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by Zom
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Alara Kalama and Uddakarama have the ability to see past lives?
Replies: 49
Views: 6369

Re: Did Alara Kalama and Uddakarama have the ability to see past lives?

Did Alara Kalama and Uddakarama have the ability to see past lives? It appears they did not have this ability We don't know that for sure, can only assume. What we do know is that they were very proficient in meditation and were almost arahants. Also, as we can assume from the text, they knew that ...
by Zom
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Theravada for lay people
Replies: 46
Views: 12962

Re: Theravada for lay people

Personally I believe only way to enter the path is either ordain or live secluded. Even then there may be distractions.
Nah, entering the path is more than possible in a lay life. Anagaminship, though, is the path almost fully treaded.
by Zom
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Theravada for lay people
Replies: 46
Views: 12962

Re: Theravada for lay people

Householders can also obtain any of the level of awakening bar Arahantship
Highest possible is anagaminship, though, hardly attainable these days.
by Zom
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?
Replies: 25
Views: 2206

Re: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?

Do the arahants experiencing the results in this life After Attaining Arahant state by present body while exhausting hundreds millions of lives of good & bad kamma in this very life little by little ? And how do you examine and verify that ? This statement "hundreds millions of lives of good & bad ...
by Zom
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?
Replies: 25
Views: 2206

Re: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?

By this explanation you simply ignore everything Buddha says. Of course defilements must be destroyed, but, along with them, kamma will be exhausted too (as in the text: by experiencing their results little by little ). This is what Buddha says, arahants say in Theragatha, and this is what is shown ...
by Zom
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?
Replies: 25
Views: 2206

Re: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?

I've already provided the link with several texts. The most direct statement (which some theravadins consider "alien" just because it doesn't fit into their commentarial view) is this from AN 10.129: Bhikkhus, I do not say that there is a termination of volitional kamma that has been done and accumu...
by Zom
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?
Replies: 25
Views: 2206

Re: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?

Ps . Why only the "bad" deeds has to exhaust itself , what about the "good" deeds need not to blossom or take effect ?! I think all kamma exhausts itself, positive, negative, and special eightfold path kamma too. What is kamma? This is an "energy" acting in the world, created by a certain individua...
by Zom
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?
Replies: 25
Views: 2206

Re: Is it possible to escape the vipaka of any kamma?

I suspect this was not originally from Buddha's teachings .
This is very original Buddha's teaching, though it contradicts commentarial theravada teaching.

Here, I wrote: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?p=569359#p569359
by Zom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma
Replies: 93
Views: 6079

Re: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma

That's a history-specific argument. We, now, are not living in the time of the Buddha, we do not have a Buddha living among us.
This doesn't mean suttas no longer work and we need some additional Dhamma.
by Zom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma
Replies: 93
Views: 6079

Re: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma

Given the variety of such developments, I'm always a little skeptical about statements about how "such-and-such is obvious from the suttas (and/or Canonical Abhidhamma)". That, of course, is also what modern commentators who disagree with the Theravada interpretation say about their interpretations...
by Zom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma
Replies: 93
Views: 6079

Re: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma

I already said the matikas are just a development of the lists we find in the suttas. In other words, the suttas contain an Abhidhamma method.
They do not. List is just a list, not more than that. Made up for easier recitation of the most important dhammic points.
by Zom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma
Replies: 93
Views: 6079

Re: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma

What we find in the suttas would have been taught in greater detail by the Buddha and his immediate disciples.
In this case suttas would have inevitable traces of that, but they do not. Again, linguistically, suttas differ too much from abhidhammic texts, just as any early-late texts would differ.
by Zom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma
Replies: 93
Views: 6079

Re: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma

Its not just "one more later interpretation". If we take the Dhammasaṅgaṇī we find lists of dhammas in the form of matika (matrix). There isn't anything controversial in there. Its simply a continuation and development of the lists we find in the suttas, with greater elaboration. All buddhist tradi...
by Zom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma
Replies: 93
Views: 6079

Re: On the Necessity of the Abhidhamma

The Abhidhamma is just a more detailed elaboration of what we find in the suttas. Seeing as how the suttas are heavily stripped back I can see a role for the Abhidhamma as well as the commentaries. First of all, this is just "one more later interpretation" which can be right, or wrong, unlike sutta...