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by mikenz66
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 35
Views: 301

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

I posted some of this on another thread, but perhaps it's worth emphasising... On how the Buddha admonishes others. Note that he doesn't speak if it is not beneficial, even if it is correct. The Realized One does not utter speech that he knows to be true and substantive, but which is harmful and dis...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 130
Views: 1279

Re: Slandering buddha

I think it might be worth considering the Buddha's advice on speech: The Realized One does not utter speech that he knows to be true and substantive, but which is harmful and disliked by others. The Realized One knows the right time to speak so as to explain what he knows to be true, substantive, an...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 130
Views: 1279

Re: Slandering buddha

@ Right view for clarification, sorry Samvara! I disagree. You have overextended your aversion to those who are plagued by skeptical doubt, and worse you used the words of the Buddha to do so. By doing so you create a lot of demerit for yourself, and it could cause you a lot of trouble for a long t...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Strong aversion against blue veins
Replies: 12
Views: 234

Re: Strong aversion against blue veins

trefobe wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:13 pm
Thank you mikenz66, that makes sense. I will start to practice it daily and tell you how it goes.
I hope it proves useful!

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 294
Views: 70513

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

Let me give an example... Verse The wise ones who are intent on meditation, who delight in the peace of renunciation, such mindful Fully Enlightened Buddhas even the gods hold dear. Commentary A millionaire of Rājagaha found ... This is not commentary, this is from tipitaka: http://84000.org/tipita...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 35
Views: 301

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings Mike, We have to be sure not to develop a "Culture of Offense", where the priority is to be fake-nice and not offend anyone, at the expense of truth, freedom, and openness. I've seen this rising up western culture in the last 10 years or so, and it's dumb. I'm not sure what you mean by "f...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 35
Views: 301

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

We have to be sure not to develop a "Culture of Offense", where the priority is to be fake-nice and not offend anyone, at the expense of truth, freedom, and openness. I've seen this rising up western culture in the last 10 years or so, and it's dumb. I'm not sure what you mean by "fake nice". I hop...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: insight requires access concentration?
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: insight requires access concentration?

Please note that this thread is intended as a discussion of the validity of the statement: insight requires, according to the commentaries, to develop the jhana factors to access-concentration level. Posts that do not address that question in some way should be posted on the many other threads about...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 130
Views: 1279

Re: Slandering buddha

Most of the tone here is set by the participants. If more of the highly active participants (such as you) would take up the challenge of trying to always post as I suggested then I believe that the tone would improve. Are you willing to take up that challenge? I would consider taking up a formal ch...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question: Madhupindika & Mahanidana
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: Question: Madhupindika & Mahanidana

Welcome Richard, Hello, I wonder if Madupindika and Mahanidana are both teachings of dependent origination? ... You mean these suttas? The Great Discourse on Causation, Mahānidāna Sutta DN 15 https://suttacentral.net/dn15/ The Honey-Cake, Madhupiṇḍika Sutta MN 18 https://suttacentral.net/mn18 Person...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 130
Views: 1279

Re: Slandering buddha

Hi rightviewftw, Other than that i think it is good to promote this kind of attitudes; mikenz66 wrote: ↑ My preference would be for members to conduct themselves the way, for example Bhikkhu Analayo or Bhikkhu Bodhi do when making statements, e.g. "It's my opinion that X should be interpreted as Y, ...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?
Replies: 20
Views: 543

Re: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?

My post above was intended to clarify the OP in pointing-out that associating the Sayadaw Mahasi exclusively with his famous vipassana practice variation, as is commonly done, is in fact an over-simplification of his teachings.I believe he deserves credit for the inclusive breadth of his teachings ...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 130
Views: 1279

Re: Slandering buddha

It'd be a disservice to truth seekers and also a disservice to the person making the false claim not to be corrected, and remember: bring a mind that isn't afraid of admonishment to the board, admonishment that leads to good practice and course correction is good. I agree, but it really depends on ...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the cause for craving is feeling ?
Replies: 20
Views: 231

Re: Does the cause for craving is feeling ?

I hope Mike or others weigh in on this question. Ha! I wish I knew how to give up ignorant tendencies... :tongue: Just stop trying to do something about them. It is your effort and energy that you give to resistance and trying to change yourself that is the only problem. :D Ha, very funny... :jumpi...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the cause for craving is feeling ?
Replies: 20
Views: 231

Re: Does the cause for craving is feeling ?

justindesilva wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:41 am
Is it not that upekka is the neutral feeling.
If not , what is this neutral feeling?
No, it's not upekka (equanimity), it's adukkhamasukhāya, often translated as "neither pleasant nor painful".

:heart:
Mike