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by BrokenBones
Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?
Replies: 17
Views: 320

Re: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?

Eko Care

Your OP asks a straightforward question but since you've put this in the Classical section you are limiting the replies you might get.
by BrokenBones
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:27 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?
Replies: 17
Views: 320

Re: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?

Hi EC Is there a place we can access commentaries in English translations? I am personally not interested in the discussion about the validity of the commentaries. Instead, can we analyse and discuss each Sutta in conjunction with commentaries? Ditto. Eko Care, If only you put this much energy into...
by BrokenBones
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What do you give to a beginner online?
Replies: 38
Views: 1459

Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

If someone online asks "Where do I get started with Buddhism?" or "Where do I learn more about Buddhism?" or "What books/websites/videos/podcasts do you recommend to get started with Buddhism" what do you give? Please share. Thanks. :juggling: Podcast... Ajahn Sona Book... Sutta Nipata... then the ...
by BrokenBones
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhu Nanananda converted. Disciples did not.
Replies: 44
Views: 818

Re: Bhikkhu Nanananda converted. Disciples did not.

Greetings, This is obviously a lie.I've met venerable Nananada and last I met him was two weeks prior to his death. I've spoken with venerable Subhuthi who took care of him. I am in contact with couple of people who visit the Aranya on a weekly basis. His contemporary and disciple Ven. Dhammajeeva ...
by BrokenBones
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are any of the ancient texts ever at odds with each other?
Replies: 31
Views: 400

Re: Are any of the ancient texts ever at odds with each other?

I'm not trying to rile anything up or to try and push for rejecting texts. I'm asking you guys what you think the best way to approach this type of situation is. Are suttas ever at odds with commentaries? Are commentaries ever at odds with each other? What do we do when faced with this? For example...
by BrokenBones
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15441

Re: Metta Meditation

Greetings, I don't see the following as selfish or harmful, merely truthful about how we all are... 'Searching all directions with your awareness, you find no one dearer than yourself. In the same way, others are thickly dear to themselves. So you shouldn't hurt others if you love yourself.' https:...
by BrokenBones
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15441

Re: Metta Meditation

I don't see the following as selfish or harmful, merely truthful about how we all are... 'Searching all directions with your awareness, you find no one dearer than yourself. In the same way, others are thickly dear to themselves. So you shouldn't hurt others if you love yourself.' https://www.access...
by BrokenBones
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15441

Re: Metta Meditation

I'm no great fan of the Visuddhimagga and I think it gets much too intricate with its Metta instructions, however, the following sutta has some relevance... https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/ud/ud.5.01.than.html And the whole preamble in the metta sutta is concerned with ones own welfare a...
by BrokenBones
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why modern Sutta practice doesn't lead to Samadhi?
Replies: 29
Views: 527

Re: Why modern Sutta practice doesn't lead to Samadhi?

Thank you, Robert. This is great information! Hi SarathW I'm actually interested in what you actually gleaned or benefited from in Robertk's posting of a commentary to a part of the Abhidhamma. Obviously I don't connect to it but I was wondering in what way you see it as informative or transformati...
by BrokenBones
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why modern Sutta practice doesn't lead to Samadhi?
Replies: 29
Views: 527

Re: Why modern Sutta practice doesn't lead to Samadhi?

retrofuturist wrote: I invite any one to study the subject and then comment, without opposing an observation just because it has nullified your views. The observations mentioned in the OP are real (concerning the majority) and not just out of anger. Also they are the observations and opinions of hu...
by BrokenBones
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why modern Sutta practice doesn't lead to Samadhi?
Replies: 29
Views: 527

Re: Why modern Sutta practice doesn't lead to Samadhi?

Generally and classically, Suttas are considered to lead towards Samadhi. Vinaya leads towards Sila Abhidhamma leads towards Panna. Nevertheless, Most of the Modern Sutta Practioners seem to be far away from Samadhi than even Vinaya and Abhidhamma people. They seem to be, Less calm and too aggressi...
by BrokenBones
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beginning with a disrespect towards commentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 737

Re: Beginning with a disrespect towards commentaries

Greetings Mike, My reading of the post was that he had not read it. Apologies if I misinterpreted the words. No need to apologize and I'm sure BrokenBones is cool enough to not require one either. You were clearly acting in good faith. I don't think the visuddhimagga is included in the official com...
by BrokenBones
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beginning with a disrespect towards commentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 737

Re: Beginning with a disrespect towards commentaries

The original OP seems to hint at kammic retribution which is a bit worrying. Other than that... I have never read the official commentaries only contemporary ones. From what I gather they seem to be preoccupied with 'moments', dissecting the Buddha's words with razor blades and giving themselves an ...
by BrokenBones
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1862

Re: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate

Ok :anjali: 😉 ... but what about the 'mind' having toes simile? Can you use your 'impeccable logic' to square the circle... I'm sorry, I mean the simile? Similes actually do have a 'logical' and identifiable relation to what is being referred to. A sutta dedicated to mindfulness of the body witteri...