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by mikenz66
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What suttas support the classical Theravada view of immediate rebirth?
Replies: 28
Views: 866

Re: What suttas support the classical Theravada view of immediate rebirth?

hi, this is simply a mistranslation. read below: rebirth immediate gandhabba ñāṇananda.jpg It might be useful to have the source of this useful discussion, which is in Chapter 20 of NIbbana, The Mind Stilled: https://seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Mind-Stilled_HTML.htm#Mindstill...
by mikenz66
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Gentle non-mobile meditation timer (battery operated)?
Replies: 7
Views: 404

Re: Gentle non-mobile meditation timer (battery operated)?

It's certainly nice to not have the temptation to use other functions of one's phone when all one needs is a timer... At one point I looked at (relatively cheap) kitchen timers, but the ones I tried kept beeping until a button was pushed. However, it might be worth looking in the kitchen section of ...
by mikenz66
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 35
Views: 830

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

Welcome to DW. Something to think about as you explore the dhamma would be to examine that western culture has ideas of Abrahamic faiths suffused throughout-- even in western atheism there is a lot of this. So underpinning this question may be many almost pre-verbal assumptions about the universe, ...
by mikenz66
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What suttas support the classical Theravada view of immediate rebirth?
Replies: 28
Views: 866

Re: What suttas support the classical Theravada view of immediate rebirth?

If only we had any or all of the above as readily available, and easily searchable as suttacentral or other sites! The Commentaries themselves are freely available, e.g. here: https://www.tipitaka.org/ so are already easily searchable, either online, or with downloadable software. The sticking poin...
by mikenz66
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 800

Re: A reason for lying

Notably absent in the passage above are the words: unfactual, untrue, BUT beneficial, endearing & agreeable to others . I think that's because unfactual and untrue are ruled out in so many other places, such as: Then the Buddha, leaving a little water in the pot, addressed Rāhula, “Rāhula, do you s...
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Degree in Buddhist Studies
Replies: 15
Views: 387

Re: Degree in Buddhist Studies

Hi SDC, Clearly there are some prominent places in Asia that are quite English-Friendly, such as The University of Hong Kong https://www.buddhism.hku.hk/. Some of the Taiwan institutions may also be worth looking at. Matt Osborn (formerly Ven Huifeng), who used to post here, earned his PhD in Hong K...
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Searching for a good, but moderate monastery, with freedom for study and meditation in Sri Lanka
Replies: 12
Views: 580

Re: Searching for a good, but moderate monastery, with freedom for study and meditation in Sri Lanka

maybe the one where ven ñāṇananda was when he died? Ven Ñāṇananda lived in isolation for some years before he died... As I remember it, the first time we met he had come to the Lewella Meditation Centre – a small meditation centre at the outskirts of Kandy that I was in charge of. He had been broug...
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right grasp on the content of thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Right grasp on the content of thoughts

Hi Bundokji, I know you didn't ask for specific technique, but Patrick Kearney's talks on this subject, which are typically called something like "Tracking the Thought Stream" can be helpful: http://www.dharmasalon.net/Audio/audio.html Typically, he gives some exercises and then there is some discus...
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: KN Iti 94 upaparikkha: A clue on what "tathagata" means, equivalence between upekkha and upaparikkha
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: KN Iti 94 upaparikkha: A clue on what "tathagata" means, equivalence between upekkha and upaparikkha

it's an oral tradition, the written language form representing the oral instructions can be written neatly and comprehensibly. ... Since Asian writing often doesn't bother with such niceties as spaces between words, perhaps that rubbed off into the Roman transliterations... :thinking: :heart: Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: KN Iti 94 upaparikkha: A clue on what "tathagata" means, equivalence between upekkha and upaparikkha
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: KN Iti 94 upaparikkha: A clue on what "tathagata" means, equivalence between upekkha and upaparikkha

Hi Frank, Interesting observations. 4. Wouldn't it be great if a lot more suttas were translated with the pali compound words separated out so you can actually follow what's going on? It would not be so hard to learn pali if people translated word for word like this. instead leaving you marooned try...
by mikenz66
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buying some suttas
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Buying some suttas

If you don't own any of the nikayas, then the anthology is a great first/next book. The MN is less expensive than the SN and AN. And if you have done Bhante Bodhi's MN class, then I think that actually reading the MN yourself would be a highly successful and enjoyable endeavour. Here is a guide to ...
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: vipasanna retreat
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: vipasanna retreat

I second Jame's excellent advice. My advice for any retreat is to not waste time and energy internally arguing or second-guessing the instructions. Just try it out, and leave evaluation for after. As James says, it can be difficult, and things can change (for good or bad) very quickly! If you are co...
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Overview of Rituals
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: Overview of Rituals

Hi James, My experience is with Thai monasteries, but I have a few comments: Where can I find an overview of the many rituals I have seen over the years participating Khmer Buddhist ceremonies? For example: * ceremony honoring deceased parents, pouring water into a bowl while another person holds a ...
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why there are Christian monks?
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Why there are Christian monks?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:52 pm
Generally, Buddhist monks are condemned for the wrong livelihood for involving in these activities.
Generally? My impression is that this only happens on internet forums... :tongue:

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Chakkapavattana sutta is not the first sermon!
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: Dhamma Chakkapavattana sutta is not the first sermon!

Dhamma Chakkapavattana sutta is not the first sermon! Ven Walpola Gotama in the following video in the Sinhalese language said Buddha had given more Dhamma sermons before the Dhamma Chakkapavattana Sutta. (Which many of us think the first sermon) For instance, he mentions about "Loka Olokana" sutta...