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Spirit?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Spirit?

Postby danieLion » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:54 am

The idea of "spirit" seems foreign to the Buddha's teachings yet Buddhists love to talk about practice as "spiritual." The (Western) etymology of "spirit" is breath. So I plugged "breath" and "spirit" into the Pali Text Society's Pali-English dictionary and the results give no indication that spirit for Buddhists is in any way related to what we commonly call Buddhist spirituality. Is this perhaps a similar phenomenon to the Buddha Nature "heresy"? And does it even make sense for a Buddhist to say, "I'm spiritual"? For me it would be if I knew others meant I practice mindfulness of breathing and not anything metaphysical/ontological/theological by it. But that seems just as cumbersome as saying the Buddha didn't teach spirituality. Yet I feel it does an injustice to the teachings not to note such discrepancies.
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Re: Spirit?

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Re: Spirit?

Postby befriend » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:20 am

the pali word for someone individual energy, is jiva-atta, the life force of someone. buddhas aura emitted rays of a handful of colors when he did something i forget what. so yea there is energy, or whatever you want to call it.
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Re: Spirit?

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Re: Spirit?

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:16 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Spirit?

Postby befriend » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:55 am

ive been studying pali some, and usually pali words are buddhist concepts. i might have mistakenly assumed because its a pali word it is a buddhist concept. my apologies.
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Re: Spirit?

Postby beeblebrox » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:01 pm

The Buddha frequently talked about leading a "holy life"... brahmacariya. Its literal meaning is "to follow brahma," or the so-called godhead. What do you make of this? It seems to mean more than just being celibate... :anjali:

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Re: Spirit?

Postby beeblebrox » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:45 pm

That's the answer I was fishing for. Thanks, TMingyur. :anjali:


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