am

Garrib wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:57 am
May benevolent Devas rejoice and share in all of our merits, and may they protect us and help us to succeed in our lives and in our practice.

I have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting this kind of "prayer", and I don't think anyone else should either! :)
If one sees reciting this prayer as being an empty ritual should they have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting it?
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Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Post by Garrib » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:29 am

chownah wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:40 am
Garrib wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:57 am
May benevolent Devas rejoice and share in all of our merits, and may they protect us and help us to succeed in our lives and in our practice.

I have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting this kind of "prayer", and I don't think anyone else should either! :)
If one sees reciting this prayer as being an empty ritual should they have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting it?
chownah
I don't know, chownah, what do you think?

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Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Post by chownah » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:03 am

Garrib wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:29 am
chownah wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:40 am
Garrib wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:57 am
May benevolent Devas rejoice and share in all of our merits, and may they protect us and help us to succeed in our lives and in our practice.

I have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting this kind of "prayer", and I don't think anyone else should either! :)
If one sees reciting this prayer as being an empty ritual should they have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting it?
chownah
I don't know, chownah, what do you think?
It is of no concern to me in that when I see a ritual as being empty I do not perform it. I see all rituals as being empty....I can recite the words if I want....I can recite the words every day if I want.....but doing so would not be a ritual.
I mentioned this to you because you seem to think you know what anyone else's attitude should be towards this so I thought that what I said might help you with understanding your ideas possible application.
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Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Post by Garrib » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:28 am

Ok,

I'm not really interested in fruitless online confrontations, and I honestly am not sure I understand what it is you're trying to express to me. I apologize if my comment offended you in some way.

Be well.

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Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:03 am

Greetings No_Mind,
No_Mind wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:16 am
There are six cases when the pārājika 1 is not committed:

When the bhikkhu is sleeping or in all other cases when he is not aware of the sexual intercourse when it takes place.
When the bhikkhu is not consenting.
When the bhikkhu has fallen into unconsciousness or is in a state of insanity.
When the bhikkhu, being possessed by another spirit, can no longer control himself.
When the bhikkhu is afflicted by an unbearable pain.
When the bhikkhu has committed this action before the rules have been established.

http://en.dhammadana.org/sangha/vinaya/227/4pk.htm
What is meant by spirit?
Is it possible that this was the contemporary explanation for what we might now commonly attribute to "mental health issues"?

Metta,
Paul. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:15 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:03 am
Greetings No_Mind,
No_Mind wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:16 am
There are six cases when the pārājika 1 is not committed:

When the bhikkhu is sleeping or in all other cases when he is not aware of the sexual intercourse when it takes place.
When the bhikkhu is not consenting.
When the bhikkhu has fallen into unconsciousness or is in a state of insanity.
When the bhikkhu, being possessed by another spirit, can no longer control himself.
When the bhikkhu is afflicted by an unbearable pain.
When the bhikkhu has committed this action before the rules have been established.

http://en.dhammadana.org/sangha/vinaya/227/4pk.htm
What is meant by spirit?
Is it possible that this was the contemporary explanation for what we might now commonly attribute to "mental health issues"?

Metta,
Paul. :)
Spirit possession
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_po ... ific_views

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Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:17 am

Can human be possessed by another spirit?
https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/ca ... pirit/7817


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