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by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beings with little dust in their eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Beings with little dust in their eyes

Yes, this is basically what the Apadāna (one of the books of the Khuddaka Nikāya) and its commentary are all about. Apadāna stories are for arahants and paccekabuddhas what Jātaka stories are for sammāsambuddhas. The two genres differ in that whereas jātakas describe a bodhisatta's development of t...
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beings with little dust in their eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Beings with little dust in their eyes

The encounter with Sahampati is difficult and fraught and Buddhists historically IMO don't really know what to do with it. It's like when the Buddha declares that the best part of his dispensation is only going to last 500 or so years. Buddhists don't know what to do with that. Some Buddhists decid...
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beings with little dust in their eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Beings with little dust in their eyes

It's universal to Buddhism. It is the central device to gain new converts: flattery. Good wholesome roots as well as alleged deep connections with the Buddhadharma in past lives are both used like this. "You can't practice X without deep past-life connections to the Dharma." "Converts attracted to ...
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beings with little dust in their eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Beings with little dust in their eyes

In chapter 68 of the Paṭisambhidāmagga the term is explained with reference to the five faculties. A person with faith has little dust on his eyes; a person without faith has much dust on his eyes. An energetic person has little dust on his eyes; an idle person has much dust on his eyes. A person w...
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beings with little dust in their eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Beings with little dust in their eyes

Namaste :namaste:

Are there any descriptions of "Beings with little dust in their eyes" apart from mentioning them in the Ayacana Sutta?

Thanks :anjali:
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mind of Māra and Is Samsara / Māra in itself impermanent?
Replies: 10
Views: 184

Re: The Mind of Māra and Is Samsara / Māra in itself impermanent?

One way to think of Mara is a spiritual attainment that prevents advanced practitioners from final cessation. Within this view, Mara has little to do with normal people. As a spiritual attainment that falls short of cessation, then its subject to impermanence. From a traditional Buddhist cosmology P...
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma expert versus body witness
Replies: 47
Views: 765

Re: Dhamma expert versus body witness

Both sukha and dukkha are equally empty, which challenges our normal perceptions of hierarchy.

Why should one be superior to another? that would depend more on personal values and preferences than anything else.

All in my opinion.
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:11 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 89
Views: 9961

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

As far as i know, classical Theravada maintained strong emphasis on dualities, unlike other schools or spiritual paths which utilized the concept of non-duality. Within the logic of dualities, everything is suspiciously an extreme with the Buddha's teachings presented as a middle that is invisible e...
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:31 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 173
Views: 4979

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

There is only one plausible long-term outcome, which is that we will live with COVID in the community as we live with flu and malaria and measles. They can all be managed but none can be eradicated. Flu is probably the closest equivalent, since it is spread worldwide and constantly mutates. Get use...
by Bundokji
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 173
Views: 4979

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

The state of Israel has been a leading example in vaccinating the majority of its population. It offered the country a period of relative calm in terms of the number of COVID deaths and hospitalizations. Recently, cases are on the rise again. From what i am reading, the long term efficacy of vaccina...
by Bundokji
Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Infected by virus due to kamma ?
Replies: 44
Views: 736

Re: Infected by virus due to kamma ?

The outcome of taking the teachings wrongly is victim-blaming as if they somehow deserve it. The way that some would claim that it's a punishment from God. Better to just consider it the product of causes and conditions. The three groups you mentioned seem to follow the same approach of causes and ...
by Bundokji
Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: My mind will rise above the world: a compilation on mano (Weeks of July 18 and 25, 2021)
Replies: 17
Views: 497

Re: 📍 My mind will rise above the world: a compilation on mano (Week of July 18, 2021)

SN 48.42 is interesting. The way the Buddha taught the scope and range of the five senses as independent (not experiencing each other) but having recourse to the mind and being experienced by the mind, but did not teach the opposite. Why the mind does not have the five sense but mindfulness as its r...
by Bundokji
Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a monk refuse to teach dhamma ?
Replies: 23
Views: 329

Re: Can a monk refuse to teach dhamma ?

Lay people are under no obligation to provide food for the body to monastics, and monastics are under no obligation to give food for the mind to lay people.
by Bundokji
Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When to say “NO” to a king.
Replies: 13
Views: 256

Re: When to say “NO” to a king.

active consent. It might help if you care to explain what do you mean by "active consent"? For example, in the suttas, when the Buddha was offered alms, silence implied consent. One would assume that verbal expressions were necessary to convey refusal/rejection. So what does the word "active" means...
by Bundokji
Sun Jul 18, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Infected by virus due to kamma ?
Replies: 44
Views: 736

Re: Infected by virus due to kamma ?

If we take the virus as a trend created by media hype and irresponsible governments rather than being a major cause of serious illness and death, then the proponents of such theories must be trendy Buddhists. What is the past kamma, what are the conditions, that causes one to be born as a trendy Bud...