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by mikenz66
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Ekottara Agama 3.1 on buddhanusmrti
Replies: 1
Views: 152

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.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 2107

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: 2765

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: 2765

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: 2765

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: 2765

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: 1651

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

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Abridged Pali canon?
Replies: 8
Views: 374

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: 374

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: 374

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...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: First Democratic Party Debate (June 26-27)
Replies: 11
Views: 671

Re: First Democratic Party Debate (June 26-27)

Queequeg wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:10 am
I loved that there was an unapologetic hippie on the stage. The world needs more, imho. Just maybe not in charge.
Like my Prime Minister, who brought her baby to the UN, and talks about kindness and forgiveness? :tongue:
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best countries to expand buddhism?
Replies: 70
Views: 1644

Re: Best countries to expand buddhism?

This is an excellent point: It seems you think there is a high degree of sectarianism amongst the different Buddhist schools, but in my opinion and experience this is not the case. In fact, in general the most sectarian individuals tend to be the ones who do not officially belong to a specific schoo...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 670

Re: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation

That's exactly the sort of thing that Patrick's sessions discuss. As JD points out, so do many other meditation teachers. The strategy many suggest is to find a way of being aware of thoughts without getting lost in the content. One way of doing that is to find something about the thoughts to be awa...
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 670

Re: Thoughts in Samatha Meditation

Hi Shanyin, If you don't mind some non-Mayahana input you might find Patrick Kearney's session entitled "Tracking the Thought Stream" in his retreat recordings useful. He gives some very practical suggestions about working with thoughts. There are several retreat recordings here: http://www.dharmasa...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6422

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Regarding: Aurthur Waley’s trans of the opening line of the Hsin Hsin Ming: The Perfect Way is only difficult for those who pick and choose; Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference, and Heaven and Earth are set apart; If you want the truth to stand clear be...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6422

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

I was at a talk being given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu/Ajahn Geoff. He quoted the opening line of the Hsin Hsin Ming translated as 'the great way is not difficult for those with no preferences' and then went on to criticize that viewpoint, saying there's no way to not have preferences, it's how we deal ...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6422

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

There are many loyal adherents to all these practices that are devoted because of the transformation that comes with it. Do we need to find something wrong with this reality to free ourselves of suffering or is "attachment" to a particular teaching a means of avoiding personal extinction? Good poin...
by mikenz66
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6422

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Hi Grigoris, And again: there is NO HISTORICAL EVIDENCE that the Mahayana is "later". Historical evidence points to a concurrent development. You have a point, in the sense that the timelines of the development of the Theravada Commentaries and the early Mahayana Sutras seem to overlap. However, bot...
by mikenz66
Fri May 31, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 3040

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Hi Tony, You responded to a misreading. ... Regarding sitting meditation (Zazen specifically), it is intuitive. If you can read or watch the instructions , you can start Zazen just fine. It's not like other practices where you have to visualize rotting corpses and risk traumatizing yourself if an in...
by mikenz66
Fri May 31, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 3040

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

I've read Mahasi Sayadaw and stuff by his students, namely Patrick Kearney. I recall alot more than that, including specific instructions about watching the mind stream. Quite. The breath (or some other object) is the "grounding" or "primary" object, used to build up mindfulness and concentration. ...

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