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by mikenz66
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 35
Views: 424

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

So interpreting the teaching regarding Sineru as a phenomenon perceivable with the divine eye seems totally within reason. But instead of considering this, or any of the other large ranges of interpretations (& there are a lot, because the suttas say very little on this topic, most of the informati...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Replies: 52
Views: 581

Re: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?

Circle5 wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Because of not being PC enough with his jokes
Do you have a sutta reference for that claim?

:tongue:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Subsection for sutta and concept explanation
Replies: 7
Views: 119

Re: Subsection for sutta and concept explanation

Hi No Mind, See: A guide on how to get the most out of your new topics If you give clear parameters for what you want in a thread, then the Moderators can help you keep it on track. For this to be possible takes more work than just posting: I want to know what sutta Y means. If you start with someth...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Mahasi Method & General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: Mahasi vs General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.

The official basic instructions were the same as the ones found in Mahasi Sayadaws discourses which can be found online (eg: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mahasi/wheel370.html). Additional instructions are given during personal interviews as my teacher sees fit. I think people asking ...
by mikenz66
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Mahasi Method & General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: Mahasi vs General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.

Yes, of course, noting sitting is another popular option... As I said, I don't see any particular significance in any of the details of techniques that people teach. The suttas are vague about technique, but much more clear about what the results should be. Some find using "Buddho", counting breaths...
by mikenz66
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Mahasi Method & General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: Mahasi vs General Sutta approach to Training the Four Satipatthanas.

This is, I think, jumping ahead to some rather complex, optional, possibilities, as has been discussed in this thread: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=31105&p=457815#p457815 Mahasi-based teachers are quite diverse, so looking for an "official line" seems pointless to me. Teachers I know...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 86
Views: 3218

Re: Criticism of Islam

In what way is dedicated criticism of any religion “Connections to Other Paths?” This thread is not an exploration of the historic connections between Islam and Buddhism or a comparison of the various doctrines held by various Buddhists and Muslims. It seems only to exist to throw up ill-informed a...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Comprehensive Website for Commentaries?
Replies: 10
Views: 242

Re: Comprehensive Website for Commentaries?

Are there are any websites that offer comprehensive lists of commentaries and subcommentaries alongside the suttas? For instance, Sutta Central but with the option to view commentaries. I'm sure someone here has a site for you but I do know a large majority of the commentaries have never been trans...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: When the breath becomes more refined I get scared i will die
Replies: 20
Views: 254

Re: When the breath becomes more refined I get scared i will die

Can you tell us a little more about your approach to breath meditation, and what happens that frightens you? It's not uncommon to have disconcerting experiences. That is when it is useful to have teachers or companions for reassurance... Mike I just watch the breath. That is all. Sometimes using th...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: When the breath becomes more refined I get scared i will die
Replies: 20
Views: 254

Re: When the breath becomes more refined I get scared i will die

Can you tell us a little more about your approach to breath meditation, and what happens that frightens you?

It's not uncommon to have disconcerting experiences. That is when it is useful to have teachers or companions for reassurance...

Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2099

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

At very least he would have asked permission from his wife to leave her for a decade and then to return (more speculation I know). I heard a Dhamma talk once from a monk who stated the Buddha actually did ask permission. There is a sutta reference (don't know which one right now) where the Buddha t...
by mikenz66
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Drop in, drop out, drop in, drop out...
Replies: 11
Views: 390

Re: Drop in, drop out, drop in, drop out...

What causes me to decrease my participation? Provocative posts designed to spread political propaganda or animosity. seeing hatred, or harshly worded, poorly considered, aggressive responses esp. on the dhamma. Yes, see the current Study Group Sutta: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=311...
by mikenz66
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Which sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Which sutta

Note that there are updated Thanissaro translations on dhammatalks.org:
https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/SN/SN46_51.html

Here is another translation, with parallels:
https://suttacentral.net/sn46.51

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 138
Views: 2134

Re: "Is there a Self?"

this "no" vs "not" is an English language distinction " no " is based on extreme. " not " is based on the middle-way.....which leads to knowledge & vision with right release. Well, as I said, above, I have no problem with that, having read copious background explainging it... My point is merely tha...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 138
Views: 2134

Re: "Is there a Self?"

this "no" vs "not" is an English language distinction Ananda Sutta: To Ananda (On Self, No Self, and Not-self ) https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn44/sn44.010.than.html As I said, this is a subtle English-language distiction that is not very clear without further explanation. It would be...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 138
Views: 2134

Re: "Is there a Self?"

There is a huge difference between no-self, what the Buddha did not teach and not-self, what he did. I think this discrepancy would clear up a large amount of misundersanding of his teaching on anatta. :namaste: I sort of agree, but since this "no" vs "not" is a purely an English language distincti...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 649

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Yes, that's how it is taught. I would advise anyone trying any approach to read/listen to the instructions carefully. Just grabbing a paragraph from here or there is unlikely to be much use. When I started this approach, I think it took a couple of months to actually be following the movements, as o...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 10.211 [AN 10.200] Niraya 1 [Nirayasagga 1] Sutta. Hell (1).
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: AN 10.211 [AN 10.200] Niraya 1 [Nirayasagga 1] Sutta. Hell (1).

Dasahi (ten), bhikkhave, dhammehi (qualities) samannāgato (possessing) yathābhataṃ (????) nikkhitto (deposited) evaṃ niraye (hell). Bhikkhus, possessing ten qualities, one is deposited in hell as if brought there. What actually does this mean? The dictionary appears to say these words only exist in...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Mahayana need each other
Replies: 59
Views: 1068

Re: Theravada and Mahayana need each other

Yes, "on the ground" a lot of these issues tend to evaporate. We have a Guan Yin statue in the garden of our local Thai Monastery, and I always enjoy visiting our local Fo Guang Shan Temple, especially when the New Zealand Abbess is visiting - she's always interesting to talk to. On a recent trip th...