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by mikenz66
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada if it includes Buddhaghosa is schismatic
Replies: 157
Views: 32666

Re: Theravada if it includes Buddhaghosa is schismatic

See how this nonsense works? And people believe it. :console: :console: I really don't have a strong opinion on this subject, but I share the skepticism of a number of others that states that are rather exalted in the suttas can be easily obtained. See for example, Ven Analayo's paper: A Brief Hist...
by mikenz66
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada if it includes Buddhaghosa is schismatic
Replies: 157
Views: 32666

Re: Theravada if it includes Buddhaghosa is schismatic

obviously some people are attached to other other interpretation of the jhanas (which they themselves never entered) so much that they have a need to disparage people who disagree. ... What about those who have experiences similar to the lighter interpretations, but are not convinced that it is jha...
by mikenz66
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:23 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

obviously some people are attached to other other interpretation of the jhanas (which they themselves never entered) so much that they have a need to disparage people who disagree. ... What about those who have experiences similar to the lighter interpretations, but are not convinced that it is jha...
by mikenz66
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:26 am
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 would add to samseva's post that I don't know what the downside is to the interpretation that jhāna is a deep, and difficult to attain, absorption. Personally, I work on developing the eight-fold path, including doing what I can to develop sati and samādhi. Perhaps, according to some of the partic...
by mikenz66
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 112088

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

You running interference for Ajahn Amaro is doing nobody any favours. I just want to know if he still endorses Black Lives Matter... it's a fair, on-topic question, regardless of your sealioning, since his name appears on that earlier document. Why don't you ask him then? Personally, I'm pleased wi...
by mikenz66
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Brahmavihara formulas
Replies: 3
Views: 5343

Re: Brahmavihara formulas

greenjuice wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:28 pm Does anyone which Sutta is that?
You may be thinking of this chant: https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/Chant ... n0015.html

I'm not sure about the first three, but the final part about equanimity is in suttas such as: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN5_57.html

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Possible to lose jhana?
Replies: 10
Views: 7681

Re: Possible to lose jhana?

confusedlayman wrote: Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:16 pm what vism say about doing jhana as lay?
As far as I can tell, the Visuddhimagga only addresses monastics.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1194
Views: 74545

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Perhaps it should be noted that " atthi "/"exists" is an extremely general term. From Bhikkhu Bodhi's introduction to his Samyutta Nikaya translation: ... Bhava , however, is not "existence” in the sense of the most universal ontological category, that which is shared by everything from the dishes i...
by mikenz66
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do insects communicate with humans? I rescued a drowning bee, and it said, "thanks man!"
Replies: 19
Views: 2051

Re: Do insects communicate with humans? I rescued a drowning bee, and it said, "thanks man!"

I didn't read the full article, just skimmed it real quick, but it looked like it was more of the bees recognizing the signs left there marking the way out of the maze for example, colored red marks indicating where to turn, rather than communicating with humans? Yes, the humans taught the bees to ...
by mikenz66
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Becoming
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: Becoming

The Buddhist meaning of this word seems to be exclusive to English Buddhism. I try to Google in dictionary and found Michelle Obama new book title and the English meaning of this world conventionally is attractive. I guess it's one of those Buddhist-hybrid English expressions that plague many trans...
by mikenz66
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenological/existential approaches - starting point
Replies: 12
Views: 2866

Re: Phenomenological/existential approaches - starting point

I always get a bit confused by this term phenomenology , since the definitions I find could be said to encompass most Dhamma practice, not just some particular modern interpretations: Phenomenology is the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view. The ce...
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Phenomenology of Bhikkhu Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Replies: 11
Views: 1493

Re: The Phenomenology of Bhikkhu Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli

The term "Nanavirist" is dated, and IMVHO only applies to those early groupies of Clearing the Path when it was published in 1987 by Samanera Bodhesako/Path Press. I don't know who any of these people actually are, but if you read between the lines in the introduction to Bhikkhu Bodhi's 1998 A Crit...
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada if it includes Buddhaghosa is schismatic
Replies: 157
Views: 32666

Re: Where To Ordain

Sam Vara wrote: Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:22 pm
mikenz66 wrote: Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:01 pm Being awakened (like the rest of the contributors here, as far as I can tell),
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Mike
You heard it here first, folks! :jawdrop:
I must watch those Freudian slips. :tongue:

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do insects communicate with humans? I rescued a drowning bee, and it said, "thanks man!"
Replies: 19
Views: 2051

Re: Do insects communicate with humans? I rescued a drowning bee, and it said, "thanks man!"

frank k wrote: Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:12 am Do insects communicate with humans?
Perhaps doesn't answer your question, but humans can evidently communicate with bees, to the extent to teaching them signs with which to navigate mazes:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC311340/

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada if it includes Buddhaghosa is schismatic
Replies: 157
Views: 32666

Re: Where To Ordain

So by Mike’s own criteria Sujato is an extremist. Well, if he agreed with all abhidhamma and commentary he wouldn't be a self-declared "Early Buddhist" would he? :tongue: You can contrast him with Ven Thanissaro, who, when asked what he thought about the abhidhamma, said "I don't know, I haven't re...