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by zavk
Wed May 01, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Tea?
Replies: 22
Views: 2102

Re: Tea?

Have had to avoid coffee because the high levels of caffeine are not good for an ongoing skin condition. I don't miss the caffeine hit so much as the aroma. :( So I'm rediscovering the rich tradition of Chinese tea which I've not paid much attention to, even though I have been exposed to it as part ...
by zavk
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sinking boat moral dilemma
Replies: 47
Views: 8044

Re: Sinking boat moral dilemma

There's no real world application here, it's just a thought exercise to generate a bit of conversation. Hi all I'd say that such a thought exercise can be valuable, in that it may be a way for us to cultivate greater sensitivity towards the limits of our capacity to know, greater hospitality to the...
by zavk
Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anyone ever fallen asleep and witnessed it?
Replies: 13
Views: 1906

Re: Anyone ever fallen asleep and witnessed it?

This curious question about sleeping - or more precisely, the question of how we recognise or know that we have been sleeping or fallen sleep - this question has occurred to me too, after I read this in Ajahn Thate's autobiography on a retreat two years ago. At this same period, I tried to uncover a...
by zavk
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 8581

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

My response would be - What's the extent of influence that these things have over the way we frame our understanding of the Nikayas. This, I'd say, is a VERY important and invaluable question - regardless of whether we favour the Nikayas, the Mahayana corpus, or whatever. Invaluable to the extent t...
by zavk
Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 8581

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

Thanks heaps Ñāṇa! (Sorry i forget your actual that you sometimes sign off). I'm really curious about the recent publication How Theravada is Theravada? But what is really helpful is to have some of these articles in electronic format! I dunno why I never thought of looking up scribd... hmmmm..... A...
by zavk
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 8581

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

In response to David (and BlackBird's and everyone else)... First of all, let me clarify that I am not questioning or challenging your commitment to and faith in the Nikayas per se, nor am I implying that you ought not profess it, as you are doing. Of course everyone's engagement is through their cu...
by zavk
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 8581

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

Thanks for sharing these resources. These scholars, as far as I'm aware, are practitioners of various Mahayana lineages. Perhaps because of their 'in-betweenness' - i.e. neither fully within sacred or scholarly, Buddhist or academic, East or West - they have had to be critically reflexive of their c...
by zavk
Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 8581

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

Hi Zavk, thank you for your informative post. Incidentally perhaps, I tend to build my conception of the Buddha based on what appears in the Nikayas and I tend to treat anything written by a scholar be they Occidental or Oriental, with the same level of critical thought an analysis. You make an imp...
by zavk
Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 8581

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

Hello Jack I cannot comment on Mahayana understandings and practices. Nor can I comment on whether there is sufficient basis to assert unambiguously that the Buddha existed as a historical mortal being. What I would like to share, however, is how the question of historicity has become so important f...
by zavk
Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Balancing walking and sitting meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 3207

Re: Balancing walking and sitting meditation

With walking meditation one can experiment to find what works. And because walking meditation is an active physical activity, it can be a very good way of cultivating concentration and mindfulness that can be a good carry-over into one's daily activities. Yes, yes. I'll be honest... I didn't cultiv...
by zavk
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Becoming
Replies: 49
Views: 5653

Re: Becoming

In fact, I think becoming is the point where the cosmological and psychological models or processes of dependent co-arising primarily converge Compare this article: Epiphanies and synchronicities are concerned with the harmony and balance between inner and outer; between, on the one hand, the world...
by zavk
Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Nones
Replies: 12
Views: 1532

Re: Nones

I've come across some commentaries/review of these findings. ‘Nones’ ≠ Nonreligious http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/guest_bloggers/6648/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Does Record Number of Religious “Nones” Mean Decline of Religiosity? http://www.religiondispatches.org/...
by zavk
Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "The Buddha did not teach it..."
Replies: 32
Views: 3829

Re: "The Buddha did not teach it..."

Hi all This is an ongoing issue that needs collective attention. My two cents: It seems to me that the assertion 'The Buddha did not teach it...' is usually made on the basis of textual authority. That is, a certain corpus of texts is regarded as the final arbiter on whether a particular way of thin...
by zavk
Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:58 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: 'Analog' processes of perception, sensation, thought
Replies: 0
Views: 471

'Analog' processes of perception, sensation, thought

Hi all I've been very fascinated by the following bit from Canadian social theorist Brian Massumi's book, Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation . I'd like to post it here for your consideration as the ideas he expresses are consonant with Buddhist understandings, in particular the wo...