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by mikenz66
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 10596

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: 883

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: 5005

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: 1475

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
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Versions of the Sutta-Nipata
Replies: 10
Views: 1475

Re: Versions of the Sutta-Nipata

Hi DoubleDragon, Most of the Sutta Nipata is here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/index.html A different tranlation of the fifth chapter is here: http://suttacentral.net/sp There are some other translation of the 4th and 5th chapters out there as well. See also: http://www.dhammawhee...
by mikenz66
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:48 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: When did "mindfulness" become "mindfulness"?
Replies: 22
Views: 3499

Re: When did "mindfulness" become "mindfulness"?

As has been pointed out by two posters already, use of "mindfulness" as a translation of "sati" goes back to the earliest translations of the Pali Canon, back in the mid to late 1800s. This is easily verified from the links given above and and a quick scan through translations published over the pas...
by mikenz66
Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why theravada reject mahayana sutra
Replies: 32
Views: 3292

Re: Why theravada reject mahayana sutra

Hm, thanks for the compliment but I´m still a basic learner. In my understanding, "true Buddhists" don´t have this separation between traditions (never been on Dhamma Wheel). Dharma Wheel and Dhamma Wheel are owned by the same guy. He gave us two different sandboxes to play in so the children would...
by mikenz66
Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Meeting Taiwan's new-age Buddhists
Replies: 61
Views: 6633

Re: Meeting Taiwan's new-age Buddhists

Indrajala's assertion that Humanistic Buddhists in Taiwan don't talk about death and suffering also doesn't ring true. I recently watched a video of Dharma Drum Mountain's 水陸法會 Water and Earth Ceremony, which is a hugely complex Buddhist/traditional Chinese folk ceremony for the spirits of the dead...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:38 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

Thanks for the clarification, Venerable. I was thinking of people I have come across personally, such as expat kiwi Paul Harrison (now at Stanford) and comments I've read or heard from American academics who are practitioners. It did seem that the situation was rather different in Asia, but perhaps ...
by mikenz66
Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:34 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

It is interesting that there seem to be a lot of "amateurs" (non-academics) who have a lot of knowledge that the western academic community doesn't seem to have much of a grasp of. A big difference between Buddhist studies in the West and other areas, such as science or engineering, is that the acad...
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:22 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

Shi Huifeng wrote: There is a Chogyam Trungpa, nearly half a page. No Hsuan Hua / Xuanhua?
That's your avatar, isn't it Will? :(

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:14 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

Some comments from Shi Huifeng, who was happy to have his Facebook "first impressions" reproduced. [One or two of the lines are from others, but generally I've tried to just reproduce Shi Huifengs comments, with some editing to make it flow..] Just received my very impressive copy of <The Princeton ...
by mikenz66
Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advice for the young layperson
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Advice for the young layperson

Hi flowerbudh, You might find the talks by Ajahn Vayama, a Theravada Nun in Western Australia, interesting. She was Abbot of the Nuns' Monastery there until 2011. I've always found her talks inspiring. http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/downloads/itemlist/category/36-ajahn-vayama.html Some of the talks ar...
by mikenz66
Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Gregory Schopen - Demon or Medicine or...?
Replies: 4
Views: 1288

Re: Gregory Schopen - Demon or Medicine or...?

Here are some related discussions on DhammaWheel: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1605 http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9715#p149300 http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8468#p132674 http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12663&start=40#p191905 :anj...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:49 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Emptiness in Questionf of King Milinda
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: Emptiness in Questionf of King Milinda

Hi goodle The Chariot simile is also in this sutta, which is a lot earlier than the Questions of King Milinda: Why now do you assume 'a being'? Mara, have you grasped a view? This is a heap of sheer constructions: Here no being is found. Just as, with an assemblage of parts, The word 'chariot' is us...
by mikenz66
Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are white buddhists typically accepted?
Replies: 7
Views: 941

Re: Are white buddhists typically accepted?

Also, in terms of giving it a chance, keep in mind that in some places, where the normal attendees don't speak good English, or where few non-ethnic people turn up, it's possible to get the impression that you are not particularly welcome simply because communication is not optimal. The normal atten...
by mikenz66
Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china
Replies: 85
Views: 6105

Re: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china

Uan makes some interesting points. All kinds of things are possible in China. I met a couple of westerners at a Goenka meditation retreat in Hong Kong in 2007 who had been living somewhere in southern China for a couple of years. They were studying Tai Chi and Tao, supporting themselves by teaching ...
by mikenz66
Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:54 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Koan practice in the light of the Nikāyas?
Replies: 7
Views: 1794

Re: Koan practice in the light of the Nikāyas?

Many of the short suttas and verses (such in the Udana , as already mentioned) sound paradoxical. The first sutta of the Samyutta Nikaya, Ogha-tarana Sutta: Crossing over the Flood is like this. In fact the translator comments: This discourse opens the Samyutta Nikaya with a paradox. The Commentary ...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:50 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Translation Award for Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 14
Views: 3083

Re: Translation Award for Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

There are some real gems in the KN. Almost the entire KN has been translated by the Pali Text Society. http://www.palitext.com/ As plwk notes, they are quite variable, so there's not such a need for a complete translation by one person. Here are some resources: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak...
by mikenz66
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Ven. Huifeng appointed Vice Abbot of FGS
Replies: 20
Views: 4235

Re: Ven. Huifeng appointed Vice Abbot of FGS

Wonderful news, venerable!

:anjali:
Mike

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