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"I do what I say; I say what I do" - the Buddha
May you gain
happiness, beauty, good health, energy & longevity
A QUALITATIVE BIOETHICAL LIVING,
- Taking life
- Sexual mis-conduct
- Language mis-use &
- Non-diligence in liquor & drugs
- Altruistic Joy & Equanimity
- Knowledge &
unmoved by gain or loss, infamy or fame,
blame or praise, comfort or discomfort!
The claim of being on the Path (born-streamwinner or born-once-returner)
The claim of being on the Path (born-streamwinner or born-once-returner) is only to present a contemporary, alive and kicking, case study, established experientially, empirically and analytically, but based in the Canon. But why make the claim? Addressing Anathapindika, the millionaire supporter, the Buddha indeed says, “If one has clearly seen and thoroughly penetrated with wisdom the noble method, if he wishes, he could by himself declare of himself, “I am … a stream-enterer no longer bound to the nether world, … with Enlightenment as my destination”” (Samyutta Nikaya II 68). But is it not a ‘boast’? Yes, that would be a perception for the puthujjana (masses), but for one on the Path, it is a mere description of a reality. So the intent of the sharing is to invite the Buddhists out of the current myth that is making rounds in Buddhist circles that the Path is no longer available to us today.
It is also to respectfully encourage you to join me to explore within oneself and to cultivate yourself diligently.
It is to be noted, however, that the terms jàti-sotàpanna or jàti-sakadàgmin do not occur in the Canon. But we may also take note of the fact that the Buddha taught contextually, i.e., as called for by the situation. So there would have been no context which required the use of the terms. But the Canon does indeed provide accounts of born stream-winners, but in the sky-realm (as in my usage in my research, or ‘divine realms’ as in religious literature). Anathapindika (Samyutta Nikaya I 71) is only one of them. Since a Path winner will “no longer be bound to the nether world [of misery]”, a human rebecoming (popularly ‘rebirth’) would be the only possible next life, this justifying the prefix ‘born’ (jàti-), in association with ‘streamwinner’, and also with ‘once-returner’, if a path-winner in a given life-time had gone beyond the first stage to the next stage.
Ven. Bhikkhu Mihita
(US Fulbright Scholar)
formerly Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri, University of Toronto, Canada. BA (London); MA (Philadelphia);
MEd, MA. PhD (University of Toronto)
Canadian Buddhist spokesperson since the 1980's, "His life story is a prism through which the history of Buddhism in Canada comes into focus". "As a committed Canadian, he has devoted his life to establishing a recognized place for Buddhism in the Canadian public square", going "beyond his own community to hold the lotus to the rock".
[Wild Geese, pp. 378; 397]
- Life-long Buddhist, born to Buddhist parents, in Sri Lanka with an unbroken record of 2500 yrs.
- Life-long teetotaler and non-smoker, parents the model.
- TRNAP - TV, Radio, Newspaper Avoidance Policy (for over five years).
- Ordained at age 82 in Cuba (April 7, 2018), with Upasampada 'higher ordination' in Toronto (May 31, 2018).
- A life of 'let go of'.
- In a culmination of 'let go' at death, signed up for body donation for medical research.
- Introduced Theravada Buddhism to Cuba.
- US Fulbright scholar (1964-1967) (U of Pennsylvania; U of Michigan).
- Doctoral Thesis (1978), University of Toronto characterized as “extraordinary”.
- 'Multidisciplinologist' as in Canadian Who’s Who: Buddhism, English as a Second Language, Linguistics, Literature, Multiculturalism Pedagogy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.
- Creative academic interpretations of Buddhadhamma (e.g., Agganna Sutta; Buddhapuja; Triune Mind).
- Guest Professor at U of Havana (2012; 2017).
- 'Prolific writer' Bilingual: English and Sinhala.
- Newspaper Columnist (Toronto Star; Dawasa).
- Poet, with three collections, featured at the Toronto Harbourfront International Reading Series (1996).
- Short Fiction Writer.
- Novelist, Untouchable Woman's Odyssey (2012) as "extraordinary first novel; "Buddhist Pilgrim's Progress"
- Featured in the Canadian Media – Print, Radio, TV and Film.
- Self-proclaimed ‘CRINTFREETH’ – ‘Cr[eative] Int[erdisciplinary] Free-th[inker]’, continuing to draw upon the sampaja¤¤a ‘co- emergent knowing’ insights gained in meditation.
- Dancer, actor, drummer, play director.
- Athletics, Judo, swimming, cycling, cricket, cadetting, badminton, tennis.
LAY LIFE (selective highlights)
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