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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:57 am

Greetings,

Nibbana Sermons 1-25 can be downloaded as a single PDF from http://lirs.ru/do/sutra/Nibbana_Sermons,Nanananda.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by tiltbillings » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:43 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Nibbana Sermons 1-25 can be downloaded as a single PDF from http://lirs.ru/do/sutra/Nibbana_Sermons,Nanananda.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta,
Retro. :)
Geez, only 809 pages.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by adeh » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:40 am

Great...thanks Retro.

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by pt1 » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:17 am

tiltbillings wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Nibbana Sermons 1-25 can be downloaded as a single PDF from http://lirs.ru/do/sutra/Nibbana_Sermons,Nanananda.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta,
Retro. :)
Geez, only 809 pages.
I remember the first time I got to Nibbana sermons a few years back when someone posted a link on e-sangha - I was so fascinated how good they were that I read them all in a just a few days. And then re-read them all for the second time, and they seemed even better. However, this then lead to an interesting result – at the end I started thinking that it would be fair to examine the commentaries which the venerable criticises in a few places just to make sure the critique wasn’t a strawman. So, I tried reading a few available commentaries, and of course couldn’t understand anything as it was all based on abhidhamma. So, then I started reading on abhidhamma - and well, that’s what I’ve been doing ever since - now I'm basically completely fascinated by abhidhamma and the commentaries.

Anyway, this was just meant to be a small cautionary tale to retro (as I know he’s not very keen on abhidhamma and commentaries) – fascination with Nibbana sermons can sometimes lead to unexpected results :tongue:

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:16 am

Greetings Tilt,
tiltbillings wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Nibbana Sermons 1-25 can be downloaded as a single PDF from http://lirs.ru/do/sutra/Nibbana_Sermons,Nanananda.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta,
Retro. :)
Geez, only 809 pages.
809 pages of genius.

:thumbsup:

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by jackson » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:02 pm

I read the one sermon you linked to Retro, I thought it was brilliant, but I'm not sure if I'd want to read the whole thing online. I tried to find the printed version of the book and apparently one exists but I'm not sure if it's in English or not and haven't been able to locate it. Anyway, does anyone know where I could get a hard copy of the Nibbana Sermons? Thanks!
Metta, :smile:
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by ESpellman » Wed May 05, 2010 9:28 pm

Last year I was in Sri Lanka meditating as a Layman and Bertie at the Buddhist Publication Society gave me a list of places around Kandy where I should go. After a month there, just before I was going to leave I stopped back by the BPS and Bertie said, "I was thinking about what we spoke of and I think there is one other monk you should try and find......" Well as luck would have it was the Uposotha and out in the jungle living beneath a huge boulder in a tin corrugated hut with a skeleton and a few bookcases of dhamma books was Nanananda.

I can say of all the monks I met in Sri Lanka he made the greatest impression, in his devotion to practice, his command of pali (which he was a lecturer in), and his very modern almost Burmese views of Dhamma. Truly a remarkable man following the path. I heard it said that he was considered somewhat unorthodox philosophically by the monastic establishment there in Sri Lanka, which would be a great shame it is true, because I encountered a monk capable of imparting the power and complexity of the dhamma simply and succintly. When I left, arms piled high with copies of all of Nananada's books, I asked if he took students... He laughed a kind laugh and said, "When would I have time to write my books?" Indeed upon returning to the states I began reading what Nanananda feels is his magnum opus the multi volume Sermons on Nibbana, at the time he told me the sixth (? I think) and final volume was nearly complete, and perhaps is by now. Having read everything available on Nananada's in English I am glad he chose to write rather than teach!

I am greatly heartened to see this thread interested in this fine monk.

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by retrofuturist » Wed May 05, 2010 11:15 pm

Greetings ESpellman,

Wow, thanks for sharing your experiences and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

Could you perhaps provide us with a list of venerable Ñanananda's books that you have? Unfortunately (perhaps due to his unorthodoxy with regards to some issues) it seems tricky to work out precisely what he has composed, as there is no consolidated list.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by pt1 » Tue May 18, 2010 4:31 am

It seems this link hasn't been mentioned yet:
http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net/eng/home.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Contains several of Venerable's electronic books in one place as well as other info.

Best wishes

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by tiltbillings » Tue May 18, 2010 7:34 am

For those of you who have been reading the Samyutta Nikaya, reading Ven Nanananda's translation anthology of the Samyutta Nikaya is well worth the time, particularly for his footnotes. http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net/eng/ ... =other&p=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by Sekha » Tue May 18, 2010 9:20 am

tiltbillings wrote:For those of you who have been reading the Samyutta Nikaya, reading Ven Nanananda's translation anthology of the Samyutta Nikaya is well worth the time, particularly for his footnotes. http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net/eng/ ... =other&p=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
:thumbsup:

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by aryashrawaka » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:52 pm

May the triple gem bless you all!

I am a person who has been in search of pure teaching for many years. I have read/listened to thousands of books/ sermons of various monks who are known as veteran,educated, intelligent etc. But until I came accross ven. K.Nanananda's books my thirst for dhamma was never appeased.

as I listened to a few recordings I was in bad urge to visit ven. K.Nanananda's just to worship his feet & pay homage.Visitors are allowed only during the weekend. But the day I went, I got to know from other visitors, venerable is in bad health & better to limit the visit to a few minutes.

We had to write the reason we came & send it to the hermitage/cave for venerable approval prior to visit. Once approved, we entered to a small cave with minimum facilities.Rock bed covered with a robe and a table made with a few planks & a cupboard which venerable keeps books. Books are for the visitors. I got handful of books, copy from each book he had at that moment. also a few CDs. I just had a short visit & payed my homage by worshiping his feet. without any doubt, it's the most precious moment of my life. I rejoice it over and over. Lord Buddha said it's very hard to visit real monks. it's well said.

Venerable is passing his last years & is not in good health. He has breathing problems. So visitors are requested not to make venerable talk much. Probably the upasthayka committee may decide that no more visitors if venerable's health may not turn better.

most insightful, intellegnet, wise monk I ever know & who has an open mind & a lots of wisdom.

may ven. K.Nanananda attain nibbana very soon!

with metta

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:20 pm

:anjali:
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by adeh » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:46 pm

Thanks for the link......can't wait to read the famous "The Magic of the Mind" and this other work "Towards a Better World" looks like a bit of a gem too...

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by Prasadachitta » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:27 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Tilt,
tiltbillings wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Nibbana Sermons 1-25 can be downloaded as a single PDF from http://lirs.ru/do/sutra/Nibbana_Sermons,Nanananda.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta,
Retro. :)
Geez, only 809 pages.
809 pages of genius.

:thumbsup:

Metta,
Retro. :)
I have finished sermons 1-6 and it is enough to bring tears of joy. I am sure I will finish the rest of the text within a few more days. This exposition is of extraordinary value. I have spent the past month on a silent meditation retreat and just happened to begin reading it now. Perfect timing.


:clap:

Thanks

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