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by mikenz66
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Which translation do you prefer: V Thanissaro or V Bodhi's ?
Replies: 46
Views: 3597

Re: Ven Thanissaro or Ven Bodhi's translation you prefer?

While I often disagree with VBBs footnotes & commentaries (which are often sectarian), for me, VBBs translations are the best available (although not perfect); translated with the most intregity & lack of ulterior sectarian agenda; far superior to Thanissaro or Sujato. I tend to agree. Actually Bha...
by mikenz66
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 33
Views: 265

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Perhaps, "promoting strategy" to make it easier to understand and applying in daily life ? Of course, this depends on what you mean. I know a lot of Thai and Chinese people who apply it in their daily life in various ways, and most of those people are definitely not "elite". For the sake of argumen...
by mikenz66
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 33
Views: 265

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

I got inspired quite a lot by the Goenka extraordinaire ... What's a "Goenka extraordinaire"? :heart: Mike SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire i looked briefly for the criticism thread but could not find it, it had some nice suggested adjustments Oh, OK... Here's the thread you are thin...
by mikenz66
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 33
Views: 265

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

rightviewftw wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:54 pm
I got inspired quite a lot by the Goenka extraordinaire ...
What's a "Goenka extraordinaire"?

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Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Arguing about Mahasi Sayadaw and Goenka Meditation
Replies: 24
Views: 839

Re: Arguing about Mahasi Sayadaw and Goenka Meditation

I think Henepola Gunaratana has the same view, he thinks Sati is not something as simple as noting. Of course not. Noting is just a minor aspect of the Mahasi approach, used as an aid to developing attention so that one can do the sort of things that Bhante Gunaratana describes. Most of that video ...
by mikenz66
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 254

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

Are you implying that the commentaries are incorrect? The commentaries are just that, comments on Buddhism made by normal monks. Normal fallible, opinionated guys. ... As are the writings and teachings of modern teachers, of course! There is a richness of interpretation and advice available in anci...
by mikenz66
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the eye? - Essay on sense-spheres
Replies: 5
Views: 163

Re: What is the eye? - Essay on sense-spheres

i like the TV example Yes, and note that this is almost directly from Ven Nanananda's Nibbana Sermon 5: http://seeingthroughthenet.net/books/ At first sight the sutta, when it refers to a picture, seems to be speaking about the man who drew it. But there is something deeper than that. When the Budd...
by mikenz66
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 187
Views: 2157

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

I quite liked Ven Analayo's presentation that I linked to here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=30940 The executive summary is that the last half (roughly) of the links can be thought of as occurring over time, and the first half in a timeless/stuctural way. There are many other interesting ...
by mikenz66
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the eye? - Essay on sense-spheres
Replies: 5
Views: 163

Re: What is the eye? - Essay on sense-spheres

Thanks, Bhikkhu Cintita always has useful things to say...

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 187
Views: 2157

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Is multiple models an option? Even the ancient traditions (Theravada, Sarvastivada, etc) seem to have both a three-life and a moment to moment model. Could you be more specific, Mike? Where exactly is support for the moment-to-moment interpretation to be found in these ancient traditions? See, for ...
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 187
Views: 2157

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Is multiple models an option? Even the ancient traditions (Theravada, Sarvastivada, etc) seem to have both a three-life and a moment to moment model. I could be wrong, but I assumed that those who accept multiple models always include the moment-to-moment, along with one of the other models named, ...
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 187
Views: 2157

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Is multiple models an option? Even the ancient traditions (Theravada, Sarvastivada, etc) seem to have both a three-life and a moment to moment model. And many modern teachers/commentators use that model. E.g. Thanissaro Bhikkhu: These factors come down to the five aggregates. In fact, the entire pat...
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 74
Views: 1920

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

ToVincent wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:50 pm
That's Buddhism.
The rest is not.
Period.
. :jawdrop:
No, that's your definition. Please abide by the rules of the forum.

Reasoned criticism is fine. Throwing around insults is not.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 74
Views: 1920

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

Members,

Please keep in mind Terms of Service 2d:
d. Unsubstantiated allegations against individuals or traditions - including psychoanalyzing other members, and predictions or threats of kammic retribution
viewtopic.php?f=47&t=2
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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: All is one. Change my view.
Replies: 24
Views: 320

Re: All is one. Change my view.

It's a nice article, but this comment is very important to consider when reading comments from those who are not necessarily experts on the doctrines that they are criticsising: Greetings, I'm enjoying the article a great deal but one important question I have is, who is it that's proposing this ide...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering of others
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Suffering of others

As I said on the other topic: All that an average individual can do is help to some extent (a refugee needs shelter and food for few days .. to help with that) .. beyond that one can do nothing. If you want to become inflamed with emotions .. that is your prerogative. A Theravadan Buddhist will not ...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 95
Views: 1825

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

All that an average individual can do is help to some extent (a refugee needs shelter and food for few days .. to help with that) .. beyond that one can do nothing. If you want to become inflamed with emotions .. that is your prerogative. A Theravadan Buddhist will not choose to be involved in this...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 17.4 Dīghalomika Sutta. A Fleecy Sheep.
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: SN 17.4 Dīghalomika Sutta. A Fleecy Sheep.

Thanks. Is that from this sutta? AN 7.49?

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 17.4 Dīghalomika Sutta. A Fleecy Sheep.
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: SN 17.4 Dīghalomika Sutta. A Fleecy Sheep.

I couldn't resist the title of this sutta, though it's worth reading through the entire Lābhasakkāra Saṃyutta
https://suttacentral.net/sn17 for comparisons of material possessions with hooks, harpoons, wind, women, etc...

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 17.4 Dīghalomika Sutta. A Fleecy Sheep.
Replies: 5
Views: 142

SN 17.4 Dīghalomika Sutta. A Fleecy Sheep.

SN 17.4 Dīghalomika Sutta. A Fleecy Sheep. Translated by Bhante Sujato Material possessions, honor, and praise are terrible things, which snare you like a long-haired goat in a briar patch. https://suttacentral.net/sn17.4 At Sāvatthī. “Possessions, honor, and popularity are brutal , bitter, and har...