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by Samma
Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thanissaro/radical acceptance
Replies: 167
Views: 11123

Re: Thanissaro/radical acceptance

click on the book cover of Tara Bach's book and it will allow limited view and search. Without acknowledgement thing is about a rule where a monk does not name in criticism unless asked or something like that...maybe someone can point it out. I know you like Goldstein, who he criticizes along with B...
by Samma
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thanissaro/radical acceptance
Replies: 167
Views: 11123

Re: Thanissaro/radical acceptance

He probably picked up on this pop-dharma book: https://books.google.com/books?id=AlfnvT4sNo0C" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" Seems kind of fluffy-buddhism, radical acceptance™ used over and over instead of a term like mindfulness to help distinguish the product perhaps. I suppose it...
by Samma
Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Conversation between Joseph Goldstein and Sam Harris
Replies: 1
Views: 719

Re: Conversation between Joseph Goldstein and Sam Harris

see the thread here also: http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=18718 Sam: "if mindfulness of anatta is just as good an object of mindfulness as an other sort...you could recognize there is no self very early on...be mindfulness of that nature of coinsousness and have that be your continity of...
by Samma
Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Maslow's hierarchy of needs and Nirvana.
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Re: Maslow's hierarchy of needs and Nirvana.

I think it is dhammapada 203 that is taken to say nibbana is highest happiness Nibbana.m parama.m sukha.m I rather like the hierarchy, and it is very useful when talking to people about the meaning of life sort of thing, and putting different aspects in perspective, without getting too esoteric. It ...
by Samma
Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are consciousness, awareness & 'knowing' the same?
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: Are consciousness, awareness & 'knowing' the same?

Clearly they are related, but I would not want to say the same. Perhaps looking into some pali terms will help. If you want succinct just consult a dictionary. Vijñāna - Consciousness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vij%C3%B1%C4%81na Sati - often translated as awareness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat...
by Samma
Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Issue with other schools of Buddhism
Replies: 122
Views: 6603

Re: Issue with other schools of Buddhism

Really its best to ask other people about their beliefs. And the answers will vary. To be blunt, sure we can say things like we study what seems to be the earliest most authentic teachings. How illegitimately can others say that...so they will come up with other reasons. It seems to me religion is p...
by Samma
Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Sam Harris's guided "mindfulness" meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 2898

Re: Sam Harris's guided "mindfulness" meditation

Thought I'd update this thread now that the book is out and I've skimmed it. Update from my first post about his history...He says he did a retreat with U Pandita but became frustrated (read bellow), moved on to Poonja-ji (Advaita Vedanta), then onto Tulku Urgyen & Dilgo Khyentse. Also likes Douglas...
by Samma
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What was that Sutta that talks about what to trust
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: What was that Sutta that talks about what to trust

ah yes much written about this one including... http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/soma/wheel008.html http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_09.html http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/lostinquotation.html http://www.jayarava.org/texts/talking-to-the-kal...
by Samma
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nibbana as awareness!
Replies: 31
Views: 1730

Re: Nibbana as awareness!

I've looked into this a bit before so thought I'd post, first time in awhile so greetings everyone... Looking to the canon for passages that may shed light start here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an10/an10.081.than.html Freed, dissociated, & released from ten things, Bahuna, the Tatha...
by Samma
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Brain in a vat, solipsism...
Replies: 31
Views: 4426

Re: Brain in a vat, solipsism...

I suppose the most modern version of this idea is that ware are living in a computer simulation. http://www.simulation-argument.com/ Bottom line is get a grip, this can be interesting to think about, but taking extreme skepticism as a normal way to view and live life can tie you up in knots and mess...
by Samma
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: World Chess Championship 2013
Replies: 46
Views: 4569

Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Yea I basically agree with chownah. Chess is a game of conquest and conquered. Like any game really it can tend to breed enmity and misery. I guess its possible to play a game just for fun in a good hearted manner, but this seems pretty rare. In my experience playign some games at semi-competitive l...
by Samma
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Restfulness – Skillful & Unskillful
Replies: 15
Views: 748

Re: Restfulness – Skillful & Unskillful

I had assumed that the goal of Buddhism was to Rest In Peace (R.I.P.) after death which is the same goal as people who don't believe in rebirth. Yea its kind of interesting. The goal is to get out of samsara, or the repeating cycle of birth, life, death. Yet for those that don't believe in this cyc...
by Samma
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Excellent new book from Joseph Goldstein
Replies: 6
Views: 2781

Re: Excellent new book from Joseph Goldstein

Certainly looking forward to Analayo's update. He wrote the first rather early as part of his phd right, nearly 10 years old so it sometimes shows its age. Goldstein's looks llike a book form of his lecture series. I'll try to read the section on bare awareness/knowing and worldly/unworldly.
by Samma
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Whenever you are available and inspired is the best time!

See: http://www.watmetta.org/visitor.html
by Samma
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An interview with Prof. McMahan: Context Matters
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

Re: An interview with Prof. McMahan: Context Matters

I'd note his words on interconnectedness near the end mirrors much of what I wrote in this thread: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=18553 His book Making of Buddhist modernism has a chapter on the topic. He is articulate and I would recommend the book to anyone. Good to see someone li...
by Samma
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 1.10: Arañña Sutta — The Wilderness
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Re: SN 1.10: Arañña Sutta — The Wilderness

Yea that seems to be the sutta with the most depth on the topic. I'm sure you picked is in some way due to the connection to all the flood passages we have looked at: http://www.fakebuddhaquotes.com/fake-buddha-quote-of-the-day-4/ Buddharakkhita 348: Let go of the past, let go of the future, let go ...
by Samma
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Brian Ruhe and Representation
Replies: 148
Views: 9929

Re: Brian Ruhe and Representation

Viscid right in the video he goes short of saying "Mara made Mahayana". He qualified answer is: "I cant say with certainty ... I don't really know what to believe ... its possible that mara made mahayana" Short take: Guy is refreshing but a bit wacky. IMO we already get enough of this consensus Budd...
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Emptiness

Ok so some version of two truth is in MA, so roughly after abhidhamma but before Mahayana? Or borrowed idea from Mahayana. Dont know timeline, and it may be unclear anyway, or simply fuzzy how ideas first sprung up. Don't really get your point Myotai, or rather not sure if you get his. Abstract word...
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?
Replies: 198
Views: 9344

Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

I agree whynotme "It would be better for the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person to hold to the body composed of the four great elements, rather than the mind, as the self. Why is that? Because this body composed of the four great elements is seen standing for a year, two years, three, four, five, t...
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: World Chess Championship 2013
Replies: 46
Views: 4569

Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Seems like draws are extremely common...
just like tic-tac-toe :jumping: