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by mikenz66
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 39
Views: 4205

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

I don't see why it has to be a choice between the two extremes of "guru worship" vs. "just read the texts". I think it's that a lot of followers, especially in more secular circles, almost entirely base their practice on a teacher. When the teacher dies, their practice takes a hit, and usually also...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?
Replies: 46
Views: 1503

Re: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?

The fact that we do something doesn't mean that there is a benefit to it. There may be a payoff or a reason why we choose it, but that's different from there being a benefit. ... Indeed, this is the challenge, isn't it? “Mendicants, if there were no gratification in the world, sentient beings would...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher
Replies: 39
Views: 4205

Re: Piya Tan's Teaching above Teacher

I don't see why it has to be a choice between the two extremes of "guru worship" vs. "just read the texts". People are obviously different, but I find it hard to imagine making much progress without some interactions with actual teachers. And I don't buy this idea that there are only a few real teac...
by mikenz66
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Bhante Vimalaramsi: the wisest monk of our time
Replies: 10
Views: 13328

Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi: the wisest monk of our time

I’ve enjoyed some of this Dhamma talks but I don’t agree with his views on Jhana, nor the misinformation he spreads about Ven. Buddhaghosa and the Visuddhimagga. I listened to a lot of his talks about 13 years ago when I was studying the Majjhima Nikaya, along with talks by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ajahn Bra...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular worldview: An exploration of the background assumptions of the modern age
Replies: 28
Views: 8859

Re: Secular worldview: An exploration of the background assumptions of the modern age

DooDoot wrote: Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:17 am Possibly but the imaginary after-death nibbana can never be attained without completely attaining the here-&-now Nibbana.
Since I did not deny a a here-and-now nibbana, your comment is not relevant.
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular worldview: An exploration of the background assumptions of the modern age
Replies: 28
Views: 8859

Re: Secular worldview: An exploration of the background assumptions of the modern age

However, it was not as blatant as some secular assertions that nibbana just means that you don't react to the bad stuff, and doesn't really mean total liberation. Its difficult to understand the above because total liberation appears to be not reacting to stuff. The above appears to be saying a Nib...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Milindapañha's incorporation into the canon
Replies: 15
Views: 3877

Re: Milindapañha's incorporation into the canon

This is fascinating. Clearly the Theravada school did not develop in a vacuum... However, perhaps the discussion of such relationships would be better in: Early Buddhism Textual analysis and comparative discussion on early Buddhist sects and texts. https://dhammawheel.com/viewforum.php?f=29 where co...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular worldview: An exploration of the background assumptions of the modern age
Replies: 28
Views: 8859

Re: Secular worldview: An exploration of the background assumptions of the modern age

Thanks for posting that, Robert. It's certainly something I come up against with my secular-ish friends. On a recent retreat I was actually impressed that one of the teachers mentioned nibbana, as that seems to often be swept completely under the rug. There was still some hint of this issue: Others ...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sutta on praising or disparaging?
Replies: 23
Views: 4532

Re: sutta on praising or disparaging?

Alright, enough horsing around with y'all...I have to go try and put some monster 200 amp fuses in a 70 year old load board that was under water during Hurricane Sandy. Let's hope the switch does shatter in the process. :| No surprises with the fuse replacement. I must be disparaging those who dese...
by mikenz66
Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Suttanta?
Replies: 43
Views: 2947

Re: Why Suttanta?

1.) It posits a self to some degree. Whether it is called "self" or not, some kind of eternalism in the form of something existing forever that is somehow connected to the self (even if this is denied by adherents) is posited. 2.) It posits that Nibbana is consciousness. 3.) It posits that all is o...
by mikenz66
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 16
Views: 10409

Re: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

Unfortunately, the Wisdom/PTS versions for the four Nikayas and the Sutta Nipata (by Walsh, Nanamoli, Bodhi) with the older-school terminology, and footnotes, are not all free, though quite a few of Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of key suttas are freely available, and are on Sutta Central. :heart: Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 16
Views: 10409

Re: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

Ha! I agree. To me the useful thing about terms like "volitional formations" is that they are obviously a translation of saṅkhāra, so I just read it as that... If one was new to the suttas, one would have no idea what was meant until one read the footnotes... “A person immersed in ignorance: If he f...
by mikenz66
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada if it includes Buddhaghosa is schismatic
Replies: 157
Views: 32666

Re: Theravada if it includes Buddhaghosa is schismatic

I think it's important to recognize what is and what is not the case. If you meditate and your experience is what the suttas say, then you are doing jhānas. You need a parameter for the other parts of the path, like right speech. You know telling lies is not right speech, so you must also know that...
by mikenz66
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 16
Views: 10409

Re: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

Yes, he read some of his Itivuttaka translations on a recent short course, and those were also very good. The nice thing about Bhikkhu Sujato's Sutta Central translations is that you can have the Pali side by side, so if you prefer translation choices like "volitional formations", "preparations", "s...
by mikenz66
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 16
Views: 10409

Re: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

Also, there is Access to Insight. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/thig/index.html And they have it in app form too both iOS and android. They have the Therigatha and Theragatha...but I'm not sure if it is all complete. From what I have seen SuttaCentral is more complete and a more recen...