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by zavk
Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Humor in the dhamma
Replies: 15
Views: 2301

Re: Humor in the dhamma

Thanks for the reply, Ben. Yes, I'm aware that what is considered humourous is context-dependent. And it seems to me that the Buddha had a great (and sometimes wicked) sense of humour. Thanks for pointing out Gombrich's book. I happen to have access to it as an e-book so I shall read that chapter yo...
by zavk
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Humor in the dhamma
Replies: 15
Views: 2301

Humor in the dhamma

Hi all, I'm sure we've all been in situations where a potential conflict is dissolved by a willingness of one party or the other to see the lighter side of things. It just happened to me today. There was a misunderstanding between myself and someone else. It was a misunderstanding on both our parts ...
by zavk
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:45 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy
Replies: 30
Views: 4516

Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

Nice quote Mike! However, it seems to me that to argue that it is not a religion in some sense would be inaccurate. Yes, yes. I agree that to 'be Buddhist' is to be religious--but, I would maintain that it requires us to be 'religious' in a way that both follows and goes beyond the notion of religio...
by zavk
Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:33 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy
Replies: 30
Views: 4516

Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

I apologise for the mental diarrhea—bad habit. But like Ben I too prefer to think of the dhamma as ‘an art of life’. I’m not suggesting this simply because I’m a student of Goenka. But because I do think that the notion of ‘an art of life’ allows for a more inclusive approach to the dhamma. Some peo...
by zavk
Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:29 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy
Replies: 30
Views: 4516

Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

I believe a willingness to investigate this thorny issue of religion vs. philosophy is vital to the future of Buddhism. This religion/philosophy dichotomy which we take for granted is a relatively recent invention of the West. The separation between the two really only developed in about the 16th or...
by zavk
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddha and Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: Buddha and Jiddu Krishnamurti

The following is apparently a poem Krishnamurti wrote about the Buddha. I found it on Buddhanet at: http://www.buddhanet.net/bvk_study/bvk22a.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The Immortal Friend (Poem) I sat dreaming in a room of great silence. The early morning was still and breat...
by zavk
Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Goenka technique
Replies: 132
Views: 29999

Re: Goenka technique

For me, that raises the question: To what degree could Mr. Goenka's technique be more specifically aligned to the suttas, and is this lack of specific alignment something that has the potential to create obstacles for those of use who employ the technique? Or am I overthinking this? Hi Jecbi and al...
by zavk
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi friends
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

Hi friends

Hello friends, Some of you may have seen me around at E-Sangha where I post occasionally. I'm glad I was invited to this forum. Looks like there'll be some interesting discussions here. My (formal) practice derives from the Theravada tradition, although I find many Mahayana teachings illuminating an...