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by mikenz66
Fri May 25, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana
Replies: 36
Views: 795

Re: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana

Well, obviously jhana is not insight, no-one is claiming that. However, it is said to be sammāsamādhi (right concentration/immersion), part of the eight-fold path. And what is right immersion ? Katamo ca, bhikkhave, sammāsamādhi ? It’s when a mendicant, quite secluded from sensual pleasures, seclude...
by mikenz66
Fri May 25, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana
Replies: 36
Views: 795

Re: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana

From my perspective, you are creating a duality by contrasting jhana with your ordinary state. You list benefits, but the benefits are only in relation to their opposites. Anyone can tell you that jhanas are impermanent and whatever is there before jhana happens, happens again when jhana is left. I...
by mikenz66
Thu May 24, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh

As for Bangladesh, only certain parts near Burma (chittagong) are Buddhist. It is a minority religion. But there were a few prominent Buddhists from there, Dipa Ma I believe, possibly Munindra were from there. We've had a number of Bangladeshi Bhikkhus and a Samanera through our local Thai Wat. Som...
by mikenz66
Wed May 23, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Translation Project from Sutta Central
Replies: 67
Views: 6322

Re: New Translation Project from Sutta Central

Yeah, their main purpose is to make the texts accessible to people that would be pushed back by Bhikkhu Bodhi's and other authors' translations. It's a good goal and why I've stopped expecting different translations from Sutta Central. However, if they add a feature to toggle the technical Pali ter...
by mikenz66
Wed May 23, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Translation Project from Sutta Central
Replies: 67
Views: 6322

Re: New Translation Project from Sutta Central

The final twice-proofread translations of the 4 Nikayas by Bhante @sujato are now live and the draft flag has been removed. In addition, the site should now (of a week or so) be properly indexed by search engines so texts should become Googlable, also URL previews such as on Twitter, Facebook and D...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Why should abandoning sensual pleasures lead to un happiness? Because merely abandoning sensual pleasures does not suffice for happiness. “Even though a disciple of the noble ones has clearly seen as it has come to be with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

James Tan wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 9:31 am
Good for you , but , as you said , you will have to abandon the sensual pleasure first which is denying worldly happiness.
Why should abandoning sensual pleasures lead to unhappiness?

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Since most of my Buddhist friends seem happy, I'd say, they mostly feel happy. The question is whether this happiness of theirs has anything to do with their Buddhist practice. Or is it that they're happy despite their Buddhist practice? For me, and many people I know, it is the former. Taking up a...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

I am happy for them . But , their happiness is not lasting that's why I said not really happy . You mean in some ultimate sense? Well, of course, but that doesn't mean that Dhamma practice doesn't improve happiness in this life. There are plenty of suttas describing that: https://suttacentral.net/a...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Hi James, Sorry I don't really know what you are trying to say here: I did not say no benefit . Only that if Buddhism preach suffering , what is it that in this world is happiness and joyful about . Basically non at the end . Previously you said: Please ask any buddhist with ten or twenty years expe...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Have you ever met someone disrobe after over ten or fifteen years in monkhood ? If they are so happy , no reason to leave the monastic life ! Too many you can find . Or you don't pay attention at all. Of course, I know several people who have disrobed, and some who have rerobed after disrobing... D...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

Posts not specifically about the new Forum moved here: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=31945

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Please ask any buddhist with ten or twenty years experience in Buddhism how they feel ? Before anyone attain any absorption , what joy do they have ? Do you actually know people who have been practising for 20 years without feeling positive effects? I've never met such a person, and I can't imagine...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Musings on Race (Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?)
Replies: 38
Views: 380

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

The ultimate aim of Buddhist teaching is to eliminate all measurements. (Mana) The overcoming of māna - conceit or pride - is clearly one of the ultimate aims of Dhamma practice. However, māna appears to have no relevance to the activity of organising forums for particular interest groups. Forums e...
by mikenz66
Mon May 21, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Placing people's particular passions and obsessions on par with Buddhism seems rather perverse, though. It seems to me that people like Hawking pursue their particular quest for truth single mindedly and continuously. One might, of course, argue about whether the particular quest is worthwhile, or ...
by mikenz66
Mon May 21, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump and the NHS
Replies: 9
Views: 173

Re: Trump and the NHS

This issue of drug prices isn't just a Trump thing, or possibly even a US thing. New Zealand (presumably like the UK) negotiates with drug companies about which drugs will be funded. I recall that the US has objected before that the procedure is anti-competitive (which trade negotiations is code for...
by mikenz66
Mon May 21, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

Best Wishes for your Forum LG2V!

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Mon May 21, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

But I think you know what I'm talking about. Mathematics doesn't deal with the problem of suffering (which is, for many people, the central problem of human life), whereas Buddhism does. No but mathematics (in common with many areas of knowledge) other does share with Buddhism the ability to comple...
by mikenz66
Mon May 21, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1085

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Mathematics is rather important to some people's lives:

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon May 21, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1713

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

And an awesome tribute by Bruce in Auckland a few years ago...