The static format of this forum was conceived as an on-line journal, seeking submissions with substantial content that should be preserved but which would also allow for expansion and rebuttal. This seemed to be a better way to handle intelligent dialogue than the dynamic forums, which better serve as support communities, but where the sometimes very interesting and valuable contributions are quickly buried in on-going chatter.
Essentially it failed as a Forum. There was precisely one contribution submitted in all the time it was available. Where it has more or less succeeded is as a platform for the presentation of my take on the Buddha's science of Awakening.
This is more than a simple listing of new contents added to this site. It contains commentary, some desccriptions of sutta content, sutta-specific outlines, essays, and explanatory tables, occasional essays on difficult Dhamma related subjects and occasional inspirational quotes from the suttas and elsewhere. In sum it is a good curiculum for Dhamma Research.
Tips for beginners, Questions from beginners. Dhamma discussions of general interest.
Kaccha! Worthy to debate.
The End On the experience of the approach of Death.
Tips on the practice of cultivating ethical standards and behavior.
Focusing on understanding the Dhamma.
The Ten Powers and the Four Confidences of the Tathāgata, A list and first stab at a good translation of these two groups of attributes of the Tathāgata.
The Last Seven Buddhas A table giving some information about the past seven buddhas and a longer list of the 24 Buddhas preceding Gotama.
The Sutra of the Forty-two Sections A very early (c A.D. 64), possibly the first work on the Dhamma translated into Chinese. As the translator mentions, this is not a known 'sutta' and it is not a Mahayana document. It reflects the Dhamma as we have it in the Pali. It looks like a 'quick summary'.
The Eighteen Schools of Buddhism by Vasumitra The author reproduces a strange work of the 'forecasting the past' sort. For those who are curious.
Wonderland Grasping the Dragon by the wrong end. How wrong view ends in rebirth in Hell.
Original Sources: Examining the Definition and Constructive Use of Original Sources in the Study of Buddhism.
Again. I lefa a ova...
Is Nibbana Conditioned? Putting forth the idea that it is mistranslation that is the source of this debate.
Follow-up discussion of Vinnana Anidassana.
Discussing the ramifications of the mistranslation of 'sankhara' as 'conditioned' on the understanding of the consciousness of the Arahant.
Tips on, statements about, and questions concerning Samadhi practice, whether walking, standing still, sitting or lying down.
Developing Psychic Powers and Jhāna Practice that Leads to Awakening An analysis of Majjhima Nikaya 128.
The Dreaming Body An interesting parallel between the teachings of Don Juan concerning the Dreming body and the development of the Buddhist mind-made body. Also touches on being conscious while sleeping.
A translators corner.
Paṭibhāna, and translating AN 4.132. Discussion of translating the term 'paṭtbhāna' and relevant subjects.
If Not Mine Discussion of the difficulty in translating the ditthi:
no ca me siyā,||
na me bhavissati.|| ||
On the Importance of the Pali Text Society Translations A long-winded explanaion of why it was so important that the complete set of Pali Text Society translations of the Sutta Pitaka be made freely and easily available.
Digital Pali Reader
Download links for a tool in the form of a Mozilla Firefox extension, much like a hard-copy language reader, facilitating study of the Pali language.
Make it Make sense
On translating similies in parallel with what they are supposed to illustrate.
The Eye in the back of the Head
Translating the term pacchāpure-saññī describing how to develop this ability to see both what is in front and in back of one while simultaneously being able to understand and deal with it.
YonisoManasikaro Studious Etiological Examination
SatiParimukkham Put a look of Satisfaction on your face.
How is Translation Possible? Not as tough as understanding the lingo of today's kids!
Reviews of books, audios, videos, websites, etc. In this section 'review' is to be understood as 'response'; 'publication' is to be understood as a communication allowing for or begging for a response. Selection for review is based on relevance to the topics of this site.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
A very moving story. So powerful that it is considered to have been one of the contributing causes of the U.S. Civil War. It is, in story form, a thorough examination of the evils of the institution of slavery. The review shows how this story is relevant today to the Buddhist.
Remembrance of Things Past, The definitive French Pleiade edition translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terrence Kilmartin, with Volume III, Part 7: Time Regained, translated by Andreas Mayor
A classic of French literature that deals with an individual's experience of 'Temporary Release' without the knowledge of Buddhist theory.
Limitless, Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro
Director: Neil Burger
Movie Review. Take a pill, experience great super-normal powers, murder, steal, write a best-seller, have lots of sex, get rich, become President of the U.S.
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, Reviewed by L.S. Cousins, A PDF file. From The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Volume 4 1997. What looks like a fair review, but the real value is in a sort of appendix where Cousins goes over the translations of specific terms comparing the translations of Bhk. Bodhi with those of Bhk. Nanamoli, Ms. Horner, and K.R. Norman.
Seven Pillers of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence
Rememberance Rock, Carl Sandburg
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William Shirer
Too High to Fail, Doug Fine
The Doctrine of Awakening, Julius Evola
Zen Simply Sitting, Philippe Coupey
Desolation Angels, Jack Kerouac
Success Happens Burroughs, Junky
I See You Mara Kornfield, The Wise Heart
Much Ado about Nothing Lattin, The Harvard Psychedelic Club
I'm Over All That Shirley MacLaine
I Am A Strange Loop Douglas Hofstadter
2001 A Space Oddesy. Stanley Kubrick, Director. Relevance: Pajapati's Problem. Creates in the viewer the overwhelming sense of boredom experienced by 'the one and only.' Some people, and some robots call this the best movie ever made. I could barely force myself to watch it through. Pretentious in the extreme. Slow. Plodding. Disrespectful of the viewer's intelligence. Looks like the idea was cop't from Kurt Vonnegut; the whole history of mankind being directed at one point ... in this case the return of man to a point where he begins the whole story again. Every scene goes on and on interminably. ... and did I say the movie was boring? I side with the computer that wants to scuttle the whole project.
Franz Kafka, The Trial: Not really helpful. Pajapati's problem alowed to become paranoia, no helpful or edifying solution pointed to.
Knut Hamsun, Hunger Hamsun has not yet reached Pajapati's problem in this one. Here he portrays a true to life, autobiographical picture of his struggles with hunger. Really useful from the point of view of understanding why Food is #1. So much of his trouble results from poor training in understanding ethics which allows his pride to bring him back to starvation again and again.
Mysteries. Another early work which reveals the madness faced by the mind that has reached into the upper atmosphere without adequate training in ethics. This book was the inspiration for the yellow suit of The King of New York (aka P.P.). As an aside the first thing one will encounter when beginning to read Hamsun is the bewilderment on the part of reviewers as to how it could be possible for such an intelligent, sensitive person to also have been a Nazi sympathizer. Even casual reading of Mysteries should answer that question. The seeds of a radical political view are a central theme! There is no mystery as to how the writer of this book could come to champion the early Hitler as a crusader for a break-away from somnambulist politics, the idea that Hitler espoused of detachment from all current political forms in favor of a more noble past. At a later point there is good reason to think that Hamsun's Nazism was a ruse used to gain influence with Hitler so as to attain the liberation of Nazi prisoners in Scandinavia. Still, he clearly advocated racial purity; he considered the U.S., for example, as destined to fail as it was becoming a mongrel nation. (I prefer to see it in more positive terms as a nation of hybrid strains, one which has and could still result in hybrid vigor and which is certainly producing a human of extraordinary physical, if perhaps too feminine beauty.) The book is a great read. It is often laugh-out-loud funny in a mad sort of way when the central character piles lie upon lie, outrageous action upon outrageous action making every aspect of the world crumble around him. However it has little use for anyone who does not already appreciate the dangers of irrational behavior.