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by cjmacie
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 8249

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

My sense, along phenomenological lines, is that rūpa signifies having to do with raw sensory input, stimulus, from which in the mind generates a representation, an “image”, (ala B. Punnaji), according to the mind’s innate faculties (nervous system structure, from DNA etc.) and learned conditioning....
by cjmacie
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: History of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: History of Buddhism

This book is very expensive. The poster's request was for an "authoritative book", not a cheap one. On Buddhist history you don't get much more authoritative than the Belgian indologist Louis de La Vallée-Poussin and his star pupil Monsignor Lamotte — a Belgian Jesuit who mastered seven Asian langu...
by cjmacie
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 8249

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

Best left untranslated, IMO, but with a gloss as to how one interprets it (which can get complicated) in any particular context. Bhante Madawela Punnaji has translated Nama as "label" and Rupa as "Image" ... That’s not bad, but also needs explanation. My sense, along phenomenological lines, is that ...
by cjmacie
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fingersnap of metta
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: A fingersnap of metta

Thanks for your feedback all. The finger snap or whiff of metta makes sense in that technically speaking that is all there can be. The idea of metta as an energy radiating outwards duesn't make sense for those of us who appreciate Abhidhamma.( not everyone's cup of javana, I know.) There can only b...
by cjmacie
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: History of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: History of Buddhism

Any suggestions? Étienne Lamotte, Histoire du bouddhisme indien (1958); English translation: The History of Indian Buddhism , (1988). Though much of Lamotte's scholarship has now been superceded, his work is still required reading in Buddhist history courses simply because nobody has yet produced a...
by cjmacie
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: History of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: History of Buddhism

I'm wondering if there is any "authoritative" book, or something close to it that accurately describes the history and spread of Buddhism, with detail about the development of early texts, new sects, etc. I hear that bhikkhu analayo is one of the leading scholars in this area area today, but I wasn...
by cjmacie
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 115
Views: 35997

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Saengnapha wrote: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:23 am ...
Definitely Indian in origin. The quick breathing video is quite humorous to watch. All this seems so unnecessary, IMO.
And the Chinese would most likely claim ownership of this technique in certain supposedly ancient Taoist practices.
by cjmacie
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 6859

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Hispanics have been here as long as the white man, remember the whole South Western USA used to be Mexico, till US troops invaded. Native Americans ("indians") have been in the Western Hemisphere some 10,000, 12,000 years or so. "Hispanic" means in some historical relationship with Spain, originall...
by cjmacie
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 6859

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

...The U.S. has the highest rate of gun ownership, but there are other countries with high rates too, including Canada, Sweden, Finland, France, Switzerland and they don't have the mass shootings like the U.S. does. What is it that makes Americans more prone to violence and these type of mass shoot...
by cjmacie
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 6859

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

When there are self-confessed "open borders" globalists who would love nothing more than to take control of, and dissolve the nation state of the United States of America, whose constitution and unique spirit represents many values that they find problematic, I do see how the 2nd amendment does sti...
by cjmacie
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Origin of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method
Replies: 44
Views: 7743

Re: Origin of Thanisarro Bhikkhu's Meditation Method

Thanks for the excellent discussion here.:coffee: I: For those perhaps not familiar with TG’s (=”Than-Geoff” = Thanisarro Bhikkhu) method, he uses it regularly – so much so that I’ve long since memorized it. Here are two instances, from his visit, two weeks ago, to the Sati-Center / IMC (Redwood Cit...
by cjmacie
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Server migration Sept 22
Replies: 99
Views: 50717

Re: Server migration Sept 22

Refreshing change-of-pace -- the new color scheme. :coffee:
by cjmacie
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: TG - Buddha: “Wisdom over justice” ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2284

Re: TG - Buddha: “Wisdom over justice” ?

binocular wrote:I don't see the question/problem?

I assume that Buddhists take for granted that kamma _is_ justice (operating across many lifetimes).
Perhaps TG is providing an alternative viewpoint to that of some "Buddhists" who interpret "Dharma" as motivating them to direct, often partisan, political action.
by cjmacie
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: TG - Buddha: “Wisdom over justice” ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2284

TG - Buddha: “Wisdom over justice” ?

(This could have gone into various running threads on related issues, but is put here to avoid taking sides in any ongoing imbroglio of viewpoints.) Earlier this evening (Monday, 18 Sep), Ajaan Thanissaro (aka Than-Geoff or just TG for short) gave a 30 minute dhamma talk at IMC (Redwood City, Calif ...
by cjmacie
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism, Socialism/Communism and Capitalism
Replies: 109
Views: 13638

Re: Buddhism, Socialism/Communism and Capitalism

Greetings CJMacie, Claiming your partisan political views -- at any stage of your evolution -- as inherent in or justified by the Buddha's teachings? Seriously? Yes, seriously. I'm telling you my truth. If you can't accept it, I'm not really bothered by your lack of acceptance. It brings to mind is...