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by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 0
Views: 7

Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual, collective or individual and collective?
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do we have unique fingerprints?
Replies: 5
Views: 57

Re: Why do we have unique fingerprints?

Actually, now I think even we as individuals also unique.
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How possible is it to train like this ?
Replies: 9
Views: 125

Re: How possible is it to train like this ?

I think this teaching is for monks not for laypeople even though laypeople who are Sotapanna and above may practice like this.
Lay people protect the Sangha from the Adhammic invaders.
I don't think they will follow this rule.
See what happened in Tibet.
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do we have unique fingerprints?
Replies: 5
Views: 57

Why do we have unique fingerprints?

Why do we have unique fingerprints?
Is this evidence to support Kamma Vipaka?
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say "let forget the words, let the meaning have remained"?
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Did Buddha say "let forget the words, let the meaning have remained"?

The relevant Suttas are MN 103 and DN 29, but neither support your quotation. In the former it's taught that the meaning is more important than the phrasing, but in the latter it's taught that accurate phrasing is important nonetheless. Thank you, Bhante. I think this post itself is an example of t...
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?
Replies: 15
Views: 243

Re: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?

Thank you Assaji.
Are you a monk? So I can address you correctly.
By the way, I had a look at DN1 and I can't make out what is commentary.
Could you copy a small paragraph of the Sutta and highlight what is commentary.
Sorry for my dumb request.
However in MN1 the Cy are clearly separated,
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say "let forget the words, let the meaning have remained"?
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Did Buddha say "let forget the words, let the meaning have remained"?

A lot of thing people said the Buddha said..... But you look thru all the nikaya and he never directly said those. That is why I said "words to that effect" It appears Buddha asked us not to be bog down in words but to try to understand the meaning. Most of our disputes revolving around the words a...
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say "let forget the words, let the meaning have remained"?
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Did Buddha say "let forget the words, let the meaning have remained"?

Did Buddha say "let's forget the words, let the meaning have remained, or something similar"?

If yes, which Sutta?
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?
Replies: 15
Views: 243

Re: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?

Perhaps some of the members wondering what is commentaries mean. So I found the following in Wikipedea. Aṭṭhakathā (Pali for explanation, commentary)[1] refers to Pali-language Theravadin Buddhist commentaries to the canonical Theravadin Tipitaka. These commentaries give the traditional interpretati...
by SarathW
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?
Replies: 15
Views: 243

Re: Commentary Review - How did the inconsistencies in the commentaries come about?

Hi EC
Is there a place we can access commentaries in English translations?
I am personally not interested in the discussion about the validity of the commentaries.
Instead, can we analyse and discuss each Sutta in conjunction with commentaries?
by SarathW
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: අමතක වුණු ජාතක පොත් වහන්සේ (Sinhala Jataka Tales)
Replies: 3
Views: 40

Re: අටුවා විමර්ශනය – අටුවාවන්හි නොගැලපෙන තැන් ඇති වූයේ කෙසේ ද?

His money and goods he flung away at the door of the house; he threw off his upper and under cloths; and, armed with the beam of his scales as a club, he tracked the Bodhisatta down to the river-side. Finding the latter already crossing, he shouted to the boatman to put back, but the Bodhisatta tol...
by SarathW
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Mindfulness can make you selfish
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Mindfulness can make you selfish

What Buddha taught was the Samma (right) Sati (mindfulness)
Many in the West drop the "Right" and practice mindfulness only,
Buddha rejected that sort of mindfulness.
If mindfulness is not in line with Noble Eightfold Path and Satipathana it produce unwanted results.
by SarathW
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?
Replies: 21
Views: 312

Re: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?

... Many, many thanks. Yes it is a good posting. Does this mean that there is no Buddha to be found anywhere? What about the living Buddha? What about the Buddha after Parinibbana? Is Buddha like a child playing with the sand castles? Sand castles are demolished but the children are still there!
by SarathW
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: අටුවා විමර්ශනය – අටුවාවන්හි නොගැලපෙන තැන් ඇති වූයේ කෙසේ ද? (Sinhala Atuwa)
Replies: 12
Views: 322

Re: අටුවා විමර්ශනය – අටුවාවන්හි නොගැලපෙන තැන් ඇති වූයේ කෙසේ ද?

important matters. the student-monk can't mention the teacher-monk's name directly. (A convention practiced by Venerable Ananda towards his teacher Venerable Mahakassapa and said to be practiced by Sri Lankan forest monks even in the present day). Sounds like Judaism, where G_D is not mentioned. Un...
by SarathW
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?
Replies: 21
Views: 312

Re: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?

I think the second statement is trickier than the first. In the first statement, the Buddha is linking right understanding with regarding consciousness as: "This is not mine, this is not I, this is not my self." so, the statement is assertive in a way. The second statement is a bit trickier because...