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by mikenz66
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 159
Views: 6258

Re: Momentary 'experience'

As far as I can see... What exactly did you "see"? You really have a great sense of humour. :tongue: My post was addressing a particular point about momentariness in the Commentaries. If you can point to a place in the Suttas or Abhidhamma that spells out the idea of "billions of mind moments per s...
by mikenz66
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 34
Views: 453

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

Notice that it's not about finding the prospective teacher to seem witty or charismatic or super-knowledgeable. IOW, you're simply taking the authority of the suttas for granted. Well, there's some other advice there too: "If a person has faith, they preserve truth by saying, ‘Such is my faith.’ Bu...
by mikenz66
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 34
Views: 453

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

On account of what can you claim that those people are wrong, that their idea of "spiritually advanced" is wrong? There's some practical advice in the suttas: “Bhāradvāja, take the case of a mendicant living supported by a town or village. A householder or their child approaches and scrutinizes the...
by mikenz66
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 34
Views: 453

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

But that's it again. It is not a matter of "they have" or "they don't have" it's only a matter of whether words are perceived as helpful, not helpful or even harmful and what appears to be helpful, not helpful or even harmful is not even an inherent quality of the words in question. OK then. Good l...
by mikenz66
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: Analayo's Satipatthana Mediation Practise Guide

Hi Laurens, Yes, I've been finding it extremely useful. I got particularly interested by this during Bhikkhu Analayo's lectures on Bhikkhu Nanananda's Nibbana Sermons: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=36589&p=551719#p551631 As I said there, he has a nice way of contemplating the elements...
by mikenz66
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 34
Views: 453

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

... This is an excellent post, especially this bit: Personally, I just assume anyone posting here is as undeveloped as I am - they are useful sources of information, not people I trust as teachers. [/b] I think it impossible to observe people as they are via the internet. So it would be absurd to a...
by mikenz66
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 159
Views: 6258

Re: Momentary 'experience'

I wish you would directly address the "supposed" lack of validity of Abhidhammic texts with regard to momentariness. Instead of just dumping in bits of texts in the vague hope that they support your beliefs. Clearly the suttas support the impermanence of consciousness, but the Abbhidhammic idea of ...
by mikenz66
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 159
Views: 6258

Re: Momentary 'experience'

robertk wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:08 pm
Guhatthaka-suttaniddeso: Upon the Tip of a Needle[/quit]
Here's a link in case people wonder where this is from:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .olen.html
:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 34
Views: 453

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

With there being a plethora of people claiming to have attained spiritual heights, while they still lie, watch porn, listen to music, play games, what reason is there to think that those are incompatible with enlightenment or some stage of it? How is a poor confused layman to know? Yes, this is a p...
by mikenz66
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 161
Views: 7751

Re: Coronavirus

Here is a nice video from Minute Physics that will appeal to those who study dynamics of some sort, and/or are comfortable with log-log graphs, and graphs where time is implicit rather than explicit. Link to the interactive graph: https://aatishb.com/covidtrends/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54XL...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma for difficult times - resources
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Dhamma for difficult times - resources

Yes, currently in New York...

Coming to Canada, Australia, New Zealand soon... :heart:

A calmer background than the radio news... . :tongue:

Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Impermanence of conciousness
Replies: 21
Views: 262

Re: Impermanence of conciousness

In my experience, it's difficult. There always seems to be something "watching" in the background, and since it's hard to catch it changing, it's often considered the most difficult aggregate to understand as impermanent and not-self. Sam Vara has some good suggestions, and there was some discussion...
by mikenz66
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a need for dhamma for difficult times?
Replies: 15
Views: 381

Re: Is there a need for dhamma for difficult times?

SteRo wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:27 am
Maybe what we can learn is that there are Buddhists and Dhamma followers. Buddhists raise a lot of points that are alien to Dhamma followers because being a Dhamma follower is based on insight.
Oh OK. Let me know if you come across a Dhamma Follower... :sage:

Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a need for dhamma for difficult times?
Replies: 15
Views: 381

Re: Is there a need for dhamma for difficult times?

Hi SR, Isn't it hilarious if Buddhists seek alternative resources if they are faced with impermanence? Who said anything about "alternative" resources? I've no idea why you would think that discussing how to apply the 4NT, and other teachings, to one's current situation "hilarious", since that's exa...
by mikenz66
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma for difficult times - resources
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Dhamma for difficult times - resources

Bhikkhu Analyo's January series on Mindfully Facing Climate Change has a number of reflections and exercises that can be adapted to worries about the current situation.

https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/resourc ... layo/mfcc/

:heart:
Mike