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by mikenz66
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 7575

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: 3614

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: 984

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: 984

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: 984

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
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best countries to expand buddhism?
Replies: 70
Views: 4676

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: 16
Views: 2924

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: 16
Views: 2924

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: 17917

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: 17917

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: 17917

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: 17917

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: 6536

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: 6536

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. ...
by mikenz66
Wed May 22, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Certificate problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1764

Re: Certificate problem

Odd... For me, both Chrome and Firefox (on both Linux and Windows) think that it is certified: SSL Server Certificate Common Name (CN) dhammawheel.com Organisation (O) <Not Part Of Certificate> Organisational Unit (OU) Domain Control Validated Common Name (CN) Go Daddy Secure Certificate Authority -...
by mikenz66
Sun May 12, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 6536

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Hi Tony, Do you find this to be the case in off-line communities? Clearly some on-line communities attract particularly single-minded types. As you said, many come via a rational and secular route, and perhaps some of that focus is a reflection of that background. Of course, on-line communities are ...
by mikenz66
Sun May 12, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?
Replies: 15
Views: 1587

Re: Will mahayana die in asia in the future?

What are the statistics in Taiwan? I've not been there, so I'm not sure how to compare it, with, say, Thailand. However, I do know that Fo Guang Shan is well-represented in New Zealand, and is an important for the local Chinese community, in the same way that the Thai monasteries here are important ...
by mikenz66
Wed May 08, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 4439

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

I think that if we're talking about "Engaged Buddhism" as a formal group, it's TNH's group; but if we're talking about it as an approach to dharma, it's far bigger and it's fuzzy around the edges. Yes, I mean engaged Buddhism in general, not some particular group. My local secularish-Buddhist frien...
by mikenz66
Wed May 08, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13175

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Wayfarer wrote: Wed May 08, 2019 2:04 am The article in question doesn't say that there's a conflict between Buddhism and science. The conflict is between Buddhism and scientific materialism. It is spelled out in the Aeon essay: ...
Indeed. Thanks for the references.

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue May 07, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13175

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Well, of course, if it's a debate between people who know nothing about anything that they are debating, it's a complete waste of time, and can generally be safely ignored. But then there's the annoying problem of well-meaning people who are actually experts on something drawing simplistic parallel...

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