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by mikenz66
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga: nāma, nati, namati & nāmeti ???
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga: nāma, nati, namati & nāmeti ???

While this particular case does not seem to be in any suttas, it is similar to many of the puns that do appear in suttas, playing on similarly-sounding words to make a point. For example, Bhikkhu Sujato's translation of SN 35.82 has https://suttacentral.net/sn35.82/en/sujato “It wears away, mendican...
by mikenz66
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you have body pain in First Jhana?
Replies: 13
Views: 295

Re: Do you have body pain in First Jhana?

First Jhana appears to be free of bodily pain: And where does that faculty of pain that’s arisen cease without anything left over? It’s when a mendicant, quite secluded from sensual pleasures, secluded from unskillful qualities, enters and remains in the first absorption, which has the rapture and b...
by mikenz66
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)
Replies: 15
Views: 393

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)

Thanks for the interesting video and connection... It's not surprising that SV should have the opportunity to discuss with the real SB. The Western Buddhist community is not actually very large. In fact, SB has taught on at least one retreat here. The timing made it impossible for me to attend, but ...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Different methods of Vipassana?
Replies: 16
Views: 575

Re: Different mehtods of Vipassana?

From listening to talks and reading, my impression is that that a large variety of meditation approaches were developed in Theravada-oriented countries (not just Burma). A relatively small number are known in the West because Western students became involved with them. See this post, for example: Li...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 27
Views: 767

Re: Body Scan

I've never seen reference to it in the suttas, and - like the OP - I'm curious as to its origins. Body scanning is mentioned in the Satipatthana Sutta, but not with reference to feelings, but body parts: Furthermore, a mendicant examines their own body, up from the soles of the feet and down from t...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not Identifying with Form or Not Conceiving Form?
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Not Identifying with Form or Not Conceiving Form?

There is some detailed discussion of this issue in Nanananda's Nibbana Sermon numbers 12 and 13, which discuss MN1 [ https://suttacentral.net/mn1 ]. https://seeingthroughthenet.net/ PDF: https://seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/NMS_LE.pdf What is the world-view of the untaught ordi...
by mikenz66
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 32 parts of body meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: 32 parts of body meditation

Most sources seem to be vissuddhimagga based, I haven't really researched what the patisambhidamagga and other commentaries say about the practice, only that the Sarvastivadans used it first to weaken sensual desire before doing anapanasati. For that reason, it's an approach that I understand is co...
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whatever arises passes away
Replies: 70
Views: 1066

Re: Whatever arises passes away

I think it's more than just impermanence. It's realising that there is a way to cessation. This became clearer to me when studying Ven Ñāṇananda's 20th Nibbana Sermon in the 2018 Analayo Bhikkhu study series: https://analayo2019.buddhistinquiry.org/analayo_lectures/ Here is some of what I wrote then...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???
Replies: 26
Views: 924

Re: SN 12.31: Why is the term "nutriment" used ???

Here is Bhikkhu Bodhi's footnotes on the passage: “Venerable sir, one sees as it really is with correct wisdom: ‘This has come to be.’ Having seen as it really is with correct wisdom: ‘This has come to be,’ one is practising for the purpose of revulsion towards what has come to be, for its fading aw...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: momentariness not in sutta?
Replies: 43
Views: 1590

Re: momentariness not in sutta?

In fact, it is quite common in the Visuddhimagga, to find Buddhaghosa saying that the reciters of one Nikaya have one interpretation and the reciters of another have a different interpretation. Anyway please list these occurrences you mention in the visuddhimagga (if you prefer on the thread I just...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Bilingual pali/english suttas
Replies: 17
Views: 475

Re: Bilingual pali/english suttas

Yes, it certainly helps to look at the source. Comparing with the Pali, especially with the dictionary lookup that is built in at Sutta Central, or can be added to some browsers, I often notice that some of the words that people worry about in translations are simply extras that have to add to the t...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: momentariness not in sutta?
Replies: 43
Views: 1590

Re: momentariness not in sutta?

Hi Mike, Even the coarse meditation technic is not describe in detail in the sutta, so i wouldn't expect a direct description of momentariness in the sutta either. As i herad, anhidhamma split from sutta in 2nd (if not, then the 3rd) counsel. And probably evolve in terminology and enrich in its con...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: momentariness not in sutta?
Replies: 43
Views: 1590

Re: momentariness not in sutta?

Hi Robert, I certainly agree that there are passages in the Suttas and Abhidhamma that can be interpreted from the momentariness point of view, and of course that is what Buddhaghosa and so on are doing. However, as far as I can tell the "billions of mind moments per second" and the sequences of a d...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: momentariness not in sutta?
Replies: 43
Views: 1590

Re: momentariness not in sutta?

When you say they the Commentaries evolved over time, which ones are you thinking of? Usually the Commentaries by Buddhaghosa and Dhammapala (are there any others?) are very consistent between texts. I already quoted what Ven Dhammanando https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=33545&start=15#p...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: momentariness not in sutta?
Replies: 43
Views: 1590

Re: momentariness not in sutta?

Momentariness is clearly an important part of Theravada doctrine, and one that many find extremely useful in their practice. It can certainly be argued that it is implicit in Sutta and Abhidhamma, which is the view of the Commentaries. I'm interested in clarifying those arguments. Actually, Ven Dha...