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by mikenz66
Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 254
Views: 3768

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: 83
Views: 3566

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: 342

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.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are 'Focusing' Meditations Wrong?
Replies: 14
Views: 235

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: 107
Views: 2181

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: 352

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: 20
Views: 414

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: 324

Re: Sam Vara returns as a moderator

:woohoo:
by mikenz66
Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 254
Views: 3768

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

mikenz66 wrote I commented on atipatttoh's post becauwe I found it much more useful and interesting Can you pl. tell me in what sense you found it useful and interesting? I am interested in learning how abhidhamma helps us understand suttas better. Be well! :candle: Sorry, I don't have the time or ...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 254
Views: 3768

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

Can atipatttoh, or mikenz66 or any other abhidhamma expert answer the following? ... I'm not an abhidhamma expert, I'm just here to learn about Dhamma. I commented on atipatttoh's post becauwe I found it much more useful and interesting than the simplistic criticisms of the Abhidhamma and Commentar...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 107
Views: 2181

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

Sorry. I meant RNA. I am sure they modify the virus RNA. It's referred to as "synthetic mRNA", designed to induce cells to produce particular spike proteins that are present on the surface of the covid-19 virus, which then induces the development of antibodies that are effective against covid-19 Ho...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 107
Views: 2181

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

Coronavirus actually doesn't have a DNA, it has an RNA Sorry. I meant RNA. I am sure they modify the virus RNA. It's referred to as "synthetic mRNA", designed to induce cells to produce particular spike proteins that are present on the surface of the covid-19 virus, which then induces the developme...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 107
Views: 2181

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

In my opinion, the Chinese vaccine is the safest and produces higher results. It was made using the old technology without altering the DNA of the virus. It is natural. It is not man-made in a laboratory. Why the West always want to maddle with the genes? As far as I understand it, having sat throu...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 254
Views: 3768

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

Greetings Mike, OK, so when the suttas say "earth" they mean dirt? When they say "water", they mean the stuff in the ocean? When they say "fire", they mean this? They mean what they meant in the prevailing venacular of the mahabhuta schema. As I said to Ceisiwr earlier, the mahabhuta predates the B...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 254
Views: 3768

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

Greetings Mike, However, I don't see where the mahadhatu are defined in the suttas, so I wonder how we can actually know what is meant without looking at contemporaryish records (such as the commentaries). Perhaps you could explain your reasoning. My reasoning is that: - When someone means earth th...