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by Bundokji
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It depends what you mean by rebirth
Replies: 82
Views: 1365

Re: It depends what you mean by rebirth

rebirth in infinite consciousness is from identifying with consciousness which is what Advaita teaches alternatively they identify with infinite nothingness sometimes with infinite space also they expect these are forever states of mind however, these states of mind will cease This must be cappucci...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ethical choices causing rebirth
Replies: 20
Views: 280

Re: Ethical choices causing rebirth

If you could explain what self continuity means ? Physical body with its mental aspects ? Physical body is necessary for re-cognition. For example, others re-cognize you through your physical body, which gives rise to the belief in self -continuity. The rate of dissolution of the physical body does...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It depends what you mean by rebirth
Replies: 82
Views: 1365

Re: It depends what you mean by rebirth

Re-incarnation of a soul in a new body? ( Wouldn't that be at odds with the Buddha's teaching of anatta? ) It would be at odd with the Buddha's teachings of anatta only in the strict sense of assuming anatta (as a term) to be corresponding to reality. Negating the soul theory only made the question...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ethical choices causing rebirth
Replies: 20
Views: 280

Re: Ethical choices causing rebirth

It depends by what you mean by rebirth. For example, you could interpret a situation you find your self in as a result of an ethical choice you made in the past. However, if you take rebirth to be self continuity, then reducing self continuity to intentional actions or ethical choices can be mistake...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddhist Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 18170

Re: Buddhist Schools

Religion as a cultural phenomena helps kids blend with their peers as well as the rest of society. Unless one lives in a Buddhist country or being born as a Buddhist (therefore being himself culturally Buddhist(, there is little use of having the children admitted to a Buddhist school.
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana. Are we chasing a mirage?
Replies: 35
Views: 622

Re: Nibbana. Are we chasing a mirage?

Human existence has few certainties, so not knowing the goal of the spiritual life is to be expected. Having a unifying goal does not have to be an end in itself, but also a mean. For example, it helps us to stop chasing what has been exaggerated and short lived. It focuses our energies and channels...
by Bundokji
Sat Apr 24, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing
Replies: 134
Views: 3971

Re: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing

Who the hell is talking about 'cultural marxism?" This is to be expected when there are charges of fascism (regardless if these charges are legitimate or not). Such labels can indicate cultural bias, which is understandable amongst western Buddhists. It is non-dhammic, however, in the sense that it...
by Bundokji
Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Superstitious or real?
Replies: 25
Views: 534

Re: Superstitious or real?

The video you watched seems to provide a coherent set of solutions, but not all of them apply or practicle enough to your own situation. Most religions, including sects within religions, provide a set of beliefs with the aim of producing predictable behavior. The fluidity of our modern age, however,...
by Bundokji
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like Sāriputta? :-)
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Do you like Sāriputta? :-)

I once read a paper, probably written by some feminist, being critical of Ven Maha Kassapa and praising Ven Ananda for their attitudes towards bhikkhuni sangha, but Ven Sariputta!!! Why?
by Bundokji
Fri Apr 23, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like Sāriputta? :-)
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Do you like Sāriputta? :-)

Do you know of people who dislike him? what reasons do they present?
by Bundokji
Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Words of the Buddha
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Words of the Buddha

I don't think they are the exact words of the Buddha, and they have been recited and collected during the first council, so it is a collective work, and the way its been recited is conducive to inducing meditative experiences. The Buddha is a central figure in the suttas, and the orderliness of the ...
by Bundokji
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

You're unlikely to find any "secrets" of Vajrayana on internet websites such as YouTube or Twitter, or on a Theravada forum like this one, Bundokji . If you're really interested, join a Tibetan Buddhist group in the outside world and take Refuge with their guru! I think secrecy is more appealing to...
by Bundokji
Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

There isn't that much that is secret that isn't available in books these days. Practices that were, in the past, highly restricted such as the Six Yogas of Naropa are now available freely in books. Although you need to know Tibetan language to have access to all the "secrets". I can tell you this a...
by Bundokji
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

If I did, I wouldn't be telling strangers on the internet about them, that's for sure. Of course you would not. I am more interested in what is made public. Do they make promises (explicit or implicit) to the students that if they engage in the guru-student relationship, some secrets might be revea...
by Bundokji
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 960

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

An "Empowerment"is a ceremony in which one receives permission from a Vajrayana Guru to study and practice a specific teaching. There's nothing "magical" about it, if there was, then I'd have been casting spells and flying round the room by now! :D As far as i know, in Theravada, a ceremony is need...