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by mikenz66
Sun May 24, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist leaders convene at White House
Replies: 12
Views: 1938

Buddhist leaders convene at White House

Washington Post: A political awakening for Buddhists? 125 U.S. Buddhist leaders to meet at the White House. Are we about to enter the era of the political Buddhist? On Thursday about 125 U.S. Buddhist leaders from across the spectrum will gather in Washington for what organizers say may be the bigg...
by mikenz66
Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Canon in Mahayana & Theravada
Replies: 15
Views: 2540

Re: The Canon in Mahayana & Theravada

Hi Shamati, The Theravada Canon is the only complete canon (and commentaries) from the early sects that has been preserved by a currently existing sect, so in that sense it has a special place. However, there are Canons (incomplete as I understand it) from other early sects, preserved in Chinese, Sa...
by mikenz66
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do enlightened beings still scratch at itches?
Replies: 27
Views: 2478

Re: Do enlightened beings still scratch at itches?

Yes. But if there is no relief they won't get upset by it. And an itch is a very minor thing. It's interesting to note that Theravadan monk Ajahn Brahm claims that arahants still experience physical suffering in Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond . This view also seems to be supported by Ajahn Brahmali ...
by mikenz66
Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: No Big Bang?
Replies: 4
Views: 944

Re: No Big Bang?

Hi Jesse, The model still has a big bang. They still have the universe expanding from 14 billion years ago until now (but with some technical modifications). The key point you are referring to is that there is a possibility of understanding what happened before the big bang. The simplest models have...
by mikenz66
Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 1343

Re: Buddhist Fiction

Burdett also wrote some sequels:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burde ... shed_works

I read a couple of them before I knew much about Buddhism, but do remember them as being fun...

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Did the historical Buddha taught Vajrayana Tantra?
Replies: 113
Views: 12274

Re: Did the historical Buddha taught Vajrayana Tantra?

Here are some references to Tantric practices in Thailand, etc.
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10503" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6599" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Alternative Biographies of the Buddha?
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Alternative Biographies of the Buddha?

Hi Concordiadiscordi, This is an interesting question. The query I would have is whether the details you are talking about come from the Sarvāstivādin sutras, or from their commentaries. The Theravada commentaries contain much more detail than the suttas. For example the "touching the earth" story i...
by mikenz66
Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bhikshu vs Bhikshuni Precepts/Vinaya
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Re: Bhikshu vs Bhikshuni Precepts/Vinaya

The Theravada Patimokkha rules are summarised here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:44 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What is the Sutra that talks about what to trust
Replies: 6
Views: 872

Re: What is the Sutra that talks about what to trust

AN 3.65, Kalama Sutta If you read it, you might see that it's more nuanced than "Don't trust something because your told, don't trust ritual and history, don't trust tradition, don't trust sacred texts, don't trust logic, etc." That's very true. Here are some articles about the sutta: A Look at the...
by mikenz66
Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:48 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...
Replies: 16
Views: 2656

Re: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...

Seems to be working properly for me at this point, after several weeks of needing to manually "mark forums read"...

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...
Replies: 16
Views: 2656

Re: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...

My problems have returned. I have to manually set the forum as read (i.e. thereads do not get marked as read).

Anyone else still having these issues?

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...
Replies: 16
Views: 2656

Re: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...

OK the "Mark Forums Read" button from the Home page seems to have cleared up the problem for me... :twothumbsup:

:woohoo:

Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:23 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...
Replies: 16
Views: 2656

Re: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...

OK, I used the "mark all forums read" option and at least in this thread it knows I've read the last post. Just have to wait for someone to post again to test...

Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...
Replies: 16
Views: 2656

Re: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...

I guess we'll just have to wait...

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...
Replies: 16
Views: 2656

Re: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...

I feel better knowing I'm not alone... :consoling:

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...
Replies: 16
Views: 2656

Problem: Threads not registering as read, etc...

I'm having some difficulty with how the board is keeping track of threads for me. Normally, threads with unread posts have an orange square on the left of the thread title, and clicking on that takes you to the first unread post. For a day or two: 1. Clicking on the square takes me to the first post...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 10129

Re: Is there anyone home?

... Interestingly, when confronted with direct questions about the metaphysics of the self, the Buddha often chose to maintain silence. A famous example is found in the Ananda Sutta: Having taken a seat to one side, Vacchagotta the wanderer said to the Master, "Now then, Venerable Gotama, is there ...
by mikenz66
Sat May 17, 2014 7:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question of Questions of King Milinda
Replies: 8
Views: 829

Re: Question of Questions of King Milinda

Hi Bhadantacariya, As I'm sure you're aware, the questioning is aimed at the concept of self, which is clear from what precedes it, and by the sutta quote embedded into it: You say that you are called Nāga­sena; now what is that Nāgasena? Is it the hair?” “I don’t say that, great king.” “Is it then ...
by mikenz66
Thu May 15, 2014 1:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist)
Replies: 56
Views: 4777

Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist)

More discussion here: http://io9.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-slammed-for-dismissing-philosophy-a-1575178224?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Personally, I wish ...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Versions of the Sutta-Nipata
Replies: 10
Views: 1354

Re: Versions of the Sutta-Nipata

And Bhikkhu Bodhi has some talks on a few of the Suttas here: http://bodhimonastery.org/sutta-nipata.html

:anjali:
Mike