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by mikenz66
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kathavatthu vs. Vachagotta
Replies: 34
Views: 365

Re: Kathavatthu vs. Vachagotta

Greetings, A: "I think it's wrong because it is long and unreadable." That seems to be the case: gripes about the old translation. Or moreover, how is it better than Buddhavacana? Clue: It's not. See Simsapa Sutta for further details. :buddha1: Metta, Paul. :) What about the writings of modern comm...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbānaṁ paramaṁ suññaṁ ?
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Nibbānaṁ paramaṁ suññaṁ ?

I found the phrase in several places : First in this book Still Flowing Water by Ajahn Chah translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu on Page 84. Secondly here in this book by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. My question is whether such a quote exists in the Canon ? The other part of the Ajahn Chah quote is from Dhammap...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 262
Views: 4158

Re: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma

From what I’ve seen so far even the commentaries themselves do not contain a single viewpoint (here I mean the atthakatha which Buddhagosa translated and edited, I do not mean his Visuddhimagga itself). The Visuddhimagga seems to have been an attempt to smooth together the atthakatha into a self-co...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kathavatthu vs. Vachagotta
Replies: 34
Views: 365

Re: Kathavatthu vs. Vachagotta

Pondera wrote: Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:55 am That was the third century dhammawheel?
Perhaps...
Pondera wrote: Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:55 am If you prefer the KV tell me why? Point to a certain section of particular relevance.
I was simply making the point that whenever you start discussing something, it gets long...

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kathavatthu vs. Vachagotta
Replies: 34
Views: 365

Re: Kathavatthu vs. Vachagotta

Pondera wrote: Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:34 am And it quite literally goes on and on like this…
Sure, much like any thread on not-self... :tongue:

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reality
Replies: 19
Views: 252

Re: Reality

Buddha said "to see things as they are". So I think the so-called reality here is the phenomenon of Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta. There's a tendency in these discussions and translation to make a "thingness", "staticness", and "reality" out of processes. This gives the impression that they are "compo...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 262
Views: 4158

Re: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma

History suggests otherwise. I mean, even your phenomenological/Ven. Nanananda interpretation is a higher explanation. As mentioned in another topic recently, you are conflating Abhidhamma and explanation or commentary. Actually, most, if not all, of the examples posted in in the OP appear to be fro...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 262
Views: 4158

Re: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma

Who cares about these endless, documented battles? When you study Buddhist history you realise that we reenact many of them on this page ;) Bhikkhu Sujato gave a rather informal talk about Buddhist History last Friday, which is recorded here: http://www.berrywood.de/mic/ 18.06.2021 – At Harris Park...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Take off your spectacles
Replies: 84
Views: 3674

Re: Take off your spectacles

From a previous pandemic:

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by mikenz66
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day
Replies: 19
Views: 354

Re: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day

frank k wrote: Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:28 pm AN 6.10 is about how to use skilfull thoughts to feed the fire of jhana by giving it fuel to arouse piti and passaddhi.
Of course. I find reciting those words, and reflecting on the meaning, to be very helpful.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are 'Focusing' Meditations Wrong?
Replies: 14
Views: 260

Re: Are 'Focusing' Meditations Wrong?

What do you think? Is this what he is saying and do you agree with it? Is there support in the sutta for these ideas? I have put a little bit of effort into listening to and reflecting on some of Ven N. Nanamoli's talks. Please bear in mind that this post is about general impressions, not a discuss...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 111
Views: 2361

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

You need to weigh up the risk of taking the Covid vaccine against the damage that Covid could do to you, your family, your community and your country. Indulging in silly conspiracy theories is pointless. This virus could be a conspiracy. Yes, a very clever conspiracy that spread the misinformation ...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Focusing like an Owl
Replies: 19
Views: 365

Re: Focusing like an Owl

Another sutta along similar lines is SN 47.8, below translated by Ven. Bodhi and taken from suttacentral.net: 47.8. The Cook Thanks for raising that sutta. That's certainly a sutta about not doing things right, but it's not clear how it supports N. Ñānamoli's specific opinions about meditation appr...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Any real life examples these days of Tetralemma (Catuskoti) fourfold negation? What would be the fifth ('true') corner?
Replies: 27
Views: 532

Re: Any real life examples these days of Tetralemma (Catuskoti) fourfold negation? What would be the fifth ('true') corn

Here's a fun example for this topic: The Liar's Paradox Person x: "I am lying." If Person x really is lying, then he's telling the truth, which means he just lied. If "this sentence is false" is true, then it is false, but the sentence states that it is false, and if it is false, then it must be tr...
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara returns as a moderator
Replies: 18
Views: 362

Re: Sam Vara returns as a moderator

:woohoo: