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by SDC
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A touchstone for Classical Theravadins
Replies: 11
Views: 210

Re: A touchstone for Classical Theravadins

zan wrote: Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:01 pm So, it becomes quite clear that the idea that the suttas teach that nothing exists or that all is imaginary is entirely false.
Of course it’s false.
by SDC
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tasawwuf and Theravada
Replies: 18
Views: 192

Re: Tasawwuf and Theravada

This thread bout to give me a seizure. :?
by SDC
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?
Replies: 15
Views: 184

Re: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?

Isn’t it usually lay supporters who handle the management of finances at a monastery? Who usually own and manage the property? Although I’m sure the abbot approved of the decision, the actions of these lay supporters doesn’t seem to have much to do with the conduct of any of the residents. Correct m...
by SDC
Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 254

Re: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)

I think the contrast between the life span during Araka's time and the Buddha's teaches us that insight into impermanence is not as sensitive to measurement as most of us believe. This could be most relevant to youth who believe that they have plenty of time before having to worry about aging, sick...
by SDC
Mon Jun 14, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 254

Re: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)

Looking only at Araka's teaching here, it is not clear why recognizing limited life, in and of itself, would lead someone to be wholesome and spiritual -- what would be the purpose of that? -- what would be the result? -- what is the promise? So I wonder what other teaching is required to point one...
by SDC
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 254

Re: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)

sunnat wrote: Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:09 am
Thanks for your thoughts on this!
by SDC
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 254

Re: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)

mikenz66 wrote: Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:00 am I don't know how Araka did it, but it seem to me that the point is that he did it with this long lifespan, so we have no excuse!
We’ll said!
by SDC
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 254

📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)

Thoughts? Opinions on the similes? We often hear that it is extraordinarily difficult to recognize suffering during a long, heavenly life, and 60,000 years as a human - having only to contend with the afflictions of cold, heat, hunger, thirst, excrement and urine - sounds pretty comfortable (in the ...
by SDC
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 254

📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)

:reading: Aṅguttara Nikāya Arakasutta AN 7.74 (AN iv 136) Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi “Bhikkhus, in the past there was a teacher named Araka, the founder of a spiritual sect, one without lust for sensual pleasures. The teacher Araka had many hundreds of disciples to whom he taught such a Dhamma as t...
by SDC
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 254

📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)

:reading: A real special little sutta for this week. It is an account of an ancient teacher Araka who lived many years before the Buddha, and although was not accomplished in View, had been very close. Here, through a series of profound similes about the brevity of human life, the Buddha recounts Ar...
by SDC
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Scholars agree: Therigatha and Theragatha are faked up?
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: Scholars agree: Therigatha and Theragatha are faked up?

I do not think the unique manner in which the sayings cleanly describe themes found throughout the other four nikayas is something that could be produced from the conceivings of just any clever writer(s). ... I found the Sutta Study discussion on the Therigatha verses, and the Therigatha Festival v...
by SDC
Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Scholars agree: Therigatha and Theragatha are faked up?
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: Scholars agree: Therigatha and Theragatha are faked up?

I do not think the unique manner in which the sayings cleanly describe themes found throughout the other four nikayas is something that could be produced from the conceivings of just any clever writer(s). And anyone whose spent serious time with either text will have a good idea of why it is highly ...
by SDC
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)
Replies: 18
Views: 436

Re: 📍 Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)

There are sounds … smells … tastes … touches … thoughts known by the mind that are likable, desirable, agreeable, pleasant, sensual, and arousing. If a mendicant approves, welcomes, and keeps clinging to them, their consciousness relies on that and grasps it. A mendicant with grasping does not beco...
by SDC
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)
Replies: 18
Views: 436

Re: 📍 Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)

the only difference I saw in the sutta was the reference in quality 1 to carousing and drunkenness -- but now I have to read it more carefully to be sure of that (even the details about the wives seems the same, verbatim). ... I know this is getting in the weeds, but I said I would check to see whe...