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by Individual
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Women can't become Buddhas?
Replies: 214
Views: 46302

Re: Women can't be enlightened?

Why? Before trying to provide a good answer to your question, it would be good to first distinguish several bad answers to this question. A person could not rightfully say that women cannot become Buddhas because it's been repeatedly said, because it's traditional belief, because it's in scripture,...
by Individual
Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:48 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is the "life-principle"? (Jivitindriya)
Replies: 15
Views: 6121

Re: What is the "life-principle"? (Jivitindriya)

Hello Individual, You may like to read: Faculty-Condition ( indriya-paccaya ) from CONDITIONS Conditionality of Life in the Buddhist Teachings An outline of the 24 Conditions as taught in the Abhidhamma by Nina Van Gorkom http://www.dhammastudy.com/Conditions13.html" onclick="window.open(this.href)...
by Individual
Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Chanting suttas for beginners?
Replies: 13
Views: 4776

Re: Chanting suttas for beginners?

All the morning and evening chanting is so long and so much to learn. When I start, I think I'll take portion of each of those to make it something a bit shorter and more practical, when I light a candle for the Buddha in the morning. What do you think of this? Arahaṃ sammā-sambuddho bhagavā. The Bl...
by Individual
Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is the "life-principle"? (Jivitindriya)
Replies: 15
Views: 6121

What is the "life-principle"? (Jivitindriya)

I might specifically mean "Rupa-jivitindriya", the physical form of jivitindriya. I was initially skeptical of the notion of qi, but through mindfulness of my mind and body, and some clarification (distinguishing qi from western misunderstandings and Asian superstitions), I do feel as though there i...
by Individual
Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 19
Views: 6615

Re: Buddhist Economics

Greetings Individual, Yes, I know about those writers... I'd rather spend my time investigating Buddhism nowadays. Metta, Retro. (Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Arts) :) Retrofuturist, the local Zen monk here said once that if you want to learn something, you go to the right person. If you go ...
by Individual
Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 19
Views: 6615

Re: Buddhist Economics

Greetings, There's a few books around looking at whether Buddhist principles can be applied to Economics in the pursuit of an ideal Buddhist society. One that I quite enjoyed is from P.A. Payutto... Buddhist Economics A Middle Way for the Market Place By Ven. P. A. Payutto http://www.urbandharma.or...
by Individual
Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambedkarites
Replies: 28
Views: 8697

Re: Ambedkarites

The Ambedkarites are those Buddhists (usually from the Dalit - untouchable caste of India) who follow the teachings of Dr. Ambedkar and converted to Buddhism. I received an e-mail from an Ambedkarite asking me for "proof" that the Buddha taught re-birth and in the 31 planes of existence. He claimed...
by Individual
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Beginners questions
Replies: 33
Views: 8774

Re: Beginners questions

O.k. some quick beginners questions. Why is rebirth not eternalism? I mean even without a soul if something can either be reborn or just continues on with no self without being annihilated then is'int that eternalism by default? :shrug: If life is suffering then why raise a family? If there is no s...
by Individual
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)
Replies: 31
Views: 10980

Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Greetings, I'd just like to share this excellent sutta, based on the six recollections, which can be very beneficial to practice. AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... .than.html Have you used any of the recollections out...
by Individual
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Chanting suttas for beginners?
Replies: 13
Views: 4776

Chanting suttas for beginners?

What suttas do laypeople and monks in Asia usually chant, when they're first learning to recite suttas or in devotional practices, like the Heart Sutra chanting of Mahayana? If there are no particular suttas, then what suttas would you recommend for such a practice? Preferably something short, with ...
by Individual
Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: background/upbringing, how important?
Replies: 10
Views: 2929

Re: background/upbringing, how important?

i was thinking about just what we bring with us from our lives into the practice of the dhamma. i come from a working class background, heavily influenced by anarchist philosophy (i had an ongoing corespondece for years with noam chomsky) and years spent in punk bands. i first came to buddhismt thr...
by Individual
Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A question regarding the relative perception of color.
Replies: 10
Views: 4410

Re: A question regarding the relative perception of color.

I did find an exact description of the colors used. The Mahaparinibbana Sutta says that for color meditation, the colors are... Yellow, like the christmas plate tree's flowers (pterospermum acerifolium)... http://bio.fiu.edu/trees/images/Pterospermum_acerifoliumFl.jpg Blue like a flax flower... http...
by Individual
Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Not-Self Strategy
Replies: 31
Views: 7633

Re: The Not-Self Strategy

Good Summary BBB, I agree that using the "strategy" argument and focussing attention on "seeing through the Self in the aggregates", rather than trying to debate the subject, is probably the most productive use of time. What concerns me is when some argue: "The Buddha didn't specifically say there ...
by Individual
Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: how much is enough
Replies: 6
Views: 2428

Re: how much is enough

when i read these forums (and the other too) the thing is see a lot from Theravada buddhists is there is never any end to quotes. it's like one must know a million suttas. yet when i was a Zen buddhist this was never the case, now i read way more than i had to, but it seems like in zen, all you nee...
by Individual
Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: who can you trust?
Replies: 10
Views: 3808

Re: who can you trust?

i was thinking about some of the disagreements on here. how some people dont trust some teachers who are well within mainstream theravada that leaves one in a sort of mess. who do you trust? i already know someone will say, the buddha, or yourself. but many people do that and land far off track so ...