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by AgarikaJ
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you have faith in celibacy?
Replies: 23
Views: 2470

Re: Do you have faith in celibacy?

Manopubbangama wrote: Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:15 pm they talk about seminal retention before a fight and that will make you into a beast
Weird, you are endorsing here a key Yogic/Tantric concept.

There are more shades to your beliefs than I thought possible!
by AgarikaJ
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't truly know what the Buddha actually said.
Replies: 22
Views: 2544

Re: We can't truly know what the Buddha actually said.

It has been said that those who know the Dhamma know the Buddha. I have good trust, that the Pali Suttas are at least a close approximation of what the Buddha said -- or would have said -- in a certain situation. This faith stems from the fact, that when looking at their Parallels, they still give ...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5410
Views: 720250

Re: Does eating meat violate the second precept?

In the case of cow's milk, it does appear to be theft, but the Buddha never addressed that as theft. From the specific food mentioned in the Suttas, we do know that the Buddha's disciples accepted both milk and honey as appropriate alms foods, named specifically in the Vimanavatthu in the Khuddaka ...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 52
Views: 7064

Re: Musings about Tantra...

"Born into the noble birth" is really just a metaphor and an alliteration to 'going forth', as *no new being* is created, which would be completely impossible following the Theravada interpretation of rebirth and Kamma. Only a (reversible!) social transformation is actually happening and the Suttas...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are the ways in which a monk can disrobe or be disrobed?
Replies: 18
Views: 2859

Re: What are the ways in which a monk can disrobe or be disrobed?

:anjali: How does that work if a bhikkhu also takes ordination with Mahayana/Tibetan sangha? Do Theravada sanghas still recognise him? This is one of the main issues with recent Bhikkhuni ordinations by the Western Australia Sangha; the lineage was Dharmaguptaka, not purely Theravada, one reason at...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 52
Views: 7064

Re: Musings about Tantra...

I think you are overstressing the metaphor of being born in the noble birth. I didn't refer to any "metaphor". 'Jati' would be translated as 'social-identity' Yes. No longer a murderer. No longer a prostitute engaged in unwholesome self-harming & other-harming sexual behaviours. But again, Aṅgulimā...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 52
Views: 7064

Re: Musings about Tantra...

If anything, Ananda's recollection of the Buddha's teaching would be more liberal regarding women's role than less.... *Go look that up now, you will figure it out For which he got in hot water, as well. Your recollection of the Suttas seems spotty, bossy comments (which I find rather unbecoming if...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 52
Views: 7064

Re: Musings about Tantra...

First the insult to Theravada Buddhism and Ananda because they don't conform to wishy-washy new age nonsense That you not even read my post is clearly recognizable in the way that you manage to confound my musings on a 5th century Tamil Mahayana poem and 8th-12th century early Vajrayana philosophy ...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 52
Views: 7064

Re: Musings about Tantra...

As always: Real Buddhism: 1 Orgasmic Buddhism: 0 If your practice and behaviour is on the level of a football match, where there must be winners and loosers, or there must be right and wrong, I have the feeling that there is really little useful that could be said to you, as your adversarial emotio...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5410
Views: 720250

Re: The "three rules" of eating meat

Maybe it might be of interest to look at what the Buddha himself ate: - https://dhammawiki.com/index.php/Diet_of_Buddha There are one, maybe two instances in the Suttas where he ate meat, which was given to him, so he accepted; milk products seem to have been common. Other food mentioned by name was...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are the ways in which a monk can disrobe or be disrobed?
Replies: 18
Views: 2859

Re: What are the ways in which a monk can disrobe or be disrobed?

Maybe something to add, as you might -- or might not, I do not know from your post -- think of the multitude of Pāṭimokkha rules as an odious rulebook constraining your practice. This would be, of course, not the first time such a thought occurred, especially if you ordained in the Thai Forest tradi...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are the ways in which a monk can disrobe or be disrobed?
Replies: 18
Views: 2859

Re: What are the ways in which a monk can disrobe or be disrobed?

I recently had a situation where an Abbot wanted me to disrobe. That does sound serious, especially after such a short while. Anyway, the rules on Disrobing (where it is your decision): - https://www.dhammatalks.org/vinaya/bmc/Section0009.html The first rule in the Pāṭimokkha opens with the stateme...
by AgarikaJ
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 52
Views: 7064

Re: Musings about Tantra...

since I was born in the noble birth I think you are overstressing the metaphor of being born in the noble birth. Nothing is 'reborn' or 'born anew'. The actual phrase in MN 86 is as follows: Angulimala, go to that woman and on arrival say to her, 'Sister, since I was born in the noble birth, I do n...
by AgarikaJ
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 52
Views: 7064

Re: Musings about Tantra...

An interesting question. At least in the case of Āmrapālī, it can be said from the Suttas that the Buddha accepted her invitation in the full knowledge of her ongoing line of work and accepted her present of her Mango Grove to the Sangha as the site of a monastery... Thanks. However the above does ...
by AgarikaJ
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5410
Views: 720250

Re: The "three rules" of eating meat

chownah wrote: Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:58 am Aren't these rules for monks?
chownah
Indeed. Full set of the respective rules here:

- https://www.dhammatalks.org/vinaya/bmc/ ... Mv.VI.23.9