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by JMGinPDX
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho at PFOD tonight
Replies: 10
Views: 2192

Re: Ajahn Sumedho at PFOD tonight

Hi friends, I'm not sure how many here live in the PacNW or in the Portland area specifically, but Ajahn Sumedho will be making a very rare appearance at the Portland Dhamma Center tonight, Friday 7/7/17, from 6:00pm-8:00pm PT. He is on an increasingly-rare trip to the USA right now and this will b...
by JMGinPDX
Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho at PFOD tonight
Replies: 10
Views: 2192

Re: Ajahn Sumedho at PFOD tonight

Hi friends, I'm not sure how many here live in the PacNW or in the Portland area specifically, but Ajahn Sumedho will be making a very rare appearance at the Portland Dhamma Center tonight, Friday 7/7/17, from 6:00pm-8:00pm PT. He is on an increasingly-rare trip to the USA right now and this will b...
by JMGinPDX
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Historical Jesus or the Historical Buddha?
Replies: 180
Views: 20248

Re: The Historical Jesus or the Historical Buddha?

I fully respect that, except for when Christian missionaries travel to traditionally Buddhist countries to convert them to Christianity, claiming that the Bible is more reliable than the Buddhist scriptures. I also wasn't happy when, in an American public school, a Buddhist child was called stupid ...
by JMGinPDX
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho at PFOD tonight
Replies: 10
Views: 2192

Ajahn Sumedho at PFOD tonight

Hi friends, I'm not sure how many here live in the PacNW or in the Portland area specifically, but Ajahn Sumedho will be making a very rare appearance at the Portland Dhamma Center tonight, Friday 7/7/17, from 6:00pm-8:00pm PT. He is on an increasingly-rare trip to the USA right now and this will be...
by JMGinPDX
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Interested in others' practice: Analyo book + Ajahn Amaro reading + daily sati & sitting
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

Interested in others' practice: Analyo book + Ajahn Amaro reading + daily sati & sitting

Hello all - I thought I'd outline my current practice and see if others are doing something similar or have recommendations. I'm currently * reading the Analyo book on Satipatthana (usually 20-30 minutes/evening) * listening to Ajahn Amaro's podcast reading through and commenting on the same (usuall...
by JMGinPDX
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?
Replies: 42
Views: 12586

Re: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?

to reach sothapanna stage no need to meditate.meditation is for sothapanna person to go ahead towards sakadaagaami ,anaagaami,and arihath. refer sabbaasawa sutta in majjima nikaaya in pali canon. if anybody could find an evidence in pali canon to prove anyone attained sothapanna by meditating. sakk...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Contemplation of the Body Isnt it Wonderful:)
Replies: 14
Views: 3435

Re: Contemplation of the Body Isnt it Wonderful:)

Thanks for this thread. I've just started satipatthana practice in earnest and the ideas here were helpful. I'm both reading Ven. Analayo's "Satipatthana" book and listening to the podcast of Ajahn Amaro reading it out and commenting on it (and in classic Amaro style his personal commentary takes up...
by JMGinPDX
Fri May 12, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: how to convert Canonical references to Sutta numbers
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

how to convert Canonical references to Sutta numbers

I apologize in advance if this has been covered elsewhere or if there is a decent source I'm overlooking, but I'm wondering it there is a way to convert Canonical numbering (using Nikaya letter, Roman numeral and number) to the divisions in the Canon by Nikaya, Vagga, Sutta, etc. I'm listening to Aj...
by JMGinPDX
Wed May 03, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 70
Views: 17116

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?. Copies of the Pali Canon are expensive. The Buddhist temples tend to be converted homes. The more elaborate ones have sanghas with languages I don't speak and different cultures from my own. There are all sorts of books about Christianit...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Depersonalisation affecting concentration
Replies: 6
Views: 1221

Re: Depersonalisation affecting concentration

JohnK wrote: Or perhaps only metta practice for awhile might be the way to go for you (I happen to be a fan of metta practice when dealing with anxiety)
This was my exact thinking too. :thumbsup:
by JMGinPDX
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Buddhist Transhumanism
Replies: 21
Views: 4050

Re: On Buddhist Transhumanism

... I don't have anything against transhumanism; as long as it is shared, and not mandatory. But the gist of Buddhism is to get the hell out of the world. I don't really see how you can manage to be a transhumanist and a Buddhist. Considering an adequate definition of transhumanism as "using advanc...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: quantum physics & vipassana
Replies: 1
Views: 705

quantum physics & vipassana

A slightly provocative subject line to be sure, but... I have found good success in my meditations by starting with the breath to transition from "out there" to "in here," but then moving to contemplating the nature of reality thusly, using what I've learned of quantum physics as a sort of meditatio...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee
Replies: 39
Views: 6423

Re: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee

One thing I have wondered - like many others I'm sure - is if Ajahn Sumedho has attained liberation? Not that it matters much in terms of his wisdom, but just a standard human curiosity :) That reminds me of some comments from Ajahn Sumedho himself in the section "Views and Opinions" in his book "T...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "The Broken Buddha" by Ven.Dhammika and other scandals
Replies: 383
Views: 104970

Re: "The Broken Buddha" by Ven. S. Dhammika

I have seen, in the USA, Tibetan and Zen groups just as culturaly rigid as the Thai group in the photo and I have seen Theravadin groups as relaxed as the Tibetan group photo. What basis do we use for making a generalization? I didn't mean to present it as universal. There are other Theravadin grou...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee
Replies: 39
Views: 6423

Re: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee

it would be ideal if the instructor was at least a stream entrant From listening to and observing Than-Geoff, my s/w educated, but not absolute, opinion, I'm convinced that his mind has developed into aryia stages... I believe in the Q&A session on our YouTube channel, Ajahn Geoff comes right out a...