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by DNS
Sun May 02, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the "sins" of Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: What are the "sins" of Buddhism

It depends on how you define "sin." Using the traditional definition of a transgression against God and God's commandments, then no, Buddhism doesn't have sin. People violate precepts out of confusion, ignorance, greed, attachment not because they are evil or "sinful." Precepts are voluntary, not co...
by DNS
Sun May 02, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Ven.Ajahn Chah meant by "The Timeless Buddha"
Replies: 26
Views: 381

Re: What Ven.Ajahn Chah meant by "The Timeless Buddha"

Ajahn Chah was great. If he had been born in China or Japan, he probably would have been a famous Chan or Zen master. Luckily for Theravada, he was born in Thailand.
by DNS
Sun May 02, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: introduction and thanks
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: introduction and thanks

Welcome to DW!

by DNS
Sat May 01, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Collecting all references about Samsara Dukkha
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Collecting all references about Samsara Dukkha

"Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a yoke with a single hole there. A wind from the east would push it west, a wind from the west would push it east. A wind from the north would push it south, a wind from the south would push it north. And ...
by DNS
Sat May 01, 2021 4:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

Re: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?

Want to find a monastery that does not bow to statues. :buddha2: What do you have against bowing to statues? Perhaps some prior cultural conditioning? I as ask that because I came from a culture that highly shunned bowing to statues, so it took me some time to get over that, myself. I don't know of...
by DNS
Sat May 01, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddha's wife (wives)?
Replies: 36
Views: 17293

Re: Buddha's wife (wives)?

I have moved the off-topic posts about jhana to the great Jhana thread starting here:
viewtopic.php?p=619559#p619559
by DNS
Sat May 01, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 536
Views: 273050

Re: Buddha's wife (wives)?

By jhana like, I mean similar. It won't be exactly Buddhist jhana, but similar. Note the names of the attainments by the two ascetic teachers, the exact same names given to the higher formless realms of Buddhist jhanas. I thought you might bring that up; yes I know that the formless realms are not t...
by DNS
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 536
Views: 273050

Re: Buddha's wife (wives)?

You wrote  Some could also argue that other samaṇa paths may have also discovered jhana, for example Alara Kalama and Udaka Ramaputta. When you say some , who are you referring to? Are you referring to random comments on DW by folks like Ceisiwir?  No, I was just speaking in general, that there are...
by DNS
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Are women evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 1048

Re: Are women evil?

Not sure if it's been mentioned already here (only skimmed this strange thread), but it's important to note that it is only the Jataka verses that are Canonical in Theravada, not the Jataka tales.

The misogynistic parts are only in the tales, not the verses.
by DNS
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood?
Replies: 11
Views: 239

Re: Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood?

Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood? What is the meaning of making a boat from grass, branches, and leaves? Why did he asked us to use hands and feet why not using a boat paddle? It's allegory, obviously. The parts of the raft could be liked to sila, samadhi, dana, vi...
by DNS
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 536
Views: 273050

Re: Buddha's wife (wives)?

If so who invented jhana? Invented is not the word; it is discovered and re-discovered. There were 27 prior Buddhas before Gotama in our known history. Some could also argue that other samaṇa paths may have also discovered jhana, for example Alara Kalama and Udaka Ramaputta. When the teachings die ...
by DNS
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which of these Mahayana/Vajrayana traditions are most compatible with the Palicanon and Theravada traditions?
Replies: 22
Views: 587

Re: Which of these Mahayana/Vajrayana traditions are most compatible with the Palicanon and Theravada traditions?

Definitely Chan Buddhism (imo).

They include the Agamas which are very similar parallels to the Pali Canon. They have a monastic clergy with Vinaya. The meditation techniques are very similar to Theravada meditation.

It's my second favorite Buddhist tradition, after Theravada.
by DNS
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vesak
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Vesak

It's usually the Full Moon Day of May. This year, it's May 26. The month of May usually has one full moon, but as there are 29.5 days between full moons, occasionally there are two. If there are two full moons during the month of May, some countries (including Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Malaysia) celeb...
by DNS
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stored food?
Replies: 14
Views: 257

Re: Stored food?

Lord budda advised his desciple monks to go on pindapatha. But it is clear during rainy season these monks remained in their lodgings and fed only on dana donated by villagers. These monks were advised so to escape from the jaina followers lest they would be trampling springing plants. Lord buddas ...
by DNS
Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stored food?
Replies: 14
Views: 257

Re: Stored food?

If so, do you think that the monasteries that do this are in the wrong? Speaking just for myself, not as any authority for Theravada or on behalf of Theravadins; I don't think it is wrong. It is good to save food and not waste it, in my opinion. Yes, there is a rule, but in the 6th century BCE ther...