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by meindzai
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better
Replies: 96
Views: 24682

Re: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better

This argument does not really hold water. One could easily say the commentaries were written long ago in a land far far away. A point that I have noticed that is so smoothly sidestepped by commentarial lovers is that the suttas are the Buddha's words - I'm sorry I feel I should repeat that THE SUTT...
by meindzai
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha: Aryan SuperMan?
Replies: 6
Views: 6988

Re: Buddha: Aryan SuperMan?

"Brahman, the fermentations by which — if they were not abandoned — I would be a deva: Those are abandoned by me, their root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising. The fermentations by which — if they were not abandoned — I ...
by meindzai
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Only Suffering Arises & Ceases?
Replies: 15
Views: 2039

Re: Only Suffering Arises & Ceases?

It makes sense to me. As long as there is arising and passing, there is anicca, anatta, dukkha. When there is no arising and passing then there is only Nibanna. (Just be careful about the word "is," of course).

-M
by meindzai
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pre-cursor to mindfulness
Replies: 12
Views: 1165

Re: Pre-cursor to mindfulness

As I mentioned elsewhere, I like Thanissaro Bhikkhu's description in "Wings to Awakening" that when it comes to "lists" whether it be the eightfold path, seven factors of awakening, or whatever, the teachings are "holographic" in the sense that you can get the same whole picture by just looking at a...
by meindzai
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Fasting and frugality in food
Replies: 21
Views: 5802

Re: Fasting and frugality in food

I used to water fast for 3-5 days at a time, which I found very renewing. Usually it got me back on track as far as healthy eating for a good long time afterwards. When I would start to drift some more I'd do it again. It definitely changes what your body craves. Later I found that kind of fasting v...
by meindzai
Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pre-cursor to mindfulness
Replies: 12
Views: 1165

Re: Pre-cursor to mindfulness

I think it's a good observation. The eightfold path factors fit together in so many interesting ways. I believe they can be thought of simultaneously in a lot of ways, but I also see a logical set of "steps" there as well. You can also view the two factors as complimentary, because knowing which sta...
by meindzai
Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better
Replies: 96
Views: 24682

Re: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better

What are the problems with this approach? As perfectly as the Buddha taught, he did so in a particular time and place. When you are very close to the Suttas it's easy to forget that they are 2600 years old. Two thousand, six hundred (the number looks more staggering to me when I spell it out.) In a...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better
Replies: 96
Views: 24682

Re: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better

I know they are mentioned in Thanissaro's work on the Vinaya. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/bmc1/bmc1.intro.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The Vibhaṅga forms the basis for most of the explanations of the training rules given in this volume. However, there...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What carries and accumulates wholesome/unwholesome qualities
Replies: 5
Views: 2275

Re: What carries and accumulates wholesome/unwholesome qualities

For me it made sense when I started thinking in terms of each citta arising and passing, each citta conditioned by the one before it, each citta conditioning the one after it. From Nina van Gorkom at: http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/nina-abhidhamma/nina-abhi-03.htm" onclick="window.open(this.hr...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: My friend says Buddhism is selfish... how to reply?
Replies: 40
Views: 11576

Re: My friend says Buddhism is selfish... how to reply?

I argue from the perspective of the three unwholesome roots. Greed, anger, and delusion. To be enlightened is to be rid of these things. How can it be selfish to free oneself from greed?

-M
by meindzai
Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

"Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?

I hope I can get out the thought that's bouncing in my head without sounding too strange or overly stereotypical or ignorant. I apologize for the latter two. (The first I can't help). I can speak only for my experience, as an American and a person whose knowledge of Buddhist America comes from messa...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth: Where are all of the people coming from?
Replies: 47
Views: 5441

Re: Rebirth: Where are all of the people coming from?

On the rarity of human rebirth.... When you consider all the possible beings in all the different realms of existence, [some very large number] and you consider the possibility of them being born into one particular realm, like the human realm [some significantly smaller number of beings] then indee...
by meindzai
Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is our desire part of us?
Replies: 29
Views: 7800

Re: Is our desire part of us?

Thank you for all the responses, they have been insightful. But it is still difficult to imagine that one day we will be able to still completely our body's desires and needs. How do you go about that? Well like Peter said, Buddhism doesn't set out to simply squash out all forms of desire at once. ...
by meindzai
Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 483
Views: 93397

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

No matter how many ways we try to explain it, people will always have their self justifications for doing things that break the precepts. Most of what I see are technicalities. There was a story that Zen Master Daido Roshi told in a book about the precepts ("The Heart of Being") about this sort of "...
by meindzai
Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi I'm rael
Replies: 6
Views: 819

Re: Hi I'm rael

hi . could you leave me a link to read a Theravada sutra tomorrow. nighty night Hi Rael! You'll recognize some of us from Dharmawheel I'm sure. Sounds like you want a bedtime story! Accesstoinsight.org is the place to go. There is a " self guided tour of the Buddha's teachings ." which takes the Su...