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by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1101

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

The Path doesn't have to be un-joyful... “What, bhikkhus, is the way of undertaking things that is pleasant now and ripens in the future as pleasure? Here, bhikkhus, someone in pleasure and joy abstains from killing living beings, and he experiences pleasure and joy that have abstention from killing...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1101

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

Well, as I said, different suttas say apparently different things: “Not so, Ānanda! Not so, Ānanda! This is the entire holy life, Ānanda, that is, good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship. When a bhikkhu has a good friend, a good companion, a good comrade, it is to be expected that he w...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Kula Sutta AN 4.258. Families.
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: Kula Sutta AN 4.258. Families.

Bhikkhu Bodhi notes that SN 42.9 has eight causes for the destruction of families. https://suttacentral.net/sn42.9 “There are, headman, eight causes and conditions for the destruction of families. Families come to destruction on account of the king, or on account of thieves, or on account of fire, o...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Kula Sutta AN 4.258. Families.
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Kula Sutta AN 4.258. Families.

Kula Sutta AN 4.258. Families. Translated by Bhante Sujato https://suttacentral.net/an4.258 “Mendicants, when families don’t stay wealthy for long, it’s always for one or more of these four reasons. What four? They don’t look for what’s lost; they don’t fix old things; they eat and drink too much; ...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1101

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

the verse would have to say looking after oneself by looking after oneself if one were called to cultivate 'self-mettā', which is fairly nonsensical I don't follow the logic here. Just because in one sutta there is an encouragement to do some particular thing, doesn't mean that doing some other thi...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1101

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

“Having explored every quarter with the mind, one finds no-one dearer than oneself. Likewise for others, each holds themselves dear. So one who loves themselves would not harm others.” https://suttacentral.net/sn3.8/en/sujato Searching all directions with your awareness, you find no one dearer than...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sakkāya-ditthi: view that sees distinct mind and matter?
Replies: 45
Views: 685

Re: Sakkāya-ditthi: view that sees distinct mind and matter?

Sure, the details are not in the suttas. However nama-rupa is a key part of dependent origination, and much of the progress of insight is in the suttas. See for example https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=11701#p177838 In any case, it is clearly an important part of Theravada, which is the frame...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 63
Views: 1026

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

Laughable? You really think that? :tongue:

I guess you are in the second category I mentioned...

Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: suggestion: make this site better (i'm not badmouthing)
Replies: 13
Views: 376

Re: suggestion: make this site better (i'm not badmouthing)

Sure, posting quotes is fine. I prefer them in threads, so I know what they are, and can read them, or not, depending on my inclination on the day. The Thanissaro thread https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=13339 for example, would be really annoying if it were a bunch of separate one-post t...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: suggestion: make this site better (i'm not badmouthing)
Replies: 13
Views: 376

Re: suggestion: make this site better (i'm not badmouthing)

You mean a kind of "inspiring Buddha quotes" thread?

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1101

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

But I see Robert already posted most of the above...

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1101

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

Here's some more, relevant to the criticisms given in the OP: 9. If that is so, does it not conflict with what is said in the texts? For there is no mention of any development of it towards oneself in what is said in the Vibhaòga: “And how does a bhikkhu dwell pervading one direction with his heart ...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1101

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

Visuddhimagga Chapter IX wrote: 8. First of all it should be developed only towards oneself, doing it repeatedly
thus: “May I be happy and free from suffering” or “May I keep myself free from
enmity, affliction and anxiety and live happily.”
:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Question about Theravāda buddhism and Kundalini awakening
Replies: 23
Views: 1491

Re: Question about Theravāda buddhism and Kundalini awakening

Crazy cloud wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:04 am

Okay, so it's only about sitting, is it - not walking, and standing and so on, also .. :spy:

Please, ignore if this upsets your cushion, friend .. :tongue:
Of course not. I was merely giving one example of where "non-Buddhist" techniques can be useful.

Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Question about Theravāda buddhism and Kundalini awakening
Replies: 23
Views: 1491

Re: Question about Theravāda buddhism and Kundalini awakening

"Don't take advice over the internet by people who have no idea what you're experiencing." :anjali: Good advice! Oops! Ignore that advice... :tongue: More seriously, meditation can cause all kinds of stuff to arise. Some things might be helpfully dealt with by techniques outside of standard Buddhis...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 63
Views: 1026

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

I guess the disconnect is whether or not one sees the development of virtues, and so on, is a positive thing common to all (sensible) "spritual" paths. The differences between religions are not merely metaphorical or superficial. If the cores of two religions are different, then the surfaces are di...
by mikenz66
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 63
Views: 1026

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

I guess the disconnect is whether or not one sees the development of virtues, and so on, is a positive thing common to all (sensible) "spritual" paths. If one takes that view, then the difference between the Dhamma and other paths is at a quite technical level (not-self, dependent origination, etc)....
by mikenz66
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 63
Views: 1026

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

Of course, trying to relate the technical details to Christian doctrine is most likely pointless, but perhaps one can learn something from how Christian or Sufi mystics faced their problems. It's not clear how that is or could be the case. Some seem to take some inspiration from the efforts of othe...
by mikenz66
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1660

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

By the way, there is a nice series of talks here about Bhikkhuni Ordination: I Will Not Pass Away….Reinstating the Buddha's Vision of Gender Equity: A history of Bhikkhunis from the time of the Buddha - Ayya Anandabodhi and Mindy Zlotnick The Buddha said he would not pass away until there was a well...
by mikenz66
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1660

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

Thank you for chiming in, Bhante. It is good to get perspectives from different places. I was only vaguely aware of the Bhikkhuni's at Bhante G's monestary. It's very difficult to disentangle where this idea that "Ajahn Brahm claims he started Bhikkhuni ordination" comes from. I don't see AB claimin...