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by meindzai
Mon May 02, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Osama bin Laden is dead
Replies: 178
Views: 14297

Re: Osama bin Laden is dead

I am wishing for him to learn compassion -- anukampa -- sympathy in its fullest meaning of those words. He obviously had not a clue. He was doing what he was trained by Americans to do. Non-sense, and really warrants no response. As I said, I hope Bin Laden gets the opportunity to develop compassio...
by meindzai
Mon May 02, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mental Noting
Replies: 41
Views: 8875

Re: Mental Noting

In full awareness and appreciation of what has already been said here, I'd still appreciate if somebody can answer my initial question which is to find a list of usable labels outside the Sayadaw model. -M You have already mentioned that you have exhausted the Mahasi boilerplate found in books and ...
by meindzai
Mon May 02, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mental Noting
Replies: 41
Views: 8875

Re: Mental Noting

Is 6 too many? There's always the 5 aggregates, or you could really simplify it and go to nama-rupa, 2 categories. I thought there was something out there loosely based around the four foundations of mindfulness. Maybe 2 or three labels for each. I first learned this through Gil Fronsdal's online t...
by meindzai
Mon May 02, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Osama bin Laden is dead
Replies: 178
Views: 14297

Re: Osama bin Laden is dead

My facebook page is lighting up with celebration, and apparently everybody is suddenly patriotic again. I clicked on a news story link and there was a battery commercial that was already playing on the patriotic theme - the sappy, swelling music, the slow motion flags waving. The same type of thing ...
by meindzai
Mon May 02, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mental Noting
Replies: 41
Views: 8875

Re: Mental Noting

In full awareness and appreciation of what has already been said here, I'd still appreciate if somebody can answer my initial question which is to find a list of usable labels outside the Sayadaw model.

-M
by meindzai
Mon May 02, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mental Noting
Replies: 41
Views: 8875

Mental Noting

I have always had trouble with mental noting techniques in Vipassana, so I've generally not used them. I've tried working from the writings of Mahasi Sayadaw but I've found them to be too much for me, as in, too many labels. I always found that I spent more time obsessing about labels, worrying abou...
by meindzai
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does everything change?
Replies: 29
Views: 2549

Re: Does everything change?

Greetings, I think "change" implies [or should imply, in my opinion] change in at least one of these: location, speed, direction, time, frequency, wavelength, etc. etc... If there is change [even if very slightly] in any one of these, then that is change. Isn't it? But what practical application do...
by meindzai
Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is 'Reading' classified as sensual Pleasure?
Replies: 7
Views: 1741

Re: Is 'Reading' classified as sensual Pleasure?

Hi There are only five types of sensual pleasures. Intellect isn't one. (i) "And what, bhikkhus, is the gratification in the case of sensual pleasures? Bhikkhus, there are these five cords of sensual pleasure. What are the five? Forms cognizable by the eye that are wished for, desired, agreeable an...
by meindzai
Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is 'Reading' classified as sensual Pleasure?
Replies: 7
Views: 1741

Re: Is 'Reading' classified as sensual Pleasure?

Remember that there aren't five senses in Buddhism, but six, including the mind. One can crave for and cling to ideas just as easily as the other senses "And what is craving? These six are classes of craving: craving for forms, craving for sounds, craving for smells, craving for tastes, craving for ...
by meindzai
Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514915

Re: Who has verified rebirth personally?

This may sound backwards, kind of like "If you believe it then you'll see it." But for me the way to "verify" rebirth was to essentially adopt the view of rebirth first, to "try it on for size," if you will, and then watch how the perception of my life was altered as a result. The result was for me,...
by meindzai
Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 131199

Re: Nibbana permanent or impermanent?

I tend to think of it as "not-impermanent" but try not to bother with any conception beyond that. I believe in Abhidhamma it is considered permanent.

-M
by meindzai
Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Watching the breath is impossible
Replies: 19
Views: 2286

Re: Watching the breath is impossible

Technically you are right, but it goes a bit further than that. You are already controlling your breath, it's just that we don't really realize how much we are doing so. In Buddhist technical lingo breathing is "bodily fabrication" which is an intentional act. As a matter of practice though, you wan...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can I receive the Triple Gem from a Tibetan Buddhist?
Replies: 29
Views: 2393

Re: Can I receive the Triple Gem from a Tibetan Buddhist?

I would say look closely at what the ceremony involves, the kind of commitment it involves making, and then determine what outcome that will have on your practice. I did a personal, private refuge ceremony for myself many years ago, but it wasn't nearly the same as when I finally was able to get to ...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature
Replies: 205
Views: 29672

Re: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature

If I misunderstood your position then I apologise. I understand that my reference to multiple traditions probably makes my position difficult to pin down at times. I agree completely that we can neither affirm nor refute concepts like Buddha Dhatu using the conceptual framework of the Theravada. Th...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature
Replies: 205
Views: 29672

Re: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature

Given that Thanissaro Bhikkhus thoughts on this issue are pretty much mainstream Theravada Meindzi, and I think you will find that they are... one obvious conclusion to be drawn here is that neither you nor Lazy eye are Theravadins....which I guess is your choice. You'd be incorrect. My understandi...