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by frank k
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: loopable suttas & sutta passages: timeless reminders you never tire of hearing
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: loopable suttas & sutta passages: timeless reminders you never tire of hearing

Hi Nicholas, which ones have you tested out, and don't find tiring after long sessions of repetition? The 5 daily reflections are really excellent, as is the similar 10 subjects for frequent recollection, AN 10.48, since they both place a spot light on reminding us of death, which people forget all ...
by frank k
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: loopable suttas & sutta passages: timeless reminders you never tire of hearing
Replies: 2
Views: 108

loopable suttas & sutta passages: timeless reminders you never tire of hearing

What are your favorite loopable sutta passages, ones that give profound messages that you could recite over and over again out loud and/or in your mind, for hours at a time, and you never tire of hearing it because it's such a timely reminder of what you should be doing or concerned about right now?...
by frank k
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Situation awareness
Replies: 36
Views: 807

Re: Situation awareness

English renderings of sampajañña are of broadly three kinds. The rendering "clear comprehension" (or some synonym of this) is usually used by those translators who accept the Abhidhamma's treatment of sampajañña as a mode of paññā : It doesn't need Abhidhamma support to justify that interpretation....
by frank k
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you develop Iddhipada by Satipathana?
Replies: 24
Views: 527

Re: Can you develop Iddhipada by Satipathana?

You need sati developing any path factor. The 4sp satipatthana are the nimittas/signs of samadhi. The 4ip iddhipada, all have 'samadhi' embedded in their formula. And the 4 types of ip, if you study those words carefully, the first 2 figure prominently in the right effort formula (chanda, virya). So...
by frank k
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: It is such a piti, or is it?
Replies: 9
Views: 677

Re: It is such a piti, or is it?

... My question: what should I do? How should I proceed? The feeling is distracting, and I am concerned that I find myself craving the feeling during meditation sessions. Is it a signpost towards access concentration (upacarasamadhi) or a mental fabrication that is preventing further progress? In e...
by frank k
Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 2290

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

Your argument that the behaviour like the Dalai Lama's above leads to sex scandals is patent nonsense. And yes, I will stop wasting my time trying to reason with someone who is wilfully blind. I was hoping the community could provide more articles that addressed this issues, or ones similar to this...
by frank k
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 2290

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

Here you are clearly linking Mahayana not being as strict as prohibiting all physical contact to sex scandals. Above you switch your argument to blaming skilful means and crazy wisdom. So which is it? All of those issues are contributing to the problem. It sounds like you just want to argue for the...
by frank k
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: maha kassapa keeping strict vinaya and austerities to set good example for future generations
Replies: 1
Views: 339

maha kassapa keeping strict vinaya and austerities to set good example for future generations

Anyone know of other passages saying that more explicitly? I found SN 16.5 in the kassapa samyutta, but I seem to recall there are more explicit passages where the Buddha says, 'kassapa, you're old, body broken down, why not relax a little bit and ease up on austerities'? Or maybe a passage from the...
by frank k
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 2290

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

Crazy wisdom is largely a recent invention and not something traditional. Strict rules don't stop those intent on sexual gratification as many such stories from all traditions indicate. You put forward no cogent argument at all, frank k. And you have no common sense, Dan 72. Study some of the cases...
by frank k
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 2290

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

That's why I specifically named Ajahn Chah's lineage, who have a reputation for following vinaya strictly. The Theravada monks you mention below having affairs, are not following vinaya, and can't be considered monks (they'd be forcibly excommunicated with parajika rules of the vinaya). Just look at...
by frank k
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 2290

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

Thanks Venerable Pesala. I'm also hoping people can contribute links to previously written articles that can help explain that strict rules serve important purposes, and that 'skillful means' and 'crazy wisdom' are usually just rationalizations to commit crimes of passion. I'm sure it's well covered...
by frank k
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 2290

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

frank k, I think you are drawing a very long bow by linking sex scandals in Tibetan and Mahayana Buddhism to more relaxed rules on hugging. The people involved in sex scandals by and large were not monks, so the Vinaya was irrelevant. But logically I don't find the connection plausible. Rather the ...
by frank k
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 2290

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

There must already be some excellent articles written already to answer some of the comments people have made, as to why Theravada has strict rules about monks not hugging or having any physical contact with women, even their moms. Can anyone point some links to these articles? I gave only a very br...
by frank k
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What is the meaning of Savitakka and Savicara?
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: What is the meaning of Savitakka and Savicara?

Another discussion. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=31019 I believe others have already answered it, but just to confirm, sa-vitakka and sa-vicara means 'with'-vitakka and 'with'-vicara. a-vitakka and a-vicara means 'without'-vitakka and 'without' vicara. As to what vitakka and vicara ...
by frank k
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.
Replies: 30
Views: 1649

Re: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.

What about “universal love”? As a translation for 'metta', 'universal love' is better than 'loving kindness', but still problematic. B. Sujato's translation of 'metta' as 'love' is beyond problematic and wrong, it's horrible. Here's an example of why. Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American ...