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by sphairos
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Ideal Wife
Replies: 18
Views: 227

Re: Ideal Wife

But what if the crooked old husband is a billionaire? Women with such underlying enlightenment potential today would probably not get married & therefore not become a "wife". This topic appears illogical. Many women in the modern world generally, hope to have a fulfilling career rather than being an...
by sphairos
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Texts with diacritics
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: Texts with diacritics

I'll rephrase it then. Let's say I go to this site here: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sltp/Dhp_utf8.html#v.179 Can I safely rely on its proper use of diacritics? I've noticed some texts just omit them and some only add a few. So is this text here authoritative? Yes, you can rely on that...
by sphairos
Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:44 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?

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 sphairos
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Early schools
Replies: 10
Views: 207

Re: Early schools

If you want the full monty, then there's Étienne Lamotte's 870-page History of Indian Buddhism . If that's too long for you, then there are two fairly reliable but much shorter works, both largely derivative upon Lamotte's research: Nalinaksha Dutt, Buddhist Sects in India Hirakawa Akira, History o...
by sphairos
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhu Nanananda converted. Disciples did not.
Replies: 44
Views: 818

Re: Bhikkhu Nanananda converted. Disciples did not.

I think in general what this poster illustrates is a religious attitude to Buddhism, suiting more (esp. fundamentalist) Christianity and Christians. Only a religious person may entertain such an argument -- "renounced on deathbed". If you understand Buddhism as an ancient (but very modern) form of A...
by sphairos
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhu Nanananda converted. Disciples did not.
Replies: 44
Views: 818

Re: Bhikkhu Nanananda converted. Disciples did not.

Great, thanks for sharing it! Very believable!

Now I also have to accept Abhidhamma and commentaries unconditionally :lol: :lol: :lol: :clap:
by sphairos
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sallatha Sutta SN 36.6 - The Arrow (or dart, thorn)
Replies: 51
Views: 728

Re: Sallatha Sutta SN 36.6 - The Arrow (or dart, thorn)

In a similar vein, I've wondered why the 5 cords of sensual pleasure is not 6 cords, with mind and thoughts as the 6th. I am also interested in that. Because clearly there are beings who feed off of and are addicted to completely mentally created abstract theories and ideas, not having anything to ...
by sphairos
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intention in name&form in DO
Replies: 13
Views: 252

Re: Intention in name&form in DO

Ven. Anālayo on the five elements of nāma and Dependent Arising:

https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg ... vename.pdf
by sphairos
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1861

Re: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate

Ceisiwr wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:00 pm
sphairos wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:59 pm
No! See above the translation of the verse by ven. Bodhi.
I have and for reasons that I’ve stated over and over again it does not make sense in light of the grammar and what we see in other texts.
But you don't know the grammar! :) Sorry to say it directly, but it's the truth.
by sphairos
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1861

Re: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate

Kāmā in the first line must be the same thing with the same meaning that kāma in the second. Otherwise there cannot be contrast (but it is ). If in the second line it is "lust", it must be "lusts" in the first line. Q.E.D. I’m confused once again on how you reached this conclusion. The verse is qui...
by sphairos
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1861

Re: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate

Here is the full śloka in ven. Bodhi's translation:

“They are not sensual pleasures, the pretty things in
the world:
a person’s sensual pleasure is lustful intention;
the pretty things remain just as they are in the world,
but the wise remove the desire for them."
by sphairos
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1861

Re: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate

If you were more mindful, you would have noticed, that I actually translated two lines of that śloka in my answer: I do indeed remember, and I scratch my head somewhat at it. "Saṅkapparāgo purisassa kāmo;" establishes that greedy desire is a person's lust. ‘‘Na te kāmā yāni citrāni loke," establish...
by sphairos
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Jhana and the early Mahayana
Replies: 159
Views: 3373

Re: Jhana and the early Mahayana

Yes, they can be made and they can be necessarily true: 5 + 7 = 12. Experientially and logically. Then they are called a synthetic a priori knowledge or science. As I said, I am not a strict follower of Kant per se. Frege and Carnap offered an analysis where mathematics is not synthetic a priori bu...
by sphairos
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1861

Re: Proposed solution to the Jhana Wars debate

Where do you find it? Na te [demonstrative pronoun] kāmā [noun] yāni [relative pronoun] citrāni [adjective] loke Not those [demonstrative pronoun] kāmā [noun] whatever [relative pronoun] are pretty [adjective] in the world. Na te kāmā yāni citrāni loke Not those kāmā whatever are pretty in the worl...