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by Sam Vara
Wed May 05, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

I was immediately struck by 3.1: In the twenty-five years since I went forth, I don’t know that I had ever found serenity in my mind. I had failed to find peace of heart, or any control over my mind. When I remembered the victor’s instructions, I was struck with a sense of urgency. Though subject to...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 04, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where do you sit to do meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Where do you sit to do meditation?

Hi, I ask this question in another section but I think this is more appropriate section. I want to ask, where do you sit to do meditation, is bed room ok? I prefer sitting on grass in the open, the only place i can think of where i live (bangkok) is closed due to covid. Where do you do meditation? ...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 04, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

Hair tips are minute. 'completely' means just that: in toto. ie in minute detail. It is consistent with that, but not confirmatory. "Completely" or "totally" doesn't mean "in minute detail" even in English, let alone the Pali. For example, one can know that an adjective applies completely or totall...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 03, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

The body is examined: goiing 'up from the soles' (plural, both feet) obviously up to the top : then down : 'from the tips of the hairs'. Clearly in complete minute detail. Does it say that it's in minute detail? It might just be an expression signifying "the whole thing", rather like "from a to z",...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 02, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

See the link Mike posted, I agree that it certainly could be in reference to sex. Yes, these are tough women, who tell it like it is, not delicate "shrinking violets". I think that's a key takeaway message from these verses. They tell it like it is/was: [quote="Thig5.2] I adorned this body, so fanc...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 02, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

His translation seems even more like it is sexual imagery -- unless it's just my dirty mind! Edit: I've always thought my mind was dirtier than my body, but these verses remind me that the teachings tell me to contemplate the body as dirty, too. Edit again: Contemplating the body as dirty is really...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 02, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

Also: Muttātherīgāthā (Muttā (2nd)) Thig 1.11 I’m well freed, so very well freed, freed from the three things that bent me over: the mortar, the pestle, and my humpbacked husband. I’m freed from birth and death; the attachment to rebirth is eradicated. Here, I was thinking mortar and pestle were ju...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 02, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

:reading: Dukanipāta (Book of Twos) Translated by Bhikkhu Sujato ... Sumaṅgalamātātherīgāthā (Sumaṅgala’s Mother) Thig 2.3 ... My pestle’s shameless wind was wafting; my little pot wafted like an eel. Now, as for greed and hate: I sear them and sizzle them up... Wondering about the imagery here. Is...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 02, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

Thoughts? Is anyone reading this text for the first time? Impressions? Favorites? Thig 1.5 was a gut punch the first time I read it. I find those direct descriptions to very effective. I also enjoy the brevity of these shorter sayings, which is naturally less prevalent in the longer, narrative form...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 01, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood?
Replies: 11
Views: 239

Re: Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood?

I think Sarathw may be alluding to bigger questions. For example, if the Buddha was promoting a Mahayana agenda, it would make sense to build a huge boat that can carry lots of people. Yes, it almost seems as if he didn't entirely trust our boat-building capacities. As Kant said, “From such crooked...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 01, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?
Replies: 16
Views: 649

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The benefits of bowing are twofold. To others and to self. Neither statues, Arhats nor Dead Buddhas need your respect or adoration. They are beyond such things. If people see a person respecting or thanking another or a representation of something they might become curious and perhaps ask a questio...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 01, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gender Equality Poll
Replies: 71
Views: 73959

Re: Gender Equality Poll

"male" and "female" appear only due to social conditionings. What does this mean, please? Do you mean that primary sexual characteristics are no more than social constructs, or do you mean that the terms "male" and "female" which are based on those characteristics are socially determined, or perhap...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 01, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing
Replies: 134
Views: 4016

Re: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing

Aloka wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 10:39 am
GnosticMind wrote:Hey Dhammanando, well my man -- if you want to stand up for a racist fascist -- be my guest. It's up to you
Being disrespectful to Ven. Dhammanando is not helpful to a discussion (or to youself).




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by Sam Vara
Sat May 01, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 'drink and drugs that cause carelessness'
Replies: 59
Views: 1691

Re: 'drink and drugs that cause carelessness'

Thank you for this, Bhante. It lays to rest a lot of potential fruitless discussion. Is there a source for this threefold inclusion, please? Yes, but I'm afraid I've forgotten precisely where it is. I recall that it's based on the equation of appamāda with the common sutta phrase "ātāpī sampajāno s...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 01, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 'drink and drugs that cause carelessness'
Replies: 59
Views: 1691

Re: 'drink and drugs that cause carelessness'

So that is one drawback, often overlooked if one is to practice, that has nothing to do with carelessness. Or am I wrong? I think what is wrong here, or at least inadequate, is the overly narrow understanding of the term pamāda conveyed by the translation "carelessness". Not that any of the other E...