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by mikenz66
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Wow... seeing this video melts my worldy ambition
Replies: 30
Views: 304

Re: Wow... seeing this video melts my worldy ambition

It is frustrating. I did want to go on retreat this year. I'm just hoping that in a hundred trillion years I will be able to dispense with a face mask and go to the monastery again. But my government is not giving me much cause for hope... I was trapped in a monastery for six months because of Covi...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Thai Temples Friendly to Phenomenonlogical Approach?
Replies: 32
Views: 637

Re: Dhammayut Thai Temples Friendly to Phenomenonlogical Approach?

I am taking higher ordination in the United States in the Dhammayut lineage, after that I should do a stint Thailand, although it seems I may not necessarily "have to", I should nonetheless. ... Thanks for explaining your plans. Best wishes for your ordination! Ven Dhammanando may have some useful ...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Thai Temples Friendly to Phenomenonlogical Approach?
Replies: 32
Views: 637

Re: Dhammayut Thai Temples Friendly to Phenomenonlogical Approach?

Hi nmjojola, Just to clarify I'm looking for someone in Dhammayut who is already familiar, I dont care to introduce anyone to it, but either way yes I understand the likelihood of finding such isn't great. Are you looking for someone to ordain with, visit, study with, or something else? It might hel...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 44
Views: 1417

Re: death of forum member dylanj

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by mikenz66
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1059
Views: 127621

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment

Here's a more recent thread that includes a link to Bhikkhu Analayo's critique:
https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&p=562699

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Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Explanation needed: Contact is one end. The origin of contact is the second end. The cessation of contact is the middle.
Replies: 22
Views: 684

Re: Explanation needed: Contact is one end. The origin of contact is the second end. The cessation of contact is the mid

Can someone explain to me this passage or point to me some explanation? There is a long discussion here: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=5949 and there is more in Sermon 33 of Seeing Through, The Mind Stilled, by Ven Nananda: https://seeingthroughthenet.net/books/ Let us now try to understa...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1496

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

I guess it's a question of how "good" a teacher or spiritual friend has to be to be helpful. Clearly if you seek perfection you'll be looking for a very long time. However, my observation is that it can be problematical to not have some teachers/friends who know you well enough to call you out on yo...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1496

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

SarathW wrote: Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:17 am My question is what is the meaning of the teacher?
For instance, if I by-heart all Sutta and preach, am I qualified to be called the (a) teacher?
A teacher or the teacher?
No.
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by mikenz66
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sadhguru
Replies: 50
Views: 2806

Re: Sadhguru

... or do you think that he is not a Buddhist? It seems clear that he's not a Buddhist. That doesn't necessarily make his teachings worthless, of course. But it's useful to keep in mind if you're trying to use his teachings. Just as one keeps in mind that Rumi or St John of the Cross were not Buddh...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?
Replies: 43
Views: 1289

Re: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?

Inedible wrote: Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:34 pm Having contempt or disgust for using porn just adds to the problem.
Exactly. Getting past attachments is not easy. One has to see through them. Easier said than done...

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1496

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

(i.e., No successor leader, no popes, let the Dhamma be your teacher.) No. What Buddha said was to take Dhamma as the refuge. Taking refuge is not taking someone as your teacher. Yes, and there are plenty of suttas where the Buddha talks about how a teacher works with a student, and how one should ...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 37
Views: 1496

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

I don't see why it has to be a choice between the two extremes of "guru worship" vs. "just read the texts". I think it's that a lot of followers, especially in more secular circles, almost entirely base their practice on a teacher. When the teacher dies, their practice takes a hit, and usually also...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?
Replies: 43
Views: 1289

Re: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?

The fact that we do something doesn't mean that there is a benefit to it. There may be a payoff or a reason why we choose it, but that's different from there being a benefit. ... Indeed, this is the challenge, isn't it? “Mendicants, if there were no gratification in the world, sentient beings would...