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by mikenz66
Sat May 20, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 135
Views: 2076

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

For a sub-forum entitled "Connections to Other Paths," it's strange that there are certain people whose only interest is belittling and speaking ignorantly of other paths. I'm not sure that's how connections between paths are made. I agree. Claims of superiority of one particular path in ...
by mikenz66
Fri May 19, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 135
Views: 2076

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

what does "may" occur mean, Is it or is it not? I could not find it. See Piya Tan's article, page 11 of the PDF, labelled 120 in the footer: 3 Skillful means in the Pali Canon 3.1 THE 3 KINDS OF SKILLS 3.1.1 From our survey so far, looking at the Buddha’s use of skillful means in a social...
by mikenz66
Wed May 17, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 29
Views: 604

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

I don't know enough about the diverse Hindu approaches to comment in detail but there does seem to be some value in recognising them, and the Buddhist schools, as dharmic religions, in contrast to the Abrahamic (creator-God) religons. You could, I guess, throw in the Tao into the mix. The difference...
by mikenz66
Mon May 15, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Criticism of Theravada Philosophy from a Christian Perspective
Replies: 18
Views: 430

Re: Criticism of Theravada Philosophy from a Christian Perspective

It looks like an interesting Thesis. My impression from some brief skimming is that the arguments revolve around whether Buddhist dogma is logically consistent. I don't think that the point of liberating Buddhist practice is to construct a logical structure, so, as others have noted, it probably mis...
by mikenz66
Sat May 13, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Always with the Breath or Back to the Breath?
Replies: 18
Views: 326

Re: Always with the Breath or Back to the Breath?

Hi Nothing, The normal recommendation from Mahasi-style teachers is to use the movement of the abdomen. The subtlety of the breath at the nostrils is useful for building very deep calm/concentration, but more difficult for an insight/vipassana approach. I collected some resources here, but there are...
by mikenz66
Sat May 13, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Always with the Breath or Back to the Breath?
Replies: 18
Views: 326

Re: Always with the Breath or Back to the Breath?

Hi Nothing, Good question. First of all, although the breath is a popular focus, it is just one possible meditation object, and some people never use it, preferring to use metta, walking meditation, recollection of the Buddha, parts of the body, and so on... However, even if the breath is being used...
by mikenz66
Sat May 13, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Buddha's teaching on the Here and Now
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: The Buddha's teaching on the Here and Now

Here's a new translation of the verse I posted above: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=29568&p=425041#p425041 Don’t run back to the past, don’t hope for the future. What’s past is left behind; the future’s not arrived; and phenomena in the present are clearly seen in every case. ...
by mikenz66
Sat May 13, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Pure Land is the Pure Mind
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Re: The Pure Land is the Pure Mind

Is this perspective held by the majority of those who hold to Pure Land? (Thinking of the millions of relatively uneducated practicioners whow might have never studied this as doctrine at all) One could ask the same question about people in Theravada countries, or of western converts who may or may...
by mikenz66
Sat May 13, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My action about the 12 dependent origination
Replies: 29
Views: 443

Re: My action about the 12 dependent origination

2600: As you observe most interpretations of DO have something to say about the continuity of process from life to life. Ven Nanananda's interpretation, for example, differs from the three-life commentary version but is still relevant to the continuaton from life to life. See the Nibbana Sermons. Ho...
by mikenz66
Fri May 12, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: how to convert Canonical references to Sutta numbers
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: how to convert Canonical references to Sutta numbers

See also: https://suttacentral.net/sutta_numbering For S V 6, for example, one approach is to look through the SN list on Sutta Central: https://suttacentral.net/sn That's volume 5 (V) out of 5, page 6 of the Pali PTS edition, so it's quite far down, in the 45th chapter: https://suttacentral.net/sn4...
by mikenz66
Fri May 12, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Buddha's teaching on the Here and Now
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: The Buddha's teaching on the Here and Now

Let one not trace back the past Or yearn for the future-yet-to-come. That which is past is left behind Unattained is the "yet-to-come." But that which is present he discerns — With insight as and when it comes. The Immovable — the-non-irritable. In that state should the wise one grow Toda...
by mikenz66
Thu May 11, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 135
Views: 2076

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

I am trying to figure out what, specifically, would lead a lay person to choose Theravada instead of Mahayana. I appreciate your help in this regard. Note that discussing this could result in posts that are against the Terms of Service at this forum. Only if members start make dismissive statements...
by mikenz66
Thu May 11, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Repetitiveness in the Pali scriptures
Replies: 14
Views: 179

Re: Repetitiveness in the Pali scriptures

You need to make allowance for the fact that this suttas were handed down by oral tradition, hence the stock phrases and frequent repetitions. Yes, it's sometimes best to think of them as like songs, with verses and choruses. Obvious examples from much-quoted suttas are the Satipatthana Sutta https...
by mikenz66
Sun May 07, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nanananda's Paticcasamuppada series - Sermons 1-20 now available
Replies: 11
Views: 1534

Re: Nanananda's Paticcasamuppada series - Sermons 1-20 now available

Thanks, but that's the Nibbana sermons. These ones are later.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun May 07, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nanananda's Paticcasamuppada series - Sermons 1-20 now available
Replies: 11
Views: 1534

Re: Nanananda's Paticcasamuppada series - Sermons 1-20 now available

Does anyone know when the talks were originally given?

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun May 07, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Translations on dhammatalks.org
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Translations on dhammatalks.org

On the page I linked he mentions that he's done some standardization of terminology, and presumably some other minor proofing, but doesn't give a list either of changes or of new translations. It's understandable that translations spanning 25 years would benefit from some rationalization. :heart: Mike
by mikenz66
Sun May 07, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Introductory resources
Replies: 37
Views: 22043

Re: Introductory resources

Thanks Will, Ven Nyanatiloka was a real pioneer, and you can see echoes of "THE WORD OF THE BUDDHA, An Outline of the teaching of the Buddha in the words of the Pali canon" in many later collections.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat May 06, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Translations on dhammatalks.org
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Translations on dhammatalks.org

As many of you will know, Access to Insight http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ contains a number of sutta translations, the majority by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. That site was frozen a couple of years ago. New and updated translations by Thanissaro Bhikkhu are available on the Dhammatalks website: http://dha...
by mikenz66
Sat May 06, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: rhinoceros sutta
Replies: 8
Views: 215

Re: rhinoceros sutta

OK, thanks. It's good practice to give references, so we know what we are discussing.

:heart:
Mike

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