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by Sanghamitta
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Interesting how they rarely (in my experience) mention it in Dhamma talks, other than in passing. From this I suspect one or two things; it's not central to the teaching like the four noble truths and noble eightfold path etc but a background to them, many of monks are actually agnostic on the topi...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

If they left the path behind...then it all came out in the wash. :smile:
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

If they were a " bumbling idiot "Then it wouldnt be " proper instruction "....would it ?
Likewise someone who does not live the Dhamma cannot, by definition, give proper instruction.
Relating to previous life experiences is neither here nor there imo.
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

If the instruction is proper, liking or disliking this or that approach or teacher is as frivolous as liking or disliking a given fireman when the house is on fire....it really doesnt matter.
Its our response and application that matters, nothing else.
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

On " it all comes out in the wash " I have been on a number of Vipassana and Metta Bhavana retreats involving participants from the spectrum of western Buddhist orientations. From devotees of the Suttas to those exclusively preoccupied with practice. As far as I could see any major difference in wh...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Your updated caveat is duly acknowledged. :smile:

:anjali:
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Greetings Mike, Tonglen appears to be just a variation of brahamavihara practice. A wrong version of it. There is no "taking" of anything in metta... rather, there is the letting go of taking. There is even the letting go of the view that people must first be kind to you, before you will in turn be...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

On " it all comes out in the wash " I have been on a number of Vipassana and Metta Bhavana retreats involving participants from the spectrum of western Buddhist orientations. From devotees of the Suttas to those exclusively preoccupied with practice. As far as I could see any major difference in wh...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Stephen Batchelor is practising a "sutta method" just as much as you are, but you have (I think) come to rather different conclusions. I really don't think Batchelor is, Mike. How can one have a meaningful and coherent "sutta method" which fails to accept the validity of passages which are central ...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

On " it all comes out in the wash " I have been on a number of Vipassana and Metta Bhavana retreats involving participants from the spectrum of western Buddhist orientations. From devotees of the Suttas to those exclusively preoccupied with practice. As far as I could see any major difference in wha...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Mundane and supramundane ? There is more than one reality ?
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Ask whoever wrote it. If, as you suggest, not reinforcing wrong views matters, if that's not "irrelevant" then it seems the "secular Buddhist" has something to consider. Having made it plain ( to the best of my ability ) that I think that Dhamma is not found by discursive thought, whether "secular ...
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Ask whoever wrote it.
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 29040

Re: The Secular Buddhist

They will fall away on their own if not reinforced. What is essential is cultivating right view, which results from Insight arising..not from discursive thought.
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: An Apology
Replies: 19
Views: 2437

Re: An Apology

Cittasanto wrote:Oh yeah, I didn't look at the date before I posted! thought it was interesting seeing his name :)

I guessed. :smile:
Thats why I thought clarification was in order.

:anjali: