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by robertk
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 62
Views: 22621

Re: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma

Dear Mike I asked Sujin Boriharnwanaket this question on Saturday. She said that there is the experience of hardness through the body door very very often, perhaps many hundred of times even in a second. And each experience is vipaka - the result of kusala or aksula kamma done in the past. Thus it i...
by robertk
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Usnisha
Replies: 38
Views: 4734

Re: Usnisha

I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think it is a flame (in Theravada), but rather the hair was gathered together by the ascetics and tied together in a knot on top. It is somewhat interesting that most statues of Buddha are like this or with the short tight curls of an ascetic, but in reality the Buddh...
by robertk
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Commentators/academics from outside the Buddhist tradition
Replies: 10
Views: 3000

Re: Commentators/academics from outside the Buddhist tradition

i. It depends. Richard Gombrich might not be a Buddhist, but he is deeply sympathetic to Theravada/Pali Buddhism, with a knowledge base second to none, which includes a mastery of Pali and Sanskrit. An interesting interview with him: http://www.ordinarymind.net/Interviews/interview_jan2003.htm" onc...
by robertk
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 62
Views: 22621

Re: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma

Hi Robert, Thank you for the reply. I do understand that the complexity makes it pointless to speculate in particular cases, but what I was interested in clarifying was whether I should understand kamma to only affect the mindstream that performs it. I think you are answering in the affirmative. Me...
by robertk
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Watching movies if you are a monk
Replies: 23
Views: 4630

Re: Watching movies if you are a monk

I loved "The Cup" -- a quasi documentary about monks at a monastery (real monastery, real monks) trying to figure out how to get a TV into the monastery so they can watch the world-championship soccer match. Nice story, nice (and blessedly restrained) lessons in Buddhism. Some Tibetan monsk are goo...
by robertk
Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The enlightenment of Vakkali
Replies: 6
Views: 2092

Re: The enlightenment of Vakkali

there is no hint of difference in the Commentary and the sutta about how either Vakkali attained nibban. Do you want to talk about one in particular?
by robertk
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 62
Views: 22621

Re: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma

Greetings Robert, Thank you for your post. I'm afraid I may still be confused. Can I understand you to be saying that it was a result of Angulimala's kamma ripening in his mind-stream that he walked into the path of the stones, etc? Metta Mike Thinking of kamma vipaka in a too conventional way migh...
by robertk
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 62
Views: 22621

Re: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma

Dear Ven Dhammanando, I But what about the statement in the Angulimala Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.086.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Then Ven. Angulimala, early in the morning, having put on his robes and carrying his outer robe & bowl, went into S...
by robertk
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:41 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Entering the stream
Replies: 38
Views: 8812

Re: Entering the stream

1. As with all the ariyan paths and fruits, the supramundane jhāna at the moment of attaining the path and fruit of non-returning may be at the level of any of the five jhānas. 2. The fact that non-returners are reborn in the Suddhāvāsas is due to their eradication of all the causes for rebirth in ...
by robertk
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Temporary Arahantship?
Replies: 9
Views: 4046

Re: Temporary Arahantship?

Godhika attained arahatship after he cut his throat in the short time before death. He was not even a sotapanna at the time of using the knife according to the Theravada texts.
by robertk
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhagosa
Replies: 47
Views: 10490

Re: Buddhagosa

Whilst all things are inherently void of self, the follow teaching is not the Buddha's intent regarding dependent origination and voidness: Becoming's Wheel reveals no known beginning; No maker, no experiencer there; Void with a twelvefold voidness, and nowhere It ever halts; for ever it is spinnin...
by robertk
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cula Sotapanna
Replies: 7
Views: 8007

Re: Cula Sotapanna

Sujin Boriharnwanaket, the famous Thai teacher, says essentially the same thing as Mogok sayadaw. Cula -sotappana is mentioned in many Commentaries.
by robertk
Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A quibble about Buddhadasa's teaching
Replies: 18
Views: 5483

Re: A quibble about Buddhadasa's teaching

Sometimes the moment of seeing is the result of kusala kamma (good kamma) and in that case the object will be pleasing to some degree. At other times, in this plane, the moment of seeing is the result of past akusala kamma- and in that case the object will be unpleasant to some degree. Hi robert, I...
by robertk
Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:23 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 62
Views: 22621

Re: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma

If there were never any noble volitions arising, there would never arise patience or metta or any virtue - is all I am saying. Besides, where did these cittas "we" have no control over now come from - many came from volitional thoughts, words or deeds in the past. Those in the past could not have a...
by robertk
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 62
Views: 22621

Re: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma

Dear Chris Yes, I don't find that idea at all helpful. One then tries to concentrate on feelings, sensations(whatever) but is orant of the countless other elements. It is inevitable that one will strenthen the idea that sati can be directed here and there- it goes against pariyatti. From my perspect...