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by mal4mac
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

V. Analayo's keen and broad scholarship is quite noteworthy, if sw dry at times. Perhaps related to that reservation, his interpretations, however, are s/w uneven in quality, and unstable over time. Notably the length to which, in his first Satipatthana book, he goes to justify "direct" for ' ekaya...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Alternative Forms of Vipassana
Replies: 31
Views: 282

Re: Alternative Forms of Vipassana

Vipassana with a small ’v’ is the central process of the NEP: No it's not, your quote suggests vipassana -bhavana is one "process" in the path. So, indeed, vipissana is not a technique, and it cannot be taught. If vipissana is an apple, then how can an apple be "taught"? It's just there. But, of co...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Alternative Forms of Vipassana
Replies: 31
Views: 282

Re: Alternative Forms of Vipassana

I'm getting slightly confused by this thread! I find Anãlayo's "Satipatthãna: The Direct Path to Realization", somewhat helpful: https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/pdf/5-personen/analayo/direct-path.pdf Also useful is "What Exactly is Vipassana Meditation?" by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana: htt...
by mal4mac
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 56
Views: 1070

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

You could apply the same critique you apply to the no-work hippy-dippy Daoist to the vinaya-observing monastic. Hardly ... alcohol is banned to the monastic, and following the path is hard work! The taoist license to act with "wu wei", to act without "without effort" and "without control", seems a ...
by mal4mac
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 440

Re: Anger

The second is the large (as in, large) framed picture of Kwan Yin serenely standing on the back of a raging dragon he removed from his backpack and his subsequent explanation of how her view (stance? attitude?) might possibly assist me (me, as in, the person who had presented him with this hypothet...
by mal4mac
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 31
Views: 457

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Why do you think all your problems are so connected? Believing that will make it very difficult to develop the will power to defeat them. Baumeister's book, which I mentioned earlier, makes it clear that we have only a small amount of energy to give to will power, and can only solve one (or a few) p...
by mal4mac
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 440

Re: Anger

The energy of anger is habitual and serves the sense of self. Of course you can diffuse anger, but if there is no insight involved with doing that then there is no release from craving. What you seem to be talking about is a kind of psychology, but this is not what the Buddha was teaching. Your act...
by mal4mac
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can old PDFs be converted into functional eBook formats?
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: Can old PDFs be converted into functional eBook formats?

Too bad Access To isn't active. There is a lot of good content to be converted, people might volunteer if there was a central place for people to put what they worked on. Amaravati publish their ebooks in epub, pdf and mobi format It might be worth seeing if they were interested in being the "centr...
by mal4mac
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can old PDFs be converted into functional eBook formats?
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: Can old PDFs be converted into functional eBook formats?

I've had some success with the following method: https://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/email So basically you email it to your Kindle device through Amazons servers, which will convert the PDF to Amazon's eBook format before delivering it to your Kindle. Yes, but don't forget to type "convert" in ...
by mal4mac
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 440

Re: Anger

In evolutionary terms, it frightens undesirable rivals away from your sexual partners and the things you need to live, and helps prevent you being at the bottom of the pecking order. Where those evolutionary pressures lessen, its purpose decreases. This isn't the full story. If you read the latest ...
by mal4mac
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 440

Re: Anger

Any emotion or thought that comes up, if seen as impermanent, dissatisfying, and not self, doesn't harm anyone. There is no need to transform anger. We need to transform our view. Right view is the first step. It is a condition which allows harmony to unfold in all aspects of one's life. It leads t...
by mal4mac
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 56
Views: 1070

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

"wu wei" ... "non-doing" ... often associated with water and its yielding nature... it can assume any form or shape it inhabits. The literal meaning of wu wei is "without action", "without effort", or "without control"... "action without action" or "effortless doing"... One cannot actively pursue w...
by mal4mac
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 440

Re: Anger

I get the impression that most Theravadans would say "no" and suggest you just be aware of the anger and let it go, certainly don't express it. Tibetans (if I recall Ricard correctly) may argue that negative emotions have a positive side, and anger's positive side is *energy*. You shouldn't, of cour...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 31
Views: 457

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

I just read a great book which has an excellent chapter on using will power to defeat alcohol addiction: Willpower: Rediscovering our greatest strength by Baumeister and Tierney Baumeister has a towering reputation in social pyschology, this is no "self help" hack work, but uses the very best of Wes...
by mal4mac
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 1017

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

Maybe you should be associating with some thoughts. Like: "I must pursue the Dhamma". At least until you can throw the raft away, if that time ever comes. How do you know it's a river and not an endless sea?
by mal4mac
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 85
Views: 941

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

I think Wikholm's, “meditation was primarily designed not to make us happier, but to destroy our sense of individual self," needs a couple of crucial changes: "Meditation was primarily designed to make us happier, by destroying our sense of individual self," is not perfect but it's closer to the tr...
by mal4mac
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 418

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Vipassana has to be done after achieving some level of samadhi, right? Wrong. Or, at least, views differ. Mahasi Sayadaw, one of the most renowned vipassana masters of modern times, said: "It is possible to begin straightaway with insight meditation without having previously developed full concentr...
by mal4mac
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 1017

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

Vacchagotta the wanderer asked the Buddha, ""Do I have a self?" The Buddha remained silent; trying to answer this question leads to confusion and destroys peace of mind. Thanissaro says “there is no self” is a fake Buddhist quote, a statement never made or implied in the suttas. Thanissaro suggests ...
by mal4mac
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 85
Views: 941

Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

... this is the title given to him by the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/22/mindfulness-jon-kabat-zinn-depression-trump-grenfell Do you agree that he is a "master"? If not, why not? "His work has attracted its share of sceptics, such as Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikhol...