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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: 330

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: 327

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: 201

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: 1228

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: 1228

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: 1228

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: 330

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: 1228

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: 250

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: 250

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: 310

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: 1228

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
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: ban heretics
Replies: 90
Views: 2861

Re: ban heretics

Hi budo, My only issue is that a subject of conversation cannot be maintained due to thread derailing/hijacking. As retro says, we are aware of this and have been stepping up splitting off-topic chatter into separate threads. I, too, find it discouraging when questions, especially questions about pr...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 247

Re: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?

someone correct me if I'm wrong but I thought what makes Mahasi an insight practice or vipassana is that the object ones paying attention to is impermanent. Samatha is meditating on a stabilized conventional reality where vipassana is an impermanent ultimate reality i.e. Not an idea. I could be way...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1121

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

Off-topic posts moved to here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=32144

Please stick to the topic of wheter Tantra, or Tantric practices that have some connection with Theravada Buddhism or Theravada Buddhists.

:heart:
Mike