Nyanaponika Maha Thera (d.1994)

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Nyanaponika Maha Thera (d.1994)

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A very great man :bow: :bow: :bow:
As this piece on caring for others and self shows:

http://bps.lk/olib/bl/bl034_Nyanaponika ... tthana.pdf

The sutta is SN 47:19
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Yes, he was very great. He was a great teacher and had a very interesting, intriguing life.

He escaped Nazi Germany and was later a prisoner of war in Sri Lanka since he was German (even though of course he couldn't be a spy since he was Jewish ethnicity). He literally escaped Germany and Austria with his life due to being Jewish during the rise of Nazi Germany.

https://dhammawiki.com/index.php/Nyanap ... Maha_Thera
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Many of his best teachings are in The Vision of Dhamma, in book form & e-book formats.

Here is a sample from his Roots of Good and Evil, found within the book above or as small booklet, also pdfs etc.
The Buddha has taught that there are three roots of evil:
greed, hatred and delusion. These three states comprise the
entire range of evil, whether of lesser or greater intensity,
from a faint mental tendency to the coarsest manifestations
in action and speech. In whatever way they appear, these are
the basic causes of suffering.

These roots have their opposites: non-greed, non-hatred
and non-delusion. These are the three roots of good: of all
acts of unselfishness, liberality and renunciation; of all expressions
of loving-kindness and compassion; of all achievements
in knowledge and understanding.

These six mental states are the roots from which everything
harmful and beneficial sprouts. They are the roots of
the Tree of Life with its sweet and bitter fruits.
The middle paragraph will remind some of Je Tsongkhapa's Three Principles of the Path:
Renunciation, Bodhicitta & Right View.
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A short selection of his teachings in English:

https://accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors ... index.html
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An excerpt from the article cited in OP:
Self-protection and protection of others correspond to the great twin virtues of Buddhism, wisdom and compassion. Right self-protection is the expression of wisdom, right protection of others the expression of compassion. Wisdom and compassion, being the primary elements of Bodhi or Enlightenment, have found their highest perfection in the Fully Enlightened One, the Buddha. The insistence on their harmonious development is a characteristic feature of the entire Dhamma. We meet them in the four sublime states (brahmavihāra), where equanimity corresponds to wisdom and self-protection, while loving kindness, compassion and sympathetic joy correspond to compassion and the protection of others
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His own comments with selected sutta passages on the God notion:

http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh047_Nyanapo ... d-Idea.pdf
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Theism, is regarded as a kind of kamma-teaching in so far as it upholds the moral efficacy of actions. Hence a theist who leads a moral life may, like anyone else doing so, expect a favourable rebirth. He may possibly even be reborn in a heavenly world that resembles his own conception of it, though it will not be of eternal duration as he may have expected.

If, however, fanaticism induces him to persecute those who do not share his beliefs, this will have grave consequences for his future destiny. For fanatical attitudes, intolerance, and violence against others, create unwholesome kamma leading to moral degeneration and an unhappy rebirth.
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From his biographies of some of Buddha's disciples:
Venerable Sāriputta, was second only to the Buddha
in the depth and range of his understanding and in his ability to
teach the doctrine of deliverance. In the Tipitaka there is no connected
account of his life, but it can be pieced together from the various incidents,
scattered throughout the canonical texts and commentaries, in
which he figures. Some of them are more than incidents, for his life is so
closely interwoven with the life and ministry of the Buddha that he plays
an essential part in it, and on a number of occasions it is Sāriputta himself
who takes the leading role—as skilled preceptor and exemplar, as kind and
considerate friend, as guardian of the welfare of the bhikkhus under his
charge, as faithful repository of his Master’s doctrine, the function which
earned him the title of Dhammasenāpati, Marshal of the Dhamma. And
always as himself, a man unique in his patience and steadfastness, modest
and upright in thought, word, and deed, a man to whom one act of kindness
was a thing to be remembered with gratitude so long as life endured.
Even among the arahants, those freed from all defilements of passion and
delusion, he shone like the full moon in a starry sky.
Great Disciples of the Buddha
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This sketch is by Helmuth Hecker:

MOGGALLĀNA’S PSYCHIC POWERS
In the eyes of its early Western interpreters, many of whom saw in
Buddhism a rational alternative to Christian dogmatism, Buddhism was
essentially a pragmatic code of psychological ethics free from the traditional
trappings of religion. In their understanding the suprarational side
of Buddhism was dispensable, and the wonders and marvels so conspicuous
in the canon and commentaries, when not overlooked, were explained
away as later interpolations. But while it is true that early Buddhism does
not ascribe the same significance to supernatural events as does
Christianity, to insist on expunging the miraculous altogether from
Buddhism is to tailor the Dhamma to fit external standards rather than to
accept it on its own terms. The Pāli suttas, as a matter of course, frequently
ascribe supernormal powers to the Buddha and his arahant disciples,
and there is little ground apart from personal prejudice for supposing such
passages to be interpolations. Although the Buddha compares the miracle
of psychic powers unfavorably with “the miracle of instruction,” he does
so not to detract from their reality but only to highlight their limited
value. Nevertheless, when the suttas are considered in their totality, the
clear conclusion emerges that the acquisition of paranormal powers was
regarded as a positive good which serves to enhance the stature and completeness
of the spiritually accomplished person.
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