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by martinfrank
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi vipassana vs goenka vipassana
Replies: 91
Views: 11393

Re: mahasi vipassana vs goenka vipassana

What ax should I have to grind? You're just not eager to answer my questions. 1. Who are at present the teachers of the Goenkaji System? Is there anywhere on the Internet available a list of teachers with their qualifications and some bio information? Are there any Buddhist monks or nuns among them?...
by martinfrank
Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi vipassana vs goenka vipassana
Replies: 91
Views: 11393

Re: mahasi vipassana vs goenka vipassana

An open discussion of issues regarding Goenka meditation is not allowed on Dhamma Wheel. Critical post will be deleted and authors will be disciplined. And, of course, this is not true. Do you mean only my critical posts will be deleted? I am 64 years old and not used to have my posts deleted and b...
by martinfrank
Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi vipassana vs goenka vipassana
Replies: 91
Views: 11393

Re: mahasi vipassana vs goenka vipassana

An open discussion of issues regarding Goenka meditation is not allowed on Dhamma Wheel. Critical post will be deleted and authors will be disciplined.
by martinfrank
Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 24522

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

Your last paragraph leaves me puzzled. It's not clear what the lower realms have to do with the right and wrong here. I also think that Bhikkhu Bodhi is not putting his understanding above the Buddha's, but rather this is how he understands the Buddha's teachings. This is how he sticks with it. The...
by martinfrank
Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 24522

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

Dear Dan, James and Acinteyyo Thank you for your intelligent replies which made me rethink my postings. It is wonderful how we learn and advance through discussion with Dhamma friends. With the precepts I thought mainly of the Five Precepts. I agree that we should not cling to the precepts. I also a...
by martinfrank
Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 24522

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

And I think the "idealists" in this discussion overestimate the absolutism of the precepts. No, James... How could one overestimate the precepts which have the power to liberate us from suffering? PS: The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi writes something funny in one of his answers to the Venerable Bhikkhu ...
by martinfrank
Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: facial tension too unbearable
Replies: 23
Views: 3220

Re: facial tension too unbearable

I do have issues with controlling my breath. I know that I'm not supposed to, but I can't help it. So I watch myself controlling my breath and trying to stop controlling my breath, but watching it doesn't always make me let go of control. It gets better when I lie down for some reason. A thin cloth...
by martinfrank
Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 24522

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

I believe that the "realists" in this discussion overestimate how much they or we know about "reality". First, their "reality" is only half of Lord Buddha's "this world and another world" but even about "this world" how much do we, how much can we know? We barely know "the world is there". We know t...
by martinfrank
Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: facial tension too unbearable
Replies: 23
Views: 3220

Re: facial tension too unbearable

This is about my 3rd week meditating with breath meditation. I started out 20 min twice a day, then after two weeks I bumped it up slowly until I'm at 1hour twice a day, with random sessions thrown in too. The past 3 days, I can't get a session past 20 minutes. I started noticing lots of discomfort...
by martinfrank
Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Taking on lay life
Replies: 31
Views: 2812

Re: Taking on lay life

In theory, monks today can have fewer distractions than lay people. It would be awesome to be in a monastery where one could meditate all day long and where the #1 problem is boredom. But this utopian ideal. Did you read Ajahn Lee's Autobiography? http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/leeauto...
by martinfrank
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:48 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Taking on lay life
Replies: 31
Views: 2812

Re: Taking on lay life

I agree. Also, I'd say reading "The Broken Buddha" definitely turned me off monasticism... Maybe you should visit Thailand and stay some months in an ordinary monastery. "The Broken Buddha" is true but its impact is mainly on those whose goal is "to be a monk". For those whose goal is liberation it...
by martinfrank
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Giving up....
Replies: 81
Views: 6289

Re: Giving up....

This practice or that practice? This method or that method? There are so many gurus and books and websites... They all seem to agree that Lord Buddha attained the highest goal and was the perfect teacher. Why not listen to him? Do you know a better teacher? We still have Lord Buddha's instruction. W...
by martinfrank
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Suffering From a Serious Depression :/
Replies: 28
Views: 3257

Re: Suffering From a Serious Depression :/

Hey guys, sorry I haven't responded in a while, it's been a rough week to say the least :/ As for my story, I realized it's too much to write, so I'll ask this sole question: "How does one go about letting go of their life long dream, in order to find true contentment?" My whole life it's been my d...
by martinfrank
Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Impermanence in Pali
Replies: 4
Views: 1803

Re: Impermanence in Pali

Hi all, I am currently thinking of getting a tattoo of Impermanence, or anicca in pali and i am unsure which script is correct as i found a few online. Hope some of you can help me out! Thanks :) 1. अनिच्चा 2. Number one is correct but since Pali is written in many different scripts you could as we...
by martinfrank
Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How come all the Theravada Countries so under-develop?
Replies: 60
Views: 5913

Re: How come all the Theravada Countries so under-develop?

Sanghamitta wrote: Then there is the belief that if I sit on a special cushion called a zuton or a zablonski or somesuch and wait long enough in an upright posture while breathing in and out, I will discover that I have in fact had a "Buddha nature" all along..so thats all right. Phew.
Thank you! :goodpost:
by martinfrank
Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 3624

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

Lol, your strategy is old, the use of ego or self makes me happy or not, does not important. The important is what the truth is. Self or ego, is actually a very familiar and simple concept. It is too familiar to the point that people don't know anything about it, e.g like air pressure. Normally, pe...
by martinfrank
Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sam Harris, meditation is powerful, but keep religion out
Replies: 274
Views: 12643

Re: Sam Harris, meditation is powerful, but keep religion ou

For me "real" Buddhism is not a religion like Christianity, Islam, Judaism, where you have to believe. I am happy that the Buddhist Truths are based on experience and not on faith. And then when somebody like Sam Harris comes and resells what I believe are "our" truths, I get annoyed and upset. Shou...
by martinfrank
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It was probably past kamma...so what?
Replies: 10
Views: 1172

Re: It was probably past kamma...so what?

Hi all One thing I've noticed pretty consistently when going around Internet forums about Buddhism is that there is almost a kind of anger when it is suggested that bad experiences people have such as growing up in an abusive environment or having a painful disease are related to past kamma. It alw...
by martinfrank
Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Opposite of Buddhism - Eisel Mazard
Replies: 55
Views: 4365

Re: The Opposite of Buddhism - Eisel Mazard

These are two different discussions: a) Cultural bias in translations: There are no native Pali speakers anymore. Chinese, Thai, Burmese, Cambdian, Sinhala translations are as much translations as English, German or French translations. There is cultural bias in any translation. Pali is an Indoeurop...
by martinfrank
Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 3624

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

The traditional Western approach is mind - body relationship. IMO, that approach is totally wrong, or will not lead to anywhere. The right approach should be mind - body - ego relationship, because without ego, those two are meaningless. To track ego, we should know or at least define what is ego? ...