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by mikenz66
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 524

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

But that is laughable on its face ecause the. Abhidhamma came, what, a thousand years after the buddha? Didn"t the buddha warn against adding to and tinkering with the teachings? I think you're thinking of late commentary rather than Canonical Abhidhamma, which is largely an analysis of the suttas....
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 563

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

1. It does not occur to you that the theory expounded in the Milindpanha is based on Pali Canon sources? https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.012.ntbb.html Furthermore, the Milindpanha and the later commentaries are definitely part of the Theravada exegesis. One might of course validly ar...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 400

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

OK, here's another construct: https://suttacentral.net/sn12.49 When consciousness exists name and form come to be. viññāṇe sati nāmarūpaṃ hoti; [consciousness (exists?) name-and-form exists/to be When consciousness doesn’t exist name and form don’t come to be. viññāṇe asati nāmarūpaṃ na hoti; [consc...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 400

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

There are various ways of understanding the conditionality involved in DO, but I think the two most important ones are those described in the suttas, ie snychronous ( "While this nidana is present, then that nidana is present..." ) and sequential ( "When this nidana arises, then that nidana arises....
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which type of Nibbana is the most important?
Replies: 21
Views: 364

Re: Which type of Nibbana is the most important?

Then is it possible to understand "nibbana" as nibbana with residue and parinibbana as nibbana without residue. No. See this from Bhikkhu Bodhi for a detailed discussion: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=14143&start=40#p209545 See also: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=22106 :hea...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.
Replies: 7
Views: 217

Re: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.

In these suttas Mahāmoggallāna sees a particular being in a bad destination, and the Buddha comments on the past kamma of the being: “Just now, as Mahāmoggallāna was descending from Vulture’s Peak Mountain he smiled at a certain spot. What is the cause, Reverend Moggallāna, what is the reason you sm...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1355

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

No, neither positive nor negative. Just the way it is. We cannot 'know' what the cessation of DO is really like. The paradigm has changed. Well, according to the suttas, and my experience, how it is is not satisfactory. And according to the suttas the cessation of DO is a good thing (i.e. nibbana)....
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1355

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

I get what you are saying, but I'm not sure calling DO as essentially about the arising of a sense of self. If the sense of self/existence is itself a perversion, DO itself doesn't point to that. It shows the dependent nature of all arisings. Illusory perceptions are how we commonly construct a sel...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1355

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

"Thus, Ananda, from name-and-form as a requisite condition comes consciousness. From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form. Why Buddha ignored that Sankara is the requisite condition for the consciousness. Do you mean "why did the Buddha teach several different variations?" Per...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 400

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

This diagram, which was created by one of the participants in Ven Analayo's course on the Nibbana Sermons last year may be helpful. You can find it in the PDF of the fourth lecture here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/resources/bhikkhu-analayo-lectures/ DependentOrigination.jpg The idea is to enume...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1355

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Thus, all the five aggregates are actually sankharas, whether they are assigned to the sankhara aggregate or one of the other four. I think you are muddying the water by conflating these two quite distinct uses of "sankhara". Again it's a case of square pegs and round holes, trying to force one mea...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 306

Re: theravada

has nothing to do with sex or the sex is interpreted as not being sex? or sex without attachment? since we're here and all and that is a big thread Have you actually read the thread that I linked to? It has nothing to do with sex, unless I missed splitting out some of the recent posts. :heart: Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 306

Re: theravada

Hi Dhammarakkhito, Please refer to this topic: Tantric Theravada? https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10503 Started in 2012 by Venerable Gavesako, a bhikkhu in the Ajahn Chah tradition. There are references to several books and articles about various influences on practices in SE Asia. One ...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 334

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

If a ritual gives someone some benefit, then it's his/her own right to exercise them. But I was talking about interacting with pretas from the view point of Early Buddhism. So was I. So it's interesting to point out that the suttas mentioning petas are likely to be late ones, and how the ideas seem...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1355

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

retrofuturist wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:55 am
OK, can do now, but will have to be brief, and done holding an occasionally grizzly baby with one arm. :)
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Thanks for the detailed explanation. Very helpful.

:heart:
Mike