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by Coyote
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Romantic Love
Replies: 119
Views: 18869

Re: Romantic Love

Ben, Tilt, It has been mentioned on this and other threads that married life provides unique opportunities of spiritual growth that might be difficult for a single person to obtain. Could you give some examples? Hello Ben, all, like Craig I am a bit perplexed by the ( hopefully only ) apparent incon...
by Coyote
Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of life?
Replies: 32
Views: 5405

Re: What is the purpose of life?

Reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs7MsSPSrdI I don't think there is a purpose in the way that it is often meant, a "grand scheme". There are causes and conditions. Some of those are favorable, some not. I think the best we can do is ensure that our goals fall in line with the Dham...
by Coyote
Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 7.14: Maha-sala Sutta — Very Rich
Replies: 6
Views: 2254

Re: SN 7.14: Maha-sala Sutta — Very Rich

Awesome sutta :thumbsup: It is good to respect one's parents.
by Coyote
Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's suicide
Replies: 104
Views: 15943

Re: The Buddha's suicide

This discussion is fascinating, by the way. I had no idea that the cause of the Buddha's death was not traditionally believed to be the last meal he ate. Hello Coyote, Do you mean that you always thought that the last meal was the cause of the Buddha's death based on your reading of the sutta? In o...
by Coyote
Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's suicide
Replies: 104
Views: 15943

Re: The Buddha's suicide

I'm not sure I understand the explanation of the celestial ojā. This ojā is what devas eat, correct? The sutta says: Thereafter the Blessed One spoke to Cunda, saying: "Whatever, Cunda, is left over of the sukara-maddava, bury that in a pit. For I do not see in all this world, with its gods, Maras, ...
by Coyote
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Emotions and Buddhism
Replies: 58
Views: 6583

Re: Emotions and Buddhism

My understanding is that emotions such as anger, jealousy and fear are reducible to simpler mindstates based in greed, aversion and delusion. Given that the Arahant does not experience mindstates based on these defilements, these emotions are also not experienced. Just taking a look at the list of 1...
by Coyote
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Noble Eight-fold Path for lay people
Replies: 7
Views: 1995

Re: The Noble Eight-fold Path for lay people

The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi. It's available for free online.
by Coyote
Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's suicide
Replies: 104
Views: 15943

Re: The Buddha's suicide

I think you bring up some interesting points. It is correct to say that dukkha is not fully ended until anupādisesa nibbāna, as far as I can see. Until then: I don't delight in death, don't delight in living. I await my time like a worker his wage. - Thag 14.1 "Monks, there are these three kinds of ...
by Coyote
Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Black, bisexual and Buddhist:Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Replies: 34
Views: 5602

Re: Black, bisexual and Buddhist:Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Of course, what Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is teaching has a positive ring to it. Yet, from within some western Zen circles, I still hear less of a resonance with Dhamma, and far more with a foundation of "self" examination, Gestalt practice, Taoism, and a touch of narcissism. She states: “When I have h...
by Coyote
Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is Universal Monarchs?
Replies: 11
Views: 2493

Re: Who is Universal Monarchs?

Question: b) Who is Universal Monarchs? Why he is put in the same calibre as an Arahant? I'm not really sure why, either. The notion of a "divinely" appointed emperor conquering the known world, no matter how peacefully, is a little alien to someone brought up in a western democracy. My cynical gue...
by Coyote
Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: May as well (^_^)
Replies: 16
Views: 1932

Re: May as well (^_^)

Thanks for sharing, Dave. Your posts always seem to be on-point. How true the Buddha was when he said: And what is the result of suffering? There are some cases in which a person overcome with pain, his mind exhausted, grieves, mourns, laments, beats his breast, and becomes bewildered. Or one overco...
by Coyote
Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Genius of the Ancient World - Buddha
Replies: 41
Views: 6714

Re: Genius of the Ancient World - Buddha

I just watched it and I think the poor review it gets in the Daily Telegraph is about right. It gets 2/5, with the summary: "you’d have learnt more from reading the Wikipedia entry on Buddhism." The BBC were obviously on a low budget. They flew Bettany Hughes to India sent her by train to some big ...
by Coyote
Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma outcomes
Replies: 5
Views: 1227

Re: Karma outcomes

Kamma is complex and non-linear, so it's not the case that one can predict that one type of action will inevitably lead to a certain result. But the suttas do give some general guidelines. The suttas quoted in The Buddha's Words on Kamma are a good start.
by Coyote
Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Punabbhava (“re-becoming”)
Replies: 44
Views: 5572

Re: Punabbhava (“re-becoming”)

I understand that, but there seems to be an issue with how we are collectively viewing the concept with regards to terminology. To me, and this is me mind you, rebirth/rebecoming/reincarnation (or whatever term you want use) means essentially the same thing as far as I am concerned, even when appli...
by Coyote
Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Punabbhava (“re-becoming”)
Replies: 44
Views: 5572

Re: Punabbhava (“re-becoming”)

Put in simple words. Someone who clings to the body and with the death of the body, with it's breakup, takes hold of another form of "being", for him there is "further being" as I understand it, period. I just don't think someone dies along with the body and a dubious "stream of consciousness" floa...