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by Caodemarte
Wed May 10, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha not being an intermediary/saviour figure, just rhetoric?
Replies: 28
Views: 477

Re: Buddha not being an intermediary/saviour figure, just rhetoric?

Intro books to Buddhism, websites, and Dharma Center sales pitches will tell you that Buddhism is different from other religions because Buddha is not viewed as an intermediary/saviour figure, but isn't this just empty rhetoric? I mean, the attitude of strict adherence to suttas clearly presupposes...
by Caodemarte
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 'meditation' on Zen coans
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: 'meditation' on Zen coans

...I am not talking about Zen meditation. When dealing with koans they are 'meditating on' the koans. How does this meditation practice that works with koans looks like? To be pedantic, Zen practioners do not mediate on or about koans or analyze them. Those who use use koans practice or resolve koa...
by Caodemarte
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Reading Recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: Reading Recommendations

Oldies, but goodies: T.R.V. Murti's The Central Conception of Buddhism or Mulamadhyamakakarika of Nagarjuna: The Philosophy of the Middle Way by the late Professor David J. Kalupahana. (Professor David J. Kalupahana was criticized as a bit of Theravada triumphalist :smile: here and in some of his ma...
by Caodemarte
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 'meditation' on Zen coans
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: 'meditation' on Zen coans

In Zen monasteries the monks 'meditate' on the coans given to them by the teacher. What does this 'meditation' mean? Is it thinking? It can't be vipassana? What technique do they use to work these coans? Also is it a good idea to practice on Zen coans? If so how should one go about doing this? I am...
by Caodemarte
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Getting along with Monks in regards to View and Virtue
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: Getting along with Monks in regards to View and Virtue

Best to visit for awhile befor you think of ordination at any place.
by Caodemarte
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

You might find Richard Shankman's The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation helpful. It has been mentioned several times already on these forums. IIRC Shankman says that he only ever does samatha meditation, and that this is all that is needed. There's no need for any separate, so-called "mindf...
by Caodemarte
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Is progress possible in insight meditation without temporarily altered vision?
Replies: 11
Views: 222

Re: Is progress possible without temporarily altered vision?

Is it possible to progress in insight practice without experiencing temporarily altered vision? Might one progress through the insight stages while experiencing, for example, feelings rise and fall as a mental process, rather than experiencing the temporary state in which one would literally see ma...
by Caodemarte
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Japanese Buddhism And Killing
Replies: 46
Views: 1470

Re: Japanese Buddhism And Killing

Don't forget the extinction of the megafauna in North America and the practice of stampeding buffalo herds over cliffs and leaving vast piles of rotting carcasses. This is not to say Native Americans were or are more ecologically destructive than Europeans. Both are simply human beings.
by Caodemarte
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: i'm a buddhist alcoholic
Replies: 34
Views: 770

Re: i'm a buddhist alcoholic

I try and I try, but I keep coming back to the booze...in the meantime I also try to keep up on dharma practice and doing good, but when I've been drinking I often do bad :? Any advice from Theravadans? With metta, Buzzed Bodhi Welcome! You know the rest. Cynical...but certainly true. Sometimes a w...
by Caodemarte
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: i'm a buddhist alcoholic
Replies: 34
Views: 770

Re: i'm a buddhist alcoholic

Bag of Bones wrote:I try and I try, but I keep coming back to the booze...in the meantime I also try to keep up on dharma practice and doing good, but when I've been drinking I often do bad :?
Any advice from Theravadans?
With metta,
Buzzed Bodhi


Welcome!

You know the rest.
by Caodemarte
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Teachers who explain modern interpretations of insight meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: Teachers who explain modern interpretations of insight meditation

.... How similar is the Shankman technique to the Mahasi Sayadaw technique? My understanding is that Shakman is writing about any form of Buddhist meditation or, rather, what he writes about can be applied to meditation. How different he is from Mahasi Sayadaw wouldi best be left to those more know...
by Caodemarte
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Teachers who explain modern interpretations of insight meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: Teachers who explain modern interpretations of insight meditation

Does anyone know of teachers who teach insight meditation but interpret most or all of it using modern interpretations? Preferably teachers who have written books? For example some teachers teach that one literally stops breathing in the fourth jhana. Others teach that this is figurative and simply...
by Caodemarte
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Japanese Buddhism And Killing
Replies: 46
Views: 1470

Re: Japanese Buddhism And Killing

The Buddhist monastic ethic of killing no being only works because all their food is given to them. This is obvious to me increasingly as I began gardening. Some apple trees I was growing from seed indoors under a light were stunted by fungus gnats eating at the roots. Only by killing the gnats by ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Dāna
Topic: Alms-giving to what seems like a corrupt temple in my city
Replies: 11
Views: 551

Re: Alms-giving to what seems like a corrupt temple in my city

You are not required to give donations to any specific temple or center. Give to who you like or to any charity.
by Caodemarte
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Trying to help a friend
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Trying to help a friend

Greetings :anjali: When a friend of mine is going through a rough time, I often have the tendency to tell them about things I heard during talks and read from books. My question is whether it is wise to do so? Since I haven’t realized most of these things myself I wonder whether I have the wisdom t...
by Caodemarte
Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Dāna
Topic: Alms-giving to what seems like a corrupt temple in my city
Replies: 11
Views: 551

Re: Alms-giving to what seems like a corrupt temple in my city

I live in San Francisco, California. The only Theravādin temple here is Wat San Fran Dhammaram, which was founded by Acariya Thoon Khippapanyo. http://watsanfran.org/about-us/ There are a few resident monastics there. I went there a couple months ago to ask about alms-giving & had a short talk ...
by Caodemarte
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: modern psychology role in understanding buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 347

Re: modern psychology role in understanding buddhism

Why do I draw attention to this research? Because in later schools of Buddhism there were debates extending over hundreds of years, about whether awakening is attained by ones 'own power' or with the help of some 'other power'... Since there ultimately is no self or other, other power and self powe...
by Caodemarte
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there an "anyone can reach enlightenment" view?
Replies: 46
Views: 993

Re: Is there an "anyone can reach enlightenment" view?

....As I've already said, It's merely an historical footnote. Yes, that's why I wrote "as aleady noted." (We do learn from your posts! :namaste:) I thought i was adding some clarity to a discussion that seemed to be veering off to an assumption that some Mahayanists held this doctrine, bu...
by Caodemarte
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there an "anyone can reach enlightenment" view?
Replies: 46
Views: 993

Re: Is there an "anyone can reach enlightenment" view?

..... Some Mahāyānists (based on one interpretation of the Yogācāra Abhidharma's theory of gotras: all existing beings have in fact cut off the possibility of awakening for ever. They haven't, however, cut off the possibility of acquiring mundane merit and therefore all realms of existence are open...
by Caodemarte
Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are your mother and father?
Replies: 21
Views: 485

Re: Who is your mother and father?

Agree. This is about heinous kamma. One of the monk said some one's mother and father is the biological mother and father. (sperm and the egg) I would not be concerned about sperm and egg. If you don't mind what is the purpose of your question? Is it just a theoretical interest in heinous karma? No...

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