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by mikenz66
Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Digha Nikaya = Buddhist marketing??
Replies: 12
Views: 3770

Re: Digha Nikaya = Buddhist marketing??

Bhikkhu Bodhi mentions this in several places. Perhaps "proaganda" is too strong. The point seems to be that Suttas that would appeal to non-Buddhists tend to be in the DN. The MN and SN contains Suttas that would be mostly of interest for Monks to study and the AN has helpful lists that a monk migh...
by mikenz66
Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Taking Refuge and Precepts
Replies: 22
Views: 3968

Re: Taking Refuge and Precepts

Hi retro, Greetings Will, No, but you would be more correct and it would help your practice in future, if you did make the extra effort to take formal refuge from a bhikkhu. I agree with the first word, but if you could elaborate on the rest from a Theravadin perspective I would appreciate that. Unl...
by mikenz66
Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 62
Views: 17470

Re: Kamma and its Ripening in the Abhidhamma

Greetings Robert, Thank you for the thoughtful post. What you say makes sense, but I am not clear exactly which question you were answering. However, one of the interesting things about what you report Khun Sujin as saying is that it sounds related to what Goenka says in his instructions and Dhamma ...
by mikenz66
Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retreats and Money
Replies: 8
Views: 1677

Re: Retreats and Money

I've hardly ever had to pay anything up front for Dhamma beyond a small fee to cover the cost of a boxed lunch or the cost of a venue. Actually, the only thing I've attending that was Mahayana was Thich Nhat Hahn and his entourage, and in that case they actually tried to to give back the small depos...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:21 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravadin Retreats (especially Goenka)
Replies: 23
Views: 3464

Re: Theravadin Retreats (especially Goenka)

Hi Individual, most thai temples dont have schedualed retreats every month, but would probably likely you stay and do one by yourself. What do you mean stay and do one by myself? You mean I bring my own food and camp in the woods nearby? I don't understand. No, most Wats will have guest rooms or kut...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What's the hottest it gets to where you live?
Replies: 45
Views: 6079

Re: What's the hottest it gets to where you live?

Actually, what I find most difficult is variability. In Asia coping with highs of 35 and lows of 25 or so is OK when in the countryside (not in and out of airconditioning and city streets!) because my body adapts after a few days. Here in the summer it's not particularly hot but if we get highs of o...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Walking Meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 1147

Re: Walking Meditation

Greetings clw_uk, I'm not sure what the rest of your practise is. Ajahn Brahm covers it in Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond from an Ajahn Chah sort of approach. There's plenty about walking using the Mahasi approach on the following sites, but if you don't use that approach is might seem overly complex...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monk for a Month?
Replies: 56
Views: 15274

Re: Monk for a Month?

Dear Venerable, What you say is, of course, true. I would certainly not want to say anything negative about that particular Wat - I know nothing about them, but clearly there are many cheap/free options in Thailand. And there are many advantages to the student when Dhamma and accomodation are freely...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monk for a Month?
Replies: 56
Views: 15274

Re: Monk for a Month?

Greetings Jechbi, And amazingly, the four-week options costs less than $700 USD. That's pretty cheap. Still, there is at least one free alternative , though it lasts just 10 days and you don't get to be ordained or referred to as a monk. :smile: In fact, in most Wats, in Thailand or elsewhere, you c...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Satipatthana sequencing
Replies: 60
Views: 8942

Re: Satipatthana sequencing

Bhikkhu Bodhi's talks on the MN.

http://www.bodhimonastery.net/bm/about- ... ?showall=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Satipatthana sequencing
Replies: 60
Views: 8942

Re: Satipatthana sequencing

Retro, I certainly agree that it difficult to do much with the C and D sections of the Sutta unless one has developed some degree of concentration. However, you seem to be assuming that this Sutta is the entire meditation practise. That is not necessarily the case. At the start it says: "There is th...
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Spirit worship
Replies: 21
Views: 4450

Re: Spirit worship

Hi clw_uk, No, I don't think it's nit-picking. It's an interesting discussion. I don't personally leave out food for my deceased relatives, but I did want to point out that there are practises in Buddhist countries that some Western Buddhists dismiss as "superstition" but actually seem to be in line...
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Spirit worship
Replies: 21
Views: 4450

Re: Spirit worship

Peter wrote:
mikenz66 wrote:However, the Suttas clearly indicate that one should take refuge in the devas.
You mean "shouldn't" right?
Hmm, obviously I should not be let loose on a keyboard... :computerproblem:

Fixed...

Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Spirit worship
Replies: 21
Views: 4450

Re: Spirit worship

It seems that "worship" is a problematical word. Rather than argue about what exactly the word means, I'll stick to the concept of making offerings to devas and deceased relatives. Clearly Buddhists do make offerings hoping for some good effects. Though of course I am trying to cultivate my "innate ...
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Spirit worship
Replies: 21
Views: 4450

Re: Spirit worship

I understand that "sharing merit" is still making an offering to the devas in the sense that the intention is that they will delight in it the good merit of the talk and thus benefit. "Offerings to Honour the Dead" by Bhante Aggacitta might be of interest: http://sasanarakkha.org/articles/2003/06/of...