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by sphairos
Sun May 16, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is jhana a trillion dollar business?
Replies: 8
Views: 107

Re: Is jhana a trillion dollar business?

Perhaps the Buddha is a renegade-revolutionary from the future. In the future they invented the jhāna-machine so one can experience the jhāna state, but the Buddha experienced it, learnt this state and how to achieve it, took the time machine and went back to the past to teach the people how to expe...
by sphairos
Sat May 15, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did this modern Russian God create an early Buddhist commune in Siberia???
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: Did this modern Russian God create an early Buddhist commune in Siberia???

DNS wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 11:16 pm How is that Buddhist? It appears to be a Christian-based cult.
But it appears to be very Buddhist, just listen to what the leader (God) says...
by sphairos
Sat May 15, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Bahu-sacca or Baahu-sacca?
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Bahu-sacca or Baahu-sacca?

It is bahu + sacca, and the first vowel is lengthened either as guṇa grade or just dialectal lengthening (it appears also as bahusacca). Can you tell what guṇa grade is? Does dialectal lengthening mean it is like a vernacular or colloquial form? Here is the table of guṇa and vṛddhi grades of vowels...
by sphairos
Sat May 15, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: from Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 7
Views: 141

Re: from Mahayana to Theravada

I think it's Ok. I also was into Vajrayāna when I was young, but I just stopped because it had started to look ridiculous to me. Breaking bodhisattva vows -- so what ? Mahāyāna bodhisattvas are deluded beings according to Theravāda. It is a good thing to change your goal from one leading to delusion...
by sphairos
Sat May 15, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help with Pāli
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: Help with Pāli

@sphairos Thank you! As above I might not have been clear, I was wondering if there's a way to condense "Sabbehi me piyehi manāpehi nānābhāvo vinābhāvo", even potentially using different words, to get within the character limit (24 characters). So, I was wondering if something like "Sabbehi me piye...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 442

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

Wrong. The Buddha taught understanding and knowledge. Try again. How is scepticism opposed to "knowledge" and "understanding". "Scepticism" means "learning", "inquiring", and is about the direct knowledge ! The Greek word skepsis means investigation. By calling themselves skeptics, the ancient skep...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 442

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

What’s more worrying is that he/she has an MA in religious studies. I can't imagine studying history, religious history or not, and constantly thinking "What simple people. I/We are so unsimple compared to these simple people. Moderns are different ." It's just such a foreign headspace. You, as usu...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 442

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

No, I think you are a run-of-the-mill Western Atheist in Buddhist clothing. I am a Buddhist. You merely metaphorically wear Buddhist clothing. Your heart is with materialism it seems, deep down. I am not materialist, I am a sceptic. And the Buddha was a sceptic, of course. The Buddhist view is no-v...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 442

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

Māra is just an allegory for the imperfect human nature, which the Buddha found how to perfect. The Buddha didn’t teach the perfection of human nature. Humans are, by nature, imperfect beings. If he did, and Mara is an allegory for an imperfect human nature, why did the Buddha still experience Mara...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 442

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

No, I think you are a run-of-the-mill Western Atheist in Buddhist clothing. I am a Buddhist. You merely metaphorically wear Buddhist clothing. Your heart is with materialism it seems, deep down. I am not materialist, I am a sceptic. And the Buddha was a sceptic, of course. The Buddhist view is no-v...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 442

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

I think that's a vainglorious and foolish assertion. Plenty who read the entirety of the Pāli Canon maintain right view. I think you might be among those who haven't actually read it and don't actually know what the Buddha teaches in the texts. Maybe you are exactly that simple (although modern) pe...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 442

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

simple Ancient Indian people If you think ancient people were so simple, why are you a Buddhist? If you think that you are just as simple as your forerunners, why not believe in the Buddhadharma as it was told to them? Do you think that all of the immediate disciples of the Buddha were simple ancie...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 442

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

Māra is just an allegory for the imperfect human nature, which the Buddha found how to perfect. Brahmas etc. are just tales for simple Ancient Indian people, to motivate them perfect their nature (the gods listen to the Buddha, you also must listen!). Duck Tales ! https://s2.gaming-cdn.com/images/pr...
by sphairos
Fri May 14, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Bahu-sacca or Baahu-sacca?
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Bahu-sacca or Baahu-sacca?

The Mangala Sutta has the word bāhusacca. It means "much learning/well-informed/learnedness". https://www.buddhistdoor.net/dictionary/details/bahusacca bāhusacca : [nt.] great learning. Bāhusacca (nt.) [fr. bahu+sacca, which latter corresponds to a Sk. śrautya fr. śru, thus b. is the abstract to ba...