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by Coyote
Thu May 10, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular view - The Future of Religion
Replies: 80
Views: 10318

Re: Secular view - The Future of Religion

Many buddhist's seem to be like Sati the fisherman's son and they think their consciousness is going to wander on after they die, Since this is about the future of religion, it is appropriate to consider that misunderstandings about rebirth occur because of inaccurate teaching and/or inaccurate lea...
by Coyote
Thu May 10, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddha omniscient
Replies: 29
Views: 5523

Re: Buddha omniscient

Dear Wilfred, The buddha did know, and if the writer of that piece had enough knowledge to look up the ancient Commentray he would see this. The example from king Pasenadi the commentry says the Buddha knew those ascetics were the Kings spies. The monks who suicided: the Buddha deliberately gave th...
by Coyote
Thu May 10, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jains and Anatta
Replies: 13
Views: 2823

Re: Jains and Anatta

Would that come under "consciousness as self" and so on? However, it does seem to be the case that the Suttas don't paint a particularly accurate picture of the "opposition", who often seem to be represented as strawmen, to be wheeled in and mocked. But these are teaching discourses, not lectures o...
by Coyote
Thu May 10, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddha omniscient
Replies: 29
Views: 5523

Re: Buddha omniscient

Robert, if the Buddha did indeed know the future as the commentary maintains, then why are there several cases (provided in the essay on the thread linked by Mikenz66) that seem to contradict this understanding? What is the Traditional explanation for this? I would very much like to know.

Wilfred
by Coyote
Thu May 10, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the precepts
Replies: 15
Views: 2773

Re: Breaking the precepts

Thanks for the replies everyone. With the fifth precept you do not need to be anti-socal, and you can at the end of the day go out and have a soft drink! While this is absolutely right, I'm, not so sure it would work in my case. I don't know whether it is just the people I know or perhaps the binge ...
by Coyote
Wed May 09, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddha omniscient
Replies: 29
Views: 5523

Re: Buddha omniscient

Are you asserting that he was capable of knowing what we are doing right now if he had just directed his attention to the future? Also can you provide the actual words from the sutta pitaka where the Buddha says "I am omniscient and all-seeing" Is this actually the tradition of the Theravada? I was...
by Coyote
Wed May 09, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the precepts
Replies: 15
Views: 2773

Breaking the precepts

Hi everybody, I am trying to live my life following the 5 precepts, and although I haven't taken them formally partly because I don't think I am ready to, I have already found a measure of peace and happiness that comes from abstaining from unwholesome actions. However, I have trouble with maintaini...
by Coyote
Wed May 09, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jains and Anatta
Replies: 13
Views: 2823

Re: Jains and Anatta

Thanks Mike and Icyteru. It is interesting to see how the Buddha approaches the Jains as they are a sect who still exist in the world today. However, in that passage, it would seem that the Buddha is misrepresenting or at least overly simplifying the Jain view. It was at least my understanding that ...
by Coyote
Wed May 09, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Where does sense consciousness occurs?
Replies: 23
Views: 4124

Re: Where does sense consciousness occurs?

This is a very interesting topic. there have been millions of eyedoor and mind door processes, comprising one moment of seeing, followed by many moments of eye door process (which are not seeing) then bhavanga cittas , mindoor processes, repeated again and again. Except for the actual cakkhu vinnana...
by Coyote
Mon May 07, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jains and Anatta
Replies: 13
Views: 2823

Jains and Anatta

Does the Buddha ever debate or discuss the Jain view of the Atta in any of the Suttas? It would be interesting to find out how he approaches thier views compared to other ascetics that he debated with. The only places that I know of in the canon where Jains are debated with are generally about Karma...
by Coyote
Mon May 07, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does the awakened mind "think"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1818

Re: Does the awakened mind "think"?

Ajahn Chah saiod "he learned how to stop thinking" he didn't say thinking no longer occurred. So what he said was the Buddha had the ability to to prevent thought that was useless at the time, not that all thinking ceased forever as that would be brain dead. I see now. My mistake, I thought he was ...
by Coyote
Mon May 07, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Use of the imagination/fabrication
Replies: 13
Views: 3020

Re: Use of the imagination/fabrication

actually breathing through the pores of the skin happens, when the mind is very tranquil and the respitory breathing stops. I have heard this before, and while I haven't experienced this and think it is probably phsyiologically impossible, I give it the benifit of the doubt. Have you experienced su...
by Coyote
Sun May 06, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does the awakened mind "think"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1818

Re: Does the awakened mind "think"?

Thanks! I also recall that he says somthing similar in "Food for the Heart", but I can't remember where.
by Coyote
Sun May 06, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does the awakened mind "think"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1818

Does the awakened mind "think"?

Reading Ajahn Chah, he mentions that the Buddha "stopped thinking". How is this to be understood in the Theravada framework? I am still very new to Pali terms, abhidammma and commentary and so on, and often the original term (in this case) has not been provided. Any insights, suttas, abidhamma, comm...
by Coyote
Sun May 06, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Use of the imagination/fabrication
Replies: 13
Views: 3020

Re: Use of the imagination/fabrication

it just occurred to me that for most of us, asubha is just a visualization, rather than direct seeing, at this stage - thus it is a fabrication / volitional formation. But it works in overcoming arisen lust in the mind. So maybe, while working at cleansing the other hindrances from the mind, we cou...