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It's not real story of man crossing over a stream, but the wisdom of going further, to the farther shore of Truth. Don't believe in supernatural stuff. Enlightenment means losing everything, your senses, body, mind, sens of I and also spiritual powers, if any. ✓'Those who cross a river or stream have built a bridge and left the marshes behind. While some ...


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SN 51.22 explains how to do levitation. http://lucid24.org/sn/sn51/sn51-022/index.html And it's not just the Buddha, or famous chief disciples. Anyone who develops a strong enough 4th jhana has the potential to master this ability.


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In Acintita Sutta: Unconjecturable (AN 4.77) it has mentioned that there are four things which are unconjecturable. "There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? "The Buddha-range of the Buddhas(1) is an unconjecturable that is ...


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It's always better to take what ever metaphorical in line with the Dhamma, as a reminder for thinking in dhammic ways, or to nourish Pasāda or Saddhā, as sample of path and gain of fruits, than to try to nail down phenomena in terms or real, because what is non-act-ually real? It leads and will lead and cause suffering grasping thing like in common way. As ...


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Piya Tan's translation and commentary of DN 16 has two footnotes: The various texts differ regarding the details of the Buddha‘s crossing the Ganges. They however agree that he uses his psychic power to teleport himself and the order across the river. The redactors added this episode despite the Vinaya rule against the public display of psychic powers (Pāc ...


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Those who have achieved Nirvana have many magical powers. It did not happen metaphorically...It happened for real.


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Aside of possible akusala actions (which is as soon as mental approve or wishing death, factor of intention), good householder, there are those factors to prove whether a full offence or not: Object: living being, (In Vinaya a wording of "even small as a egg of a bed-bug" is found, here also perception of living being matters, of course) Intention:...


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The first precept is: Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures. Conditions that Break the Precept (By Ñanavara Thera) The five factors of the first precept are: * pano -- presence of a living being. * panasannita -- one knows that it is a living being. * vadhacittam -- the intention to ...


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A monk may not spend more than 3 nights with a layman (Theravada vinaya). However...over time, some traditions have managed to find loopholes in this to deal with some practical difficulties (for example, a temporarily crowded monastery where some laymen need to be housed in bhikkhu quarters or vice versa). The loophole I have seen used is this: It's not ...


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Art is not evil or sinful. Art is not good or virtuous. Art is just art. Art is just an expression of ideas and thoughts. It, in itself, has no ability to be anything in its own right. The only thing that is either good or bad about art, and about anything else in the world, is your intention. A knife is not evil. But it can kill. It can also cut vegetables, ...


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Well... you know the answers! (You said:) I have stumbled upon clinging to it, whenever I try to attach it, I feel more desire. It's like root of pain inside. When I try to detach, I feel more calmness. Then clearly, an Arahant wouldn't get attached to dhamma. I like to explain my experience this way: Thinking something is better is unskillful. For example,...


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Is it way of Arhat, who does not cling to dhamma? By non-clinging even to dhamma, he set free? Dhammas are diad, 1) Samudaya Dhamma and 2) Nirodha Dhamma. The Dhamma is commonly referred to as a raft that gets one across the sea of Dukkha and reach the other shore of Nibbana. Now while the raft must be let go of once one's reached his destination, there's ...


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Far off to touch the topic yet not even able to give up house and go for the holly life, good householder, or? As for the practice nothing is more needed as strong clinging to the Dhamma, starting with Sila/Vinaya (to possible even arive, get in touch with it). If it might come to a point where all except the Dhamma has given up, then one needs to drop this ...


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I haven't seen the video yet, but I'd say that no scientic theory would be able to tell us how are we supposed to live or what is valuable to follow and what to abandon. Science shows what is the world and what is the relation between its parts; philosophy, ethics, spirituality and religion try to give us a "why" should we follow one way of life or ...


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To deny beauty in the world is to deny the very essence of dharma. Art isn't a lie. Art is an expression and a magnification of what it is to live. Many artists focus on things that might be considered problematic from a Buddhist perspective, sure: their self-infatuations, their desires, their contempt for society, their raw emotions, their personal needs ...


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"The freedom of my swinging arms ends at your nose." This video promotes the value of developing consciousness beyond personal concerns into a consciousness that embraces the world around us. In the suttas, one reads the equivalent: AN9.33:6.2: If someone should say, ‘I do not know or see where the perception of the dimension of infinite space ...


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Below is Venerable Guan Cheng's response below on similar question https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Buddhist_Temple https://youtu.be/LUjqAajuvZk We have to be careful in choosing the teachers we are listening to. Not all teachers are right in their explanation of Buddhism. The general criteria for judging whether a certain teacher is right or ...


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We can illuminate the question of art from a completely independent perspective; the conclusions you might draw are equally independent, a state we have found necessary to our study in order to find truth. The existence of art arises from the nature of our experiential reality, which in turn arises in everyone as an illusion reflecting the underlying truth. ...


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Theory of Evolution is not a theory at all. Just listen to what it essentially says, it says that things are the way they are because other ways died out(Natural Selection). That is not any logic at all.Although things change based on past karma, we can't say that the modern theory of evolution is correct. The discussion on youtube link is very basic and ...


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Of course. Buddhism isn't beholden to evolutionary theory! What makes evolution the standard bearer for what constitutes right livelihood?


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Some answers have already indicated what seems to be the point of view of EBT teachings: sense stimuli and sense doors are aflame; craving is an arrow; the phenomena connected with the aggregates are to be seen as a disease, as stressful, as a cancer. Craving and attachments for any form or idea of yourself is a still craving for the senses or craving for ...


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If good householder finds stenght in effort to let go of what binds back and seeks for what is of long term use and help for oneself and all others, such isn't compareable with what ever worldily art and skill to go after. If starting to try to justify reasons to do not go for it, the highest, meaning doubt, meaning lack of Saddha, then right there the path ...


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In DN1, the Buddha explains in detail what he refrains from. Since you're an artist, you'll understand that art can be used to highlight beauty. Such art would foster clinging and prolong suffering by that attachment: DN1:1.16.1: ‘There are some ascetics and brahmins who, while enjoying food given in faith, still engage in beautifying and adorning ...


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Nobody is going to punish you for your art. Art is not a crime. But in Buddha’s world the priorities are different. The number one priority is to end suffering. And for that purpose art is a distraction for those follow the Noble Eightfold Path. Most people do not understand the urgency of the matter. If you follow Buddha’s Dhamma then avoid painting and ...


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Art can be a continuation of samsaric inertia, or it can be an expression of the enlightened mind. What message are you sending with your art? What impulse does it carry forward into the future?


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Are these supernatural states? I don’t think it will be right to call them supernatural because these are stations on the journey to Nirvana. You and me can experience it but we will not be able to move forward on the journey because of attachments. We relapse but enlightened beings know sabbe Dhamma Anatta... Does the plane of infinite consciousness of ...


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The I. Mahākhandhako: The Great Khandhaka gives most knowledge on not only how the Sublime Sangha got into arising but also how it leaves access for those wishing to make use of the Sublime Buddhas Boundage, (Re-)Legion, toward Unbond. [Note that this isn't given for stacks, exchange or other world-binding trades but to escape from this wheel: access to real ...


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A Bhikkhu is restricted to max. three nights sleeping under the same roof with lay-people, better Non-Bhikkhus (which incl. novices and some Nikayas incl. animal as well). "Under one roof" is also seen often differently, sometimes technical in regard of roof seen, sometimes as matter of touch each other ("privacy"), as the origin story ...


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The canon does not mention them as Jhana but formless states, good householder Ruben, to mention that. Are these supernatural states? Yes, since based on the 4 Jhanas. Detail discussion on Parajika 4 on supernatural states in BMC might be useful. Does the plane of infinite consciousness of the sixth jhana refer to the Universal Consciousness or Cosmic ...


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Studying SN46.54, one is introduced to the apex of the Brahmaviharas. With limitless love, one finds beauty everywhere. One might see the lotus in the swamp: SN46.54:12.8: The apex of the heart’s release by love is the beautiful, I say, for a mendicant who has not penetrated to a higher freedom. With limitless compassion, one might see the infinite space ...


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Many ancient pali literature proposed the end or nirvana as 'tathagata got released'. What does it mean? Do tathagata is bound? Or Do we bound by ignorance and free with right knowledge(Samma Ditthi)? World does not end with Tathagatas... world is impermanent... it rises , changes ,vanishes...With end of ignorance comes Nirvana.... And Ignorance of what ? ...


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One is bound with the bondage of craving, and the arahant has become released from this bondage, and become unbound. From Iti 58: This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "There are these three cravings. Which three? Craving for sensuality, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming. These are the three cravings."...


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