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by mikenz66
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment to a form of practice?
Replies: 41
Views: 869

Re: Attachment to a form of practice?

Hi Crown, ... I couldn't help but think that there is something problematic in the statements he is making and maybe even a little bit comical. If checking your email once a day and making a phone call now and again is already considered a disturbance and possible cause for agitation then what would...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4658

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

And to those who say they have some ‘liberal’ asian friends, just ask them what they think of guys who want to dress like woman and/or cut their d**** off. I don't disagree that Asian cultures are conservative in many ways. However, Thai culture generally appears quite tolerant of gay and trans, an...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 258
Views: 7659

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

If that's the case, she may well have been seeing windblown dust from Central Australian deserts rather than windblown ash from our East coast. That's possible. Dust from the Gobi desert reaches Japan, apparently. However, she recalls this being during fires. In the 50s she was in Canberra for a fe...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 258
Views: 7659

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

Hehe love the part where they say he has tried to present it as 'nothing out of the ordinary'. :D There is basically entire continent on fire, but nothing out of the ordinary mate. It takes balls I must admit and quite admire that. Not that I want to be an apologist for Mr Morrison, but yesterday I...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 74
Views: 3998

Re: Secular Buddhism

I get the impression that Chinese Buddhists in Hong Kong and Taiwan do seem to make outreach more of a priority. The obvious example for me is Fo Guang Shan, who ran kitchens after our earthquakes and provided support after the terrorist attack on local mosques (one quite close to their Christchurc...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Buddhism Without Merit"
Replies: 8
Views: 516

Re: "Buddhism Without Merit"

I'd also add that it might also be partially caused by the kind of people dharma draws. At least here where I am from it is still mostly the alternative folks who are either in college or in some way try to escape capitalism, which often equals low income. ... And there's also the idea that "Dharma...
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 74
Views: 3998

Re: Secular Buddhism

What I'm talking about is the religious basis of that interaction. Buddhism has a tendency to focus attention to one's own liberation. Even in Mahayana where the bodhisattva vow encompasses liberation of all - its often framed as something one does only later, upon attaining some advancement. ... T...
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 74
Views: 3998

Re: Secular Buddhism

I think there are aspects of Buddhadharma that are perfectly conducive to those expressions, though they have developed and express a little differently in the Asian context in a way that might fall short of a Westerner's expectation. That kind of warmth in interpersonal relations will need to be p...
by mikenz66
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Ekottara Agama 3.1 on buddhanusmrti
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Re: Ekottara Agama 3.1 on buddhanusmrti

That's great! :anjali:

The Chinese orginal, and French and Vietnamese translations are here: https://suttacentral.net/ea3
If you turn on the appropriate settings, you can hover over the Chinese to get dictionary lookup.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 3205

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

Dear Israelites, Please murder a plethora of goats today and collect the blood in a large bowl. Take a brush and mark my sign above your doorways as I am going to murder all the male babies in the city tonight and in my bloodlust would hate to murder your babies too. Don't tell any of those filthy ...
by mikenz66
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 4358

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

For the most part it is harmless to believe Pollyanna nonsense and make false equivalencies. Sharing a few traits does not make things the same. We may simply be forced to do this because of the current trend demonizing Muslims. Particularly by Christian Taliban in America. It sucks but fascists ru...
by mikenz66
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 4358

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

The answer is obvious, isn't it? I would think so, but when people start to argue about whether Pratyekabuddhas are awakened or not, well... It seems the obvious is not so obvious! Clearly all Paths are not the same. They certainly differ at the very highest levels of View... It seems that some peo...
by mikenz66
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 4358

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

If you have somebody that does not have anatman as their view, but practices selfless actions and you have somebody that theoretically holds the view of anatman, but is a selfish self-centered prick... Which of the two is gathering the merit necessary to take the next step towards liberation (given...
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 4358

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

One grand example that comes to mind is of the black man who has convinced 100's of KKK members to leave the KKK simply by engaging them compassionately. https://www.npr.org/2017/08/20/544861933/how-one-man-convinced-200-ku-klux-klan-members-to-give-up-their-robes in the short compassion may be the...
by mikenz66
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 2336

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

Here's a discussion we had on DhammaWheel some time ago. Perhaps some of this is helpful.

https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f ... 63#p211749

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Abridged Pali canon?
Replies: 8
Views: 560

Re: Abridged Pali canon?

The new site is much better. But it does require up to date browsers...

Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Abridged Pali canon?
Replies: 8
Views: 560

Re: Abridged Pali canon?

For me in recent years, I found accesstoinsight.org as a good & freely accessible resource for the english translation of some parts of the Palia Canon. It is probably not the complete Canon, but nevertheless a good place to start. Many pages translated by Bhikkhu Thanissaro. https://www.accesstoin...
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Abridged Pali canon?
Replies: 8
Views: 560

Re: Abridged Pali canon?

For want of a better word, there is a lot of nuance in the Pali of the Nikayas. No one translation brings it all out. Abridging would only serve, in the long run to hide or omit subtle distinctions and implications. To appreciate what is going on try getting Bhikkhu K. Ñāṇananda wonderful little bo...

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