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by mikenz66
Tue Jan 31, 2023 7:56 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 331
Views: 271842

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

While they introduced a number of new terms and methods, the canonical Abhidhamma texts are doctrinally conservative. Many of the concepts familiar from later Abhidhamma are not found—ultimate vs. conventional truth, mind moments, kalāpas, the idea that each phenomena is defined by its sabhāva or i...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 31, 2023 3:45 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
Replies: 331
Views: 271842

Re: The great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate

Besides this thread and retro’s refutation of the abhidhamma, just wondering if others would know of or have come across other threads on here or other forums that might be worth taking a look into that debates on the authenticity of the Abhidhamma? As well it would mention something new on the ref...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In which suttas does the Buddha recommend against getting involved in politics and social issues?
Replies: 47
Views: 1295

Re: In which suttas does the Buddha recommend against getting involved in politics and social issues?

In that case, when living the lay life, it seems safer to try and "do the right thing" in terms of "non-harming," "non-stealing," "non-lying," "generosity," and "sexual responsibility" while one continues with private and group Dhamma prac...
by mikenz66
Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In which suttas does the Buddha recommend against getting involved in politics and social issues?
Replies: 47
Views: 1295

Re: In which suttas does the Buddha recommend against getting involved in politics and social issues?

There is merit, there is virtue. Those two are not same, albeit there is overlap. But for simplicity of discussion, we bias on their difference for now. I may be misunderstanding how you are using the terminology. If by virtue you mean sīla, then it is just one possible contributor to merit (puñña)...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 29, 2023 7:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In which suttas does the Buddha recommend against getting involved in politics and social issues?
Replies: 47
Views: 1295

Re: In which suttas does the Buddha recommend against getting involved in politics and social issues?

I happened to come across a sutta on politics for sangha called Attha hitha parahitha sutta where lord budda advised bikkus to better their own minds (attha ,hitha) on sila visuddhi pragna vimukti and darshana first while serving the follwers minds (,para hitha) which explains s the bikkus on how t...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 27, 2023 11:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In which suttas does the Buddha recommend against getting involved in politics and social issues?
Replies: 47
Views: 1295

Re: In which suttas does the Buddha recommend against getting involved in politics and social issues?

Hi SDC, ... often people like to say that being politically/socially involved is “part of my Dhamma practice”, when the truth is often the other way around: that their practice is a part of their worldly lifestyle, an order with totally different implications. All in all, there is no point in passin...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 13, 2023 3:08 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SA302 and the power of ChatGPT translator
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: SA302 and the power of ChatGPT translator

Mike wrote You need to register here: https://chat.openai.com/ then you just talk to it. Thanks Mike, it is more complicated than DeepL or Google or Yandex translation sites. With those I just copy and paste the Chinese sutta, and right away the translation appears. So far I have been satisfied wit...
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 12, 2023 8:23 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SA302 and the power of ChatGPT translator
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: SA302 and the power of ChatGPT translator

What exactly is ChatGPT translator. I tried to access it, and could not. Do I need to download an app? You need to register here: https://chat.openai.com/ then you just talk to it. It's under some load, so sometimes will tell you to come back later... What is your opinion of dhammawheel.com? I am a...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 10, 2023 8:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What You Might Not Know about Jhāna & Samādhi by Kumāra Bhikkhu
Replies: 140
Views: 7223

Re: What You Might Not Know about Jhāna & Samādhi by Kumāra Bhikkhu

Here is some useful discussion of the disagreements over Jhāna by Bhikkhu Dhammananado: What strikes me the most is that it seems to me that no sides acknowledges that both interpretations are actually possibile and have their strenghts and that the matter, and this is very unfortunate because I thi...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 10, 2023 7:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What You Might Not Know about Jhāna & Samādhi by Kumāra Bhikkhu
Replies: 140
Views: 7223

Re: What You Might Not Know about Jhāna & Samādhi by Kumāra Bhikkhu

I see it as that need to affiliate that I’m always going on about, and this notion that “my side” leading in the popularity contest is somehow a victory in Dhamma. I think we all go through a period of being enamored with our chosen information, but to relish in it and call that practice is clearly...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 08, 2023 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN 22.53 Upaya Sutta - Why consciousness landing on consciousness not there?
Replies: 23
Views: 545

Re: SN 22.53 Upaya Sutta - Why consciousness landing on consciousness not there?

I'd note a couple of things: 1. You can read another two translations, including Bhikkhu Bodhi's here: https://suttacentral.net/sn22.53 2. This sutta is in the khandha samyutta, so I think it should be read in that context. Here are some of Bhikkhu Bodhi's comments: “Bhikkhus, one who is engaged is ...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 08, 2023 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN 22.53 Upaya Sutta - Why consciousness landing on consciousness not there?
Replies: 23
Views: 545

Re: SN 22.53 Upaya Sutta - Why consciousness landing on consciousness not there?

I'd note a couple of things: 1. You can read another two translations, including Bhikkhu Bodhi's here: https://suttacentral.net/sn22.53 2. This sutta is in the khandha samyutta, so I think it should be read in that context. Here are some of Bhikkhu Bodhi's comments: “Bhikkhus, one who is engaged is ...
by mikenz66
Wed Jan 04, 2023 11:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Satipathana Sutta has not mentioned mindfulness in the speech?
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Why Satipathana Sutta has not mentioned mindfulness in the speech?

Thanks, Mike Perhaps taste, the smell comes under the feeling category. "Furthermore, the monk remains focused on mental qualities in & of themselves with reference to the sixfold internal & external sense media. And how does he remain focused on mental qualities in & of themselves...
by mikenz66
Wed Jan 04, 2023 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Satipathana Sutta has not mentioned mindfulness in the speech?
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Why Satipathana Sutta has not mentioned mindfulness in the speech?

Why Satipathana Sutta has not mentioned mindfulness in the speech? https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.010.than.html Again, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu is one who acts in full awareness when going forward and returning;147 who acts in full awareness when looking ahead and looking away; who acts ...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 03, 2023 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Open or closed eyes?
Replies: 11
Views: 358

Re: Open or closed eyes?

Interestingly, the suttas do not mention what happens to the eyes. Or the Pali commentaries, as far as I'm aware... Is there anywhere in the scriptures that speaks directly to whether one should have one's eyes open or shut, and if either, why? No, in the Pali texts nothing is stated on the matter....