The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

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Re: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

Postby Nyana » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:16 am

alan wrote:I'll rely on your opinion. Do you think it is real, and worth reading? If so, I'll give it another try.

Well, you're certainly entitled to your opinion. It's been a while since I read it, but I didn't get any sense that it was fictitious or contrary to Ven. Ñāṇananda's known writings. That said, I don't know anything about Ven. Yogānanda. According to Adeh's post above, this interview has been included in the published book The Mind Stilled. So if it's a ruse it's a pretty well thought out and elaborate one.

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Re: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

Postby alan » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:53 am

"The mind stilled" seems to be a collection of essays similar to his Nibbana lectures. I have found no reference to this interview.
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Re: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

Postby cooran » Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:20 am

Hello alan,

Yes, it's there. It is an appendix beginning on Page 679. ''The Heretic Sage'' - A Dhamma-Interview with Ven. Bhikkhu K. Nanananda by Ven. Bhikkhu Yogananda. Potgulgal Hermitage, Devalagama, Sri Lanka. 2009. ... there are Four Parts.

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Re: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

Postby Prasadachitta » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:46 pm

mikenz66 wrote:Yes, but in my reading of his texts he also very clear that it would be a mistake to see it all as illusion.

:anjali:
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Hi Mike,

I think it depends on what you mean by illusion. My dictionary says...

illusion |iˈloō zh ən|
noun
a false idea or belief : he had no illusions about the trouble she was in.
• a deceptive appearance or impression : the illusion of family togetherness | the tension between illusion and reality.
• a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses : Zollner's illusion makes parallel lines seem to diverge by placing them on a zigzag-striped background.


Which does seem to me what Bhante Nanananda is saying. In the sense that our perception provides us with a view of the world which is a "deceptive appearance or impression" or "a thing that is likely to be wrongly perceived".

However I would use the adjective "illusory" rather than the noun "illusion" so that we do not negate the process of wrongly perceiving and being deceived.

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Re: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

Postby Prasadachitta » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:54 pm

Ñāṇa wrote:
alan wrote:I'll rely on your opinion. Do you think it is real, and worth reading? If so, I'll give it another try.

Well, you're certainly entitled to your opinion. It's been a while since I read it, but I didn't get any sense that it was fictitious or contrary to Ven. Ñāṇananda's known writings. That said, I don't know anything about Ven. Yogānanda. According to Adeh's post above, this interview has been included in the published book The Mind Stilled. So if it's a ruse it's a pretty well thought out and elaborate one.

All the best,

Geoff


The interview is included at the back of "Nibbana The Mind Stilled" which is a bound publication of the Nibanna Sermons. I have read at least a few chapters in the book and so far it seems just the same as the material I read online. Its worth reading a second time and I like having a book so I can put some space between me and my laptop.


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Re: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

Postby adeh » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:53 pm

A wonderful book....
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Re: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

Postby Dhammabodhi » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:53 am

Thanks for the meaning, Mike.

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समाहितं चित्तं यथाभूतं पजानाती |

A concentrated mind sees things as they really are.

-Ujuko nāma so maggo, abhayā nāma sā disā.

उजुको नाम सो माग्गो, अभया नाम सा दिसा |

'Straight' is this path, fearlessness is its way.
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