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by Paññāsikhara
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Stream-Entry/ordination/cancer
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

Re: Stream-Entry/ordination/cancer

Dear Mikael,

Unfortunately, I too cannot suggest any particular place.
But I just wanted to say that I support you in your decision,
and hope that your path is smooth!

All the best!

~~ Huifeng
by Paññāsikhara
Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:05 am
Forum: Pali
Topic: Android font for reading Pali on device?
Replies: 3
Views: 720

Re: Android font for reading Pali on device?

Thanks for this thread, as I've just been looking into this myself, after installing the Access to Insight app. It does seem a lot to have to root the phone to change the fonts, but at present I haven't seen anything else. I tried Font for Galaxy SP , and while the process seemed simple, there was n...
by Paññāsikhara
Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: The purpose of cultivating Metta?
Replies: 55
Views: 4656

Re: The purpose of cultivating Metta?

Thanks for this. ;) May I ask where you got the file from? Hi Venerable! I downloaded the pdf file from your Prajnacara Blog, perhaps a couple of months ago. I just checked and a Google search still shows it, but the linked page doesn't exist anymore. I edited away the footnote numbers and chinese ...
by Paññāsikhara
Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:30 am
Forum: Theravada Meditation
Topic: The purpose of cultivating Metta?
Replies: 55
Views: 4656

Re: The purpose of cultivating Metta?

A non-Theravada opinion based on early teachings, from Yinshun: Investigations into Śūnyatā (draft translation by Shi Huifeng): The four immeasurable minds which take the mind of loving kindness as their basis are an accommodation to Brahmanism. For example, Śāriputra advised his old friend, the Br...
by Paññāsikhara
Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Hinduism?
Replies: 11
Views: 362

Re: Buddhism and Hinduism?

chris98e wrote:Did the Buddha and/or does the Buddha recognize the God Brahma as the God who created existence like Hindus do?
I really don't care if this post gets answered since Brahma can't make me into a perfectly enlightened being. :candle:


No.

~~ Huifeng
by Paññāsikhara
Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Merry Christmas!
Replies: 38
Views: 1053

Re: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christ mas to you all!

~~ Huifeng
by Paññāsikhara
Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:31 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Which one is true?
Replies: 16
Views: 2031

Re: Which one is true?

Maybe start with a good book on Buddhist history.
Perhaps A K Warder's, or Hirakawa's (trs. Groner),
or Lamotte (if you can find it!)

~~ Huifeng
by Paññāsikhara
Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Allowances of differences within the Theravada
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Allowances of differences within the Theravada

In a few months, once the final is completely finished, keep an eye out for the PhD thesis of Bhante Chandaratana from HKU. It's on the divergent doctrinal positions within the Theravada, or more specifically, within the Theravada in Sri Lanka. Bhante and I had a lot of interesting discussion on how...
by Paññāsikhara
Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:25 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Which one is true?
Replies: 16
Views: 2031

Re: Which one is true?

Which one is true: 1. Theravada split from Mahayana 2. Mahayana split from Theravada 3. Since day one, they never split, but already had a group of monks who have different understanding, which finally regroup to several schools, such as Mahayana, Theravada, Sautrantika, etc. Another question is: C...
by Paññāsikhara
Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Level of knowledge required for ordination?
Replies: 25
Views: 2331

Re: Level of knowledge required for ordination?

Perhaps go and ask potential preceptors...

~~ H
by Paññāsikhara
Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "The Deathless" (amata)
Replies: 419
Views: 20334

Re: "The Deathless" (amata)

In passing, it may be worth noting that Pali, Sanskrit etc., have neither articles such as "the" or "a", nor do they have Capital Letters. While rather innocuous, these do have significance to discerning readers of the English language. Moreover, the Indic prefix "a-" c...
by Paññāsikhara
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana split
Replies: 82
Views: 9544

Re: Mahayana split

But, as far as scholarship for the masses goes, it is a nice essay, and most people can learn a lot from it. Bhante, Your bodhisattva practice of generosity is showing. But out of curiosity, what did Prof Harrison say about the article? Not much, really. It wasn't worth the discussion, probably! ie...
by Paññāsikhara
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana split
Replies: 82
Views: 9544

Re: Mahayana split

Red Pine, who is perhaps the greatest of the translators of Chinese Mahayana literature (though I will defer to Ven Huifeng on that judgment) Sorry Dan, Red Pine is not by a long shot the greatest of the translators of Chinese Mahayana literature. One would have to get past people like Etienne Lamo...
by Paññāsikhara
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana split
Replies: 82
Views: 9544

Re: Mahayana split

The main problem is this: The article makes statements implying that with the Gandhari manuscripts, we no longer have any grounds for suggesting that any given tradition is more original or authentic than any other. This is incorrect, because she overstates the range for which this applies. It is no...
by Paññāsikhara
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:03 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana split
Replies: 82
Views: 9544

Re: Mahayana split

Well, I have an opinion with no real supporting proof of why the Mahayana split: The doctrinal split was a justification of what had already taken place practically in earlier times. Here is my perspective. We know that the Buddha and community was not only a spiritual movement--it was a social mov...
by Paññāsikhara
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The current tradition of Theravada
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: The current tradition of Theravada

I think that the problem with the question is that 1. it assumes that at the time the Mahavihara was the "Theravada school" per se; 2. that the influence came after the move to Lanka; and 3. that even after moving to Lanka, there could be no influence from other schools. May want to think ...
by Paññāsikhara
Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:56 am
Forum: Open Dhamma
Topic: Trouble Looking Up Bodhi's Sutta References
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: Trouble Looking Up Bodhi's Sutta References

I'm nearly done with and loving Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of the Sutta Pitaka "In The Buddha's Words". One thing I am having difficulties with is that Bhikkhu Bodhi doesn't give the title of sutta in his citations, just the name of the "book" followed by numbers. This has worked...
by Paññāsikhara
Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Saṅkhāradukkhatā - Suffering due to Volitional Formations
Replies: 31
Views: 2871

Re: Saṅkhāradukkhatā - Suffering due to Volitional Formations

Hi, Thank you, piotr. Still, I wished to bring up the possibility that the compound can be read in a number of ways. Though nobody else seemed particularly interested in this point! :zzz: Well, I am. :) Could you elaborate more on this point? Thanks. Well, for example, by stating "suffering du...
by Paññāsikhara
Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Saṅkhāradukkhatā - Suffering due to Volitional Formations
Replies: 31
Views: 2871

Re: Saṅkhāradukkhatā - Suffering due to Volitional Formations

Hi, The term "saṅkhāradukkhatā" is a compound. There are many ways to interpret compounds, and interpret one must for it to make any sense in English. The use of the words " due to " indicates one sort of compound interpretation, but it is obviously not the only one. For example...
by Paññāsikhara
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The current tradition of Theravada
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: The current tradition of Theravada

Dear all, From the Jataka commentaries(Atthakatha) which compiled at the Mahavihara, the preface of the book had stated: Mahiṃsāsakavaṃsamhi, sambhūtena nayaññunā; Which means the teaching/tradition of the Theravada in Sinhalese was inherited from the Mahisasaka School, is that correct? :anjali: Wi...

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