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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: 696

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: 696

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: 696

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: 34
Views: 972

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: 34
Views: 972

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: 34
Views: 972

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: 838

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: 977

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...
by mikenz66
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

... And then he preached it to the five cool yogis, his fellow yoga practitioners. On the other hand, today FNT is set out by modern teachers at the very first introductory lessons for beginners. Is there no contradiction here? Sure. It seems common to jump into the FNT and other deep suttas as if ...
by mikenz66
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: Can we practice Anapanasati only in sitting (cross leg) position?

Thanissaro, though - doesn't he sometimes get criticised for "interfering" with the breath, controlling the length and forcefulness of the breathing, and relating it to bodily energies, etc? Yes, that's one of Ven Thanissaro's major points of difference. He advocates consciously finding the most co...
by mikenz66
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Study Group Schedule
Replies: 25
Views: 15073

Re: Study Group Schedule

Sorry. I've been travelling. Currently in China. Hope to get back to it soon.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 37
Views: 815

Re: Question 1 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

Can you summarise what Bhikku Bodhi says about the sentence, and what your2 disagreement is?

Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing both sides
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: Seeing both sides

This statement is very similar to how Thanissaro Bhikkhu Describes Metta (e.g. https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/BeyondAllDirections/Section0007.html ) as having goodwill towards others, and hoping that they will do better in the future: Suu Kyi's love for the army is located within her love for her...
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: In the Buddha's Words - Open Source Version
Replies: 25
Views: 23775

Re: In the Buddha's Words - Open Source Version

Yes, that's them. Thanks for finding the alternative source!

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the yardstick to determine a monk as Theravada?
Replies: 39
Views: 1355

Re: What is the yardstick to determine a monk as Theravada?

Sorry if I wasn't clear. Theravada bhikkhus follow the 10 precepts (and more for full ordination of course). In Mahayana there are Bhikkshus and Bhikshunis who have an equivalent full ordination but use the Dharmaguptaka (e.g. Chinese) or Mūlasarvāstivāda (e.g. Tibetan) vinayas rather than the Pali ...