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by mikenz66
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha displaying sense of humor
Replies: 18
Views: 123

Re: The Buddha displaying sense of humor

I've seen all sorts of quotes people claim to be humorous & every time I see nothing funny about it whatsoever. I think people might want there to be humor on the Buddha's part a little too strongly... Not even Sujato's collection from the second link I posted above? https://sujato.wordpress.com/20...
by mikenz66
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 144
Views: 2021

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:28 am
Perhaps Namarupa could be a state between pure Nama and Pure Rupa.
:shrug:
I don't understand what you are getting at. What do you mean by a "state" ?

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 35
Views: 458

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

So interpreting the teaching regarding Sineru as a phenomenon perceivable with the divine eye seems totally within reason. But instead of considering this, or any of the other large ranges of interpretations (& there are a lot, because the suttas say very little on this topic, most of the informati...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Replies: 52
Views: 617

Re: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?

Circle5 wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Because of not being PC enough with his jokes
Do you have a sutta reference for that claim?

:tongue:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Subsection for sutta and concept explanation
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: Subsection for sutta and concept explanation

Hi No Mind, See: A guide on how to get the most out of your new topics If you give clear parameters for what you want in a thread, then the Moderators can help you keep it on track. For this to be possible takes more work than just posting: I want to know what sutta Y means. If you start with someth...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Mahasi Method & General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.
Replies: 13
Views: 339

Re: Mahasi vs General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.

The official basic instructions were the same as the ones found in Mahasi Sayadaws discourses which can be found online (eg: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mahasi/wheel370.html). Additional instructions are given during personal interviews as my teacher sees fit. I think people asking ...
by mikenz66
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Mahasi Method & General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.
Replies: 13
Views: 339

Re: Mahasi vs General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.

Yes, of course, noting sitting is another popular option... As I said, I don't see any particular significance in any of the details of techniques that people teach. The suttas are vague about technique, but much more clear about what the results should be. Some find using "Buddho", counting breaths...
by mikenz66
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Mahasi Method & General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.
Replies: 13
Views: 339

Re: Mahasi vs General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.

This is, I think, jumping ahead to some rather complex, optional, possibilities, as has been discussed in this thread: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=31105&p=457815#p457815 Mahasi-based teachers are quite diverse, so looking for an "official line" seems pointless to me. Teachers I know...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 86
Views: 3247

Re: Criticism of Islam

In what way is dedicated criticism of any religion “Connections to Other Paths?” This thread is not an exploration of the historic connections between Islam and Buddhism or a comparison of the various doctrines held by various Buddhists and Muslims. It seems only to exist to throw up ill-informed a...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Comprehensive Website for Commentaries?
Replies: 10
Views: 272

Re: Comprehensive Website for Commentaries?

Are there are any websites that offer comprehensive lists of commentaries and subcommentaries alongside the suttas? For instance, Sutta Central but with the option to view commentaries. I'm sure someone here has a site for you but I do know a large majority of the commentaries have never been trans...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: When the breath becomes more refined I get scared i will die
Replies: 20
Views: 266

Re: When the breath becomes more refined I get scared i will die

Can you tell us a little more about your approach to breath meditation, and what happens that frightens you? It's not uncommon to have disconcerting experiences. That is when it is useful to have teachers or companions for reassurance... Mike I just watch the breath. That is all. Sometimes using th...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: When the breath becomes more refined I get scared i will die
Replies: 20
Views: 266

Re: When the breath becomes more refined I get scared i will die

Can you tell us a little more about your approach to breath meditation, and what happens that frightens you?

It's not uncommon to have disconcerting experiences. That is when it is useful to have teachers or companions for reassurance...

Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2148

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

At very least he would have asked permission from his wife to leave her for a decade and then to return (more speculation I know). I heard a Dhamma talk once from a monk who stated the Buddha actually did ask permission. There is a sutta reference (don't know which one right now) where the Buddha t...
by mikenz66
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Drop in, drop out, drop in, drop out...
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: Drop in, drop out, drop in, drop out...

What causes me to decrease my participation? Provocative posts designed to spread political propaganda or animosity. seeing hatred, or harshly worded, poorly considered, aggressive responses esp. on the dhamma. Yes, see the current Study Group Sutta: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=311...
by mikenz66
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Which sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Which sutta

Note that there are updated Thanissaro translations on dhammatalks.org:
https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/SN/SN46_51.html

Here is another translation, with parallels:
https://suttacentral.net/sn46.51

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2220

Re: "Is there a Self?"

this "no" vs "not" is an English language distinction " no " is based on extreme. " not " is based on the middle-way.....which leads to knowledge & vision with right release. Well, as I said, above, I have no problem with that, having read copious background explainging it... My point is merely tha...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2220

Re: "Is there a Self?"

this "no" vs "not" is an English language distinction Ananda Sutta: To Ananda (On Self, No Self, and Not-self ) https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn44/sn44.010.than.html As I said, this is a subtle English-language distiction that is not very clear without further explanation. It would be...