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by mikenz66
Mon May 14, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Focusing on the nostrils
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: Focusing on the nostrils

How many of you focus on the nostrils when meditation. Which meditation traditions practice like this? I have read about focusing on the tip of the nose, does this really mean on the entrance and exist of the nostrils? Pa Auk Sayadaw and others teach that method. See this and other threads: https:/...
by mikenz66
Sun May 13, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 558

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Taking this into consideration, when teaching the laity today, perhaps it would be more appropriate to focus more on the teachings directed to them, and less on the teachings directed to monastics. Personally, as a lay follower, I've found the teachings to lay people to be far more pertinent. What ...
by mikenz66
Sun May 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 44
Views: 806

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

Many people would say that because his teachings contain so much orthodox Theravada, it doesn't really matter what he or his followers call them. "If it walks like a duck and it quacks, etc...". Others might want to go with the self-appellation. That was certainly my impression. And the impression ...
by mikenz66
Sat May 12, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bollywood Buddha ZeeTV series
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Bollywood Buddha ZeeTV series

No_Mind wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 1:00 pm
mikenz66 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 9:24 am
But who was the cool dude meditating on the top of a snowy mountain?
Sage Asita and his nephew Nardutta, the wise men who visited King Suddhodana and infant Gautama.

:namaste:
Thanks. Do you know the source of that part of the story?

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat May 12, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.

It seems to me like there is a progression in the development of the meditation given to Rahula; Cakkhu Sutta contemplates the most obvious sense body Cula-Rahulovada is more detailed and focus is on contact Maha-Rahulovada is more advanced yet and the focus is on the elements internal and external...
by mikenz66
Sat May 12, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.

Here are some quotes from Bhikkhu Bodhi's Introduction to his SN translation. https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/connected-discourses-buddha/introduction Of the four Nikāyas, SN seems to be the one most heavily subjected to “literary embellishment.” While it is possible that some of the variations stem...
by mikenz66
Sat May 12, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about "My experience at 10 day Vipassana course"
Replies: 20
Views: 282

Re: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course

thanks for linking to that discussion! It was a fun discussion... :tongue: Plenty of back-and-forth about what is or is not a technique. As you know, I regard anything that involves a choice as a technique in the broad sense. Earlier in this thread we were given this advice on technique: The ones w...
by mikenz66
Sat May 12, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bollywood Buddha ZeeTV series
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Bollywood Buddha ZeeTV series

I have seen few episodes .. they get the history right .. the suttas too .. but production value is terrible I thought the bit near the end of the first episode where the baby Buddha-to-be took his first steps looked cool, though they left out the speaking: ‘As soon as he’s born, the being intent o...
by mikenz66
Sat May 12, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about "My experience at 10 day Vipassana course"
Replies: 20
Views: 282

Re: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course

You stop trying to manipulate and change all that because that is what you are! This is key! And why vipassana can never be a technique or developed by a technique. And I think anyone who has had any insight at all would agree that seeing that trying to manipulate and change things is the problem, ...
by mikenz66
Sat May 12, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about "My experience at 10 day Vipassana course"
Replies: 20
Views: 282

Re: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course

Saengnapha wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 2:09 am
No one can give it or teach it to you.
You determined to teach us all the one true path...

Be well...

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri May 11, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Use of the "list=none" command for indenting.
Replies: 1
Views: 148

Use of the "list=none" command for indenting.

Some of you may have noticed that the list command has changed it's behaviour recently, so the default is to put in a dot: [list] Here is a comment. [/list] Here is a comment. If, like me, you like to use "list" to indent some text, and find the dot irritating, you can get rid of it by using the com...
by mikenz66
Fri May 11, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you become a Sotapanna will you know that?
Replies: 45
Views: 791

Re: If you become a Sotapanna will you know that?

Why? If it's so rare to find a professional in a mundane discipline like a quantum physicist in the world, ... Most people working physics and related research or teaching physics at university level are using and/or teaching quantum mechanics. In terms of technology, the "first quantum revolution"...
by mikenz66
Fri May 11, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about "My experience at 10 day Vipassana course"
Replies: 20
Views: 282

Re: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course

The ones who directly experience this teaching did exactly what I said, they studied the words of the Buddha until they began to spontaneously contemplate its meaning. No one can teach you that. It happens in its own time and in its own way. But you will do what you want, in any case, so advice is ...
by mikenz66
Fri May 11, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non-woo quantum consciousness
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Non-woo quantum consciousness

This recent study might be of interest: Computer gamers close “freedom of choice loophole” of quantum entanglement The Big Bell Test Collaboration has put quantum entanglement to the test with help from about 100,000 computer gamers worldwide. Run by an international team of physicists, the experime...
by mikenz66
Fri May 11, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bollywood Buddha ZeeTV series
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Bollywood Buddha ZeeTV series

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 8:55 pm
Does it have fun singing and dancing? :popcorn:
If you want singing and dancing then there's alway Prince Siddhartha the Musical...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhartha_(musical)
The show toured New Zealand a year or so ago.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri May 11, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is a anagarika?
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: What exactly is a anagarika?

See this thread:
viewtopic.php?t=22438

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Thu May 10, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bhikkhu Samahita's Recent Google Groups Email
Replies: 29
Views: 670

Re: Bhikkhu Samahita's Recent Google Groups Email

I have an email that says:
"FW: URGENT INFO on BIO-WARFARE ATTACK

Some kind of wacky conspiracy theory... I don't think the details are relevant.

Presumably a prank or a hack...

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Thu May 10, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Re: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course

Hi Luis, Any meditation retreat is likely to have its ups and downs. I don't know what previous experience you have, but I did a Goenka retreat about 11 years ago, after a year of so of meditation, and some short, much less taxing retreats. These are tough retreats, and, arguably, the structure leav...
by mikenz66
Thu May 10, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bhikkhu Samahita's Recent Google Groups Email
Replies: 29
Views: 670

Re: Bhikkhu Samahita's Recent Google Groups Email

Perhaps someone hacked his account...

:heart:
Mike