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by mikenz66
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: The Growth of Theravada Buddhism in Hong Kong
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: The Growth of Theravada Buddhism in Hong Kong

Yes, that's a group I interacted with back in 2007. I'm not sure if it is still active.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37285

Re: Free Will

And here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hume#Free_will.2C_determinism.2C_and_responsibility Actions are, by their very nature, temporary and perishing; and where they proceed not from some cause in the character and disposition of the person who performed them, they can neither redound to his ...
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37285

Re: Free Will

Perhaps one should inquire if one's intentions are conditioned or unconditioned. ... In brief, the argument (which is probably not particularly original) is that the intention allows us to have some insight into someone's mind, and how the person is likely to behave in the future. If someone accide...
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37285

Re: Free Will

Perhaps one should inquire if one's intentions are conditioned or unconditioned. ... There's a short segment on this Sam Harris podcast (starting at about 2:20, and not connected with the interview, which is also quite interesting) where he discusses why intention is still important even if both th...
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 379
Views: 11500

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Off-topic meta-discussion removed.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1173

Re: Victims of Buddhism

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by mikenz66
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 43475

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

binocular wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:44 pm
Sovatthika wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:22 am
analyze what is being taken. can you take data?
If you can have it, then it can be taken.
Brilliant!
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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1779
Views: 150871

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

Coltrane was so amazing.

Here's the complete album:



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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. IV. Proper Speech.
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. IV. Proper Speech.

Yes, excellent advice.

The chapters are linked here: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=345&p=420589#p420589 as they are posted. My intention here is for something along the lines of In the Buddha's Words - Open Source Version.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. IV. Proper Speech.
Replies: 2
Views: 185

The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. IV. Proper Speech.

The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. IV. Proper Speech. See: here for background. Speech is a differentiating trait of humans. Words can create enmity or friendship, win or harden hearts, deceive others or open them to new pathways of understanding. Social transformations through ...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 570

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

... I have seen different delineations or presentations of DO (i.e. as opposed to seeing DO as an object of direct personal perception). Some of them present a cyclical process, whereas others don't. I don't recall seeing a cyclical presentation among the suttas, so I can't favour a cyclical presen...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!! 2.0
Replies: 76
Views: 2333

Re: Joke!!! 2.0

Scarily true...

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Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Dana opportunity
Replies: 13
Views: 236

Re: Dana opportunity

Bhante Sujato has completed new translations of the four Pali nikayas to English. SuttaCentral is going through a massive transformation and being rebuilt from the ground up. Will SuttaCentral only publish Bhikkhu Sujato's idiosyncratic translations, such as the translation of MN 10 currently there...
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Retro!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 211

Re: Happy Birthday Retro!!!

Happy Birthday, Paul!

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Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: New Translations of the Pali Canon Four Nikayas and Vinaya
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: New Translations of the Pali Canon Four Nikayas and Vinaya

Hi ieee23

The link didn't work, so edited it to remove an extra "20".

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Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A kind of samadhi or just auditory hallucination
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Re: A kind of samadhi or just auditory hallucination

Hi an_user, Hi everyone, I have known dhammawheel.com for a while, but English isn't my first language and may Buddhism vocabulary is limited, so I usually just read. Recently, I came across a phenomenon that I really want to seek an explanation from Theravada mediation perceptive, so I write this p...
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Criticism of Nanananda, illusionism and Mahayana non-dualism
Replies: 16
Views: 396

Re: Criticism of Nanananda, illusionism and Mahayana non-dualism

In the list I quoted feeling is listed first. Just as he says. You are confusing two different lists.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Criticism of Nanananda, illusionism and Mahayana non-dualism
Replies: 16
Views: 396

Re: Criticism of Nanananda, illusionism and Mahayana non-dualism

Let's look at the continuation of that last paragraph, to fully understand Nanananda philosophy: “They say so because in paṭiccasamuppāda, phassa comes before vedanā . That doesn’t apply here. In the Suttas, such as the Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta , the ordering is never in that form. The Buddha and the Arah...
by mikenz66
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Śrāvakayāna / Sutta Pitaka also teach that Saṃsāra is a delusion, or is this teaching only in Mahāyāna?
Replies: 18
Views: 413

Re: Does Śrāvakayāna / Sutta Pitaka also teach that Saṃsāra is a delusion, or is this teaching only in Mahāyāna?

Well, at least you acknowledge that they have very different interpretations of the suttas... That's a start... Are you thinking of this sort of thing? https://dhammawiki.com/index.php/The_Heretic_Sage,_Part_2 His inter­pre­ta­tion of paṭiccasamuppāda, which dra­mat­i­cally devi­ates from the tra­di...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 450
Views: 13588

Re: POTUS 2017

Yes, he's clearly not fragile. He presumably just uses whatever tactics he thinks will get what he wants, whatever that is...

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Mike