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by bazzaman
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee
Replies: 39
Views: 6023

Re: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee

[...Last fall, TG did speak at Shaila's weekly meditation group in the same week he gave a day-long teaching at IMC (Redwood City, under the auspices of the "Sati Institute").[/quote] Hi cj, I remember you posting about this talk last fall, and I kept looking for it to appear on her website. So far ...
by bazzaman
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Mala beads
Replies: 5
Views: 1375

Re: Mala beads

I once asked a Burmese man how he used his mala, and was told that it was for Buddhanusati. I wish I had questioned a bit deeper; but unfortunately I did not. Speculating on how it might work: if one bead was moved for each of the nine characteristics of the Buddha (http://bit.ly/2mW6ujI ) then one ...
by bazzaman
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A manual of the Dhamma by Ledi Sayadaw
Replies: 17
Views: 2180

Re: A manual of the Dhamma by Ledi Sayadaw

Thanks for that explanation, Bhante. It is a relief to hear that the traditional view conforms with what I had gleaned from my (albeit non-scholarly) reading of the sutta pitaka. The "controversy" existed only in my mind; since I had been sitting on the question for some years now. BTW... according ...
by bazzaman
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A manual of the Dhamma by Ledi Sayadaw
Replies: 17
Views: 2180

Re: A manual of the Dhamma by Ledi Sayadaw

These noble individuals can also be laypeople, even non-human (see many instances in the Pali Canon). It is this community that is meant by saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. So there is no obligation to take refuge in the monk. . There is some controversy on this point... at least amongst some Western teac...
by bazzaman
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 54
Views: 4306

Re: Academic ridiculousness

I can't say I follow all the nuances of this thread... basically I'm just an old deplorable. But I see some similarities with the talking-heads that Nassim Taleb (@nntaleb) has dubbed the IYI (intellectual yet idiot). "The IYI seems ubiquitous in our lives but is still a small minority and is rarely...
by bazzaman
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I never will be enlightened - The Triumph of Narcissism: Theravada Buddhist Meditation in the Marketplace
Replies: 14
Views: 2748

Re: I never will be enlightened - The Triumph of Narcissism: Theravada Buddhist Meditation in the Marketplace

Just a tangent:... I listened to about half of the podcast; but it didn't stimulate anything in my current areas of interest. I did however like the next podcast: The Mindful Cranks episode 4 entitled "The Happiness Industry" with Will Davies. http://bit.ly/2jXrxRO
by bazzaman
Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Conflicting advice on Pali pronounciation
Replies: 9
Views: 2004

Re: Conflicting advice on Pali pronounciation

Caodemarte wrote:The usual answer, because we don't have one, is to try to talk like one of the national news announcers..
So, like a Canadian, eh?
by bazzaman
Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta References Compilation
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: Sutta References Compilation

I was trying to find sutta references to a theme on "attraction... danger... and release" which I dimly remembered as being a topic in more than one sutta. I searched the terms in a few sites (including accesstoinsight.org) without any luck, but finally hit paydirt with Wikipitaka (http://bit.ly/2eE...
by bazzaman
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: anger/exercise/heart-attack
Replies: 1
Views: 1008

anger/exercise/heart-attack

Probably no surprise to meditators who know the unpleasant sensations associated with anger, but this new study finds that extreme exercise while in a state of anger can triple the risk of heart-attack.
http://bit.ly/2dggkKO
by bazzaman
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: First Do No Harm
Replies: 83
Views: 10834

Re: First Do No Harm

bit of a tangent, but... re: oaths/belief etc. here's a link to a BBC "In Our Time" podcast on the subject. : http://bit.ly/2dizW35
by bazzaman
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Breath as concept vs breath as touch and movement?
Replies: 22
Views: 4661

Re: Breath as concept vs breath as touch and movement?

Don't know if this distinction might be helpful; but, as I understand it, according to Vsm. the meditation on the four great elements can only lead to access concentration. This because they are ultimate reality, and are always changing. Attention to touch and movement is taking the characteristics ...
by bazzaman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists
Replies: 21
Views: 4277

Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Lots of scholarly articles to be found in The Journal of Buddhist Ethics: http://bit.ly/2cLUh1d
I don't know how many of the contributors are also practitioners. One of the founders, Charles Prebish, was. I suspect that some of the current editors are also meditators... e.g. Erik Braun.
by bazzaman
Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 942
Views: 296264

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

The Dhammakaya propaganda machinery, and the persistence of Dhammakayauncovered Editorial is incredible. It is evident that the Wikipedia page of the DSI has been entirely written by them :lol: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Special_Investigation Most of the links at the References lea...
by bazzaman
Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:28 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Urine use
Replies: 57
Views: 14947

Re: Urine use

Some years ago I did retreats at a well known forest monastery in Burma. There were a lot of foreign monks and yogis there; and so, in addition to traditional Burmese folk-medicine, Chinese traditional medical views, and Western 'new age' views were in circulation. Malaria was common there; and urin...
by bazzaman
Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 19
Views: 3766

Re: No admirable friends?

. They criticize the idea of keeping the 8 precepts, etc, and clearly do not grasp some of the Tan Ajahn's more subtle teachings. It would not seem strange to me if householders were reluctant to keep the 8 precepts.... and, perhaps, to express some aversion to doing so... e.g. in conversation wher...