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by mikenz66
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita.
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita.

Notes from Bhikkhu Bodhi. Kolita was Mahāmoggallāna’s personal name, Moggallāna being derived from his clan name. The present sutta is nearly identical with SN 40.2 and must be simply a variant on the latter, formulated in terms of noble silence rather than the second jhāna. As Spk makes clear, the ...
by mikenz66
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita.
Replies: 6
Views: 246

SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita.

SN 21.1 Kolita Sutta. With Kolita. Translated by Bhikkhu Sujato Moggallāna reflects that second absorption is the true noble silence, and the Buddha encourages him to develop it. https://suttacentral.net/sn21.1/ So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāt...
by mikenz66
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 801

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

"Yes I have free will, I have no choice but to have it" - Christopher Hitchens At the end of the day this topic is a waste of time because you can better your life based on your decisions regardless of the mechanism behind it being random (free will) or legacy (determinism) This is why the Buddha s...
by mikenz66
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaining as a parent
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: Ordaining as a parent

One of my good bhikkhu friends spends maybe one weekend per fortnight staying in his family home. They are elderly parents, and love to see him. ... I recall one of the Canadian Ajahn Chah group monks spent some time nursing his parents. One of my teachers here went home (to Bangladesh) to look aft...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]
Replies: 47
Views: 944

Re: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]

This topic has run it's course, so I am going to lock it.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: samatha during vipassana
Replies: 11
Views: 271

Re: samatha during vipassana

I came across the term "dry vipassana" It was explained to me that in this type off mahasi-style vipassana the use of samatha during the vipassana meditation is discouraged. As it happens I rarely use samatha during my vipassana meditation. Does anyone know of teachers how don`t see disadvantage in...
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?
Replies: 46
Views: 603

Re: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?

Sure but since the OP started the topic, those who have zero interest in a Burmese local guru should not really be obliged to do the work of reading. Its the OP that seems to need to prove a point to themselves so, imo, its up to them to do the work. :reading: If members have no interest or knowled...
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?
Replies: 46
Views: 603

Re: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?

Sorry if I wasn't clear. My point was that a lot of the criticism that I see of various teachers is based on grasping at superficialities, and can, therefore, be safely ignored... Reducing Mahasi to "just watch the belly", Thanissaro to "just get the breath comfortable", or Kihn/Goenka to "just sca...
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?
Replies: 46
Views: 603

Re: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?

Are you saying that if someone were to make a comment like, “focussing on the rise and fall of the belly and the noting technique Is a very surface level technique and not suitable to development in samadhi” then this individuals technique or tradition is subject to decline? I think that one would ...
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?
Replies: 46
Views: 603

Re: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?

Are you saying that if someone were to make a comment like, “focussing on the rise and fall of the belly and the noting technique Is a very surface level technique and not suitable to development in samadhi” then this individuals technique or tradition is subject to decline? I think that one would ...
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 32
Views: 807

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

Dhammayut considers Nibbana as another type of consciousness. This is more in line with Mahayana rather than Theravada. That's just ridiculous. Dhammayut is a monastic lineage not a doctrinal sect. One may as well say Mahanikai believes in sakyant tatoos. Yes, it's an orchards and apple trees compa...
by mikenz66
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 32
Views: 807

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

Welcome Dali348, You have a lot of good suggestions here. I gather that the advice about good visa support is very important. I suggest carefully reading through Ven Dhammanando's posts: https://dhammawheel.com/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=56 He has mostly lived in Thailand since the 80s, was i...
by mikenz66
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 32
Views: 807

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

General discussion on handling money moved here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=33304

Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 801

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

I've moved this to "Connections to Other Paths", where you can find this long topic:
Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate).

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When practice Satipathana you can't go beyond first Jhana?
Replies: 33
Views: 922

Re: When practice Satipathana you can't go beyond first Jhana?

Sorry new here. What is jhana-lite ? Do you mean at the level of access concentration? Hi Spaciousness, There are many long threads on the subject. Particularly https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=4597 In brief, there is a disagreement on the depth of absorption that constitutes a "real jh...