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by Dhammanando
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Ceto-Vimutti
Replies: 23
Views: 646

Re: Ceto-Vimutti

Why do u translate 'ceto' as 'thought-process'? It's an adaptation of the rendering "thinking process" used in volume II of Margaret Cone's dictionary. I came across it when the volume was first published and initially didn't much take to it. In fact I thought it nearly as dodgy as Thanissaro's rid...
by Dhammanando
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Astro(nomy/logy)
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: Astro(nomy/logy)

Does the Tripitaka/Pali clearly distinguish astronomy from astrology? (or were both called the same term and, therefore, did not differ in any way?) I would say yes and no. Yes, in the sense that the Tipiṭaka does make a distinction between predicting the motions of stars, planets etc., and predict...
by Dhammanando
Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:45 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 89
Views: 9924

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

Anguttara nikaya book of ones obsession of the mind says this "bhikkhus I do not see even one other form that so obsesses the mind of a man as the form of a woman" and says also the other senses https://tipitaka.fandom.com/wiki/AN1.The_Book_of_Ones-ver2 Clearly this sutta is a neyyāttha teaching, f...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Ceto-Vimutti
Replies: 23
Views: 646

Re: Ceto-Vimutti

2. Or is 'ceto' a noun, therefore the translation is 'liberation of mind'? It's a noun and the compound is traditionally treated as either an instrumental or a genitive tappurisa. Instrumental "Deliverance [from defilements] by [the training of] the thought-process." Genitive "Deliverance of the th...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Infected by virus due to kamma ?
Replies: 44
Views: 724

Re: Infected by virus due to kamma ?

Here is a more straightforward illustration of kamma-vipaka. Dealing with purely human(not virus) behaviour. That people will seem good to those who are habitually amiable, but bad to those who are habitually misanthropic, isn't an instance of kamma-vipāka. To present it as such is to trivialise th...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Infected by virus due to kamma ?
Replies: 44
Views: 724

Re: Infected by virus due to kamma ?

Now I'm even more confused; more befuddled than Vacchagotta. I don't think I can make it much clearer, but I'll have a try... MN 135: Some thuggish people are reborn in the lower realms. Others are reborn as sickly humans. Proposed inference from MN 135: All the doctors and nurses who fell sick and...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beings with little dust in their eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 244

Re: Beings with little dust in their eyes

Are there distinctions between the dhamma eye awakened in noble disciples and the perfectly awakened eye of sammāsambuddhas? In the "five eye" scheme, the Dhamma eye is the seeing of the first noble path. As far as I know it's the same in the Buddha as in a disciple who attains stream-entry. For th...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Pāpimā Devaputta Pajāpati Māra Namuci
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Pāpimā Devaputta Pajāpati Māra Namuci

Māra devaputta is used to specify that you're talking about the deva called Māra, as opposed to the figurative senses of the word: māra as the aggregates, māra as death, māra as the defilements, etc. The others are epithets. Māra: Killer Māroti sattānaṃ kusalaṃ māretīti māro, kāmadevo . "Māra: a des...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Infected by virus due to kamma ?
Replies: 44
Views: 724

Re: Infected by virus due to kamma ?

No, that doesn't follow. So u don't believe MN 135 is true? :shrug: The sutta's fine. The problem is with the inference you draw from it. Since I'm unlikely to be persuaded by an argument of the form: All wingless birds are flightless birds. An emu is a flightless bird. Therefore an emu is a wingle...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beings with little dust in their eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 244

Re: Beings with little dust in their eyes

Have you encountered any work that discusses them through the range of the eye of the awakened one? or through his cosmic cycle? Yes, this is basically what the Apadāna (one of the books of the Khuddaka Nikāya) and its commentary are all about. Apadāna stories are for arahants and paccekabuddhas wh...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beings with little dust in their eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 244

Re: Beings with little dust in their eyes

In chapter 68 of the Paṭisambhidāmagga the term is explained with reference to the five faculties. A person with faith has little dust on his eyes; a person without faith has much dust on his eyes. An energetic person has little dust on his eyes; an idle person has much dust on his eyes. A person wi...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mind of Māra and Is Samsara / Māra in itself impermanent?
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: The Mind of Māra and Is Samsara / Māra in itself impermanent?

What is the mind of Māra? I think the 25 discourses that make up the SN's Māra Saṃyutta probably tell you as much as you need to know about his mind and his methods. https://legacy.suttacentral.net/sn4 The other question is, is Māra an impermanent entity? Yes, both the office of Māra and the curren...
by Dhammanando
Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 89
Views: 9924

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

The heavenly spirits, desiring to destroy the Buddha’s resolve, offered Jade women to him. The Buddha said: “Skin-bags full of filth. What are you doing here? Go away, I am not interested.” Then, the heavenly spirits asked most respectfully about the meaning of the Way. The Buddha explained it for ...
by Dhammanando
Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 89
Views: 9924

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

The Buddha said: “there is nothing greater than the desire for sex. The source of this is an apocryphal sutra composed in China. https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/looking-for-sutta-sexual-desire-as-the-strongest-desire/20175/4 I doubt the historical Buddha ever said such a thing, for it's so obv...
by Dhammanando
Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Infected by virus due to kamma ?
Replies: 44
Views: 724

Re: Infected by virus due to kamma ?

There is the case where a woman or man is one who harms beings with his/her fists, with clods, with sticks, or with knives. Through having adopted & carried out such actions, on the break-up of the body, after death, he/she reappears in the plane of deprivation... If instead he/she comes to the hum...