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by mikenz66
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 8.63: Lover goes back to the future to file for divorce from Jhāna
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: AN 8.63: Lover goes back to the future to file for divorce from Jhāna

I will develop [metta ceto vimutti] the heart’s release by love. I’ll cultivate it, What this instruction sounds like, and it is possible to do in real life, is one should have jhanic quality of samadhi and perform tantric sex for many hours. :shock: Ha! Ha! Yes. Sexual love is only one of many mea...
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 469

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

First of all for DO to be individual or collective it has to be personified where as with anatta lakkhana sutta there cannot be persinification. DO is based on rupa, vedana, sangna, sankara vingnana. All are anitya. The reason is with a cosmic process that all beings are involved in and conditioned...
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Abhidhamma makes things really easy regarding interpretations of Dhamma
Replies: 34
Views: 6341

Re: Abhidhamma makes things really easy regarding interpretations of Dhamma

I think the rules only become difficult if we become over elaborate and break things down to their minutest detail... bit like putting a microscope on the Mona Lisa to see how beautiful it is. The rules are simple. Keeping them is difficult, and doesn't happen spontaneously, as far as I can tell......
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 469

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

In my opinion, DO operates in the conditioned world so Anatta does not apply. I don't think this is the case. The anatta-lakkhana sutta is about the conditioned world: form, feeling, etc... Besides: All things are not-self— “Sabbe dhammā anattā”ti, when this is seen with wisdom, yadā paññāya passat...
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Abhidhamma makes things really easy regarding interpretations of Dhamma
Replies: 34
Views: 6341

Re: Abhidhamma makes things really easy regarding interpretations of Dhamma

I agree with Robert. The precepts are training rules that are actually very difficult to practice in real life. It takes some thought and effort to get anywhere close to perfecting harmlessness. Robert said recently (probably over-modestly, he is from New Zealand, after all... :tongue:) that his pro...
by mikenz66
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 469

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It is important to note some depict DO as circular. A circular schema of the 12 nidanas as understood in Theravada Buddhist scholasticism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prat%C4%ABtyasamutp%C4%81da See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhavacakra#Theravada Wheels provide some important symbolism in...
by mikenz66
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Mahāviyūhasutta Snp 4.13 (Week of April 18, 2021)
Replies: 20
Views: 368

Re: Mahāviyūhasutta Snp 4.13 (Week of April 18, 2021)

Thanks SDC for this challenging sutta. Verse 9 seems like a valid question for this Forum... :tongue: Bhikkhu Ñāṇadīpa is a fascinating case. In his discussion of the 16th of Bhikkhu Ñāṇananda's nibbana sermons ( https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/resources/offerings-analayo/ ), Bhikkhu Analayo (at abo...
by mikenz66
Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?
Replies: 112
Views: 3179

Re: Can we accept secular Buddhism as Buddhism?

Useful comments from Christopher Titmus.

It's a pity that
I do not get the sense that the majority of secular Buddhists are anti-religious, though some influential voices in secular Buddhism express regularly existential doubts about the Buddhist tradition.
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 469

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

I was referring to the cause. The Buddha taught (SN 12.66; MN 26; etc) the cause of "death" is "acquisition" ("upadhi"). Are u suggesting "climate change" is an "upadhi"? :shrug: This is conditions, not "causes". When attachments exist old age and death come to be. https://suttacentral.net/sn12.66/...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 769

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

Regarding MN117, I recall that there are no other suttas that talk about a "mundane right view". Is that the case? Obviously, what is referred to here as "mundane right view" is the opposite of many things that are declared to be impediments in other suttas, particularly "there are fruits and result...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 469

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

DooDoot wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:38 pm
mikenz66 wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:34 pm ... your death may come because of a global war, an asteroid strike or climate change.
the idea of "my death" appears to exclusively pertain to the individual
I was referring to the cause.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 47
Views: 469

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

Some conditions are not individual, so in that sense it is trivially obvious that some conditionality is not individual. For example, your death may come because of a global war, an asteroid strike, or climate change. However, the conditions described in Dependent Origination seem to be internal, ra...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are any of the ancient texts ever at odds with each other?
Replies: 32
Views: 447

Re: Are any of the ancient texts ever at odds with each other?

Was Bhikkhu Bodhi writing this with the assumption of "Abhidhamma didn't exist at that time for sure" ? He is careful to speak of suttas, as you can see. Of course, noone can know for sure the state of the Tipitaka at the time of the passing of the Buddha, sutta, vinaya, or abhidhamma. Is there any...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are any of the ancient texts ever at odds with each other?
Replies: 32
Views: 447

Re: Are any of the ancient texts ever at odds with each other?

Did you forget to include: "Are suttas ever in conflict with each other"? :heart: Mike Not really. I was kindof trying to imply that that they don't seem to be at odds with one another. That doesn't really appear to be true though. The more stuff I read, commentary, other suttas, other people's int...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 769

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

I would certainly say that just a bit can get you started and that seems to be the what the run and circle of MN 117 refers to (that is would keep needing to be refined based on more and more discernment), ... I presume that was what was meant. The suttas we're considering here say quite explicitly...