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by Bundokji
Fri May 14, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 450

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

Pyrrho himself was so much of a sceptic he almost killed himself, as he doubted he senses so much. A consistent ancient sceptic should have no issue in drinking arsenic if I offered it to them. If i remember correctly, his disciples/friends ran to save him, which makes one wonder if that does not p...
by Bundokji
Fri May 14, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 450

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

I still want to know where the first jhana one came from though :toast: In note number 4 of the sutta, it is mentioned that: The Abhassara Brahma-body is attained through mastering and relishing the second jhana. The next two Brahma-bodies are attained through mastering and relishing the third and ...
by Bundokji
Fri May 14, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 450

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

What does your understanding have to do with the text from the Sutta (help elaborate)? Just genuinely trying to understand because I see it as the literal Mara (the Brahma) has influence over the court of Brahma and its attendants. What purpose a literal understanding of Mara (and Brahmas for this ...
by Bundokji
Fri May 14, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 450

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

I used that word because it seems that the scriptures try to say that all of Mara has control the court of Brahmas (from my perspective; please correct me if my interpretation's wrong) in this part of the Brahma-nimantanika Sutta it states: "When this was said, I told Mara the Evil One, 'I know you...
by Bundokji
Fri May 14, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the contradictions in Buddha's teaching?
Replies: 11
Views: 267

Re: What are the contradictions in Buddha's teaching?

The problem with trying to identify contradictions in the Buddha's teachings is that it puts achieving certain type of logical consistency above all else. While the Buddha would never encourage or teach incoherence, the cognitive dissonance most of us suffer from should not be the main criteria of d...
by Bundokji
Thu May 13, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions
Replies: 45
Views: 450

Re: Are Brahmas still deluded by Mara? + more questions

What do you mean by deluded? One can approach "beings" as deluded, or by having their own nature. For example, you can think of snakes as being deluded into biting other beings and poisoning them, or you can see it as the nature of snakes. Before jumping into Brahmas and describing them as deluded, ...
by Bundokji
Wed May 12, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The supportive god, Brahma
Replies: 15
Views: 2167

Re: The supportive god, Brahma

Do we know of any literature that address the encounter between the Buddha and Brahma Sahampati critically? While how the encounter is described speaks to the human mind, it leaves many questions unanswered: 1- Does the question "why" apply to the Arahant? Or can his actions be accurately explained ...
by Bundokji
Tue May 11, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conquering Masturbation
Replies: 21
Views: 469

Re: Conquering Masturbation

There is a long thread about the topic here

viewtopic.php?f=37&t=6847
by Bundokji
Tue May 11, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Plagarism or copy pasting is stealing?
Replies: 8
Views: 250

Re: Plagarism or copy pasting is stealing?

You could approach the issue of plagiarism by linking it to the fourth precept. Why would people want to claim ownership of something that has been obtained second hand? As long as your intention is not to claim false ownership, and if the app allows its users to download the information, then it co...
by Bundokji
Sun May 09, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Dhātuvibhaṅgasutta MN 140 (Week of May 9, 2021)
Replies: 23
Views: 447

Re: 📍 Dhātuvibhaṅgasutta MN 140

Also, a comparison between what constitutes transgression is worth nothing between MN 140 and SN 22.87: Now the Venerable Vakkali saw the Blessed One coming from a distance, and tried to get up. Then the Blessed One said to the Venerable Vakkali: "Enough, Vakkali, do not try to get up. There are the...
by Bundokji
Sun May 09, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Dhātuvibhaṅgasutta MN 140 (Week of May 9, 2021)
Replies: 23
Views: 447

Re: 📍 Dhātuvibhaṅgasutta MN 140

What i found interesting in the sutta: “But, bhikkhu, where is that Blessed One, accomplished and fully enlightened, now living?” “There is, friend, a city in the northern country named Sāvatthī. The Blessed One, accomplished and fully enlightened, is now living there.” “But, bhikkhu, have you ever ...
by Bundokji
Fri May 07, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where exactly is "Here" ?
Replies: 13
Views: 254

Re: Where exactly is "Here" ?

What do you mean by actual?
by Bundokji
Thu May 06, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right livelihood in entertainment question
Replies: 13
Views: 293

Re: Right livelihood in entertainment question

Namaste i want to ask a question: i see that some singers, movie stars or athletes (soccer, box, etc) are super rich they own millions of dollars, i want to ask if their way of making money is right livelihood? or if it is worth doing? I have this doubt because there is not win-win but win-lose. Fo...
by Bundokji
Wed May 05, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fake Speech
Replies: 16
Views: 274

Re: Fake Speech

I had similar thoughts in the past. I had incidents when a colleague asking me "how are you" and me finding the question completely meaningless. Polite speech is better not to be interpreted literally. This is also helpful to understand rituals and how to engage with them in a non-ritualistic way. F...
by Bundokji
Tue May 04, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 918

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

I think the act of grouping these verses as said by elder Bhikkhunis reflect that the nature of the task and what constitutes wisdom has nothing to do with gender issues. This is in stark contrast with modern solutions to suffering.