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by mikenz66
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

Greetings Binocular, If you want to phrase it in terms of an objection: My objection is that I will have to follow instructions that don't make sense to me and I won't have the opportunity to actually ask for clarification or to get one. I can appreciate this, as prior to going to a Goenka retreat ...
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

What kind of values Buddhists seek when they follow Buddhism (including Goenika retreats(? They might claim "ending suffering" but do you find their claim plausible? At the risk of repeating myself: For me it's the same as any other learning. Teachers have experience that I don't, so it saves me wa...
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

Going to a Goenka retreat means that one either already agrees with what they teach and do there, or that one is willing to agree to it, willing to take those things for granted. Beyond that, it makes no sense going there. Or to any other Buddhist group, for that matter. Is this your core objection...
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

As far as I understand it, that the Dhamma is said to be difficult, not obvious, against the stream, etc. To me, that implies that it will be difficult to make progress based on one's own ideas, without some serious shaking up. Perhaps some can get that shaking up by reading and contemplating. For ...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

If the dhamma is radically different from everything else, then trying any of the above is useless and cannot go beyond self improvement. If the dhamma is not too different from everything else, then still, trying any of the above is ultimately useless and cannot go beyond self improvement. I'm rea...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

I'm not sure what your point is. Clearly that would depend on the subject matter in any country. Obviously you should not pass a mathematics exam if you maintained that 2+2 were 5. Or if you did not understand the safety requirements in some engineering context. The point is: formal education has i...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

Thank you for making your opinion clear. I'm sorry if that is how education was for you. Clearly was not my experience. Just out of curiosity. In NZ, if you provide an answer in the exam that is not according to an agreed upon truth, would you pass? I'm not sure what your point is. Clearly that wou...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

... I think the purposes of teaching at schools and universities, in most cases, is to brain wash and to dull the mind. I believe this type of education serves to kill creativity and the natural intelligence of human beings.... Thank you for making your opinion clear. I'm sorry if that is how educa...
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

... Dealing with problems is something we do throughout our entire lives. If meditation becomes another problem, then i should not call it meditation! While i don't believe i am free from delusions, i cannot base my actions or trust in someone else based on the notion "i am deluded". Its akin to sh...
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenk's legacy?
Replies: 58
Views: 831

Re: Goenk's legacy?

Once i figure out to go there to do "what", then i might give it a serious thought. If they go to sit, i can do this in my home without being surrounded with others (unless sitting together is a form of passion), and if seeing others would help me overcome my natural aversion to be surrounded with ...
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Satva
Replies: 30
Views: 919

Re: Satva

:candle: :candle: :candle:
by mikenz66
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Announcing a change of staff on the DW moderating team
Replies: 13
Views: 1838

Re: Announcing a change of staff on the DW moderating team

Thanks everyone! At the moment I'm travelling (currently in Paris), so I have not been reading the forum very much. Looking forward to more participation next month. I was delighted when Bhikkhu Dhammanando agreed to return as a moderator. I very much appreciate his deep knowledge of Pali, Sutta, Vi...
by mikenz66
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What you will do after Stream Entry ? (Poll)
Replies: 51
Views: 1296

Re: What you will do after Stream Entry ? (Poll)

sentinel wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:11 am
Don't you think going to pub is unwholesome ?
I'm sure James would be contemplating the attitude in his mind during his act of generosity... :tongue:

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is there a resource where one could get orthodox Theravada answers to questions, including sutta references?
Replies: 10
Views: 452

Re: Is there a resource where one could get orthodox Theravada answers to questions, including sutta references?

What do you mean by Orthodox? Because Vimuttimagga, Visuddhimagga etc are not considered orthodox by every tradition... Since the OP asked about "Orthodox Theravada", that presumably means "according to the Orthodox Theravada understanding, which would include the Abhidhamma, Commentaries, Visudhim...
by mikenz66
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Almsround monk can request for vegetarian foods ?
Replies: 34
Views: 794

Re: Almsround monk can request for vegetarian foods ?

What if the monk was a vegetarian while still a lay people , after ordained just following the preference of previous diet or as compassion not eating meats ? One of my monastic teachers (an American, now deceased) told me he was a vegetarian before he ordained, and his preceptor (in Thailand) woul...