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by mikenz66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Theravadin Monks, lay community and depression
Replies: 16
Views: 235

Re: Theravadin Monks, lay community and depression

Thanks for the perspective, James, But as Ajahn Sujato said trenchantly, "western monasticism is rife with undiagnosed mental illness". So that's another perspective! I've not had a lot of contact with western monastics, but is it possible that westerners taking up the monastic path (or the Buddhist...
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Let it be
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Let it be

Or one could simply listen to the late, great, Aretha:



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Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello, new member
Replies: 4
Views: 13

Re: Hello, new member

Hi Thearm, Welcome to the Forum! It can be an interesting challenge when you have a strong community, but a lack of English resources. But it is something I found very worthwhile. For some basic reading I'd recommend Bhikkhu Bodhi's selection of suttas, which you can read on-line here: https://dhamm...
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

I would agree some translators interfere with a text by dramatically changing the meaning due to their opinion of what it should say rather than what it says. I hope I'm not condemning commentary as a whole for anyone. I'm only calling for a more critical look at them. And, hopefully, at least as c...
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 322
Views: 21674

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Here's the Pali: evameva kho, bhikkhave, yamidaṃ vuccati cittaṃ itipi, mano itipi, viññāṇaṃ itipi, taṃ rattiyā ca divasassa ca aññadeva uppajjati aññaṃ nirujjhati. And some translations: In the same way, that which is called ‘mind’ or ‘sentience’ or ‘consciousness’ arises as one thing and ceases as ...
by mikenz66
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

why believe either a commentary or a late text? :shrug: The context of this was about a discussion of the conclusions based on the Theravada Commentaries. However, it might be just as relevant to ask which of the modern interpretations to pay attention to. There are various 20th/21st C commentators...
by mikenz66
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ecology monks in Thailand
Replies: 14
Views: 173

Re: Ecology monks in Thailand

We know that there are a lot of monks who aren’t naturally talented This is a vicious circle. Why monks are not talented because their teachers are doing social work without guiding and teaching their students. They don't even educate the public. They trying to teach how to save the environment for...
by mikenz66
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ecology monks in Thailand
Replies: 14
Views: 173

Re: Ecology monks in Thailand

Hi Sarath, I think Buddhist monks should spend their time to spread the message to eliminate greed, hatred, and delusion which will protect the forest and many other things. Isn't that what they are doing? Protecting the forest is no different to protect your house. This is not the Buddha's message....
by mikenz66
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 322
Views: 21674

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

@Mike: I know that what you quoted does not explain anything because I have given a full explanation. Here is a quote from that post: “Viññāṇaṃ anidassanaṃ anantaṃ sabbato pabhaṃ, taṃ pathaviyā pathavattenaananubhūtaṃ, āpassa āpattena ananubhūtaṃ, tejassa tejattena ananubhūtaṃ, vāyassavāyattena ana...
by mikenz66
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 322
Views: 21674

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Hi Lal, justinsilva said: Further I noted that you have remarked that Ven. Katukurunde Nanananda thera does not know what vinnana is. I did not mean that in a derogatory way. My sincere apologies if it came that way. Sometimes I try to make a point and can be too direct. That is a flaw I have, and e...
by mikenz66
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?
Replies: 187
Views: 35821

Re: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?

SarathW wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:12 pm
Why don't you read the sutta.
Thanks, DD.
So there is no major difference between those three Sutta.
Am I correct?
Perhaps you could look at those suttas and summarise the similarities and differences for us?

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 322
Views: 21674

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Regarding the post by Mike: ... Thanks, but your reply still appears very Euro/Sri Lankan- centric, so does not really address my point. You would have to do considerably more work to demonstrate that a few European scholars were so influential that they managed to completely mess up the understand...
by mikenz66
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?
Replies: 187
Views: 35821

Re: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?

Don't those two suttas group a variety of meditation objects under four headings? Interesting. Could you list them? I'm not sure I understand the question, since the whole sutta is a list of objects. See the headings in this translation, for example: https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.010.s...
by mikenz66
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?
Replies: 187
Views: 35821

Re: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?

Sorry, I don't understand this statement... Neither do I! I am just stabbing in the dark. :D :rofl: My guess is MN 118 take the breath as the meditation object. MN10 and DN22 take four frames of reference as the meditation object. Don't those two suttas group a variety of meditation objects under f...