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by Nyana
Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha
Replies: 50
Views: 13093

Re: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha

Coyote wrote:Is this from the Abhidhamma?
Yes, from the Dhammasaṅgaṇī and the Kathāvatthu, etc.
by Nyana
Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha
Replies: 50
Views: 13093

Re: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha

I was surprised to hear some teachers' comments such as a Sotapanna must very briefly experience nibbana (what they mean is the cessation of perception and feeling ). Why are you surprised? Isn't it the (classical) Theravada understanding that all paths and fruits take nibbana as an object? The dif...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sotāpanna: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha
Replies: 50
Views: 13093

Re: Sotappana: the path and fruit taught by the Buddha

I agree with Zom's above-quoted comments. I'd like to add a sutta indicating that the attainment of sotapanna doesn't require the knowledge of experiencing nibbana... Nibbāna means extinguishment . With the fruition of stream-entry a stream entrant has realized the extinguishment of the first three...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 50505

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

What philosophy is found in Buddhist practice? There are some similarities in ancient Western variations of askēsis to aspects of Buddhist practice. And Buddhist practice has also been informed by ethics, epistemology, logic, etc. Although the ancient Buddhists didn't develop ethical theories the w...
by Nyana
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 50505

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

With philosophy is meant the love(passion) of wisdom as fixed concepts(dogma) in boxes especially western academic materials. This seems like a pretty limited perspective with regard to all that has gone on in the name of philosophy in the Western tradition. Ancient philosophy was often considered ...
by Nyana
Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Ekayana
Replies: 10
Views: 3299

Re: Ekayana

PadmaPhala wrote:was it an actual school?
I don't think so. But one version or another was eventually absorbed into most or all Indo-Tibetan and East Asian Mahāyāna exegetical traditions.
by Nyana
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:50 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Samadhi (best English translation?)
Replies: 136
Views: 99007

Re: Samadhi (best English translation?)

Sylvester wrote:Fair enough Geoff. I accept and agree with your proposition -
:smile:
by Nyana
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:07 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Samadhi (best English translation?)
Replies: 136
Views: 99007

Re: Samadhi (best English translation?)

In short, I am taking up Norman's call that a much more critical way of discussing texts is to consign the Theravāda, Sarvāstivāda and whatever other Vāda's interpretations to their specialist fields and not allow them contaminate a proper linguistic-textual-doctrinal study. If this method does not...
by Nyana
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Samadhi (best English translation?)
Replies: 136
Views: 99007

Re: Samadhi (best English translation?)

This, as most English readers would insist, must suggest that vipassanā is contemporaneous with jhāna . Why do you continue to suggest that this is an error created by English language readers? Ven. Bodhi, Ven. Ṭhānissaro, Ven. Guṇaratana, and the entirety of the ancient Sarvāstivāda, Sautrāntika, ...
by Nyana
Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox
Replies: 42
Views: 9128

Re: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox

I consider any Buddhavacana texts to be historical texts, while not all historical texts are Buddhavacana. I consider the Nikayas to be a broad, complex, chronological development with respect to the Dhamma, rather than a single product of The First Council which looks the same now as it did then (...
by Nyana
Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox
Replies: 42
Views: 9128

Re: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox

It begs the question, to wit: are the Nikayas in toto inviolate Buddhavacana, or are they texts which arose out of historical processes? Which begs the question: What criteria is one to use to differentiate Buddhavacana from texts which arose out of historical processes? Your various "why not" slip...
by Nyana
Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox
Replies: 42
Views: 9128

Re: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox

Why should anyone accept a post-modern relativistic revision of Buddhist history? Why should anyone prefer a pre-modern mythical scholastic creation of Buddhist history? Well, doesn't this characterization of dhamma narratives as "pre-modern mythical scholastic creation[s]" already presuppose postm...
by Nyana
Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox
Replies: 42
Views: 9128

Re: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox

Too bad I said nothing else about the topic, else we might have had something relevant to discuss. Well, you did: The underlined portion is probably a mistake, since it judges the centuries-long composition of this oral material according to modern historical values, rather than according to then-s...
by Nyana
Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox
Replies: 42
Views: 9128

Re: Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox

daverupa wrote:Indeed, it's all very woo-woo.

:alien:

:rolleye:
Was this derogatory comment an example of acting with appropriate attention?

There's a whole lot of open space between dogmatic literalism and cynical derision. You should check it out sometime.
by Nyana
Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Can the Bhikkhuni Sangha be revived as per the Vinaya?
Replies: 16
Views: 7037

Re: Can the Bhikkhuni Sangha be revived as per the Vinaya?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu makes mention that the Buddha didn't hand down a mechanism in which to revive the Sangha if it ever died, such as the Bhikkhuni Sangha. What structural constraints described in the Vinaya prevents its revival? According to Ven. Bodhi here , there isn't any clear prohibition preve...