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by Sidney
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why aren't 32 parts ultimate realities?
Replies: 6
Views: 2044

Re: Why aren't 32 parts ultimate realities?

[quote="dhammapal"]Hi Retro, According to the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition (I transcribed some of his books in the mid '90s) the 32 parts of the body is only a samatha practice, and Four Elements practice was vipassana, which I thought meant that only the Four Elements are ultimate realities. If I may c...
by Sidney
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: what is difference between suttas and Abhidamma
Replies: 5
Views: 1700

Re: what is difference between suttas and Abhidamma

what is difference between suttas and Abhidamma as far as i can understand they use different words to express samething what is the purpose of explaining samething with differents words a person need to learn extra words for same explanation would it be easy just use the words used by most people?...
by Sidney
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How Insistent Are You in Observing Your Fifth Precept?
Replies: 60
Views: 7694

Re: How Insistent Are You in Observing Your Fifth Precept?

[quote="Dhammanucara"]How insistent/determined are you in observing your fifth precept? A. Not even a sip of alcohol, but allow it to be used as supplementary ingredient in cooking B. Not even a sip of alcohol AND not used in cooking as well C. Do entertain some small amount of drinks in social gath...
by Sidney
Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73202

Re: Is the result of Parinibbana Annihilation?

Enlightenment in Buddhist Philosophy Enlightenment in terms of Buddhist philosophy is an insight when one experiences physically and mentally what Nibbana is through vipassana or insight meditation which has various stages or levels of insight that must be passed through. Insight levels occur in st...
by Sidney
Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

I have met countless ATs like yourself and all are very devoted to Sayagyi and I do not have any problems with that, but with the Buddha I will have to stand by my belief. There is an underlying erroneous assumption at work here. And your negativity gives you away.[/quote] If you consider the assum...
by Sidney
Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

Hi Sydney, I read what was available on Googlebooks but didn't see anything on the coming Buddha- just curious - what did it say? (sorry off topic here..). With metta Matheesha Hi Mat, Since it's off topic do you want to start another thread or want a private correspondence? I have loads of informa...
by Sidney
Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

very interesting, but could not find a hint on vipassana yet; Please indicate where I said there was? Did you have any access to Goenkaji's tapes and videos used at courses; if so, look for the 6th day discourse. Having sat nearly 30 ten-day courses and served on many courses, as well as having a t...
by Sidney
Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

Hi Sidney Google Books has How Buddhism Began so you can read that online. Unfortunately they don't have What the Buddha Thought. Both are excellent. kind regards Ben Thanks Ben; I've found the book; quite interesting, but certain pages are missing as it is a preview; is there anyway I can buy it o...
by Sidney
Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

Hi Sidney Google Books has How Buddhism Began so you can read that online. Unfortunately they don't have What the Buddha Thought. Both are excellent. kind regards Ben Thanks Ben; I've found the book; quite interesting, but certain pages are missing as it is a preview; is there anyway I can buy it o...
by Sidney
Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

If you have any evidence or reference stating that Siddartha learnt vedas as a prince that would be really helpful. For the third time, Richard Gombrich, How Buddhism Began: the conditioned genesis of the early teachings. Richard Gombrich: What the Buddha Thought. Hi Ben, Could you be more specific...
by Sidney
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mogok Sayadaw's Vipassana practice
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Re: Mogok Sayadaw's Vipassana practice

You may want to know what is special about the Mahasi's practice. It emphasizes on the continuity of awareness for as much as possible; i.e. while we are doing our daily chores. It is the necessacity for those who are awaiting the right time to come; especially good for yogis with a higher parami an...
by Sidney
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mogok Sayadaw's Vipassana practice
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Re: Mogok Sayadaw's Vipassana practice

Living Dharma: Teachings and Meditation Instructions from Twelve Theravada Masters[/b] http://www.shambhala.com/html/catalog/items/isbn/978-1-59030-832-5.cfm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; :anjali: I was about to put that down. I was looking through the book today at his method and ...
by Sidney
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Human realm vs. Heaven
Replies: 33
Views: 2508

Re: Human realm vs. Heaven

This is a bit off topic but something I was thinking about today: Since devas live an extremely long time compared to humans doesn't that mean that there possibly(even likely) are devas who were around in the time of the Buddha and became enlightened? To me, that seems like it would be the best thi...
by Sidney
Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mogok Sayadaw's Vipassana practice
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Re: Introducing Mahasi Method

Thanks I've found it now.
by Sidney
Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mogok Sayadaw's Vipassana practice
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Re: Introducing Mahasi Method

Thanks, it is the monastry that I am going but they do not have the Sayadaw's discourse transcriped in English for the public.
Mogok does not have a well organised international network as Mahasi.
Sidney
by Sidney
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

Hi Ben, I am not denying about the vedas mentioning vipassana. Vedas, as you know have evolved during a period of 2000 years. It may contain more on vipassana in upanishads as they have been added after the corrupted Buddhist monks form the South joined the Brahmins in the North to systematically at...
by Sidney
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

Sorry Ben, I will have to add some more to be complete. I am not saying that the courses conducted by Goenka's AT have flaws; but in fact they are well organised and more strict in rules especially in chatting. I am not surprised when you mentioned that even Sayagyi U Ba Khin's son prefered it to th...
by Sidney
Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

Ben, I have had direct correspondence with Goenka in this context. He was andament about the Buddha getting vipassana at least in theory from the vedas. He repeatedly stated that it was the practical bit that was lost and was rediscovered. I was so sorry for him about 20 years ago when we argued abo...
by Sidney
Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6701

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

Greetings Sydney, Earlier this year I was in Mandalay. I have fond memories of Upper Burma and I hope to return one day soon. A couple of points regarding your post: Goenka is one of U Ba Khin's trusted pupil, but he did not receive full coaching in vipassana practice. Well, this is news to me and ...
by Sidney
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mogok Sayadaw's Vipassana practice
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

Mogok Sayadaw's Vipassana practice

Does anyone know where to get the late Ven. Mogok Sayadaw's instructions on the practice of vipassana? Mogok Sayadaw was beleived to be an arahat and left relics when his body was cremated and his method of practice is very popular in Burma. But I am not sure if the transcription of the Sayadaw's di...