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by JohnK
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 16
Views: 359

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

Many thanks for this, SDC. ... JohnK wrote: 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? Seeing life ...
by JohnK
Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 16
Views: 359

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

... (4) “‘Just as a river flowing down from a mountain, going a long distance, with a swift current, carrying along much flotsam, will not stand still for a moment, an instant, a second, but will rush on, swirl, and flow forward, so too, brahmins, human life is like a mountain stream. It is limited...
by JohnK
Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍A Teacher Named Araka, AN 7.74 (Week of June 13, 2021)
Replies: 16
Views: 359

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

... (7) “‘Just as, when a cow to be slaughtered is being led to the slaughterhouse, whatever leg she lifts, she is close to slaughter, close to death, so too, brahmins , human life islike a cow doomed to slaughter. THIS ONE hits it hard! Looking only at Araka's teaching here, it is not clear why re...
by JohnK
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)
Replies: 18
Views: 493

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

"...When the Blessed One knew that my mind was pliant, softened, rid of hindrances, uplifted, and confident, he revealed that Dhamma teaching special to the Buddhas: suffering, its origin, its cessation, and the path. Then, just as a clean cloth rid of dark spots would readily absorb dye , so too, ...
by JohnK
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Capitalism.
Replies: 42
Views: 479

Re: Buddhism and Capitalism.

Zenny wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:12 pm Is the ruling class ideology still obscuring their thinking process?
Per Buddhism, greed is not limited to a ruling class.
by JohnK
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)
Replies: 18
Views: 493

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...
by JohnK
Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)
Replies: 18
Views: 493

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

... So AN 8.22 is an account of Ugga of Hatthigāma . According to some of BBs notes from AN 8.21, our friend from Hatthigāma is a different Ugga, but their stories are some similar that it has led some to question whether or not they are about the same person. I tried to sneak that one by without e...
by JohnK
Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)
Replies: 18
Views: 493

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

:reading: Aṅguttara Nikāya Paṭhamauggasutta (Ugga) AN 8.21 (AN iv 208) Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi (1) “When, Bhante, I first saw the Blessed One in the distance, as soon as I saw him my mind acquired confidence in him. This is the first astounding and amazing quality found in me. It is even more "...
by JohnK
Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Ugga of Vesālī (Week of June 6, 2021)
Replies: 18
Views: 493

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

:reading: Aṅguttara Nikāya Paṭhamauggasutta (Ugga) AN 8.21 (AN iv 208) Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi ... “I don’t know, Bhante, what eight astounding and amazing qualities the Blessed One declared that I possess . However, there are found in me eight astounding and amazing qualities. Listen and atten...
by JohnK
Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)
Replies: 22
Views: 571

Re: 📍Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)

...Your musings, brought to my mind MN 137... Interesting you brought that up. Right here on my desk is a diagram I made recently just to clarify/solidify some of MN137. There is a column for the things to be relied on and a column for the things to be transcended (surmounted) -- they are connected...
by JohnK
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)
Replies: 22
Views: 571

Re: 📍Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)

Hello Pulsar. Let me address just two of your related questions at the moment. JohnK wrote SDC wrote: ↑Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:07 pm This is an interesting sutta: SN 36.31 Thanks for pointing to that sutta. Interesting that joy and happiness based on sense contact, while presumably lesser, is not descri...
by JohnK
Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)
Replies: 22
Views: 571

Re: 📍Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)

SDC wrote: Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:19 pm ...That ship has sailed at that point, and instead of having gotten on, you stayed at the beautiful dockside resort and enjoyed yourself. The next wandering may land you not only where there is no ship, but there also may be no resort. Scary thought.
Good metaphor and powerful.
:anjali:
by JohnK
Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)
Replies: 22
Views: 571

Re: 📍Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)

This is an interesting sutta: SN 36.31 Thanks for pointing to that sutta. Interesting that joy and happiness based on sense contact, while presumably lesser, is not described there as unwholesome. It also does not say that one who is liberated no longer experiences joy and happiness based on sense ...
by JohnK
Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)
Replies: 22
Views: 571

Re: 📍Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)

Another expression related to intoxication with life is the French "joie de vivre." It is used (even in English) to describe someone who enjoys life. Someone with "joie de vivre" could be intoxicated with sense pleasure (and heedless), but is this necessarily so? Is there a a "joie de vivre" that is...
by JohnK
Mon May 31, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)
Replies: 22
Views: 571

Re: 📍Delicate and Intoxicated, Sukhumālasutta AN 3.39 (Week of May 30, 2021)

This thread has been a bit quiet. This sutta takes the 5th precept to a more subtle level. Intoxication (and its associated heedlessness) is not just brought about by intoxicating substances, but also by, let's call it, "careless attention" to old age, sickness, and death -- there is something very ...