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by hermitwin
Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a fair critique of goenka?
Replies: 31
Views: 3105

Re: Is this a fair critique of goenka?

The wrong prescription could kill you. lol.
by hermitwin
Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a fair critique of goenka?
Replies: 31
Views: 3105

Re: Is this a fair critique of goenka?

The main purpose of this thread is to hear alternative views. I have personal friends who are followers of goenka. They have discussed with me at length about why they feel goenka is the best. I have attended the 10-day goenka retreat. I have also learned meditation from other teachers. I am interes...
by hermitwin
Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a fair critique of goenka?
Replies: 31
Views: 3105

Re: Is this a fair critique of goenka?

Bikkhu Pesala, thank you for your reply.

Would you consider goenka followers a cult ?

Here are some of his talks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ii9vjW9BwU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqEWTlaweaM
by hermitwin
Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a fair critique of goenka?
Replies: 31
Views: 3105

Re: Is this a fair critique of goenka?

Would any bikkhus care to chip in?
Esp concerning how goenka preaches the superiority of his 'technique'.
Is it consistent with the suttas?
by hermitwin
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is your opinion of Mahayana?
Replies: 17
Views: 1349

Re: What is your opinion of Mahayana?

Tell that to the mahayana monks.
It is very important to them.
In fact if you include garlic in the diet, then the meal is considered non-vegetarian.
by hermitwin
Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is your opinion of Mahayana?
Replies: 17
Views: 1349

Re: What is your opinion of Mahayana?

IIt is true that many traditional Mahayana Buddhists consider garlic unhelpful to monastic life. I don’t rule out the possibility that garlic and other herbs could have certain effects on the body. It is similar to many people who claims that a vegetarian diet makes them calmer. However, what bother...
by hermitwin
Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is your opinion of Mahayana?
Replies: 17
Views: 1349

What is your opinion of Mahayana?

What is your opinion of Mahayana? Esp the popular schools eg pure land. A view that I often encounter is that it is incorrect to consider Theravada more authentic than Mahayana. Mahayana is seen as more progressive because it adds new sutras. Also, many think that Mahayana is less selfish because it...
by hermitwin
Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The Social Expectations that Stifle Ordination
Replies: 8
Views: 1425

Re: The Social Expectations that Stifle Ordination

I have the same problem ie my family doesnt understand/object. I believe you have to follow your heart. Try it , if it doesnt suit you , you can always quit. There is a story about how rare it is to be born a human and hear the dhamma. It is rare to be reborn in the realm of human beings because thi...
by hermitwin
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it okay for monks to wear amulets?
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Re: Is it okay for monks to wear amulets?

I believe that monks should not be carrying and distributing amulets. But ajahn jumnien is regarded as one of the great masters. So its very confusing for me.
by hermitwin
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is your concept of self without memory?
Replies: 7
Views: 826

Re: What is your concept of self without memory?

The idea of self is inextricably linked to the continuity of identity. Memory is an integral part of this identity. With out memory, you cant maintain the self. Who am I ? these are my parents. I was born in London. I went certain primary school and certain university. That is who I am . buddha taug...
by hermitwin
Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is your concept of self without memory?
Replies: 7
Views: 826

What is your concept of self without memory?

I have been thinking about anatta. What happen if you lost your memory? Who or what are you ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmzU47i2xgw
by hermitwin
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it okay for monks to wear amulets?
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Is it okay for monks to wear amulets?

THOSE who met Thai meditation master Ajahn Jumnien Silsetso often wonder why he needs to have an assortment of amulets, beads, talisman and handphones dangling from his robes. Many thought it was awkward for the Theravada monk from the Thai forest tradition to carry amulets while others believed tha...
by hermitwin
Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the following definition of jhāna correct?
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Is the following definition of jhāna correct?

It sounds to me what you are experiencing is not jhana.
One of the 1st sign of jhana is intense pleasure.
Here is a more detail description.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MezhRc_8XY