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by mikenz66
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explaine

It's the usual interpretation of that passage. Please read the thread I referenced, since I don't intend to write an essay on the subject when there is considerable discussion and analaysis available there already: See, for example: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=12266#p185928 And: http:...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explaine

Also, there is nowhere in the pali canon mentioned about sotapanna "having a glimpse of nibbana" - a common misconception. http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=12266 SN 12.68: Kosambi Sutta ... “Friend Savittha, apart from faith, apart from personal preference, apart from oral tradi...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 194
Views: 5613

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

and Eratosthenes actually calculated the size of the earth (not just that it was round) in the third century BC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes. But his number was way off from the modern one so its just fake propaganda to make the claim that that proves anything, but that's what wikis a...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 194
Views: 5613

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

The ancient Greeks had the idea of a spherical earth around the time of the Buddha, and Eratosthenes actually calculated the size of the earth (not just that it was round) in the third century BC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes. This summary, suggests that it may have taken a while for th...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tattoo advice.
Replies: 5
Views: 84

Re: Tattoo advice.

Welcome DaGG,

You might look at the threads here

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 10th Global Conference on Buddhism "Buddhism, Neuroscience and Mental Health: Making a Mindful Connection
Replies: 3
Views: 61

Re: 10th Global Conference on Buddhism "Buddhism, Neuroscience and Mental Health: Making a Mindful Connection

I'm not sure what you mean by "sponsor", but one of the previous conferences was organised by Ajahn Brahm's monastery.

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sutta help (finding certain texts)
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: Sutta help (finding certain texts)

And see: This discourse also shows, in action, the Buddha's teaching on the four categories of questions and how they should be answered (see AN 4.42). The prince asks him two questions, and in both cases he responds first with a counter-question, before going on to give an analytical answer to the ...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dhamma Wheel meetings
Replies: 85
Views: 22009

Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

SarathW wrote:
I like toilet cleaning personally

You are very close to attaining final Nibbana.
Just press the flushing down button. (let go)

:woohoo:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dhamma Wheel meetings
Replies: 85
Views: 22009

Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Yes, very nice. Quieter than Thailand last January... :sage:

And the full moon on Thursday was awesome... I stayed up late but, alas, no Devas came to talk to me...

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and listening to discourses] (explained) -

Hi Twilight @Mikenz: The problem with this thread is that you don't seem to be carefully reading what others are writing. Here's Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of the MN 56 https://suttacentral.net/mn56 passage: .... I have given my explanation over here: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&a...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dhamma Wheel meetings
Replies: 85
Views: 22009

Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

I was on a retreat for last week at Staveley Camp with Southern Insight Meditation . Southern Insight has been around for 20 years or so, and have various external and internal lay teachers, several of which studied with Christopher Titmuss ( Gaia House , UK). On the last day, when we could talk aga...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi vs sutta (explained)

Hi Twilight, So Upāli became a stream enterer "listening to the Buddha". However, his "mind was ready, receptive, free from hindrances, elated, and confident". Freedom from hindrances is part of the fourth Satipatthana. It's not clear what level of samadhi Upāli was attaining, bu...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and listening to discourses] (explained) -

Title edited to reflect that the discussion has progressed to how stream entry is attained. The discussion seems to have moved on to whether satipatthana and development of samadhi is required for stream entry, or only listening/reading discourses. I have therefore modified the title, since the arg...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi vs sutta (explained)

I'm not sure if it was mentioned earlier, but MN 56 https://suttacentral.net/mn56 is one of the more detailed suttas on a newcomer attaining stream entry. It might be useful to examine whether this is just "listening to a discourse". Then the Blessed One gave the householder ... progressiv...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi vs sutta (explained)

Also the first stages of Mahasi technique as with any other solid approach to establishing mindfulness on the four foundations of mindfulness can lead to Stream Entry and this is how people did it in the suttas, not by listening to the discourse, ultimate reality doesnt admit of things listening, t...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Debunking the 5 Most Common Meditation Myths
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Debunking the 5 Most Common Meditation Myths

The first couple of minutes did look quite fun. I've moved it to "Connections to Other Paths".

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Debunking the 5 Most Common Meditation Myths
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Debunking the 5 Most Common Meditation Myths

Could you summarise the myths, and whether this is about Buddhist practice?


:anjali:
Mike

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