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by mikenz66
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: wat metta in Valley Center CA USA
Replies: 18
Views: 689

Re: wat metta in Valley Center CA USA

No need to apologize! I don't know for sure either. I suggest reading the "About Us" link on Access to Insight: https://accesstoinsight.org/faq.html#history How did Access to Insight start? In early 1993, with the help of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, John Bullitt set up a dialup computer ...
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?
Replies: 15
Views: 311

Re: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?

Hi Herokazz, Your heart didn't stop. If it did, you would have passed out immediately. What probably happened was that you attained a state of deeper calmness which reduced sensory input. .... That seems like the likely explanation to me. As James says: All kinds of interesting and weird things can ...
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2136

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

OK, James, pm me when you are settled. I managed to run into Goofaholix last January at a retreat, and it would be nice to meet a few more people in person.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2136

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Welcome back James. Thank you for sharing.

It would be nice to see you in person at sone point.

Best wishes
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Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: wat metta in Valley Center CA USA
Replies: 18
Views: 689

Re: wat metta in Valley Center CA USA

Note that Thanissaro Bhikkhu's updated translations and new books are here:

https://www.dhammatalks.org

Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Buddhism and Trans Folk
Replies: 62
Views: 1151

Re: Theravada Buddhism and Trans Folk

I agree, one might just as well ask:
"Why would anyone who is trying to get a better job, getting married, etc, etc, interested in Buddhism?"

This is a gradual path. Jumping to renunciation immediately is not going to be suitable for many.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Buddhism and Trans Folk
Replies: 62
Views: 1151

Re: Theravada Buddhism and Trans Folk

In short, in an attempt to find justification for specifics we can overshadow the fact that the suttas, in broad terms, already speak to all possible lifestyles - just in terms other than an explicit reference. ... Thanks for that. This desire for specificity is a perrenial problem in discussions o...
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37232

Re: 'The illusion of free will' by Sam Harris is a dangerous idea, but can anyone disprove it?

It runs counter to what the Buddha taught, and furthermore, it could lead some people to stop making an effort to improve themselves, since according to Harris that effort, too, is predetermined, and whether you try or not, won't change what is already preordained to occur. Yet despite my revulsion...
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: the role of chanting
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: the role of chanting

Don't forget that the suttas were not initially written down. They were transmitted by chanting them.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

To my understanding the upakkilesas/imperfections/defilements that are mentioned in the suttas are talking about hindrances, or mental imperfections. I don´t know any sutta where they are described as physical problems, with the exception of when the Buddha was a Bodhisattva and practice austeritie...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 7.72 [AN 7.68] Aggikkhandhopama Sutta. The Mass of Fire Comparison.
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: AN 7.72 [AN 7.68] Aggikkhandhopama Sutta. The Mass of Fire Comparison.

binocular wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:53 pm
Of course on the other hand, a good bhikkhu wouldn't get intimately involved with a woman etc. to begin with.
Yes, that's (part of) the definition of a good bhikkhu...

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

Any practice that causes: hallucinations, shaking and tremble, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, etc. doesn´t agree with the suttas and probably wasn´t taught by the Buddha. Well, of course, those are listed under "imperfections" or "corruptions of insight" in the texts... The development of mindfulness...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: dhammaloka dangerous
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: dhammaloka dangerous

Hi Sovatthika,

I think the community forum shut down a few years ago.

If I try to go to dhammaloka.org.au I get redirected to https://bswa.org/

Perhaps contact them there for clarification.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Living as Buddhists in an age of 'Information Overload'
Replies: 38
Views: 780

Re: Living as Buddhists in an age of 'Information Overload'

Hi Dharmasherab,

Perhaps you should refer to the latest Sutta of the Pali Canon...

The Facebook Sutta (SN 57.1)

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uposatha Observance Club
Replies: 217
Views: 46244

Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Hi Ruud, I can't answer your question directly, but clearly there are various choices that make it a little more complex. Full moon will fall at some particular time on a particular day in a particular time zone. But perhaps you want Uposotha to be the day when the moon is full before the end of the...
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 7.72 [AN 7.68] Aggikkhandhopama Sutta. The Mass of Fire Comparison.
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: AN 7.72 [AN 7.68] Aggikkhandhopama Sutta. The Mass of Fire Comparison.

Yes, it's certainly strong stuff. The morning and evening chants reflect some of the ideas expressed in the sutta about how to regard the requisites: Whatever alms food I used today without consideration, was not used playfully, nor for intoxication, nor for putting on bulk, nor for beautification, ...
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

You're welcome, archaic. Different people have different attitudes to "original" and "later" teachings. Since the suttas are very terse, it would be quite reasonable to think that some of the "later" material was the sort of thing that was transmitted via individual instruction and from experience. ...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 7.72 [AN 7.68] Aggikkhandhopama Sutta. The Mass of Fire Comparison.
Replies: 10
Views: 265

AN 7.72 [AN 7.68] Aggikkhandhopama Sutta. The Mass of Fire Comparison.

AN 7.72 AN 7.68 Aggikkhandhopama Sutta. The Mass of Fire Comparison. Translated by the Yahoo! Pali Group https://suttacentral.net/an7.72 Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One was wandering among the Kosala people together with a large company of monks. Entering a major path, the Blessed One saw i...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The case against coffee (important)
Replies: 62
Views: 3790

Re: The case against coffee (important)

While for grinding the beans I use this nice manual grinder from Vietnam. From time to time people offer me electrical grinders, but I decline their offers as I’ve never known one whose friction didn’t burn the beans at least slightly. . grinder.jpg . And a very impressive grinder it is, Bhante. An...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 290
Views: 58974

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

Hi theY, I agree that the conclusion such as "billions of mind moments" of citta-khaṇa appeared in commentary. But I don't agree that citta khaṇa never appeared in tipitaka, especially in paṭṭhāna of abhidhamma. Certainly. I did say that the basic ideas are in the tipitika. You never see the conclus...