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by Mkoll
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist
Replies: 75
Views: 2585

Re: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist

Quote from ' The Natural State ': Whatever you do in the pursuit of truth or reality takes you away from your own very natural state in which you always are. It's not something you can acquire, attain or accomplish as a result of your effort. All that you do makes it impossible for what already is ...
by Mkoll
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 83111

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

I read the texts as saying that right concentration (sammasamadhi), i.e. the 4 jhanas, is distinctly Buddhist because it is dependent upon the other limbs of the path—see MN 117. The means by which the mind does or experiences anything can be seen as a mental process, so saying jhana is a mental pr...
by Mkoll
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 83111

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

[...] I lean more toward Zom's and santa100's opinion on this. A fair amount of people claim to have this or that jhana. Yet there are often big differences in how they describe it and how to get there with the most notable being between so-called Visuddhimagga style jhana (generally more deep) and...
by Mkoll
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 83111

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

I lean more toward Zom's and santa100's opinion on this. A fair amount of people claim to have this or that jhana. Yet there are often big differences in how they describe it and how to get there with the most notable being between so-called Visuddhimagga style jhana (generally more deep) and sutta ...
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Monks Average Meditation Routine
Replies: 20
Views: 1816

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

And then there is another monastery here in town where the abbot is very good and serious. The monks meditate in formal sitting meditation sessions 5 times a day; each one hour long. That is almost like a retreat schedule, but it is all year long. Impressive. Which monastery is that? Any sub-tradit...
by Mkoll
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 285649

Re: the great vegetarian debate

The current scientific consensus is that GMO foods are no less safe than conventional foods. I've copy-pasted a long article below. Go to the site I got it from for better readability and links to the statements and positions by all the scientific organizations. I've bolded the author's TLDR below. ...
by Mkoll
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 141
Views: 4647

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

Along with the "great Nibbana=?" thread we need a "great nature of the arahant=?" and "great dependent origination=?" so these neverending philosophical diversions can be sequestered in one place. I feel like I've read a million threads just like this one.
by Mkoll
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Evola and Fascism continued.
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Evola and Fascism continued.

I still don't get the emphasis on the uber masculinity or whatever it is - @Binocular provided a link to a good talk by Bhikkhu N.Ñanamoli in which he says that masculinity and femininity are not really problems in themselves, but they are the basis for bondage when clung to and identified with. No...
by Mkoll
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 534
Views: 21265

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

The law should be able to proscribe certain types of speech, but I can't think of any that might be used in the context of a care or health setting. HIPAA is kinda a big thing in healthcare in the US, to put it mildly. It's taken very seriously and violations can lead to civil penalties, criminal p...
by Mkoll
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 114
Views: 6538

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

I really don't understand this attacking of other people's anapanasati strategies. The purpose of it is to make the mind calm, clear, collected, and ripe for insight. If someone's breathing strategy is moving them in that direction (and only they could know), we should be happy for them, not pouncin...
by Mkoll
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 534
Views: 21265

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

In California, people are used to the rollout of these kind of nanny-state laws. There's really no "vigorous resistance" to them AFAIK, unless you include people complaining but not doing anything about it in this category. Mostly on the internet. I'm pretty certain that most people I encounter IRL ...
by Mkoll
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1981
Views: 172441

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

:twothumbsup:

This one may be the most melodically memorable and emotional of their hits, especially the chorus:

Duran Duran - Ordinary World

by Mkoll
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1981
Views: 172441

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

Duran Duran have a few really memorable songs. This is still the only James Bond theme to make #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Duran Duran - A View To A Kill

by Mkoll
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: delete the music thread
Replies: 37
Views: 1556

Re: delete the music thread

it's off-topic with regard to "Dhamma Wheel is an environment for the discussion of Theravada Buddhism." (from the terms of service) "Any subject matter that may be off-topic... may be removed without notice" it's as simple as that really. you have missed the mark by offering to restrict my access ...
by Mkoll
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 114
Views: 6538

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Ajahn Chah also suggested holding one's breath in certain situations. Do it! Have you ever walked cankama? What was it like as you walked? Did your mind wander? If it did, then stop and let it come back. If it wanders off a lot, then don't breathe. Hold your breath until your lungs are about to burs...
by Mkoll
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 2415

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

I like lists, so I'll take a shot at creating a list. 1. Monastics are an integral part of Buddhism. 2. Teachings should only be done by monastic members. 3. The Order of bhikkhunis cannot be revived by Dharmagupta or other Mahayana nuns, it is dead. 4. The current full ordinations of nuns going on...
by Mkoll
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: delete the music thread
Replies: 37
Views: 1556

Re: delete the music thread

You should read this thread.

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=22044

Thing should be a sticky and recommended reading for new members. Might prevent some of the repeated posts about themes that crop up like clockwork.
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like button - Poll
Replies: 10
Views: 658

Re: Like button - Poll

There are different ways to implement one with the main difference being able to dislike as well. For example, on Sutta Central one you only like but on a place like Reddit you can upvote and also downvote. The former would be a better implementation for this kind of board.
by Mkoll
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like function?
Replies: 39
Views: 3354

Re: Like function?

DNS wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:01 pm
Best Dhamma talk by Bill Maher ever :tongue:
Not a Dhamma talk and totally unrelated but Maher knocked it out of the park in his ending segment last Friday.

Warning: foul language and if you're a Trump supporter you will not like it

phpBB [video]
by Mkoll
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like function?
Replies: 39
Views: 3354

Re: Like function?

OK, sounds like there's no "like" for the "like" function.

:lol: