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by cjmacie
Sun May 28, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vijja Dhammakai - Luang Por Sodh
Replies: 23
Views: 1130

Re: Vijja Dhammakai - Luang Por Sodh

All this reminds me of Gleig's paper on West Coast Vipassana as a form of tantric Theravada: This paper examines recent innovations in the American vipassana or insight community, specifically a current I identify as ‘West Coast Vipassana’ that has revisioned the Theravadin Buddhist goal of liberat...
by cjmacie
Mon May 22, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: I am thankful to be an American
Replies: 20
Views: 519

Re: I am thankful to be an American

. A recently reported factoid: In some recent time-frame, 1 in 6 marriages in the USA were inter-racial or cross-ethnic, I think was the terminology. Whatever one thinks of it, the "melting-pot" theme lives on. Anecdotally, ca. 1940 my parents married -- a "mixed" marriage in tha...
by cjmacie
Fri May 19, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5511

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

What about monks that drink a few cups of Coffee for the caffeine kick? :mrgreen: Any number of foods, drinks, etc. have "psycho-kinetic" properties. Various "views" brand this or that substance with positive or negative value, and social fads and norms especially encourage, pro...
by cjmacie
Fri May 19, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5511

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

...However, since it is craving, it would not be performed by an anagami or arahant. If someone claims a certain monk is an arahant and this same monk is a smoker, then they are mistaken. Again, how can you be so sure? You prepose to know the attainments of others? To judge in others what's craving...
by cjmacie
Fri May 19, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5511

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

... Are you following craving or is there a legitimate medical benefit to be gained from smoking? Good point. There's a wealth of research data on the pros and cons of nicotine, as thearpy as well as addiction. It's, however, not "politically correct" to look at it even-handedly these days.
by cjmacie
Thu May 18, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5511

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

I agree with the other posters here that smoking cigarettes probably does not violate the precepts. However, since it is craving, it would not be performed by an anagami or arahant. If someone claims a certain monk is an arahant and this same monk is a smoker, then they are mistaken. How can you be...
by cjmacie
Thu May 18, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What is bhavangacitta?
Replies: 18
Views: 803

Re: What is bhavangacitta?

The question I have is whether Arahant also possess Bhavanga Citta. Probably, as the Arahant's living, post-awakening, no longer generates kamma , but is still subject to the kamma already flowing through it. Bhavangacitta , AFAIK, is similar to "temperament", a factor of constitution, in...
by cjmacie
Thu May 18, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Anagarika is post-canonical invention
Replies: 7
Views: 267

Re: Anagarika is post-canonical invention

. Interesting -- I'd not heard of this status/function, but have observed white-clothed assistants with Burmese monks. I thought they were novices. When U Pandita Sayadaw was last here in San Jose, a couple of years ago at Vesak, there was an American woman in his retinue who translated his dhamma t...
by cjmacie
Thu May 18, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Kamma, Vipaka and Rebirth
Replies: 41
Views: 4453

Re: Kamma, Vipaka and Rebirth

.
Lots of detail in this book to maybe compare:

http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books8/Pa_Auk_Workings_of_Kamma.pdf
by cjmacie
Wed May 17, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My action about the 12 dependent origination
Replies: 29
Views: 467

Re: My action about the 12 dependent origination

... waterfall... it repeatedly functions due to flows, but it's not circular. The water from the bottom does not condition the water above. Only when the downstream flow stops, does the waterfall cease to function. You mean stopped “upstream” – so no water is coming down?. Or do you mean if a dam d...
by cjmacie
Mon May 15, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: “Fake news” is built-in?
Replies: 0
Views: 100

“Fake news” is built-in?

From “ Algorithms to Live By – The Computer Science of Human Decisions ”, by Brian Christian and Tom Griffith (Henry Holt and Company, 2016) p 147-148 (in Chapter 6 “ Bayes’s Rule ” ~ the statistics of causation and prediction) Subheading: “ Priors in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction ” Introductor...
by cjmacie
Fri May 12, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My action about the 12 dependent origination
Replies: 29
Views: 467

Re: My action about the 12 dependent origination

...And i wouldn´t go as far as saying that the last link (aging,death,pain,despair,etc) its the cause of the first (ignorance), but definitely there is a cycle happening in between, that can be seen microscopically (in the course of a tiny unit of time), or macroscopically (in the course of many li...
by cjmacie
Mon May 08, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the 1st jhana enough?
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: Is the 1st jhana enough?

BlueLotus wrote:For liberation, is the 1st jhana enough or do we need to get into deep absorptions that need years and years of practice and a monk life to master?

More often than not, yes (to the latter part of the question).
by cjmacie
Sun May 07, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why good people become bad online trolls
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Why good people become bad online trolls

Sam Vara wrote:
cjmacie wrote:...
...Here on DW we have, at least in theory, a way to short-circuit that process...

What is this "way to short-circuit that process"?
by cjmacie
Sun May 07, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why good people become bad online trolls
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Why good people become bad online trolls

. The title here comes from a review ( http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/07/why-good-people-become-bad-trolls/ ) of the following recently reported study: Title: Anyone Can Become a Troll: Causes of Trolling Behavior in Online Discussions Authors: Justin Cheng, Michael Bernstein, Cristian Danescu-N...
by cjmacie
Wed May 03, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Looking for a specific sutta on metta...
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: Looking for a specific sutta on metta...

. For that matter, the Karaniya Sutta itself outlines the whole path -- sila - samadhi - panna ... (Overview) " This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace:" (Sila) "Be capable, upright, & straightforward, ... Do not do the slightest ...
by cjmacie
Mon May 01, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What in heaven's name is a chakra?
Replies: 30
Views: 600

Re: What in heaven's name is a chakra?

. Looking more closely at that Wikipedia article on " The Secret of the Golden Flower ": “The meditation technique, set forth in poetic language, reduces to a formula of sitting, breathing, and contemplating .” ... “In contemplation, one watches thoughts as they arise and recede .[2]"...
by cjmacie
Mon May 01, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 1310

Re: How old are you?

purple1 wrote:...
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I am 54 plus VAT.

cjmacie wrote: Looks like it's the two of us that occupy that age bracket in the poll -- DOB 1942 or 1943.
:jumping:
I know that you are between 60 and 70. Am I a mind reader? :)

How do you compute that? (Hint: google "UK VAT"...)
by cjmacie
Mon May 01, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 1310

Re: How old are you?

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I am 54 plus VAT.

Looks like it's the two of us that occupy that age bracket in the poll -- DOB 1942 or 1943.
by cjmacie
Mon May 01, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What in heaven's name is a chakra?
Replies: 30
Views: 600

Re: What in heaven's name is a chakra?

...This book is a product of corporating confucionism, Taoist internal alchemy and Chan Buddhism. I can see it draw its theories from surangama sutra, iching and Taoist alchemy. One will have to have good understanding of all three plus good practical experience to translate the book properly. He m...

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