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by wizi
Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Being mortal, medicine and what matters in the end
Replies: 14
Views: 2425

Re: Being mortal, medicine and what matters in the end

Surely, we have to plan to die nobly and have this pact of understanding with our loved ones and institutions.

If we got diagnosed with cancer, or our partner broke a hip, etc. how will we plan for our respective exit in the most humane way?
by wizi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Being mortal, medicine and what matters in the end
Replies: 14
Views: 2425

Being mortal, medicine and what matters in the end

[Atul] Gawande has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.... There is no way, of course, to make old age and all its infirmities disappear; it is what life deals us. But wh...
by wizi
Tue May 27, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Has Vipassana reached the end of the road?
Replies: 7
Views: 1039

Has Vipassana reached the end of the road?

Has Vipassana reached the end of the road? A Personal Reflection after 30 years Christopher Titmuss I have had the privilege of teaching Vipassana (Insight) Meditation for 30 years in the West, as well as for 32 years in Bodh Gaya and eight years in Sarnath, India. My first retreat in the West was ...
by wizi
Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:38 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian
Replies: 18
Views: 1673

Re: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian

Mkoli, it's quite true that 'saddha' in the Triple Gems is a pre-condition in following the Buddha's teaching. But i think this manual is targeting 'blind faith' rather than the sort of 'reasoned faith' the Buddha taught. Kim, your 'faith' in Darwinism is 'reasoned faith' based on evidence which can...
by wizi
Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian
Replies: 18
Views: 1673

Re: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian

Here is an interview with the author, on YouTube via The Thinking Atheist . --- Ultimately the author is setting up the Socratic Method for showing people who make religious claims that those claims might not actually have any foundation apart from preference, habit, and/or upbringing (e.g. traditi...
by wizi
Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian
Replies: 18
Views: 1673

Re: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian

Manas, u need to download the manual in order to read the pdf version of the book. Just click on the book, and the "arrow" at bottom right of the page for downloading to take place. I have downloaded the book and it's safe and free from virus on my MacBook. Kim, you can also read Sam Harris' intervi...
by wizi
Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian
Replies: 18
Views: 1673

A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian

Has anyone read the manual yet?
Would like to know how this manual can affect the faith and beliefs of buddhist practitioners?
by wizi
Tue May 07, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Interesting interview with Sam Harris on meditatio
Replies: 14
Views: 2250

Re: Interesting interview with Sam Harris on meditatio

Dear Ben, Thanks for the reassurance! :toast: There's actually a survey that suggests middle aged starts from 55 :sage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19622330 Did u read this article that was a prelude to the one you posted? I think it seems to explain Harris' fascination with meditation and v...
by wizi
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Interesting interview with Sam Harris on meditatio
Replies: 14
Views: 2250

Re: Interesting interview with Sam Harris on meditatio

He responded to the Al Jazeera article here : http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/response-to-controversy2/ and doesn't come across as a fascist at all. His observation on the different teachings on violence by religions is validly argued if you don't hold a blind spot on Islamic tenets that urg...
by wizi
Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Rohan Gunatillake: Disrupting the Awakening Industry
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Re: Rohan Gunatillake: Disrupting the Awakening Industry

Very thought provoking talk by Rohan G.. it made me wonder if his "buddhify" mobile app would really revolutionise the awakening industry more than the 10 day retreats have over the years... :thinking: I am currently involved in the development of a retreat center here in africa and his warning abou...
by wizi
Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Off to Goenka!
Replies: 4
Views: 1159

Re: Off to Goenka!

Hi Lonesome Yoghurt, on my first course, I met a dancer who told me on Day 10 that it's better to quietly slip away and not let anyone know you are on a silent meditation retreat. A thousand and one things could pose as an obstacle to getting on a retreat. In hindsight, she's so right. Have a good r...
by wizi
Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Goenka Chanting translation
Replies: 3
Views: 8105

Re: Goenka Chanting translation

Thank you both for the links! Now I understand why his chanting doesn't sound anything like the written suttas at first. Does he start off with Hindi dohas and then go on to the Pali suttas? :anjali:
by wizi
Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: As you sow, so you shall reap
Replies: 43
Views: 5023

Re: As you sow, so you shall reap

Hi Ben, I am trying to start these bottle towers for container gardening.. just thought u might like to check them out for the winter season! :namaste:

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by wizi
Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Goenka Chanting translation
Replies: 3
Views: 8105

Goenka Chanting translation

The chanting translation on VRI website doesn't seem to be the literal translation of the morning chants by SN Goenka. http://www.vridhamma.org/uploadedfiles/mornenglishweb.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; They seem to start off with some other sutta chanting before getting to the ...
by wizi
Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:55 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 27601

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

A few years back when I was researching on IVF (assisted fertility) treatments on the web, I found many forums n blogsites where forummers posted negative commentaries about their experiences and their doctors. Similarly, when I was researching on SN Goenka Vipassana meditation retreats, I found num...