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by DooDoot
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 112
Views: 14172

Re: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?

retrofuturist wrote: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:22 am Abhidhamma or commentaries...
Thank you, Paul. No problem. I think the Vsm on Dependent Origination alone can be critiqued based on the Pali suttas.
by DooDoot
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 112
Views: 14172

Re: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?

Has anyone here read the whole Vism? Or any of his commentaries? What exactly is it that you are objecting to? There are more skillful ways to disagree with someone. I have read the instruction on Anapanasati, which forms the basis of most Theravada instruction, which seems contrary to the Pali sut...
by DooDoot
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 112
Views: 14172

Re: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?

The Visuddhimagga world-view is based at least as much on Abhidhammic concepts...it reinterprets suttas through an Abhidhammic lens. Since many readers are not familiar with Abhidhamma, could you summarise what is being asserted above? Thanks Even the politically correct Bhikkhu Bodhi has this to s...
by DooDoot
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The meaning of Kaya
Replies: 10
Views: 2451

Re: The meaning of Kaya

This is what is called reasoning by the absurd. (So much absurdity can be said). My post is conclusive & coherent. I suggest to read it with care. Perceptions & feeling are never included in/as 'citta'. Why ask? As I said, BB altered his original translations, which shows he considered his original...
by DooDoot
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The meaning of Kaya
Replies: 10
Views: 2451

Re: The meaning of Kaya

So let's see what is given in SN 41.6: 1. In-breathing and out-breathing are bodily, these things are bound to the body; that is why in-breathing and out-breathing are the bodily formation (of bodily formation) [synergy]. Assāsapassāsā kho āvuso visākha kāyikā ete dhammā kāyapaṭibaddhā. Tasmā assās...
by DooDoot
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar
Replies: 33
Views: 4183

Re: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar

Your two statements are often made in the context of racist propaganda and, as such, often considered offensive. If you do, you will see why these claims are patently absurd and fairly offensive. I have never read anywhere in Buddhism that finding things to be "offensive" is a virtue. In other word...
by DooDoot
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Approaching a teacher
Replies: 9
Views: 979

Re: Approaching a teacher

I'm at the point where I really need a teacher and would be a able to commit 1 to 2 visits a month. It's a difficult one to answer but any advice on approaching him would be appreciated. Thanks For a monk to teach is their livelihood & duty towards lay people. As for being a "student", at least in ...
by DooDoot
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Sakkāya
Replies: 18
Views: 3453

Re: Pali Term: Sakkāya

“And what, bhikkhus, is the way leading to the origination of identity? Here, bhikkhus, the uninstructed worldling … regards form as self … feeling as self … perception as self … volitional formations as self … consciousness as self … or self as in consciousness. This, bhikkhus, is called the way l...
by DooDoot
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 6726

Re: Where are the enlightened westerners?

That appears be a rather inaccurate guess. Certainly not, sir. The Pali is thoroughly unambiguous in its defintion of ' emptiness ' to be ' empty of self '. Thus, I assume Malcolm is sufficiently intelligent to discern the Pali. Therefore, when Mahayana Malcolm asserts there is a 2nd type of emptin...
by DooDoot
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 112
Views: 14172

Re: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?

How could such a text become so influential in Theravada, typically known for strictly restricting itself to teachings that can be clearly sourced in the Tipiṭaka ? I sense the statement above is possibly not an accurate reflection of Theravada history because the Tipitaka, particularly the Suttas,...
by DooDoot
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Sakkāya
Replies: 18
Views: 3453

Re: Pali Term: Sakkāya

I suppose this makes sense (although it seems more applicable to the three characteristics than to the noble truths): Sat (Sanskrit: सत्) is a Sanskrit word meaning "the true essence and that "which is unchangeable" of an entity, species or existence. Sat is a common prefix in ancient Indian literat...
by DooDoot
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Sakkāya
Replies: 18
Views: 3453

Re: Pali Term: Sakkāya

Since it "literally means 'the existing body,'" I'm thinking it means basically the current existing body, or the body of my current rebirth, so I'd think Ven. Ñāṇamoli's translation "embodiment" is the best, and "identity" is not since its so abstract and doesn't include the concept of the body in...
by DooDoot
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 6726

Re: Where are the enlightened westerners?

the Arahant sees and meditates emptiness in the person but not in phenomenon, while the Bodhisattva see emptiness in both. Despite the very sloppy language above, the sloppy idea of " seeing emptiness in phenomena ", which I assume or guess means seeing " there is no phenomena ", is unrelated to li...
by DooDoot
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Sakkāya
Replies: 18
Views: 3453

Re: Pali Term: Sakkāya

Dmytro wrote: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:30 amThat's how it is explained in the Commentary.

http://www.palikanon.com/english/wtb/s_t/sakkaaya.htm
Thanks for that Dmytro. I think sva-kāya ('own group' or 'own body') makes much more sense. Regards