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by Sam Vara
Sat May 08, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Persons of the Path and the Paramis
Replies: 8
Views: 258

Re: Persons of the Path and the Paramis

When you say, "more of a bodhisattva thing," and then "In Theravada we," it implies that Theravadins, or 'most' Theravadins, don't practice their paramis. They just "have" them and don't "do" them. I am a bit skeptical. Are you sure you can speak with such authority in this subforum on the matter? ...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 08, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha quotes site
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: Buddha quotes site

Truth is where you find it. If this site gives good paraphrases of Buddha's ideas or language, that is good. Any teaching that is or points toward the Dharma is meritorious and not a time waster; especially for those who know zero about the Dharma. It might in some ways be useful, in that living yo...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 08, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha quotes site
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: Buddha quotes site

Truth is where you find it. If this site gives good paraphrases of Buddha's ideas or language, that is good. Any teaching that is or points toward the Dharma is meritorious and not a time waster; especially for those who know zero about the Dharma. It might in some ways be useful, in that living yo...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 08, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha endorse Animal Cruelty?
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Did the Buddha endorse Animal Cruelty?

To me it sounds like he's just describing what the farmers already do when the oxen wanders into the crop. :shrug: :anjali: Agreed. It's just a simile, not an endorsement. There's also this one: Just as a strong man, seizing a weaker man by the head or the throat or the shoulders, would beat him do...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 07, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The meaning of "vedaniyaṁ" ????
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: The meaning of "vedaniyaṁ" ????

Thank you Samvara. Possibly we have discussed this matter before. Why does the datthabam only apply to only the vedaniyam rather than to the whole sentence? I have read translations where the “should be” applies to the entire sentence. Thanks I think it does apply to the whole sentence; the body is...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 07, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where exactly is "Here" ?
Replies: 13
Views: 201

Re: Where exactly is "Here" ?

It's where you are, relative to the things around you. Thanks. To rephrase, it is where "I" am? Or, imo, it is more appropriate to say: it is where "I" is ? The former is more grammatically correct, but they both appear to mean the same thing. When observing: "tip of the nose" or something like tha...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 07, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where exactly is "Here" ?
Replies: 13
Views: 201

Re: Where exactly is "Here" ?

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote: Fri May 07, 2021 7:09 am As found in phrases like: "here & now".

Or, is there any actual "Here" at all?

:heart:
It's where you are, relative to the things around you.
by Sam Vara
Fri May 07, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The meaning of "vedaniyaṁ" ????
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: The meaning of "vedaniyaṁ" ????

I think it is a future passive participle. A form of verb which refers to the future, but is optative or imperative, in the sense that it says that something is to be, can be, ought to be, or is fit to be done. I think the datthabam which follows it in 12.37 is also in the future passive. You find i...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 06, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Jhānā
Replies: 20
Views: 531

Re: Jhānā

Ceisiwr wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 5:08 pm
I'm still in my early days of learning pali and sanskrit, so I like to make my use of the words as grammatically correct as possible when posting here. I find it is good practice.
Well for goodness sake don't rely on what I think until you get a second opinion! :embarassed:
by Sam Vara
Thu May 06, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Jhānā
Replies: 20
Views: 531

Re: Jhānā

Is "Jhānā" an acceptable plural form of "Jhāna"? A member brought this up via PM, and I've read conflicting views online. Ven. Sujato says that it is, but elsewhere we have "jhānāni"? Any clarification would be welcome. It's a neuter noun, so technically the singular should be jhānam and the plural...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 06, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Jhānā
Replies: 20
Views: 531

Re: Jhānā

Is "Jhānā" an acceptable plural form of "Jhāna"? A member brought this up via PM, and I've read conflicting views online. Ven. Sujato says that it is, but elsewhere we have "jhānāni"? Any clarification would be welcome. It's a neuter noun, so technically the singular should be jhānam and the plural...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 05, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fake Speech
Replies: 16
Views: 261

Re: Fake Speech

But what about his discourses? Was he an animated speaker? Or dead pan serious? Is there any way to know? It's probably unwise to have too much certainty, but we may have a few faint clues. Harold Beaver's book The Broken Gong attempts to construct an account of what the Buddha was like from his di...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 05, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right livelihood in entertainment question
Replies: 13
Views: 261

Re: Right livelihood in entertainment question

Thanks sam vara i was making surreal art to be sold in the internet but i will keep i myself as i consider is like delusion. I wouldn't come to that conclusion so quickly. You might want to think it through, as visual art seems to be very different from the Talaputa issue in the sutta. I don't know...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 05, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right livelihood in entertainment question
Replies: 13
Views: 261

Re: Right livelihood in entertainment question

You might want to consider this sutta, addressed to an actor: Talaputa, the head of an acting troupe, went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: "Lord, I have heard that it has been passed down by the ancien...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 05, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)

Does the figure of speech "Shattering the mass of darkness" appear elsewhere, or is it restricted to the Therīgāthā? I can't recall seeing it anywhere else. Perhaps it is the result of Sujato's collaboration?