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by Individual
Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:35 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: OMG it's a rebirth thread
Replies: 50
Views: 12765

Re: OMG it's a rebirth thread

If you listen closely to TB Venerables and read the teachings carefully, they speak of "birth" in the bardo. The bardo thodol is another state of mind of course, not a place. This birth could also be stated as "becoming" in the bardo state. So it's not in conflict with the Theravadan approach as fa...
by Individual
Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: OMG it's a rebirth thread
Replies: 50
Views: 12765

Re: OMG it's a rebirth thread

Greetings Individual, Continuation of causality, however. Not atta or vinnana. Ayu (vitality) and vinnana (consciousness) cease at death, without remainder. The final moment of consciousness in this life conditions the first moment of consciousness for another conventional being... like that old an...
by Individual
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Watching movies if you are a monk
Replies: 23
Views: 5284

Re: Watching movies if you are a monk

There is an interesting blog article and discussion at Ven. Dhammika's blog here: http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (The Jan. 27, 2009 posting) I tend to lean toward the opinion that some movies are okay, in this modern world, not because the 'Vinaya is o...
by Individual
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Women can't become Buddhas?
Replies: 214
Views: 47414

Re: Women can't be enlightened?

Can you cite suttas where the Buddha said that compassion was a "male" quality and neediness was a "female" quality? Buddha said in the DN: A man serves his wife in five ways. Thus being served, a woman returns her love in five ways. Man is to support and serve. A woman's love should be conditional...
by Individual
Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The enlightenment of Vakkali
Replies: 6
Views: 2417

The enlightenment of Vakkali

I find conflicting information on how Vakkali attained enlightenment. The commentary seems to differ from the sutta's account. What's up with this? Here is mettanet's encyclopedia entry, so you can see what I mean. Suicide is unwholesome and unjustified, of course. Nobody can seriously make that arg...
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Women can't become Buddhas?
Replies: 214
Views: 47414

Re: Women can't be enlightened?

The delusion of male power too. No. Power of compassion is in the male. Neediness is in the woman. When a woman suckles a child this is not compassion but her own inner need. Or lets say, natures need to reproduce itself through female reproductive elements or energy. For example, femanists say men...
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: OMG it's a rebirth thread
Replies: 50
Views: 12765

Re: OMG it's a rebirth thread

Hi friends, I stumbled across this idea in my own head this morning. Please tell me what you think, and feel free to provide any relevant suttas. I think I finally understand people's objection to rebirth, or even post-mortem continuation. Anything that we would consider me, mine, not-mine, etc. et...
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Women can't become Buddhas?
Replies: 214
Views: 47414

Re: Women can't be enlightened?

Element wrote:It is best to remove the delusions of female power, like the view a women are powerful and can 'save' or 'sustain' a man.
The delusion of male power too.
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Women can't become Buddhas?
Replies: 214
Views: 47414

Re: Women can't be enlightened?

Element wrote:
Annabel wrote:Actually, men often feel intimidated by selfconfident women.
Maybe, adversial view needs to change and gratitude & mutuality developed.
"Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior."
-Socrates

(To understand that in context, look into Socrates' relationship with his wife)
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Women can't become Buddhas?
Replies: 214
Views: 47414

Re: Women can't be enlightened?

If one considers those features of men's and women's bodies that are differentiated by the gender-controlling faculties, it seems that in every case the male features are stronger, less susceptible to injury, and more versatile for nearly every end save that of attracting mates and child-rearing. V...
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Zen - a comparative analysis
Replies: 74
Views: 33482

Re: Theravada and Zen - a comparative analysis

I just came across a sutta that seems relevant to this discussion: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an06/an06.046.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Ven. Maha Cunda said, "Friends, there is the case where Dhamma-devotee monks1 disparage jhana monks, saying, 'These peo...
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:19 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The negative language of Theravada.
Replies: 43
Views: 10819

Re: The negative language of Theravada.

Your suffering is my suffering. If this is true then the Buddha lied when he taught the Third Noble Truth; he did not experience the end of suffering nor did any of the so called arahants... for I still experience suffering. Through logic-chopping, one could concoct a variety of dubious inferences ...
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:38 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The negative language of Theravada.
Replies: 43
Views: 10819

Re: The negative language of Theravada.

There is an unnecessary emphasis on particular language there. Our experiences arise co-dependently. You can interpret this as, "Nothing is mine" (the self-construct is arbitrary) or you can say, "Everything is shared," (the other-construct is arbitrary) and it is the same claim. Individual This is...
by Individual
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The negative language of Theravada.
Replies: 43
Views: 10819

Re: The negative language of Theravada.

Greetings Individual, "Everything is shared" is something else altogether, and is totally inconsistent with... AN 5.57: Upajjhatthana Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an05/an05.057.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; "'I am the owner of my actions (kamma), heir ...
by Individual
Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:30 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The negative language of Theravada.
Replies: 43
Views: 10819

Re: The negative language of Theravada.

Greetings Individual, Anatta: Your suffering is my suffering. Your joy is my joy. Your equanimity is my equanimity. But also, my suffering is your suffering. My joy is your joy. My equanimity is your equanimity. No, the point of anatta is that these things are not self (not I, not mine)... not that...