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by Coëmgenu
Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Encyclopedia or Dictionary of "English" Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 709

Encyclopedia or Dictionary of "English" Buddhism

Does anyone know if there is an encyclopedic account of the various Pali words has frequently get eclipsed into phrases like "consciousness" in the English Dhamma? One another thread, it was pointed out that what is translated as consciousness in English is sometimes several different words and conc...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular theravadan
Replies: 96
Views: 14266

Re: Secular theravadan

but in many ways Zen is the closest branch of Mahayana Buddhism to Theravada Buddhism. I think this is definately true of protestant Theravada or Theravada in the west, I'm not so sure it's true of Theravada was a whole. Fair enough. I have no exposure to Thai or Sri Lankan Buddhist culture I will ...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular theravadan
Replies: 96
Views: 14266

Re: Secular theravadan

And since theravada is the tradition that follows the teachings of historical Buddha, I think relativism is in fundamental contradiction with theravada. As OP said, maybe Zen would be more suited for such an approach. What about Zen Buddhism contradicts these teachings of the historical Buddha? Zen...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular theravadan
Replies: 96
Views: 14266

Re: Secular theravadan

And since theravada is the tradition that follows the teachings of historical Buddha, I think relativism is in fundamental contradiction with theravada. As OP said, maybe Zen would be more suited for such an approach. What about Zen Buddhism contradicts these teachings of the historical Buddha? Zen...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular theravadan
Replies: 96
Views: 14266

Re: Secular theravadan

davidbrainerd wrote:In fact, what you think of as "Zen" is already Theravadized.
Ok, I'll bite. What is "Theravadization"?
by Coëmgenu
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular theravadan
Replies: 96
Views: 14266

Re: Secular theravadan

befriend wrote:my point is that if secular Buddhists were into zen then they might feel more at home, because they seem to not like the metaphysical side of theravadan.
How do you think Zen Buddhism is any more or less metaphysical than Theravada Buddhism? I am just curious.
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Relativity of awareness in animals (including humans)
Replies: 36
Views: 4669

Re: Relativity of awareness in animals (including humans)

As far as I know, Buddha suffered from back pains and many arahants committed suicide due to pains cause by illness. As for the second question, I am sure suffering does not arise dependent on a self since a self does not exist, it arises dependent on the 5 impermanent and subject to clinging aggre...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Comments on "commentary"
Replies: 21
Views: 3685

Re: Comments on "commentary"

The Commentaries never disagree with the suttas, they merely elucidate the meaning. Have you started by first reading the suttas and then reading the commentaries, or have you first read Visuddhimagga and then later the suttas ? Thats not really a relevant question to robertk's post. If the comment...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Forest Monks in Germany
Replies: 8
Views: 4032

Re: Forest Monks in Germany

By the way, I really love documentaries about monks in daily life. If anyone knows some more, I would really like that. :) Into Great Silence is one of the better ones, and it depicts Carthusian monks over about six months at the Grande Chartreuse in France. The original German title is Die Große S...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the practices to remove/reduce sexual impulses?
Replies: 61
Views: 8514

Re: What are the practices to remove/reduce sexual impulses?

I came to the conclusion that I would be happier without any form of sexuality in my life. If I would have the choice to change this in a single second, I would be done with it. Sadly, this is not the way this happens. What are the practices to remove—or at least reduce—sexual impulses? Not clingin...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Comments on "commentary"
Replies: 21
Views: 3685

Re: Comments on "commentary"

a useful topic: The attakattha to the Dhammasangani (first book of the Abhidhamma) the Atthasalini, (from the introductory discourse): "The ancient commentary thereof was sang by the first council, Mahakassapa their leader, and later again by seers, Mahinda bought it to the peerless isle, Ceylon,.....
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to make sense of Buddhist variety
Replies: 93
Views: 9819

Re: How to make sense of Buddhist variety

Since OP seems to be a fan of Thanissaro, someone should help me with that sutta saying those who teach views about self, be it formless self, non-formless self etc. are not speakers of dhamma. There is also a sutta saying a speaker of dhamma speaks for the cessation of identity. Until then, I was ...
by Coëmgenu
Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Comments on "commentary"
Replies: 21
Views: 3685

Re: Comments on "commentary"

"People should trace back to the original suttas, the original commentaries and subcommentaries, and then to the Visuddhimagga, and only then will they understand the meanings." This is just not true at all. The commentaries—and the sub-commentaries—are not required to understand the Suttas. They a...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas and Commentaries. Was: Bhante Jag - Euthanasia
Replies: 29
Views: 3775

Re: Suttas and Commentaries. Was: Bhante Jag - Euthanasia

I suspect "commentary" automatically gets carried down in any tradition, as person-to-person transmission involves, almost by definition, "commentary" – more detailed explanation – by the teacher. The writings of Mun-Lee-Chah-etc, as well as those of the PaAuk or Mahasi Sayadaws are all "commentari...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas and Commentaries. Was: Bhante Jag - Euthanasia
Replies: 29
Views: 3775

Re: Suttas and Commentaries. Was: Bhante Jag - Euthanasia

I suspect "commentary" automatically gets carried down in any tradition, as person-to-person transmission involves, almost by definition, "commentary" – more detailed explanation – by the teacher. The writings of Mun-Lee-Chah-etc, as well as those of the PaAuk or Mahasi Sayadaws are all "commentari...