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by JMGinPDX
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee
Replies: 39
Views: 6418

Re: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee

...In addition we have an entire bookcase in our free book library dedicated to his publications; I would say that's a pretty good endorsement of the compatibility of his teachings with the Chah -> Sumedho lineage. :) As you know, one of Than-Geoff's groups of writings consists of translations, fro...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee
Replies: 39
Views: 6418

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. Not only from observing how he directs and uses his attention, e.g. in teaching and ...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee
Replies: 39
Views: 6418

Re: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee

That's why I would advise Abhayagiri as a best source to find people of a like mind to what you are describing. They have a "Upasika Program" of people who hold the Uposatha days, take refuges, hold 5 precepts, and have committed to a certain level of practice and precepts. As an Upasaka within tha...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Best Dharma Talks
Replies: 43
Views: 19016

Re: Best Dharma Talks

Slightly OT, but I have found most of these recommendations on Apple iTunes, using the "Podcasts" app for iPhone and iPad. For me, it's easier to organize and find content using that method than going to individual websites or YouTube - I can download only talks I want to hear (making them available...
by JMGinPDX
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Conscious Realism - Hoffman and view on reality
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Re: Conscious Realism - Hoffman and view on reality

Em, you say you can't locate it, and post a link to it! I have been perusing Donald Hoffman's various papers and video interviews. There's a really nice journalistic piece on him in The Atlantic Monthly . Actually, the anti-realist aspect of his philosophy is much more like Yogācāra than Theravada....
by JMGinPDX
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Conscious Realism - Hoffman and view on reality
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Conscious Realism - Hoffman and view on reality

Has this treatise been posted here before? If so I'd appreciate a link; I couldn't locate it. If not, I find this to be a fascinating concept validating the Buddhist point of view on reality - I can contemplate anatta and anicca just fine, but having a modern scientific perspective on it is very hel...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Sona's YouTube Redebut
Replies: 3
Views: 911

Re: Ajahn Sona's YouTube Redebut

Shortly after I discovered and began to study Buddhism, I determined to visit a local center in person - I just happened to choose Portland Friends of the Dhamma on the day Ajahn Sona was the visiting teacher. It would have been difficult to find a more motivating entry into the dhamma! :)
Thanks!
by JMGinPDX
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana = radical mindfulness?
Replies: 2
Views: 577

Nibbana = radical mindfulness?

I was just reading through Mahasi Sayadaw's "Practical Insight Meditation" and was surprised by the heavy emphasis and repetition on the practice of noting ("thinking" "intending" "walking" etc.) and the practice of constant mindfulness. http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/en/?file=pic_download_link/pic...
by JMGinPDX
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Monks and night practices
Replies: 5
Views: 1162

Re: Monks and night practices

This happens in the Ajahn Chah tradition on Uposatha days. Monks are allowed to rest on their spare time. As proof of this, an excerpt from Abhayagiri's Uposatha Day description: "Evening chanting, meditation, taking of the precepts and a Dhamma talk will take place at Abhayagiri from 7:30 p.m. to ...
by JMGinPDX
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Replies: 24
Views: 7239

Re: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

I don't think it is such a great idea. The Buddha taught the different methods of body contemplation to suit bhikkhus with different temperaments. It is not expected that one should practise all of the methods. Certainly, mindfulness of the four postures and clear comprehension of all daily activit...
by JMGinPDX
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The 5th precept in deep detail.
Replies: 10
Views: 2259

Re: The 5th precept in deep detail.

With all due respect, this all seems like much ado about nothing. The purpose of the Precepts as I understand them is to provide a basic moral and ethical base that prevents us from harming others or ourselves, which then gives us the mental and emotional relief fundamental to attain higher states o...
by JMGinPDX
Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Re: Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"

Thanks for the replies! The Pāli term used is "avijjākhandhena" which Bhikkhu Bodhi translates a mass of ignorance. The word khandha means a collection, lump, or aggregate. I did see that word, but - knowing the translation of khanda as pile or heap, I was looking for something a bit more....poetic ...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"

I'm not adept enough at Pali to find the proper term, unfortunately. My totally unschooled portmanteau is "avijjagiri," but I"m sure that's not accurate :) The concept stems from MN 125 (and others) where the Buddha is using the simile of two friends at a tall mountain, the one below refusing to bel...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Interesting events and patterns in my meditation
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Interesting events and patterns in my meditation

I've been mulling this over a bit lately and thought I'd share just for the sake of sharing - knowing that the goal of meditation is to not have a goal and the practice should just be to practice and not attain, and that we can all sit here and talk and debate and discuss meditation for 75 lifetimes...