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by mikenz66
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment
Replies: 7
Views: 73

Re: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment

Revisit the first noble truth. You will find that, by definition, pain is suffering. Revisit the first noble truth. OK! Now this is the noble truth of suffering. Rebirth is suffering; old age is suffering; illness is suffering; death is suffering; sorrow, lamentation, pain, sadness, and distress ar...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cautious about practicing consistent vipassana with mental health issues?
Replies: 14
Views: 175

Re: Cautious about practicing consistent vipassana with mental health?

I live just outside the New York City city limits and so there is a Theravada Vihara even within more or less walking distance. I have been to it in the past often but I think for most of the laypeople it's just a token observance. I wouldn't be too quick to judge. Some of the lay people at my loca...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cautious about practicing consistent vipassana with mental health issues?
Replies: 14
Views: 175

Re: Cautious about practicing consistent vipassana with mental health?

Mahasi has a lot of brilliant detail in his book but no warnings. So I want to be on solid ground when looking to start this. ... I think he's assuming that practitioners would have some access to a teacher to report progress and problems. You might enjoy this interview with Steve Armstrong: https:...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.1 Kūṭa Sutta. A Roof Peak.
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: SN 20.1 Kūṭa Sutta. A Roof Peak.

The Kūṭa Sutta seems connected to these Dhammapada verses: Through many a birth in samsara have I wandered in vain, seeking the builder of this house (of life). Repeated birth is indeed suffering! O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build this house again. For your rafters are broken and you...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.1 Kūṭa Sutta. A Roof Peak.
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: SN 20.1 Kūṭa Sutta. A Roof Peak.

The Opamma Saṃyutta contains a series of short suttas linked by them all containing pithy similes. The next Sutta: A Fingernail, Nakhasikha Sutta SN 20.2, https://suttacentral.net/sn20.2 also speaks of diligence: At Sāvatthī. Then the Buddha, picking up a little bit of dirt under his fingernail, add...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.1 Kūṭa Sutta. A Roof Peak.
Replies: 3
Views: 30

SN 20.1 Kūṭa Sutta. A Roof Peak.

SN 20.1 Kūṭa Sutta. A Roof Peak. Translated by Bhikkhu Sujato As rafters depend on the roof-peak, unwholesome qualities depend on ignorance. https://suttacentral.net/sn20.1 So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. There the Buddha...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1678

Re: Slandering buddha

There's the Kesi Sutta approach, too. I think a combination of the Canki Sutta (Safeguarding the truth) and the Kesi Sutta (on how to train) will help you overcome this false dilemma. You can leave at your leisure, but I think you don't have to hold so fiercely to the idea that others must be banis...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1678

Re: Slandering buddha

So what do you think would be achieved by describing people who come to this Forum like that?

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1678

Re: Slandering buddha

The Buddha did, famously, criticise Sāti, son of a fisherman, in MN 38: https://suttacentral.net/mn38/en/bodhi When this was said, the bhikkhu Sāti, son of a fisherman, sat silent, dismayed, with shoulders drooping and head down, glum, and without response. Then, knowing this, the Blessed One told h...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1678

Re: Slandering buddha

rightviewftw wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:39 am
Honestly I am not sure but under the current circumstances i was inclined to do it. Not because i was angry but because i saw it fit and tactically viable.
Did it have a beneficial effect?

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1678

Re: Slandering buddha

retrofuturist wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:34 am
Well the Buddha did call people worthless, but it was never when they were making a genuine effort to understand him.
And only when it would be helpful in some way...

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1678

Re: Slandering buddha

rightviewftw wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:22 am
That people fixed in wrong view and misrepresent the Dhamma ought not be referred to as worthless?
Will it be beneficial to call them worthless? If not, it probably should not be said, as far as I understand the Buddha...

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 57
Views: 696

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

Hi Dylan, I request that the moderators do not simply defer to reminding us of the terms of service & find a way to proactively promote concord & harmony on this forum, whether that involves changing the terms of service or working around them. ... I wrote a rather lengthy post recently on one of th...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 57
Views: 696

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

I like the viriya of the dedicated group: so we can be appreciative of that. :anjali: Yes, viriya is important, but the five spiritual faculties (or seven enlightenment factors) need to be balanced. From the Visuddhimagga: Then if the vigor faculty (viriya) is too strong, the faith faculty cannot p...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1678

Re: Slandering buddha

I think personally if someone is referred to as worthless, that is referring to harshly and i guess you think it only "appears" to be harsh. Well in that case when i refer to heretics and people who have no regard for The Noble Ones as worthless trash, you can think of it in the same way. I have no...