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by mikenz66
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Server migration Sept 22
Replies: 43
Views: 9832

Re: Server migration Sept 22

Since I still see problems, there must be others with the same difficulties, so I'm posting my experience. I have no problem with this site, but, even now, several days after the IP has changed, I cannot connect to dhammawheel.com from work (using the same laptop that works fine with my home ISP). T...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: what the buddha didn't teach
Replies: 20
Views: 3476

Re: what the buddha didn't teach

There are different schools of thought, but even from a purely historical viewpoint, no one actually knows the limits of what Shakyamuni taught. This is not a point of view you will find heavily represented on this particular site at any rate, being a site for Mahayana folk. You might want to check...
by mikenz66
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?
Replies: 42
Views: 4941

Re: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?

I guess I'm wondering what the motivation is. If it is to be more resilient in a crisis, then being off the grid one thing. If the idea is to be long-term independent of the grid then you won't have devices such as solar cells and high-tech batteries.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?
Replies: 42
Views: 4941

Re: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?

Things like solar panels, D.i.Y wind turbines, batteries for storage and good permaculture know how mean that living off grid is as realistic as you're willing to commit to the lifestyle changes. There's a bunch ofp stuff on YouTube. Both traditional homesteads and more modernized approaches. Pardo...
by mikenz66
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 100
Views: 9175

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

Hi Johnny, It does if we are dealing with meditative experiences that are not covered by a secular approach to meditation..all experiences will be filtered through that lens. Can you explain how it is limiting? This may seem completely obvious to you, in which case it should be a simple matter to ex...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Monk caught at love motel with woman and drugs
Replies: 10
Views: 2415

Re: Monk caught at love motel with woman and drugs

What's really disturbing is that the girl was wearing a "Yeezy for president" t-shirt: That's probably just a result of manufacturing over-runs being dumped locally. You can find all kinds of stuff in street markets in Asia, and I've seen people in Thailand wearing various t-shirts with messages th...
by mikenz66
Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: Language
Topic: How to copy Tibetan from PDF?
Replies: 4
Views: 1543

Re: How to copy Tibetan from PDF?

Hi dharmabum9, This is a perennial problem with special characters. Many Pali or Sanskrit PDFs also give gibberish when copied. This problem is solved with newer encoding schemes, but files generated with older software will continue to be problematical. Older software mapped character codes above 1...
by mikenz66
Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Approach in the West: Scientific vs Spiritual?
Replies: 113
Views: 10166

Re: Approach in the West: Scientific vs Spiritual?

Yes, exactly. For normal civil and mechanical engineering, like sending a rocket to the moon, or building a bridge, Newton's laws are perfectly fine. It would be a huge waste of effort to use the relativistic equations. On the other hand, you need to apply both special and general relativistic corre...
by mikenz66
Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Approach in the West: Scientific vs Spiritual?
Replies: 113
Views: 10166

Re: Approach in the West: Scientific vs Spiritual?

I would like to add that this is pretty much true for any teacher trying to teach any bunch of willing adults anything at all , whether it yoga or tennis or calligraphy: you have to start from where the students are at and introduce skills and concepts at the best rate they can absorb them. Teachin...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: The Perfectly Imperfect Beyond Perfection/Imperfection (Zen) Buddha
Replies: 70
Views: 14727

Re: The Perfectly Imperfect Beyond Perfection/Imperfection (Zen) Buddha

Yes, it would be useful to clarify whether Jundo meant
Jñāna (Sanskrit; Pali: ñāṇa) a term for "knowledge" in Indian philosophy and religion.
or
Dhyāna (Sanskrit) or Jhāna (Pali), which are terms for meditation in general, or meditative absorption/unification in particular.

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Discourse - alternative forum software
Replies: 1
Views: 1568

Re: Discourse - alternative forum software

Here's a Buddhist example:
https://discourse.suttacentral.net/

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun May 24, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist leaders convene at White House
Replies: 12
Views: 3089

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: 3737

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: 3876

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: 1210

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: 1984

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: 19325

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: 794

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: 910

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: 1424

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...

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