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by mikenz66
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: chat at the bottom of every page?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: chat at the bottom of every page?

To be more explicit, the annoying interface issue is that when one is skimming through a multi-page thread, it's easy to get stuck scrolling inside the chat box, whereas what one it looking for in that case is the button to go to the next page of the thread.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Help Needed
Replies: 16
Views: 326

Re: Help Needed

Hmm, this is interesting, From DN9: Evampi sikkhā ekā saññā uppajjati, sikkhā ekā saññā nirujjhati. Sujato: That’s how, with training, certain perceptions arise and certain perceptions cease. Thanissaro: And thus it is that with training one perception arises and with training another perception cea...
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Suttanta?
Replies: 43
Views: 2947

Re: Why Suttanta?

No problem! I just wanted to point out that the developments in Asia seem more complex and interesting than the impression one would get by just reading/listening to western converts. The Thai Forest Ajahns seem to have had little to do directly with the EBT project, which appears to be mainly drive...
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Suttanta?
Replies: 43
Views: 2947

Re: Why Suttanta?

This being a suttanta forum I expected some blowback from pointing out some of the more extreme heterodox positions within said tradition. I don't have any problem with discussing what appear to be unorthodox interpretations. I only had a problem with the idea that unorthodox=suttana and that there...
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: chat at the bottom of every page?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: chat at the bottom of every page?

I agree. It's annoying that you can't turn it off.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Suttanta?
Replies: 43
Views: 2947

Re: Why Suttanta?

It appears sutta is only a recent phenomena among Ajahn Chah's Western disciples that correlates with the recent publishing of inexpensive sutta. Also note that Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Thanissaro mention from time to time in their talks that they did not start studying suttas until they returned to t...
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Suttanta?
Replies: 43
Views: 2947

Re: Why Suttanta?

It's true that there are all kinds of interpretations out there. However, I don't think it's useful to classify the Thai Ajahns as EBT/suttana. Ajahn Chah's talks, for example, use many Commentarial concepts.

It's mainly his Western students who are EBT enthusiast.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some thoughts on Satipaṭṭhāna, Ānāpānasati, the Satta Bojjhaṅgā and Jhāna
Replies: 159
Views: 1885

Re: Some thoughts on Satipaṭṭhāna, Ānāpānasati, the Satta Bojjhaṅgā and Jhāna

You're ignoring the gradual training That's my thought with this whole discussion. In the graduated training of MN27 https://suttacentral.net/mn27/ MN39 https://suttacentral.net/mn27/ and so on, there is the development of restraint, etc, then mindfulness, then jhana, then liberating insight. I'm t...
by mikenz66
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1040

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

Note that the "original" question is in SNP5.2 https://suttacentral.net/snp5.2 which is then referred to in AN6.61 https://suttacentral.net/an6.61/ where six bhikkhus give their own interpretations (one quoted in the OP...), then go to ask the Buddha... See also: https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopi...
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 991

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

That's essentially what I was hoping for from this interaction, however I have massive trepidation about it because of the nature of this church of evangelicals, which do see it as a necessary and important part of their faith to proselytize and convert others. I have a number of other Christian fr...
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 991

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Hi Jack, I think that it all comes down to the particular situation and exactly what the attitude of the people you're interacting with is. For example, I have a friend who is an Adventist (and staunch Republican) who I visited in Michigan several years ago. I've known him quite a while, well before...
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Samatha
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: Samatha

One way of approaching this, which Bhikkhu Sujato sometimes talks about in his talks/meditations is to observe what happens when you drop the samatha practice, i.e. stop following the breath, sending metta, etc, and watch how the absorption fades. Thinking of it this way, it's not so different from ...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 3329

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

The Ajahn refers to a "permanent consciousness" which certainly is unorthodox, contrary to the Classical Theravada. Typically such unorthodox views refer to a permanent citta, since citta is not listed as one of the aggregates (Ajahns Boowa and Mun and perhaps some others). Yes, it's common among T...
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 1139

Re: Right Speech

It's worth noting that right speech can include uttering words that others don't find agreeable and don't want to hear, but the bar is set very high indeed: In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, true, beneficial, but unendearing & disagreeable to others, he has a sense of the...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Vedas, Upanishads and Jains
Replies: 73
Views: 3679

Re: The Vedas, Upanishads and Jains

It's also worth noting this passage, where the Buddha says that other teachers have it mostly right, but are missing something crucial... “Though certain recluses and brahmins claim to propound the full understanding of all kinds of clinging…they describe the full understanding of clinging to sensua...