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by Dan74-MkII
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't truly know what the Buddha actually said.
Replies: 22
Views: 1009

Re: We can't truly know what the Buddha actually said.

I have often wondered why many suttas begin with the phrase, "thus have I heard", and I believe it is a means to ensure complete truthfulness. The only people who could definitively claim to know what the historical Buddha actually said, are those who were there at the time - the rest of us, must r...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Anyone like to be tutored in Shinzen's Method for Free?
Replies: 20
Views: 1318

Re: Anyone like to be tutored in Shinzen's Method for Free?

Greetings Dan74-MkII, I think many teachers including in Theravada adapt the Buddha's teachings to their audience, where Mahasi Sayadaw or Ajahn Sumedho. Good of you to acknowledge here that Mahasi Sayadaw or Ajahn Sumedho are indeed "in Theravada" by virtue of being Theravada bhikkhus. It appears ...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My take on anapanasati/meditation practices
Replies: 25
Views: 1248

Re: My take on anapanasati/meditation practices

Normally when we are conscious of anything, it's only the surface mind that gets involved. This doesn't change during meditation. When I am sitting down to observe my breathing, it's only the surface mind doing that. The subconscious mind does its own thing, which is why people complain that they g...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Anyone like to be tutored in Shinzen's Method for Free?
Replies: 20
Views: 1318

Re: Anyone like to be tutored in Shinzen's Method for Free?

Can either of the two posters above explain their reaction? "Shinzenism"? Hello, Thanks. His teachings just doesn't belong here, in Theraveda Dhamma Propagation. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tRtBa4nOO04#action=share "So moment by moment, you probably noticed that you have thoughts right? Is that c...
by Dan74-MkII
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 2098

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

Well, here's a very old thread on the sotapanna issue to give you a flavour. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4857 I find Kevin's experience, attitude and all his responses entirely relatable, and see no reason whatsoever to doubt what he says. I don't see what all the fuss is about. May...
by Dan74-MkII
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Anyone like to be tutored in Shinzen's Method for Free?
Replies: 20
Views: 1318

Re: Anyone like to be tutored in Shinzen's Method for Free?

Can either of the two posters above explain their reaction? "Shinzenism"? I think many teachers including in Theravada adapt the Buddha's teachings to their audience, where Mahasi Sayadaw or Ajahn Sumedho. Or is any adaptation, any change necessarily bad? Is Ajahn Sumedho's sound of silence meditati...
by Dan74-MkII
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does one become afraid?
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: Why does one become afraid?

I think because we identify with an object, a quality or an outcome and the thought of losing it or not attaining the desired outcome causes us aversion we name fear. So classical Dhammic notions of identification or self-making (my body, my possessions, my job, my loved ones coupled with the aversi...