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by mikenz66
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta Interpretation
Replies: 4
Views: 69

Re: Sutta Interpretation

I think Bhikkhu Sujato's translation is much clearer, though he may be taking liberties with the Pali: “Neither standing nor swimming, sir, I crossed the flood.” “Appatiṭṭhaṃ khvāhaṃ, āvuso, anāyūhaṃ oghamatarin”ti. So i have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, A...
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: DN16: How to explain this WRONG explanation about earthquakes?
Replies: 77
Views: 703

Re: DN16: How to explain this explanation about earthquakes?

If you take the stance that the explanation is wrong, then your mind is closed. That is not the right approach to improve one's understanding of the texts. ... This was already refuted. https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?p=90489#p90489 Actually, I think it's very good advice. I don't agree w...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long to attain first jhana?
Replies: 98
Views: 1125

Re: How long to attain first jhana?

No, I'm saying that the sutta seems to leave open the possibility that one might look at or attend to beautiful things, but not do it unwisely. And conversely, that attention to the sign of the ugly must be wise attention for it to be efficacious. The a/yoniso adjective seems to be doing some work ...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Is it possible to accept Nagarjuna's argument and remain a Theravadan?"
Replies: 190
Views: 1738

Re: "Is it possible to accept Nagarjuna's argument and remain a Theravadan?"

Ceisiwr wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:25 am No it’s in “Concept and Reality” if I recall. I’ll check later.
Yes, you're right. Same link as I gave...

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?
Replies: 68
Views: 1311

Re: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?

It's also worth pointing out that several of Ajahn Chah's students have made the point that his emphasis on the practice of watching one's own mind rather than reading lots of suttas was something that he seemed to have tailored to fit the needs of young Western intellectual types who had done more...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Is it possible to accept Nagarjuna's argument and remain a Theravadan?"
Replies: 190
Views: 1738

Re: "Is it possible to accept Nagarjuna's argument and remain a Theravadan?"

That's also a great point. Where [which book] should I search for Ven. Nanananda's criticisms on Madhyamaka? Thanks in advance. Just the name of the book would suffice for the time being. I think he probably just means the brief quote from Questions and Answers. https://seeingthroughthenet.net/book...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Extensive quoting is bad
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: Extensive quoting is bad

:coffee:
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Extensive quoting is bad
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: Extensive quoting is bad

By the way how can we quote only a small portion? Say I want to quote only ""The link to quoted material was an upgrade a few years ago" You push the "Reply with Quote" button (as you've obviously done above), then edit the content. Some other forum software allows you to highlight the part you wan...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Extensive quoting is bad
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: Extensive quoting is bad

Incredible! The link to quoted material was an upgrade a few years ago. It's very useful, because if someone quotes you (properly) you get a notification. If someone just writes: mike: Some nonsense... I don't get notified... :cry: Whereas if they do this: Some nonsense... I do! :woohoo: Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Extensive quoting is bad
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: Extensive quoting is bad

Hi Sarath, Perhaps I am one of the culprits who do the quotes. I am reluctant to give my opinion on matters in which I do not have firsthand experience. Another reason is I personally do not like hearsay statements unless someone can support it with a source statment. ... The OP is not so much talki...
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Extensive quoting is bad
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: Extensive quoting is bad

:woohoo:
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?
Replies: 68
Views: 1311

Re: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?

It's also worth pointing out that several of Ajahn Chah's students have made the point that his emphasis on the practice of watching one's own mind rather than reading lots of suttas was something that he seemed to have tailored to fit the needs of young Western intellectual types who had done more...
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?
Replies: 68
Views: 1311

Re: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?

Based on direct knowledge of how a local TFT-monastery is functioning, I would say you are wrong. Personally, I've come to understand that Ajahn Chah was inclined to advise his disciples to practice meditation first, and later investigate suttas. ... That's certainly the impression I have. In some ...
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahmavamso's Dark Jhana
Replies: 98
Views: 2605

Re: Ajahn Brahmavamso's Dark Jhana

I only assert that Ajahn Brahmavamso and Pa-Auk Methods are different by night and day, literally. The notion of commentaries being correct or not is another discussion topic. Yes, it is useful to see how their descriptions differ. I just don't think it's surprising, given the quite different backg...