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by thepea
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How legitimate is S. N. Goenka's method of vipassanā meditation?
Replies: 39
Views: 2206

Re: How legitimate is S. N. Goenka's method of vipassanā meditation?

So the Dhamma is only for those considered sane by contemporary standards? These people most definitely need Dhamma teachers! No, a ten day Goenka retreat is most likely not beneficial for certain types of people, but to say that these "Crazy imbalanced people" as you put it, need psychologist not ...
by thepea
Wed May 16, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

I see no reason to complicate the matter at all. If someone tells me that i am training religiously or that i am a religious person i won't take offence but i might ask what they mean by that and discuss what religion means. Yeah no worries, It’s just when I googled pursuit as definition it referen...
by thepea
Tue May 15, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

Afaik the original etymology of religion has to do with a bond between man and god, in that sense the Dhamma is not a religion but it is pursued "religiously" in the above-mentioned sense. Sorry but I just don’t see the practice as a pursuit. It’s more like if you cut yourself, you just have to tak...
by thepea
Tue May 15, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

More than 30 years ago, I went through Chogyam Trungpa's Shambala training and had a very similar feeling as the one you express above. I felt no religious imagery being fed to the participants and a certain freedom to express non-Buddhist views. I felt quite refreshed after this training and never...
by thepea
Mon May 14, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

My impression is that the Goenka group is much more closed than other Buddha-Dhamma groups. Various monks, such as Bhikkhu Analayo, a Malaysian teacher whose name I forget right now, and one of my early teachers, have sat a number of U Ba Khin/Goenka retreats and were very happy to use aspects of t...
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

Who are "you Buddhists"? We've both attended Goenka's Vipassana retreats, and both on a website that is avowedly for Buddhist topics. Whence the label? “You buddhists” are the ones who need to have everything in the CORRECT box. It is clear from mr Goenka and stated many times that he is not teachi...
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

Who are "you Buddhists"? We've both attended Goenka's Vipassana retreats, and both on a website that is avowedly for Buddhist topics. Whence the label? “You buddhists” are the ones who need to have everything in the CORRECT box. It is clear from mr Goenka and stated many times that he is not teachi...
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

Yes, I don't mind either way, really! The ideal situation for the avoidance of needless conflict is for Buddhists not to care about what Goenka-dhamma practitioners call things; and conversely for the Goenka-dhamma practitioners not to care what other people call them. All right then since you budd...
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Re: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course

Thank you for the replies.I have to say that after my course I am able to sit at home for much longer with much more ease. I am able to to concentrate and feel equanimous with more ease now. So that is definitely something good. Would you recommend that I read more about this particular lineage? Sh...
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

Overall, my view is that what we call Goenka-style practice is not so important. What is most useful is to avoid or ameliorate those unfortunate situations of being dominated and ignored which you refer to. Like I said it does seem different here now as far as moderation is concerned. If Goenka sta...
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Practice The Four Protective Meditation?
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Why Practice The Four Protective Meditation?

Santa pretty much nailed it, just add that They are very deep practices and the way they are practiced will most likely change as you develop along the path.
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

It's worth noting, for example, that one does not have to be "a Buddhist" to post here on DW. True but this does not mean that views are accepted and it is often stated as why a non Buddhist is here when this is a Buddhist forum. But then why is Goenka vipassana considered Buddhist teachings when i...
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 1734

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

I am not Buddhist, either. It doesn't mean we can't appreciate the wisdom of the buddha. You will not be accepted by Buddhists. Is it your limitation or theirs? Yes I agree that Buddha’s teachings are for all and that they are not “Buddhist” the path has nothing to do with any organized religion. M...
by thepea
Sun May 13, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you become a Sotapanna will you know that?
Replies: 46
Views: 1513

Re: If you become a Sotapanna will you know that?

Sorry I may not be following you and bhante correctly. If I’m understanding a sotapanna has perfect sila, what would or could a sotapanna do that would necessitate a confession? The Ratanasutta doesn't specify exactly how naughty it's possible for sotāpannas to be (a much debated subject on which D...
by thepea
Sat May 12, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you become a Sotapanna will you know that?
Replies: 46
Views: 1513

Re: If you become a Sotapanna will you know that?

SarathW wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 10:10 pm
Sorry I may not be following you and bhante correctly.
Please read the post on 12th May from Bhante Dhammanando
I did I’m just unsure of why the sotapanna would confess if he/she would have perfect precepts?
Or am I misunderstanding something in communication between polar and bhante