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by mikenz66
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 22
Views: 303

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

Manopubbangama wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:56 pm
A few of the other posters that impress me are the New Zealanders; maybe its because of their warrior Maori spirit. :rolleye: hakka(!)
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by mikenz66
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 30
Views: 428

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

This is an interesting discussion, which I think highlights the different world views that have been developed in the various Buddhist traditions. So it's absolutely arrogant for Mahayanists to assume they can enlighten people by avoiding enlightenment themselves ... I think that this is a misunders...
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita.
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita.

the "A"vitakka. It doesn't mean annihilation. If you fail in something then someone corrects you and you then get it how to do it but you won't accept that then that is A. ... I'm sorry, I'm having difficulty following your post. Are you saying that you disagree with Bhikkhu Bodhi and Bhikkhu Sujat...
by mikenz66
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat
Replies: 13
Views: 530

Re: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat

If a teacher demands total obedience, and the exclusion of experimentation, they aren't a teacher but a petty autocrat. Yes, but that would be a rather extreme case. My experience is that I've got the most out of teachers by putting aside doubts, seriously listening, and trying what they suggest. F...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita.
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita.

I'm disappointed to not get any comments about the translation of vitakka and vicāra in this sutta. :tongue: V&V are present in the first jhana, but not the second and are translated here as "placing the mind and keeping it connected", wheres other translators use "thought and examination". This is ...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: why is vipassanā called meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 470

Re: why is vipassanā called meditation

Would you argue that Mahasi Sayadaw and others who seem to have taught "the development of Vipassana at the expense of samatha" (to paraphrase your wording) were ultimately changing their practice later on, or allowing for some sort of balance at a later point? Alternatively, was Mahasi Sayadaw mis...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Information regarding Borān kammaṭṭhāna
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: Information regarding Borān kammaṭṭhāna

Where this gets really interesting is, when one walks with open eyes through many modern 'Theravada' Thai temples -- even, or maybe especially the Royal Temples in Bangkok (Wat Pra Kaew, Wat Po) and Chiang Mai (Wat Phra Singh, Wat Suan Dok) are good examples -- and looks at the depicted iconography...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat
Replies: 13
Views: 530

Re: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat

The nature of the Goenka organisation makes these things seem rather heavy handed. The difference with a "normal" teacher is that you can discuss your progress and she/he can vary things to suit you. However, if you want to seriously make use of of a teacher, you'd probably take their advice about w...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Is there are really complete chanting book in english?
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Is there are really complete chanting book in english?

I think it's just whatever you are used to. And, as I said, different groups have variable pronunciation. The monks I'm familiar with are much more precise than some I've experience... I've only seriously chanted with groups, and mostly Thai or Thai-influenced. I've never had much inclination to cha...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 697

Re: In Praise of Pain

Everyone here agrees that the “rapture and pleasure” of the First Jhāna is like “an orgasm times three”? That’s sad and disturbing. I'll have what they're having... :cry: :tongue: [Gratuitous pop-culture reference to When Harry met Sally: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098635/quotes/qt0221839 ] :hea...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Praise of Pain
Replies: 42
Views: 697

Re: In Praise of Pain

Digital Dhamma is definitely a good idea, but something about "going to a secluded place in the forest, crossing your legs and then....turning on your iphone" just doesn't quite fit. At least for me. Yes, but I'm talking about study, etc. I don't generally read or take notes on retreat, apart from ...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Great success with "full body" breath meditation
Replies: 31
Views: 570

Re: Great success with "full body" breath meditation

Moving your attention to the most prominent object and staying with it until it passes vs Sticking to the same object and returning to it regardless of distractions (objects that try to take your attention away) aka letting go of distractions. Is a huge difference in practice that yields different ...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Is there are really complete chanting book in english?
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Is there are really complete chanting book in english?

While the book at dhammatalks.org is very good (it was useful to have the epub on my phone for New Year's eve chanting of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta), there are some bits and pieces missing that are commonly used at my Thai Monastery (and there is some Nikaya variation). Certainly, the chanting...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 292

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

I've discussed some of these, and related issues with Dhamma friends here. Quite apart from the sale aspect, one can feel uneasy about separating out particular parts of Buddhist (and other) teachings, and divorcing them from the rest. However, if these techniques help people be happier and calmer (...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Great success with "full body" breath meditation
Replies: 31
Views: 570

Re: Great success with "full body" breath meditation

That is an interesting topic, which I'd like to start a separate discussion of if it hasn't already been discussed elsewhere. Why this splitting of vipassana and shamatha into separate meditations when that doesn't seem to be found in the canon? I know it must come from later commentaries and the i...