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by mikenz66
Sun Jul 18, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Ākāsa-Dhātu
Replies: 52
Views: 1297

Re: Ākāsa-Dhātu

robertk wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 8:00 am Kamma gives results as vipaka. Kamma also conditions materiality ...
Thanks Robert. It would be a very strange world if there were separate "mental" and "material" objects that had no influence on each other.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jul 18, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Ākāsa-Dhātu
Replies: 52
Views: 1297

Re: Ākāsa-Dhātu

Doodoot: it is a treat to see a comment by you as I walk into one of these forums, early morning. I see why you say V. S's translation of SN 35.146 is wrong, I get it. The thing is translators are busy translating many suttas.. I don't see much difference between the translations of Bhikkhu Bodhi a...
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Ākāsa-Dhātu
Replies: 52
Views: 1297

Re: Ākāsa-Dhātu

... the distinction I was specifically trying to make is between that which is done by a person subject to avijja, versus that done by "forces of nature". That's a somewhat more reasonable distinction. I don't think a separation of "mental" and "physical" makes much sense in the suttas and abhidham...
by mikenz66
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Ākāsa-Dhātu
Replies: 52
Views: 1297

Re: Ākāsa-Dhātu

Greetings, In Suttaworld, the term conditioned ( sankhata ) appears to always signify something mentally constructed. Mostly, but not exclusively "conditioned" by avijja. If there was no avijja there would simply be thusness (tathata) and suddhaṃ saṅkhārasantatiṃ. Whilst in Suttaworld, Nibbana is t...
by mikenz66
Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 762
Views: 13990

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

I'm sure it's been covered before, but clearly nama-rupa is dependent on consciousness, so is presumably a dhamma in the Retrofuturist interpretation. If so, the totality of nama-rupa is presumably a dhamma, but the mahabuta part of rupa, taken on its own, is not. I guess this us OK, in the sense of...
by mikenz66
Mon Jul 12, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 762
Views: 13990

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

Pulsar wrote: Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:46 am Hi Retro: Pl. forget Mike's Rutherford joke, one cannot explain dependent origination to someone who has not figured out the  Rupa aggregate.
Interesting logic. If someone disagrees they must be inferior... :thinking:


Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 762
Views: 13990

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

Yes, all this stuff about getting hit on the head by a moon, or whatever it was, seems rater facile to me. As I said earlier, I don't see anywhere in the suttas where the mahabhuta have any significance. They are just mentioned occasionally, but the actual Dhamma content is about experience. I'm not...
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 10, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?
Replies: 50
Views: 956

Re: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?

Hi SV While not disagreeing at all with your main point, there might be a positive angle to applying labels and identifications in that they save time and allow one to make a faster judgement as to whether articles and websites etc. are worth exploring. ... Yes, certainly I think everyone does that,...
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?
Replies: 50
Views: 956

Re: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?

How old this secular Buddhism idea and who is the teacher? You could ask here: https://secularbuddhism.org/ :tongue: I've listened to a few talks by Christopher Titmus (who I linked to above) lately, and he makes some very good points. Like a number of other interesting teachers, he spent several y...
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 10, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?
Replies: 50
Views: 956

Re: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?

Here are some interesting blog posts by Christopher Titmus, who might be mistaken for a Secular Buddhist if you didn't pay attention. Secular Buddhism. – Has a new Buddhist sect been formed in the West? Does religion, secularism and spirituality neglect transcendent realisations? 12 Reasons why I am...
by mikenz66
Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?
Replies: 50
Views: 956

Re: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?

1. Theravada/Vipassana tends to have less rituals (or at least less emphasis) than Mahayana. ... There are plenty of rituals in Theravada monasteries... :tongue: I think it has to do with the secular way a lot of people here come to the Dhamma. There's a whole different vibe in traditional, monasti...
by mikenz66
Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.
Replies: 80
Views: 5682

Re: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.

This whole topic of the eternal citta in the thai forest tradition its probably caused by a huge misunderstanding due to bad and biased translators. Not necessarily even bad and biased. Perhaps just confused. I've had experience with talks by visiting Thai monks being translated by Thai lay people,...
by mikenz66
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 762
Views: 13990

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

If the mahābhūta were "stuff we're made from" as pots are made from clay then they would be substances, which would be contrary to the Buddha's epistemology as an empiricist and the Phena sutta. It seems to me that the mahābhūta appear in some suttas (e.g. SN12.2) and don't appear in others (such a...
by mikenz66
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ñāṇavīra Thera
Replies: 83
Views: 1504

Re: Ñāṇavīra Thera

So how did ven nanavira attain sotapatti? Did he do jhana. ? Possibly, but Jhāna isn't required for stream-entry. It can be done with access concentration. He actually discusses his meditation practice, in one of his Letters IIRC. From memory, he says that his medical issues prevented him from deve...