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by Pulsar
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 753

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

Dearest SDC, my apologies if I distracted the study group, by bringing in SN 56. 41. When I read your response to JohnK, I interpreted it to mean, study group folks can bring in any sutta from the Saccasamyutta. I had some difficulties with SN 56.41, and I thought it was fair to bring it in. Thanks ...
by Pulsar
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 753

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

A question on a sutta in Saccasamyutta, it would be nice if you can help me out. It is a study group, kind of private, even though the public might read us. https://suttacentral.net/sn56.41/en/sujato Sutta gets the title Reflections about the World by BB Here is my personal dilemma, i have visited t...
by Pulsar
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 753

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

Nicely choreographed presentation, using two suttas from Sacca Samyutta and the omnipresent MN 117, to remind us what we might be doing wrong, as we struggle to right our wrong view. I like the excerpt from MN 117 One makes an effort to abandon wrong view and to enter upon right view: this is one’s ...
by Pulsar
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Re: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?

OP wrote Anagami dont possess anything so they free from anger as they are mostly monks or layman with no attachment ? Where did you read this? you appear to get your information from the internet. This statement goes against the core of the teaching. As for some who advise you, pl be careful. Some ...
by Pulsar
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 682
Views: 219686

Re: Jhana

The sutta talks about Four kinds of persons:   The 1st gains internal serenity of mind but not higher wisdom into phenomena. 2nd gains higher wisdom into phenomena but not internal serenity. 3rd Gains both; 4th Gains neither. Examining the sutta: What is the higher wisdom required, how should it be ...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

JohnK wrote The structure of the exposition is driven by the progress in the Buddha's path of awakening. While "still a bodhisatta, not yet fully enlightened," the questions about gratification, danger and escape "occurred" to him. Then, the answers "occurred" to him. (Can't tell how much later "the...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

Thanks for the correction SDC, my brain mistakenly superimposed the Deer hunter suttas over the sutta on dangers of aggregates. Repetition of suttas really helps, and discussion more, and something i did not notice the first time, sank in the next time. The passage below from SN 22.26 “The pleasure ...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

SDC wrote Thanks, John, but I’m still saturated with SN 22.26 , which had come to mind earlier in the thread - I was certainly paraphrasing it as I wrapped up that paragraph. your mention of SN 22.26 helped a me solve an issue, I was puzzling over in relation to Samma Sati. So thank you. I think you...
by Pulsar
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)
Replies: 38
Views: 1065

Re: Profile: Raṭṭhapāla (Week of April 4, 2021)

Some interesting info from the agama parallels by Ven Analayo "The flying monk" According to the Chinese versions and the Tibetan Bhaiajyavastu account, Ratthapāla departed by flying up in the air. One of the individual translations explains that he did so because his parents had locked the door to ...
by Pulsar
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Advice on finding meditation instruction online?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Advice on finding meditation instruction online?

Dearest dpcalder: You wrote I would prefer one of the traditions that stick with the Pali Canon, especially taking the jhanas seriously. Your best bet would be Ajahn Sona. He solidly stands behind the 4 buddhist jhanas, which are the only jhanas mentioned in the 8-fold path. He brushes aside the Aru...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Trustworthiness of Early Commentaries
Replies: 24
Views: 986

Re: Trustworthiness of Early Commentaries

If it is rhetoric check with Ven Sujatho. I did not make it up. You can post the question at Sutta Central and tag Ver Sujatho? If he agrees that it is pure rhetoric I shall agree, not because Ceisiwr says so. You once alleged that Buddha was an annihilationist the day before awakening, on my Jhana ...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Trustworthiness of Early Commentaries
Replies: 24
Views: 986

Re: Trustworthiness of Early Commentaries

GnosticMind wrote can Buddhist scholars and translators translate texts without at least partially skewing it to match the ambience or zeitgeist of the epoch in which the scholar lives and breathes and thinks? I often wonder about this too. Recently I was involved with a group of scholars that dealt...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Trustworthiness of Early Commentaries
Replies: 24
Views: 986

Re: Trustworthiness of Early Commentaries

Eko Care Your chart gives high grades for all factors to classical Theravada? I tend to disagree with this chart. Do you know the beginning date for Classical Theravada? According to Andre Bareau, there were 18 schools known perhaps 200 years after Buddha passed away. It is a very fine text called T...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 682
Views: 219686

Re: Jhana

There is the emptiness of the enjoyer, emptiness of the enjoyed,  Emptiness of the body I read in a buddhist scripture, it is poetry like the gently rising sun, a thought, and I racked my brain, where did I read this? in a more prosaic form .  Empty village/vipers/murderers come to my mind SN 35. 2...
by Pulsar
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it appropriate (relevant) to teach the Dhamma to laypeople which are mainly meant for Buddhist Monks?
Replies: 68
Views: 1437

Re: Is it appropriate (relevant) to teach the Dhamma to laypeople which are mainly meant for Buddhist Monks?

DooDoot wrote The suttas are available for laypeople to read It seems it was so even during Buddha's time. Think of the several non-returners during that time. Was Yasa not a layman? Does not Vinaya Pitaka report that he became an Arahant? What is OP thinking of? Is he not familiar with the suttas? ...