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by Individual
Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Not-Self Strategy
Replies: 31
Views: 7633

Re: The Not-Self Strategy

Hi friends :) I just found this commentary from Thanissaro Bhikkhu on Not-Self that I've pasted below. Two things came to mind. Why was Lord Buddha willing to discuss not-self so clearly, but he didn't offer a reply when he was asked if there was no-self? The substantial claim, "There is no self," ...
by Individual
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:50 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Is anybody here going to Obama's inauguration?
Replies: 2
Views: 1357

Re: Is anybody here going to Obama's inauguration?

Bubbabuddhist wrote:I'm going, but in my professional capacity, I'll be performing at the cocktail reception after the Inauguration. If you wangle an invitation to that I'll see you there. :thumbsup:

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No way I'm gonna be able get into something like that. Besides, "cocktail reception," sounds formal.
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Zen - a comparative analysis
Replies: 74
Views: 32972

Re: Theravada and Zen - a comparative analysis

However, since exposure to chat sites, I notice Zen adherents verge towards extremes of nothingness and are soft in moral foundation. Your observation is correct. But I think this has more to do with western laypeople claiming to be Zen Buddhists, "embarrassing the Buddha," as it were, possibly eve...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Is anybody here going to Obama's inauguration?
Replies: 2
Views: 1357

Is anybody here going to Obama's inauguration?

At the last minute, I decided I'm going to go. I saw today's celebrations down in Washington D.C., all the celebrities there, that I realized... it's such a massively historic moment, that I have to be there. But I'd prefer to not be alone. I'll go there alone if I have to and just walk around, and ...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: should there be a modern theravada
Replies: 8
Views: 3033

Re: should there be a modern theravada

Hi Tilt, Is this a problem? If so, why? No, I didn't mean to suggest that it was a problem. I was just trying to ascertain what JC meant by "different branch of the Theravada." Best wishes, Dhammanando Bhikkhu A "different branch of Theravada" could mean one of the following: Bhikkhus teaching dham...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The "World Cycle"
Replies: 8
Views: 3966

Re: The "World Cycle"

Greetings Everyone, I also posted this on E-Sangha. While reading up on some information concerning the coming Buddha Ariya Metteya, I came across the idea of the "world cycle". Of course, I've heard of this before in Buddhist cosmological teachings, but I never really pondered it until now. It is ...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tensions within Modern Buddhism, Real or Illusory?
Replies: 66
Views: 20150

Re: Tensions within Modern Buddhism, Real or Illusory?

Rather than seeing a bunch of different sects, with different views, I think it is clearer to look at their foundation: the three unwholesome roots. The three unwholesome roots are like a fungus which makes its way into almost every mind, every sect, while hiding itself with a thousand different mas...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Luminous mind
Replies: 16
Views: 5307

Re: Luminous mind

clw_uk wrote:Is this simila to mahayana buddha nature?
It would not be appropriate to make such comparisons in a forum for "Classical Theravada". I think it would be better to ask Mahayana Buddhists that question elsewhere. :)
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The mechanism of gandhabba
Replies: 91
Views: 23627

Re: The mechanism of gandhabba

If gandhabba exists for only a brief moment, why is it not regarded as an intermediate state (albeit a very short-lived one)? Is it because of the absense of some aggregates? I had this same question and sent it to Dhammanando by PM, still awaiting his reply. I think it could be regarded as an inte...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Luminous mind
Replies: 16
Views: 5307

Re: Luminous mind

Luminous mind - I have come accross this term many times but never really figured out what is meant by it. Is it a mind without defilements or something else? See Thanisarro Bhikkhu's footnotes to the Pabhassara Sutta here . The luminous mind, as the text says, is a mind without defilements. It is ...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Arahant and the Void
Replies: 9
Views: 3850

Re: The Arahant and the Void

Greetings Drolma, I see it here as relating to a dynamic mode of perception, where there is knowledge/awareness that all that is being experienced is both anatta and anicca. There is no perception of, or clinging to, any form of 'self'. Metta, Retro. :) Yes, so in this sense, the Arahant, through s...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The mechanism of gandhabba
Replies: 91
Views: 23627

Re: The mechanism of gandhabba

Bhante, 150-size what? 150 microns, millimeters, points, picas, inches, kilometers, miles, light-years...? Lets please gather up a sense of perspective here? I don't see the relevance of having to convert this into a bunch of different measurements. The box says "large". This is above "normal" but ...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nagasena's wrong speech?
Replies: 8
Views: 2482

Re: Nagasena's wrong speech?

Hmm. I see to have misread the Malinda-Panha.
The 500 Greeks thereupon applauded the Venerable Nagasena and said to King Milinda: "Now let You Majesty get out of that if you can!"
Based on that, now I can't even figure out what the footnote above is even talking about.
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Zen - a comparative analysis
Replies: 74
Views: 32972

Re: Theravada and Zen - a comparative analysis

Greetings, Caveat: the following is bound to be riddled with historical inaccuracies and so on... I present it as an hypothesis, a current understanding, and look forward to hearing how this understanding can be corrected and/or developed. I'm also incredibly interested in other people's opinions o...
by Individual
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nagasena's wrong speech?
Replies: 8
Views: 2482

Re: Nagasena's wrong speech?

Hi Individual, "Now let You Majesty get out of that if you can!" “Idāni kho tvaṃ, mahārāja, sakkonto bhāsassa!” I.B. Horner translates it much more literally: Now do you, sire, speak if you can!” But the phrase is spoken by the five hundred Yonakas (Bactrians), not by Nāgasena. Even if it had been ...