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by Individual
Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nagasena's wrong speech?
Replies: 8
Views: 2461

Nagasena's wrong speech?

Just noticed something. From the Brahmajala Sutta Or he might say: Whereas some recluses and Brahmans, while living on food provided by the faithful, continue addicted to the use of wrangling phrases [61] such as ... "Disentangle yourself if you can." [67] The 67th footnote reads: So the author of M...
by Individual
Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The mechanism of gandhabba
Replies: 91
Views: 23479

Re: The mechanism of gandhabba

So are you saying that "gandhabba" is just another word for "viable egg"? I hope not. In AN 4.36 , gandabbhas are said to be "in the sky". Neither sperm nor ovum are floating around in the air. In DN 20 , of the Four Heavenly Kings, Dhatarattha, King of the East, is identified as "Chief of the Gand...
by Individual
Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:16 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Intentions of Lord Buddha's Teachings
Replies: 41
Views: 11047

Re: The Intentions of Lord Buddha's Teachings

Ah, I see. So you weren't questioning the Buddha's intentions, only praising them.

Sorry. :bow:
by Individual
Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)
Replies: 13
Views: 4229

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

In addition to the Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society, it would be good to have a Dhammanando Appreciation Society, don't you think? And an Appicchato Appreciation Society, and a Nananda Appreciation Society, and many, many more. Actually, that's what Dhammawheel is! But not just an appreciation so...
by Individual
Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Intentions of Lord Buddha's Teachings
Replies: 41
Views: 11047

Re: The Intentions of Lord Buddha's Teachings

Well that's not my point or the intention behind my post. If it's your point though, that's fine. Of course you're entitled to it. Furthermore, it's not right to make assumptions about what I wrote just because of my background. I didn't assume that. I'm sorry if what I said came across as harsh. :...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Kammaṭṭhāna
Replies: 8
Views: 3773

Re: Kammaṭṭhāna

Can anyone tell me what it is? where its practice derives from? everything really! I have my suspicions and if I am correct it would explain something which happened a while ago! It's the forty objects of meditation from the Visuddhimagga, a commentary written by Buddhaghosa. The list is derived fr...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Intentions of Lord Buddha's Teachings
Replies: 41
Views: 11047

Re: The Intentions of Lord Buddha's Teachings

Hi all, I'm reading a book called, "Buddhadhama-Natural Laws and Values for Life" translated by Phra Prayudh Payutto & Grant A. Olson. I've only just started it, but I would like to share someting I just read. "The intentions and comprehensiveness of the religious teachings and practices of Lord Bu...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Women
Replies: 27
Views: 7387

Re: Buddhism and Women

I am not claiming that Fede's conclusion is wrong, but I am agreeing with Peter that the argument is not a coherent one, even if it is born of compassion. Verification is born of and leads to faith. Speculation is born of and leads to doubt. Whether Fede meant verification or speculation, either wa...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:04 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Mind-made body - a question
Replies: 37
Views: 15367

Re: Mind-made body - a question

The term "perpetual transmigration," is problematic, possibly misleading. The term "perpetual," is etymologically related to "permanent," and "transmigration," generally implies a reincarnation of a self or soul. You shouldn't even subtly suggest that there is eternal reincarnation. It always seems...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)
Replies: 13
Views: 4229

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Hi Individual, If Bhikkhu Bodhi is a humble monk, he should say, "Thanks but I don't require the encouragement. You should appreciate all the monks, even those who are less well-known, who work just as hard but don't have their names on the front pages of Buddhist publications, or are the heads of ...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Mind-made body - a question
Replies: 37
Views: 15367

Re: Mind-made body - a question

Greetings Anders, erm... what comes first in the chain of dependent origination? Ignorance (of the Four Noble Truths) conditions kammic formators... but I don't see the relevance of the question. As Stuka alludes to above, dependent origination is a model of suffering (which is the domain of the Bu...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)
Replies: 13
Views: 4229

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Greetings, A quick note to bring to your intention a recently formed Facebook group started by a Dhamma friend of mine... The Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48054011290" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; A nice little fan page for those interest...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Chah...
Replies: 15
Views: 5246

Re: Ajahn Chah

Greetings, Ajahn Chah has been a big influence on me, particularly early on so I thought I'd share the following website with you... http://www.ajahnchah.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... and personally recommend the following PDF containing what I believe are a full collectio...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: where did the mahayana come from
Replies: 37
Views: 13304

Re: where did the mahayana come from

where did the mahayana come from, i know they butted heads in sri lanka so they must had had an idea about how this arose. what is the classical idea here? whats "our side of the story"? In addition to what others have said above, I would add: In case anyone is doing this (maybe not), it's a mistak...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The mechanism of gandhabba
Replies: 91
Views: 23479

Re: The mechanism of gandhabba

First of all a big :thanks: to Peter, who pointed me toward these talks . I'm curious if there is any concrete explanation of the mechanism of gandhabba, as described in talk No. 5. My understanding is that it's instantaneous, linking the last moment of death with the first moment of conception in ...