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by Dhammanando
Wed Jun 23, 2021 5:42 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Overlord and Mara
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Re: Overlord and Mara

The name Abhibhū can be either an alternative name for the gods in the impercipient world or else it can refer to those formless gods whose kamma has led them to rebirth among the Vehapphala Brahmās (i.e., the inhabitants of a fourth rūpa jhāna heaven) rather than to the more usual destination for f...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jun 23, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha prohibit monks from criticises another monk on the basis of Vinaya or the Dhamma teaching?
Replies: 9
Views: 114

Re: Did Buddha prohibit monks from criticises another monk on the basis of Vinaya or the Dhamma teaching?

I wonder these sort of turning your blind eye to problems cause issues such as in the Catholic church. Yes, it does, but then so does excessive officiousness on the part of people who aren't actually very well-informed about Vinaya. If a monk see one of his fellow monk has an affair with a lay woma...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma is simple (if we want it to be)
Replies: 34
Views: 402

Re: The Dhamma is simple (if we want it to be)

The above appears found in 9 suttas . The number is about double that, but since the "graduated exposition" formula is often truncated in the Pali, it's the initial words one needs to search for, not the concluding ones. One should also bear in mind the variant spellings: anupubbiṁ kathaṁ, ānupubbi...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question metta
Replies: 17
Views: 264

Re: Question metta

Could you cite the source? Is it Vism. or sutta? Sutta. ‘Greed, reverends, is mildly blameworthy, but slow to fade away. Hate is very blameworthy, but quick to fade away. Delusion is very blameworthy, and slow to fade away.’ And if they ask: ‘What is the cause, what is the reason why greed arises, ...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day
Replies: 20
Views: 404

Re: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day

Just curious, does anyone know the significance of the number 108 here? It seems to be an auspicious number for repetitions throughout the Dharmic traditions, but I'm not sure why. The Wiki entry for 108 gives the significance of this number in the three Dharmic traditions, though strangely omits t...
by Dhammanando
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Focusing like an Owl
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: Focusing like an Owl

Perhaps my short statement was not very clear. My point was that the description by these corrupted householders wouldn’t even have necessarily taken an accurate account of how the monks appeared into consideration, but was purely meant to imply that whatever they were doing was wrong. Thanks for t...
by Dhammanando
Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Focusing like an Owl
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: Focusing like an Owl

In this talk Bhante references a sutta where the Buddha discourages meditating like "an owl hunting it's prey." I think Ven. N. Ñānamoli is either misremembering what the sutta says or else never understood it properly in the first place. Yes, in the very least one can assume that to describe an as...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 381

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

.... Hi Assaji DD said : Natthattā means "There is not a self". You said : (There) is no self . Was there any difference ? The constructions "There is no + substantive" and "There isn't a + substantive" differ only in phrasing, not in meaning. There is no elephant in the room = There isn't an eleph...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jun 17, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Translating "satipaṭṭhānānaṁ" in dative case ???
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Re: Translating "satipaṭṭhānānaṁ" in dative case ???

Bhante Sujato's theory? What is it? I have not read it. You wrote I was referring to his book A History of Mindfulness in which DN 22 is referred to as the "Piltdown Sutta". Nearly everyone I encounter who takes a dim view of this sutta does so under the influence of this book and so I thought this...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tasawwuf and Theravada
Replies: 18
Views: 284

Re: Tasawwuf and Theravada

Posts split from the topic "Jesus is the only way?"
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Unable to open a post
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Unable to open a post

I don't know why my post initially failed to appear, so I reposted it and now it does. This is the first time this has happened to me.

:shrug:
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?
Replies: 34
Views: 598

Re: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?

SarathW wrote: Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:49 am Thank you Bhante.
I still do not know what insight knowledge is.
Is this knowledge (insight) come only for Ariya?
No, at the lower levels of insight one is still a worldling, albeit a kalyāna one.
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Translating "satipaṭṭhānānaṁ" in dative case ???
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Re: Translating "satipaṭṭhānānaṁ" in dative case ???

Then I read the two major Satipattana suttas were frauds concocted by abhidhammikas at the 3rd council. Would you be referring to Bhante Sujāto's theory to this effect? If so, I would note that even he doesn't allege the entire suttas to be fraudulent, but merely that in their proto-form they were ...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?
Replies: 34
Views: 598

Re: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?

Ok for Sotapanna but how about Sakdhagami? What is the yardstick? The attainment of all the ariyan paths and fruits are insight knowledges. As such, there would be no way that a sotāpanna's arrival at sakadāgāmitā and the resultant attenuation of kāmarāga and byāpāda could be mistaken for an attenu...