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by mikenz66
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abhidhamma: Is an abortion killing a living being?
Replies: 167
Views: 8954

Re: Abhidhamma: Is an abortion killing a living being?

the vinaya expressly prohibits abortion https://suttacentral.net/en/pi-tv-bu-vb-pj3 and it apparently prohibits contraceptives also. might as well close the thread This prohibits monks administering contraception: On one occasion a fertile woman said to a monk who was supported by her family, “Vene...
by mikenz66
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 1783

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Thanks Sam. Nice to hear details about the experience, especially over some time, rather just a one-off trial.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

Thanks Thomas. That is an interesting article. Choong Mun-Keat has also written articles about the Brāhmaṇa Saṃyutta and the Sakka Saṃyutta. The Pali text SN 16.10 has the statement “women are foolish” made by Ananda to Mahakasyapa, whereas the two Chinese versions, SA 1143–4 and ASA 118–9, refer to...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Different editions of the Pali Canon?
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Re: Different editions of the Pali Canon?

As Kim says, the differences between the Pali editions are relatively small. Translators such as Bhikkhu Bodhi sometimes have comments in their footnotes where they have compared the editions to clarify obscure passages that appear to have been corrupted.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

Thank aflatun and L.N. Those are great comments!

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method
Replies: 34
Views: 670

Re: Origin of Thanisarro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method

Caodemarte wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:08 pm
Ai means harmony 合. I do not know how it is pronounced in Chinese.
You can hear a modern standard pronunciation here:
https://translate.google.com/?source=gt ... /%E5%90%88

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Chan Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 334

Re: Chan Buddhism

Fo Guang Shan Is not a specifically Chan school, but a new religious order. Well, yes, they describe themselves as a combination of Buddhist styles. Nevertheless, as I said, much of what I have heard/read from Ven Huifeng about mediation is quite standard. And hearing the Bhikshunis I have met talk...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Chan Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 334

Re: Chan Buddhism

Thanks Mike. In particular I'm asking about Chinese Buddhism. OK. I guess that Chinese Chan is particularly preserved/accessible in Taiwan (and Taiwan-connected organisations) these days. I'm no expert on the historical details, but I gather that a lot of Bhkkhunis and Bhikkhus migrated to Taiwan t...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evening chanting
Replies: 6
Views: 76

Re: Evening chanting

Good questions treyg21. My memorisation method is like Ryan's: repetition. Chanting with others, it actually doesn't matter if you have to drop a few lines here and there, the group has to be able to carry that - people have to breath! I don't particularly like mixed Pali/English chanting. I can see...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Chan Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 334

Re: Chan Buddhism

Hi Bodom, Perhaps you could be a little more specific about what you are asking. In broad terms "Chan" encompasses quite a lot of East Asian Buddhism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chan_Buddhism I have not had specific experience of practice, but I know a few Fo Guang Shan people though various conn...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method
Replies: 34
Views: 670

Re: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method

Thanks for the interesting comments CJM. Perhaps I'll just have to listen to those talks again to find the passage I was referring to!

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

This sutta has two Chinese parallels: https://suttacentral.net/sn16.10
Unfortunately, they don't have English translations on Sutta Central. Anyone up to summarising the similarities and differences to the Pali?

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Sound object for concentration meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 182

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Hi hohohodam

I've not seen any instructions on how to use sound as a concentration object. There is plenty of advice on using it as a secondary object in "insight" practise, but that's probably not relevant to your purpose.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

This is a rather curious Sutta. Ānanda and Mahakassapa appearing to not get on. Ānanda's infamous "Women are foolish" statement. An apparently boastful Mahakassapa. A grumpy Bhikkhuni Thullatissa, who abandons the robes at the end of the sutta. Any pointers on what message(s) we should take from all...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 7
Views: 116

SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters. Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi https://suttacentral.net/en/sn16.10 Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Venerable Mahakassapa was dwelling at Savatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapiṇḍika’s Park. Then, in the morning, the Venerable Ānanda dressed...
by mikenz66
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. III. Dealing with Anger.
Replies: 16
Views: 330

Re: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. III. Dealing with Anger.

Hmm, I don't know what sort of organisation you work in, but clearly the Abbot, Preceptor or Manager of someone would have an obligation to intervene. In a well-functioning monastery or other organisation, workmates would intervene, as in the example from the Vinaya. In that case the other monastics...
by mikenz66
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. III. Dealing with Anger.
Replies: 16
Views: 330

Re: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. III. Dealing with Anger.

Hi Paul, Yes, it would be interesting to hear more about the training described in the Vinaya. I'm not sure why you bring up mollycoddling since I can't imagine anyone doing that. Or the idea that the trainees should just be told to be responsible for their mind states and left to it. That's certain...
by mikenz66
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. III. Dealing with Anger.
Replies: 16
Views: 330

Re: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. III. Dealing with Anger.

If the angry person in question is a serious Buddhist intent on mental cultivation, it should be adequate to encourage them to restrain their anger, or to potentially direct them toward one of the many and bountiful similes and suttas on the topic of anger, as found in the Sutta Pitaka. Sure, it's ...
by mikenz66
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 1783

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

This thread seems to have drifted rather far from it's original purpose. Can we return to exploring the practicalities of the technique? I have not tried since briefly following the guided meditation in James Baraz' talk almost two years ago https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=25644 but Javi's i...