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by mikenz66
Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Abandoning hindrances
Replies: 77
Views: 6425

Re: Abandoning hindrances

Hi Brizzy,
Brizzy wrote: My basis for such a claim as "The Mahasi Sayadaw method is mind numbing" is personal experience.
Did you discuss this "mind numbing" experience with your teacher?

Metta
Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Abandoning hindrances
Replies: 77
Views: 6425

Re: Abandoning hindrances

"As Tilt says, there is nothing contradictory. Noting is just a training technique to focus on the object. Walking slowly is another possible training technique." My point is that these training techniques are not found in the suttas and since these training techniques form the basis for the Mahasi...
by mikenz66
Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Abandoning hindrances
Replies: 77
Views: 6425

Re: Abandoning hindrances

Hi Brizzy, Thank you for clarifying where you are coming from. Let's forget the "modern" Commentaries and Visuddhimagga for now then... Is there evidence of Mahasi Sayadaw teachings in the suttas? Where exactly is the technique of walking super slow taught or "noting"? As Tilt says, there is nothing...
by mikenz66
Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Abandoning hindrances
Replies: 77
Views: 6425

Re: Abandoning hindrances

Hi Brizzy, I don't see anything particularly controversial in what you say, apart from your overly simplistic view of what people are actually practising. These modern day insight practices seem to imply that by merely being "aware" insight will magically unfold. I'm sure there are some teachers who...
by mikenz66
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi Lectures: In the Buddha's Words
Replies: 46
Views: 25203

Bhikkhu Bodhi Lectures: In the Buddha's Words

Bhikkhu Bodhi's lectures based on his book "In the Buddha's Words" http://wisdompubs.org/Pages/display.lasso?-KeyValue=104" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; are available here: http://www.noblepath.org/audio.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; [Scroll down, there are als...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:59 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What is this design?
Replies: 5
Views: 777

Re: What is this design?

Welcome back Bhante!

:bow:

Should we take any significance from the fact that your first post after Rains is about celestial nymphs? :thinking:

Metta
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks/Nuns and Music
Replies: 25
Views: 2557

Re: Monks/Nuns and Music

I didn't realise, until I started looking for the rules, that such prohibitions are not particularly explicitly written into the 227 basic rules of the Bhikkhu Pāṭimokkha: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/vin/sv/bhikkhu-pati.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I believe what w...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Abandoning hindrances
Replies: 77
Views: 6425

Re: Abandoning hindrances

Hi Brizzy,

There is plenty of literature on Mahasi medition, so it seems pointless to write an essay on it... Here are U Pandita's thoughts on Hindrances (and other problems):
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pesala/Pan ... /mara.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: You are not a self: radio interview with T Metzinger
Replies: 33
Views: 3817

Re: You are not a self: radio interview with T Metzinger

Thanks Ben, Interesting talk.

Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness and awareness
Replies: 16
Views: 1914

Re: Mindfulness and awareness

Hi puthujjana, It is arguable that sati is not something you can "just do". It is something that arises due to various factors, such as practising "paying attention to stuff". So when meditation teachers tell you to "be mindful" ("be sati-full" :tongue:), they actually mean to apply everyday "attent...
by mikenz66
Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness and awareness
Replies: 16
Views: 1914

Re: Mindfulness and awareness

Thanks jhana.achariya, Such passages indicate that sati (mindfulness) is more than just a mundane awareness. From the Satipatthana Sutta commentary: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/soma/wayof.html#deport" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Gacchanto va gacchamiti pajanati = "Wh...
by mikenz66
Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 140. Dhātuvibhanga Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 1801

Re: MN 140. Dhātuvibhanga Sutta

Your reading of the potter is interesting too. I suspect these tropes of the potter and the cow have some significance in the culture of the time. And for more inspiration with potters see MN81 The Potter Ghatikara http://awake.kiev.ua/dhamma/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/2Majjhima-Nikaya/Majjhima2/081-gh...
by mikenz66
Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Recalling past lives
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Recalling past lives

I agree. Certainly one should be very careful about interpreting things that flash up in the mind during meditation, especially when one is either new to it, or just starting a retreat or a period of more intensive practise. In any case, what I was trying to imply in my post is that in my view whole...
by mikenz66
Thu Oct 08, 2009 2:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Recalling past lives
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Recalling past lives

From the Suttas it seems that mastery of the fourth jhana is required to develop it. There are very detailed instructions for development of such powers in the Visuddhimagga. However, these involve cycling through the jhanas in various orders with various kasinas, so it is far from a trivial matter....
by mikenz66
Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:51 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 140. Dhātuvibhanga Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 1801

Re: MN 140. Dhātuvibhanga Sutta

I'm aware of those stories but obviously not the connection between them. Yes, I wasn't aware of a connection, and I had not seen it stated explicity. But I'd heard a talk by Patrick Kearney (which I think has disappeared from his web site now) about Bahiya, where he mentioned the mountain story, a...