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by thomaslaw
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Compare The Chamberlains sutta SN 55.6 & SA 860
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Compare The Chamberlains sutta SN 55.6 & SA 860

could it be that they are compatible that is to say, if you accomplish generosity you accomplish sila, or if you accomplish sila you accomplish generosity I think the texts of the Samyutta/Samyukta collection do not say so. According the mentioned book's section (10) Stream-entry, the Buddha in the...
by thomaslaw
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Compare The Chamberlains sutta SN 55.6 & SA 860
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Compare The Chamberlains sutta SN 55.6 & SA 860

SN 55.6 https://suttacentral.net/sn55.6/en/sujato: "... A noble disciple who has four things is a stream-enterer, not liable to be reborn in the underworld, bound for awakening. What four? It’s when a noble disciple has experiential confidence in the Buddha … the teaching … the Saṅgha … They live a...
by thomaslaw
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism resources
Replies: 169
Views: 201646

Re: Choong Mun Keat

The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism Choong Mun Keat : A comparative study based on the Sūtrāṅga portion of the Pāḷi Saṃyutta-Nikāya and the Chinese Saṃyuktāgama In the book The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism pp. 7-11, the author (Choong Mun-keat) indicates that the Chinese scholar-...
by thomaslaw
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Two new books by ven. Anālayo
Replies: 15
Views: 562

Re: Two new books by ven. Anālayo

Superiority Conceit in Buddhist Traditions: A Historical Perspective https://www.amazon.com/Superiority-Conceit-Buddhist-Traditions-Perspective/dp/1614297193 "Renowned scholar-monk writes accessibly on some of the most contentious topics in Buddhism—guaranteed to ruffle some feathers. Armed with hi...
by thomaslaw
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: mettā meditation
Replies: 21
Views: 447

Re: mettā meditation

Mettā meditation is very similar to ‘right thought’ (sammāsaṅkappa) in the noble eightfold way:
Thought of detachment (nekkhammasaṅkappa), thought of non-malice (abyāpādasaṅkappa), and thought of non-harming (avihiṃsāsaṅkappa).
by thomaslaw
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 13224

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

Once I find the person I'm looking for, we'll go on a crusade to destroy all the so-called "Buddhist traditions". Not by force, but through words and imagery, just like how the Tathāgata used to make fun of brahmins. Then, the real teachings of the Tathāgata will shine forth upon this distressed wo...
by thomaslaw
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 13224

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

My goal is to find someone who, like me, wants to unveil all the mysteries surrounding original Buddhism, until we can finally assert "these are the real teachings of the Tathāgata". Your goal for the studies in pre-sectarian or original Buddhism is very Good indeed! You may try to study, as sugges...
by thomaslaw
Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 13224

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

I think most of you misunderstood me. I didn't want to talk about which texts are the oldest, which ones are authentic etc. I asked about what, in your opinion, original Buddhism was like, doctrine-wise. The following book by Choong Mun-keat may be useful for your question: The Fundamental Teaching...
by thomaslaw
Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 13224

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

... Brahma is the ultimate goal of Brahmanism. Although some people used to conceive it as a god, it is actually more akin to an ultimate unconditioned, a cosmic consciousness pervading the whole universe. Experiencing Brahma through meditation means attaining liberation from the cycle of rebirth, ...
by thomaslaw
Fri Dec 25, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 13224

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

Watana wrote: Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:55 pm just like how the 4 Brahma-wihāra completely lost their value because the compilers of the Pāli Canon didn't really know anything about Brahmanism.
I think the compilers of the Pāli Canon present their 'Buddhist' value of the 4 Brahma-vihara, not the value of Brahmanism :buddha1:
by thomaslaw
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism
Replies: 168
Views: 13224

Re: Your take on pre-sectarian Buddhism

Thanks to this wonderful website that logged me out (without telling me) while I was typing a huge text, I can no longer present you what I spent half an hour working on. Therefore, I'll take a more straightforward approach : In your opinion, what was original Buddhism like, exactly ? Original Budd...
by thomaslaw
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Indriya Samyutta - looks questionable
Replies: 8
Views: 2044

Re: Indriya Samyutta - looks questionable

Dear DW sutta folks ... In summary: * while Indriya-samyutta includes what is expected, namely, the five spiritual faculties (of faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration & wisdom), it also includes suttas on the three faculties (SN 48.22; of femininity, masculinity and vitality), another three fac...
by thomaslaw
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Why is the brain a forgotten organ in the early texts?
Replies: 30
Views: 6646

Re: Why is the brain a forgotten organ in the early texts?

Mahabrahma wrote: Sat Dec 12, 2020 12:23 am find the soul.
Yes, good point. Can one find the soul within or beyond the sense spheres/the five aggregates?
by thomaslaw
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Favourite Samyutta
Replies: 7
Views: 9892

Re: Favourite Samyutta

Dear Dhamma friends, The historical important of Samyutta/Samyukta in Early Buddhism has been demonstrated by the scholar-monk Yinshun (see pp. 7-11 in Choong Mun-keat's Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism ). The following recent article by Choong Mun-keat (2020) is provided further useful infor...
by thomaslaw
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 45
Views: 39407

Re: death of forum member dylanj

Since this topic I have been being very sad. Yesterday I cried seeing Dylan's pictures and old posts. For a long time I had not heard about the death of a "close" person. We are so busy with our sorrows and pains that we forget about the dukkha of death and separation from the loved. Dukkha dukkha....