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by confusedlayman
Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asura realm
Replies: 11
Views: 102

Re: Asura realm

The Asura (drunkards) is a clan of human beings. To judge from the Lokacintāsutta they must be awfully tiny humans. :lol: “Bhikkhus, once in the past a certain man set out from Rajagaha and went to the Sumagadha Lotus Pond, thinking: ‘I will reflect about the world.’ He then sat down on the bank of...
by confusedlayman
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:31 pm
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?

robertk wrote: Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:09 pm
However, the Visuddhimagga appears to state that absorption from metta is not possible.

Is this right? How is this best addressed
Actually the Visuddhimagga is clear that 'absorption' is possible from metta.
Yes
by confusedlayman
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How to reconcile time spans in the canon with history
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: How to reconcile time spans in the canon with history

In this context then, how can we reconcile the time spans mentioned in the canon with what we know from history and pre-history? Even in a very liberal estimate of the span of history and pre-history, modern man has existed for many 50,000 to 80,000 years, and civilization with kings and princes, m...
by confusedlayman
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?
Replies: 21
Views: 318

Re: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?

I'm not sure why you have the paragraphs in opposite order to the sutta. If you just look at the sutta: "Bhikkhus, how do you conceive it: is form permanent or impermanent?" — "Impermanent, venerable Sir." — "Now is what is impermanent painful or pleasant?" — "Painful, venerable Sir." — "Now is wha...
by confusedlayman
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 179
Views: 103675

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

If americans are buddhist they may not be no 1 country
by confusedlayman
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

Dear CT subforum I read the following on the internet: Classical Theravada followers had the interpretation of the word "Thatagata" as the "Being/Satta/Atta" in those (Abyakata Vagga) specific suttas's commentaries. Therefore, most of the non-classical Theravadins who disrespect the commentaries, h...
by confusedlayman
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cula Sotapanna
Replies: 8
Views: 8612

Re: Cula Sotapanna

somewhere I read that cult sotapanna is someone who has right view but no path.. is it possible?
by confusedlayman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interesting Q&A in Vimuttimagga
Replies: 20
Views: 348

Re: Interesting Q&A in Vimuttimagga

form wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:17 am The question in the book is about if one is practising flying using 4th Jhana. Should he succeed in rising to considerable height and lose concentration, will he fell to his death?

The answer I saw did not really answer the question. Or maybe I did not understand the translation.
How
by confusedlayman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?

Is anger rise due to possension? Or thinking of possession? Anagami dont possess anything so they free from anger as they are mostly monks or layman with no attachment ?
by confusedlayman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: challenging Ajahn Brahmali on parasites
Replies: 19
Views: 823

Re: challenging Ajahn Brahmali on parasites

You misunderstand Robert's point. Bacteria are not living being by dhamma standards. Microscopes don't change the dhamma. I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi at Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. Then Ven. Radha went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, ...
by confusedlayman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intention in name&form in DO
Replies: 13
Views: 252

Re: Intention in name&form in DO

so is it saying if u see a dog and know its a dog by label.. u see form of dog and name it dog so is it witnessing name and form?
by confusedlayman
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will the people who call the arahants just by name, attain Nibbana?
Replies: 23
Views: 415

Re: Will the people who call the arahants just by name, attain Nibbana?

There does seem to be some correlation in the suttas between the attitude of the audience members and their attainment of the Path. There is a tradition of asking for forgiveness in case one has spoken disrespectfully to any Noble Ones in the past, as insulting a Noble One is said to be obstructive...
by confusedlayman
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will the people who call the arahants just by name, attain Nibbana?
Replies: 23
Views: 415

Re: Will the people who call the arahants just by name, attain Nibbana?

There does seem to be some correlation in the suttas between the attitude of the audience members and their attainment of the Path. There is a tradition of asking for forgiveness in case one has spoken disrespectfully to any Noble Ones in the past, as insulting a Noble One is said to be obstructive...
by confusedlayman
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 155
Views: 22748

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

Quite secluded from sensuality means 5 sence not there... ita access concentration where body and sence disappear...