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by mikenz66
Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Walking meditation, says Sayadaw U Silananda
Replies: 11
Views: 1918

Re: Walking meditation, says Sayadaw U Silananda

Hi James, Aha, I never really thought about seeing Intention. Interesting! I'll do some at my evening sit tonight. Yes, well, when sitting you will quite likely be able to see the urge to get up and do something else... At least that's something I often see... Try looking for the intention to sit do...
by mikenz66
Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: WOW! SO MUCH!
Replies: 21
Views: 2506

Re: WOW! SO MUCH!

I suggest starting with Bhikkhu Bodi's book "In the Buddha's Words" which is cheap, well organised, and well-written. See http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2392" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; for a link to Bhikkhu Bodhi's talks based on the book. Book and reviews: http://wi...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Walking meditation, says Sayadaw U Silananda
Replies: 11
Views: 1918

Re: Walking meditation, says Sayadaw U Silananda

Since my first introduction to Buddhist Meditation was in the Mahasi-style practise described in the first post, I've always thought of walking as a key part of my practise. Normally I do equal time, starting with walking, certainly not something reserved for retreats (which is how some of my "Insig...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:12 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 52
Views: 15422

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada Buddhism

OK, I have a question...
Paññāsikhara wrote:
Now, other sutras may indicate that they are "missing something", and "have more work to do".

But, this is not a universal Mahayana position by any means.
So would those schools consider the Bodhisattva approach a more skilful means to the same end?

Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:55 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 52
Views: 15422

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada Buddhism

Hi Paññāsikhara, Could somebody please point out the denigration in this passage? The sutra does not at any other point indicate that they are "missing something" or "have more work to do". They are done. Finished. Completed. Now, other sutras may indicate that they are "missing something", and "hav...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:26 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 52
Views: 15422

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada Buddhism

Hmm, OK, I'll let Individual explain himself in future. If you see any "degradation" here, please let me know, I would interested to see where. The "degradation" I was thinking of was the idea that an Arahant is missing something and has more work to do, which the Theravada clearly would not accept....
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 52
Views: 15422

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravada Buddhism

Of course, whether or not the general idea of what a bodhisattva or an arhat is in these Mahayana schools corresponds to what they are considered in the Theravada to be, is perhaps another matter. But I am responding here to the statement that "If you described ... to a Mahayana Buddhist", so that ...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?
Replies: 47
Views: 7406

Re: Jhana: yes, no, neither, could be? Hmm?

Would those who have attained the jhanas prior to the establishment of the Buddhasasana have had the same perfected sila of the Buddha? There's nothing peculiarly Buddhist about Sila or clinging to sensual pleasures: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.011.ntbb.html" onclick="window.open(...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:35 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The end of the world... (as we know it?)
Replies: 12
Views: 1133

Re: The end of the world... (as we know it?)

Hi Adam, There are passages in the Suttas that seem to be about the creation and destruction of the universe. E.g. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.054x.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; 17. (8) "Again, the Tathagata recollects his manifold past lives, that is, on...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Refraining from serious study of the suttas
Replies: 12
Views: 1783

Re: Refraining from serious study of the suttas

Depends also on what you mean by "serious study". I think that as a foundation for practise reading and understanding the Suttas is very helpful, and in my opinion most of what you need is in; In the Buddha's Words, by Bhikkhu Bodhi. http://wisdompubs.org/Pages/display.lasso?-KeyValue=104" onclick="...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 297
Views: 84566

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

Hi Brizzy, The fairy tale that was introduced to give authenticity to the Abhidhamma, would make Hans christien Anderson blush... Do you consider all of the Sutta/Vinaya to be accurate, or do you consider some of that to be "fairy tale" as well? How do you distinguish what in the Canonical Tipitika ...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Abandoning hindrances
Replies: 77
Views: 6510

Re: Abandoning hindrances

The Satipatthana Sutta begins from a premise of having abandoned the hindrances, which is synonymous with jhana. So the whole process of mindfulness of body occurs within the context of jhana. There are several ways for dealing with the hindrances in the Suttas, not just jhana, as pointed out by th...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:00 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The fear of death
Replies: 38
Views: 5023

Re: The fear of death

Do you really think those behavurs are symptomatic of annihilationism? Personally, I tend to think that the vast majority of humanity engage in various sensual entertainments to escape their experience of dukkha. ... Yes, that's what I meant. Escape. I didn't mean they wanted to drink themselves to...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:36 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The fear of death
Replies: 38
Views: 5023

Re: The fear of death

clw_uk wrote: How so?
I can't speak directly for Pink, but as I said above I see a lot of "craving for non-being", using drugs such as alcohol, entertainment, and various other activities, to "escape" from life.

Metta
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The fear of death
Replies: 38
Views: 5023

Re: The fear of death

Modern civilization is intoxicated with an unconscious death wish. I agree: "The origin of suffering, as a noble truth, is this: It is the craving that produces renewal of being accompanied by enjoyment and lust, and enjoying this and that; in other words, craving for sensual desires, craving for b...