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by Goofaholix
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3501

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

Do they try to make merit and hope for a better rebirth? Then, yes, they are in effect trying to verify things for themselves. Clearly we have a different understanding of what verifying for oneselves entails, the keyword in your sentence is hope, how does hope and verification correlate? If anythi...
by Goofaholix
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3501

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

In contrast, in Buddhism, and not just in the modern variations for scientific skeptics, the situation is, at least on principle, quite different. A Buddhist, on principle, does try to know things for himself, does try to verify the religious tenets. I think you'll find that 150 years ago this wasn...
by Goofaholix
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3501

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

My perception of theravada is that it if a path of practice and the epitome of the practice is the monastic (symbolically). The path of practice for the lay person is a path of action (dana, sila, bhavana) and relationship (with the monastic sangha). Take out the bhavana for the lay person and that...
by Goofaholix
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3501

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

Some names, please? As I understand it the movement characterised as "Protestant Buddhism" came about for much the same reasons as protestant christianity, as a laypersons revival and freedom from the clergy as the only authority attitude that had built up over centuries. It is characterised by lay...
by Goofaholix
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind moments
Replies: 28
Views: 1159

Re: Mind moments

Many practitioners report this sort of experience and perhaps that's how the mind-moment description developed (though how they got to billions of moments per second is a mystery to me...). It's relatively late development, somewhere between the Abhidhamma and the Commentaries. Yes, I can appreciat...
by Goofaholix
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind moments
Replies: 28
Views: 1159

Re: Mind moments

As a practice it's quite simple, it's most easily observed when observing change. For example if you are mindfully observing the movement of your arm, depending on how sensitive the mind is sometimes you observe it as one fluid movement, sometimes like a series of micro movements like looking at a m...
by Goofaholix
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tips for dealing with intrusive noise when practicing mindfulness?
Replies: 8
Views: 482

Re: Tips for dealing with intrusive noise when practicing mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice is about attending to whatever is happening here and now, it's not about shutting out some experiences and concentrating on others, it sounds like you are doing concentration practice not mindfulness practice. With mindfulness practice you should notice that you are hearing, not...
by Goofaholix
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Spontaneous sitting
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Spontaneous sitting

In Theravadin practice mindfulness is supposed to be continuous in all postures and activities, sitting, walking, standing, lying down. It's an ideal we practice towards, special conditions are not required unless one wants to deepen concentration. In my limited experience Zen also encourages this j...
by Goofaholix
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 124072

Re: Nirvana is a Transcendent Reality

The point of the word transcendent is that it transcends something, what does it transcend? Clearly dukkha and craving for a start, the Zen blog says "transcendent refers to that which is beyond ordinary experience and scientific explanation"... that seams reasonable. The reality, the point of the w...
by Goofaholix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is death the alternative to alms begging? Right livelihood
Replies: 8
Views: 779

Re: Is death the alternative to alms begging? Right livelihood

Right livelihood is simply the abandonment of wrong livelihood. Looking at the descriptions of wrong livelihood below I don't think it's relevant to your question. At the Buddha's time there was already an established of mendicant spiritual "seekers", so the Buddha just leveraged that tradition. Mos...
by Goofaholix
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 3032

Re: What is "mind"?

I’ll make an attempt… 1. Any processes that are mental in nature as opposed to physical in nature. 2. The simplest analogy is that the brain is hardware and the mind is software. I think probably more correct that “mind” is an umbrella term for all mental processes, it’s about processes not a thing....
by Goofaholix
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Setting up a practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 918

Re: Setting up a practice?

Practising mindfulness and Samantha/vipassana is best learned on retreat(s). Attending a residential retreat of a least a week you get the opportunity to learn techniques and the optimum conditions to get some momentum going with the practice. Once you've got the momentum going it is relatively easi...
by Goofaholix
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Earworms
Replies: 10
Views: 749

Re: Earworms

As long as you consider it a problem, distraction, annoyance you'll continue to feed it. Just notice it's happening and you can't control it, it's just like sounds.
by Goofaholix
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is the Theravada dominated by the ordained
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Is the Theravada dominated by the ordained

I think in asia this is definately the case, however in the west with movements like IMS and Goenka etc run by lay people for lay people there is much more flexibility in the way practice environments are led and organised.
by Goofaholix
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Pudgalavada
Replies: 16
Views: 1762

Re: Pudgalavada

They believe in an indeterminate self, a sort of impermanent-self. Isn't the whole point of teaching of anatta the denial of a determinate permanent self? The concept of indeterminate impermanent-self does not meet the definition of atta/atman so I don't see a problem with it except the Buddha didn...