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by mikenz66
Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: book or sutta club??
Replies: 36
Views: 4193

Re: book or sutta club??

I'm not sure that the sequence matters too much, since people will come and go, but I'd go for some of the Suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya. They are a nice size to discuss, and there is a lot of information in the form of talks and writings that could be used as background. There are Bhikkhu Bodhi's...
by mikenz66
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)
Replies: 64
Views: 13880

Re: A Manual of the Excellent Man

Hi Will, What is the "ultimate sense" and what is the "collective concept"? The translation seems a little clumsy to me, but if you look at this paragraph it should be clear: Due to the collective concept people usually conceive the four primary elements as a composite whole rather than in their ult...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Wise Heart . read it?
Replies: 12
Views: 2133

Re: The Wise Heart . read it?

Here is a critique of Kornfield's approach by Patrick Kearney:
Still Crazy after all these Years: Why Meditation isn’t Psychotherapy
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Metta
Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dependent Origination
Replies: 140
Views: 17761

Re: Dependent Origination

Dear Venerable, I can recommend this article by Bhikkhu Bodhi for your consideration: A Critical Examination of Ñānavīra Thera’s “A Note on Paticcasamuppada” http://pathpress.wordpress.com/other/bodhi/ Thank you for the link. It sums up many of the points of contention that have arisen on this threa...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dependent Origination
Replies: 140
Views: 17761

Re: Dependent Origination

Element wrote:
mikenz66 wrote: I must say I cannot see the connection with your quote from MN 9 and the matter being discussed, namely consciousness descending into the womb.
Then we can continue to agree to differ on our interpretation of the Tipitika... :reading:

Best Wishes and Metta
Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma
Replies: 8
Views: 1880

Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

I think some discussion is useful because it can help to figure out weaknesses in one's views. Of coruse, one problem with discussion is that it can simply waste time and energy that might be better spent... :coffee: I also think that it is important to have some idea of what the "standard" views ar...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dependent Origination
Replies: 140
Views: 17761

Re: Dependent Origination

Of course, you can interpret it as you wish. However you're ignoring the "spheres of various beings" and so on. It doesn't matter to me what you and Element believe. However, it is important for readers to understand that your interpretations disagree with the standard Theravada interpretation, so t...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dependent Origination
Replies: 140
Views: 17761

Re: Dependent Origination

The buddha does talk about descent in to the womb an such like in the Mahanidana sutta when talking about the DO. My opinion is the Mahanidana sutta is one sutta distinct from scores of others on the subject. Plus it is in the Digha Nikaya, which appears to be precursor to the Mahayana Suttas and t...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Discovering Theravada ...
Replies: 20
Views: 3358

Re: Discovering Theravada ...

Dear Element, For me, the term "beginner" is vague, subjective but most of all, extremely dangerous. How about "someone who not read any Suttas yet"? If one studies certain Buddhist subjects & considers them essential then one will always remain a "beginner" because one will have never actually star...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:54 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Discovering Theravada ...
Replies: 20
Views: 3358

Re: Discovering Theravada ...

Hi Element, Since we are trading opinions, I would avoid "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Whilst it is full of wonderful suttas, it has been weighted , giving wrong and over-emphasis towards certain teachings. I haven't noticed this "weighting". I've read "In the Buddhas Words, studied most...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: what method do you use?
Replies: 20
Views: 5395

Re: what method do you use?

I use mostly the Mahasi Sayadaw - derived technique. I've also done some retreats and one day workshops with some other teachers (Goenka, Tiradhammo, Brahm, Mahinda). I would generally recommend sticking to a particular style for a reasonably long time (measured in years, not days...), but it's been...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: abhidhamma
Replies: 16
Views: 2466

Re: abhidhamma

I have no strong reason to discount it, however i do feel that it seems to stray a bit off into metaphysical speculation In what sense is it metaphysical? It seems to me to be simply a (much) more detailed set of lists (than aggregates, elements, sense bases, etc) to classify experience. Meditation...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A quibble about Buddhadasa's teaching
Replies: 18
Views: 3940

Re: A quibble about Buddhadasa's teaching

Hi Robert, I picked up a copy of Paticcasamuppada - Practical Dependent Origination by Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (of Thailand) ... Thanks for the analysis. I didn't recall books such as "Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree" mentioning such disagreements with the Commentaries. I'll have to go back and read it,...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The Not-Self Strategy
Replies: 31
Views: 4955

Re: The Not-Self Strategy

Good Summary BBB, I agree that using the "strategy" argument and focussing attention on "seeing through the Self in the aggregates", rather than trying to debate the subject, is probably the most productive use of time. What concerns me is when some argue: "The Buddha didn't specifically say there w...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: who can you trust?
Replies: 10
Views: 2193

Re: who can you trust?

I wouldn't worry about it too much. Some will quibble about some details of the teachings of some of those monks, but my impression from meeting several of Ajahn Chah's students (Including Ajahn Brahm and Arjan Tiradhammo - I did a workshop with the former and a 3-day retreat with the latter) is ext...