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by mikenz66
Wed May 08, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13220

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: 13220

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...
by mikenz66
Tue May 07, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 4453

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

You're probably thinking about Humanistic Buddhism if you're thinking about Taiwan. It's a movement which is more "engaged" with lay concerns than some others, true, but doesn't use the label as TNH does, and doesn't have any direct connection with "Engaged Buddhism" as such. Here's wikipedia's ove...
by mikenz66
Tue May 07, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13220

Re: For the science and religion crowd

If neither side is an expert in the topic they're debating, if the outcome of the debate will have about zero impact on our lives, and if it's not clear that the debate can even have an outcome...it doesn't seem to meet the bar for being a good use of one's reading and thinking time Well, of course...
by mikenz66
Tue May 07, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13220

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Conversely, I don't see Buddhist practice as being about "reality" either. I think that would be an over-reaching what it's designed to do. If Buddhist practice is not about confrontation with or understanding reality, what is it about? How is it not designed to do that? Depends what you mean by "r...
by mikenz66
Mon May 06, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13220

Re: For the science and religion crowd

It's not a matter of saying, 'quantum physics is mysterious, and so is consciousness, so they must be related!' There's another perspective being suggested. Undoubtedly I'm missing something, partly because I see so much of this stuff. The article you linked was unhelpful, since the author appeared...
by mikenz66
Mon May 06, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13220

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Hi Wayfarer, Please quote me accurately (emphasis added) I wasn't quoting you in my remarks - I was referring to the general idea that 'consciousness' is something that science will understand "one day".... Well, as I said, I don't know whether that's possible, and I said do. So why imply that that'...
by mikenz66
Sun May 05, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13220

Re: For the science and religion crowd

... OK, thanks Kim and others for your responses. I'm quite aware of limitations of science. As I said, I see science is a way of making models that can be tested. I don't ascribe an "underlying reality" to those models (e.g. to the wavefunction that is used in qantum-mechanical models). Some of my...
by mikenz66
Sun May 05, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 4453

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

Loving wrote: Sun May 05, 2019 12:23 pm On that note, here is a discourse I found illuminating:

You might be interested in Sam Vara's comments, given that he was at the talk:
https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=34201

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Mike
by mikenz66
Sun May 05, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 13220

Re: For the science and religion crowd

I know a few for-real scientists, physicists, mathmeticians and engineers, this does not seem to be a problem that concerns them much- nor are they prone to make assertions that "science" is going to explain everything. They work from theory, mathmatics, instrumentation always refining capability t...
by mikenz66
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 18
Views: 2792

Re: Meditation timer app?

I like this very simple timer with a nice bell tone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.yuttadhammo.BodhiTimer&hl=en All it does is time. Plays a quiet bell at the start and a louder bell three times at the end. While any tone would be fine for personal use, a pleasant tone is handy i...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 3620

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

This discussion from Dhamma Wheel might be of interest: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=13382

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Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 9151

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

I think this post is the first one to actually start to approach the core problem. The problem with funding is easily circumvented by focusing on lay clergy, whether in the Japanese or Tibetan style, but this does nothing to overcome the hurdle associated with the relevance of lay or monastic pries...
by mikenz66
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the difference between trance and meditation?
Replies: 10
Views: 1398

Re: What's the difference between trance and meditation?

I don't think I have ever seen the word trance used in a text related to Buddhism, much less being used interchangeably with meditation. Since most of the definitions of trance imply that it is some kind of stupefied state, it is probably irrelevant to any meaningful kind of meditation. Some of the...
by mikenz66
Thu May 31, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Missing the Wheel graphic on my tab labels.
Replies: 2
Views: 1246

Missing the Wheel graphic on my tab labels.

I'm not getting the "Wheel" graphic on the tabs on my browser (Chrome 67.0.3396.62) on DharmaWheel, whereas I still get it on DhammaWheel.
See Screenshot...

Mike
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by mikenz66
Tue May 15, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Samyukta-agama Discourse
Replies: 10
Views: 1784

Re: Samyukta-agama Discourse

As Bhikkhu Bodhi notes in his translation of the sutta, the story is told in more elaborate form in the Vinaya: https://suttacentral.net/pli-tv-bu-vb-pj3

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Mike
by mikenz66
Tue May 15, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Samyukta-agama Discourse
Replies: 10
Views: 1784

Re: Samyukta-agama Discourse

Do you happen to the the number of the sūtra in question or its location in the saṃyuktāgama? Pretty sure the it is SN 54.9 in the pali. SA 809 in the agamas. See SuttaCentral, which lists them as parallels. https://suttacentral.net/sn54.9 Pali https://suttacentral.net/sa809 Chinese :heart: Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Looking for good books for learning Pali
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: Looking for good books for learning Pali

You might find some useful advice here:
https://dhammawheel.com/viewforum.php?f=23

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Mike
by mikenz66
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Nerd humor in gravitational physics
Replies: 23
Views: 6449

Re: Nerd humor in gravitational physics

It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles [of physics] have been firmly established … An eminent physicist remarked that the future truths of physical science are to be looked for in the sixth place of decimals. Well - that didn't work out. Indeed. That quote is up there with, ...
by mikenz66
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Starring Grigoris at 1:39
Replies: 31
Views: 4193

Re: Starring Grigoris at 1:39

Punya wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:56 am Accent? What accent? And no NZ that I can detect.
There is some NZ accent there in the background.

But it's probably most apparent to native down-under people... :tongue:

Nice interview, Greg, you present really well!

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Mike

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