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by mikenz66
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: why is authenticity under-valued
Replies: 38
Views: 504

Re: why is authenticity under-valued

Thanks for that, Bhante. I think Dawkins is brilliant when he's explaining what he knows well. When he strays into other areas he just makes me cringe... I recall reading basically a description of anatta in The God Delusion. Unfortunately he knows little about religion and zero about Buddhism, so d...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 845

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Wallace is one of the vanishingly small number of people who doesn't make me cringe when discussing Science and Buddhism. He actually knows about both, unlike most others who know nothing about ine or the other, or both.. The book "Choosing Reality ..." is excellent.

Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 60
Views: 595

Re: Combatting Guruism

I certainly disagree with the OP, and I can find plenty of suttas about seeking out teachers: There are many suttas which talk about students being instructed by teachers other than the Buddha. In some cases there are instructions on how best to pick a teacher: For example: https://suttacentral.net/...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Intro to Meditation Class
Replies: 3
Views: 40

Re: Intro to Meditation Class

I usually do some walking before sitting, and if I'm doing long sessions I alternate with something like half an hour of each. Walking is valuable in building up energy, especially if you make a serious attempt to keep the continuity between walking and sitting, i.e. be very mindful of the movements...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Seeking suggestions for a trip to Hong Kong
Replies: 15
Views: 551

Re: Seeking suggestions for a trip to Hong Kong

Coincidentally, the latest copy of City Life, a free magazine by the HK Hotels Association, has an article about Chinese Temples in Hong Kong, which covers some of the same ground: http://hkcitylife.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=114_762&product_id=2314 Not all the Temples in there are Bud...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 17
Views: 167

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

Doesn't the current sutta include samadhi? Yes, sorry, that's what I meant. The current sutta in question includes samadhi, whereas the other lists of things worthy of respect do not. I'm wondering why that is. Not sure. See footnote [314] for another sutta that lists “lack of mutual respect and de...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 17
Views: 167

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

Related to this overestimation of attainments, I am reminded by Thanissaro Bhikkhu's introction to MN1: ... Although at present we rarely think in the same terms as the Sāṅkhya philosophers, there has long been—and still is—a common tendency to create a “Buddhist” metaphysics in which the experience...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 17
Views: 167

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

I thought that Bhikkhu Bodhi's footnote to this sentence was interesting: But when a counterfeit of the true Dhamma arises in the world, then the true Dhamma disappears. Bhikkhu Bodhi summarises the Commentary: Spk: There are two counterfeits of the true Dhamma (saddhammapaṭirūpaka ): one with respe...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 17
Views: 167

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

Thanks for your detailed post, SV: I was also struck with the very clear account of human agency as the cause of decline. The cause of decline is lack of respect for the five specified phenomena. It would be interesting to know whether one is respectful merely through avoiding misrepresentation of t...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 17
Views: 167

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

Thanks for the excellent comments. I will add some ideas later when I have a good network....

Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 56
Views: 1242

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

A totally non-judgemental question (not meant to provoke or be disrespectful): If the Buddha went to great length to describe the jhanas in many discourses and suttas, why did these nanas not get described, assuming they were so important? They seem very contrived to me, like the mindset was "well ...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Seeking suggestions for a trip to Hong Kong
Replies: 15
Views: 551

Re: Seeking suggestions for a trip to Hong Kong

Thanks for the report. I'm travelling to Hong Kong next week and I haven't been to the Chi Lin Nunnery or the Western Monastery, so I'll try to make it to those places... Chi Lin Nunnery and Western Monastery were the most impressive and fascinating for me, especially the latter, which is not very p...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 56
Views: 1242

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

yes, the whole Vipassana Movement aside from maybe Webu Sayadaw & others predating Goenka is silly :) Well, the nanas predate those people by at least 1500 years, probably longer, so it seems premature to be dismissing them as invalid... :heart: Mike oh lmao Suit yourself. There are many approaches...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 56
Views: 1242

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

dylanj wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:05 am
yes, the whole Vipassana Movement aside from maybe Webu Sayadaw & others predating Goenka is silly :)
Well, the nanas predate those people by at least 1500 years, probably longer, so it seems premature to be dismissing them as invalid...

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 845

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

But I will say that you seem to miss zerotime's point the the suttas do not make rigid distinctions between mind and body. I'll leave you to argue it out. Maybe. But ZT appears to be using this absence of rigid distinctions to make a solipsist or spiritualist case. I don't think so. He is simply po...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 845

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

You mention nama-rupa. "Nama" means volition, feeling and etc. "Rupa" means the 4 elements and its production. There is not any place in the Canon where it is said rupa it's the origin of nama neither the "mind". What we find is the teaching in where both (nama and rupa) arise because vijnana, the ...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 17
Views: 167

SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma. Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi https://suttacentral.net/sn16.13 Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Savatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapiṇḍika’s Park. Then the Venerable Mahakassapa approached the Bles...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 845

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Hi zerotime, Thank you for this, and the previous posts: You mention nama-rupa. "Nama" means volition, feeling and etc. "Rupa" means the 4 elements and its production. There is not any place in the Canon where it is said rupa it's the origin of nama neither the "mind". What we find is the teaching i...