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by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 320

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

I think Buddha's teaching was to seek the root of the things and the truth rather than to inspire people even from wrong teachings. Of course, that might not be the case in modern times. :smile: Do you think these are wrong teachings? Just because that particular sutta is a late one, or for some ot...
by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1257

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Meeting someone who walks the walk is a wholly different experience than considering someone's words. You get to see all of it in action, not in your head. Exactly. I don't think anyone here disagrees with that! But what makes you think that there are not people other than your teacher who are like...
by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 320

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

His claim has weight when it's evident how the idea of direct food offering to peta s later shifted to offering to monks—symbolic representatives of preta s—claiming that it's impossible to directly offer to peta s. Was direct food offering to the petas mentioned in any suttas? :heart: Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1257

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

In cessation mode, it explains that when that ignorant misunderstanding ceases, "origination" based upon it ceases too. DO in cessation mode also means the cessation of physical birth, aging and death. That is problematic for some interpretations. Not for Ven Nanananda's interpretation, though. Whe...
by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1257

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Hi Saengnapha, I like Nanananda as he is thoughtful, reflective, and often very logical. He was also a very good meditative technician. But, I'm not sure if he ever really lived the moment to moment life of cessation and release. Of course, I have never met him and can't say conclusively that he did...
by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 320

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Sure, I'm aware that much of the KV is historically later. However, it's interesting to see where these Theravada ideas and practices come from, and certain things being later developments does not prevent them from being a source of inspiration for practitioners.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 320

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Here's a sutta from the Pettavatthu (Petta = hungry ghost or "shades" in Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation): https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/ChantingGuide/Section0091.html https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/pv/pv.1.05.than.html Thus those who feel sympathy for their dead relatives give timely ...
by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual practice
Replies: 90
Views: 3028

Re: Gradual practice

perhaps those 500 were meditators and not beginners, i don't know, it is foolish of me to assume that they were beginners because i do not know who they were. It is also bad to speak of dana as a lower practice. However i still think it is bad to dicourage meditation. What Zom was discouraging was ...
by mikenz66
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual practice
Replies: 90
Views: 3028

Re: Gradual practice

Why not. But again. Were these people newbies in Buddhism? Hardly. Well apparently they were newbies enough in as much as they would be content with just offering Dana! Also you have no idea who those 500 people were... Clearly the message is that if you are Buddhist enough to offer Dana you should...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual practice
Replies: 90
Views: 3028

Re: Gradual practice

There's another hypothesis - that one may completely ignore meditation and still advance well on buddhist path. Of course this goes against modern ideas of how buddhist must do his practice, but I think you can find a lot of live examples among traditional buddhists. I think that this is a very imp...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.

Hi Sam, Great comment! Perhaps it's clearer if you turn on the Pali, not only because you see the Pali, but because it breaks up the phrases: https://suttacentral.net/sn19.1/en/sujato#4.2--4.3 “cakkhubhūtā vata, bhikkhave, sāvakā viharanti; Sujato: “Mendicants, there are disciples who live full of v...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.

There are plenty of parallels in the Agamas, preserved in Chinese, but currently no translations on Sutta Central. https://suttacentral.net/sn19.1

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Should Buddhist monks read a passage from Sutta Pitaka when attending to funeral blessings?
Replies: 19
Views: 298

Re: Should Buddhist monks read a passage from Sutta Pitaka when attending to funeral blessings?

This verse from the Mahāparinibbāna sutta is also often used: [When the Buddha became fully extinguished, Sakka, lord of gods, recited this verse:] “Aniccā vata saṅkhārā, uppādavayadhammino; Uppajjitvā nirujjhanti, tesaṃ vūpasamo sukho”ti. “Oh! Conditions are impermanent, their nature is to rise and...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.

Comments from Bhikkhu Bodhi. The series of suttas included in this saṃyutta also occurs at Vin III 104-8. https://suttacentral.net/pli-tv-bu-vb-pj4/en/brahmali#sc209 Spk: The Venerable Lakkhaṇa, a great disciple, had been one of the thousand jaṭila ascetics who received higher ordination by the “Com...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.
Replies: 7
Views: 209

SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.

SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton. Translated by Bhikkhu Sujato While walking for alms down Vulture’s Peak, Venerable Moggallāna smiled at something invisible. Later, he told the Buddha it was a skeleton flying through the air, being pecked at by vultures. The Buddha confirmed that the man he had see...