Daniel's book and the lack of people who are reading it

Daniel's book and the lack of people who are reading it A. Dietrich Ringle 7/31/19 5:41 PM
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RE: Daniel's book and the lack of people who are reading it Daniel M. Ingram 8/1/19 4:23 AM
RE: Daniel's book and the lack of people who are reading it David Kyle Spencer 11/25/19 4:17 AM
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RE: Daniel's book and the lack of people who are reading it Daniel M. Ingram 7/16/20 9:45 PM
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RE: Daniel's book and the lack of people who are reading it Daniel M. Ingram 7/16/20 9:40 PM
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A Dietrich Ringle, modified 3 Years ago at 7/31/19 5:41 PM
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Daniel's book and the lack of people who are reading it

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When I first encountered this forum, there was a plethora of people who had read the meditation instructions in MCTB and we're following through with real results.
Now the forum is somewhat of a half homeless shelter half online marketplace with various people peddling their half-baked ideas. Where is the drive? Where is the enthusiasm?
I am not calling out any one in particular and yet I would love to get back on the pony.
Please let's all put our metaphorical heads together and get some stuff cooking.
This is not what I anticipated would happen to Dharma overground.org.
I am posting this rather than go to bed early and dream of using cocaine, something I have never done while awake. Proceed.
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Shaun Steelgrave, modified 3 Years ago at 7/31/19 7:53 PM
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I read MCTB AND MCTB2, which in and of itself is a Herculean feat, second only to enlightenment.
I do mahasi noting.
Practise 4-6 hours a day.
And now you’re stuck with me.
Hi.
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Ben V, modified 3 Years ago at 7/31/19 9:21 PM
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I read MCTB and regularly skim through MCTB2. Highly recommended for those lurking here that have not read it. This and `Practical Insight Meditation` by Mahasi Sayadaw.
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Daniel M Ingram, modified 3 Years ago at 8/1/19 4:23 AM
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Dear SBS,

Thanks for your input.

As you point out, the DhO has gone in phases, some more productive, some less, some more full of those peddling wares, some less. Sometimes there is a lot of action, sometimes a lot of drama, sometimes a lot of practice reports, sometimes a lot of useless noise.

What is on your mind, specifically? What are your own needs? How can something useful arise from them? That's closer to where the rubber meets the road and traction occurs.
David Kyle Spencer, modified 2 Years ago at 11/25/19 4:17 AM
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Sleeping Buddha Syndrome:
When I first encountered this forum, there was a plethora of people who had read the meditation instructions in MCTB and we're following through with real results.
Now the forum is somewhat of a half homeless shelter half online marketplace with various people peddling their half-baked ideas. Where is the drive? Where is the enthusiasm?
I am not calling out any one in particular and yet I would love to get back on the pony.
Please let's all put our metaphorical heads together and get some stuff cooking.
This is not what I anticipated would happen to Dharma overground.org.
I am posting this rather than go to bed early and dream of using cocaine, something I have never done while awake. Proceed.

I've found DharmaOverground to be a breath of fresh air inasmuch as any group of advanced practitioners are reading MCTB and following though with real results. Have you seen how watered down the rest of Buddha-land is out there? It's Daniel and Michael Taft and that's about it. I consider MCTB to be one of the most important books written on Buddhism in the last 50 years. However, you've got to understand something: This is an elite society. 

You've got people here who regularly experience A&P events. It's the common denominator. A&P events are effectively
kensho/Satori, meaning that that nearly everyone here is qualified to write about and/or teach the subject. A good portion of them are aiming for Stream Entry. This is not r/buddhism filled with your Mindfulness/ hot yoga pants crowd.Daniel wrote the book that way.

In short, you've effectively created a new school of thought, you guys just haven't named it and don't wish to promote it as such. You refuse to codify it. Daniel, you're a Arahant. You have the authority to start your own lineage and transmit the Dharma. That would be the next logical step for the group you've put together here. You said so yourself: These days, finding Enlightenment is easier than finding a teacher who will give student their stamp of approval. Their stinginess provides you with an opportunity.

Yours, 
David 
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Generally agree with you there but A&P is not zen kensho or satori.
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Bardo, modified 2 Years ago at 11/25/19 12:25 AM
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I warm to the idea of exploration and creativity. Yes, sometimes this can bring out our trial-and-error factors making us look like the floppy leaves of a cruciferous vegetable, namely a cabbage.

All in all, we have to swing our words to expel the faecal matter thus giving rise to some partial clarity.
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An Eternal Now:
Generally agree with you there but A&P is not zen kensho or satori.

I know, I'm just trying to make a broader point that this is a group of advanced practitioners. If this were a Zen site, then people would be objecting that A&P events are just makyō. For them, the big dividing line is satori. Here, it's A&P. For a Golden Dawn group, the dividing line would be KCHGA, which they may or may not equate with A&P. Either way, it's a winnowing process, and the result is a relatively small group of teachers in training.
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Over the years I've read parts of it but not the whole thing, not even nearly. I bought a physical copy of the 2nd edition recently and opened it a couple of times but just couldn't read it. It felt like trying to mix oil and water so I closed it and will probably never read it.

I'm sure it's a good book for those interested. If it was third or even half the size it's now, it'd surely be read more widely.
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As a newer participant, I also feel DHO is a breath of fresh air. I enjoy the messy diversity of views and varied personalities who are part of the community. I would add that this site is valuable not just for advanced pactitioners, but advanced pactitioners wannbees like myself with less than a year of semi-intensive practice. There is so much here (including archives) that is so helpful. I am on it several times a week and wish I had more time to post (and more helpful things to say!) I have read MCTB2 all the way through and some parts again at least a half dozen times along with a bunch of other "dharma" books. What is fascinating it that I can read sections of MCTB2 or DHO posts again now, ones I read 3-4 months ago, and they are almost totally different because my own experience and perspective has changed. I live in a rural area with no one around to discuss this stuff, so I am grateful to benefit from the DHO sangha.
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Imo because actually doing it is extremely difficult, time consuming, and has a real risk of severe trauma, and people are busy and stressed enough already.  I think you have to be pretty intense and not all that prudent to try this stuff.  
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That book is my Bible. Just sayin'. 
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Well, I read the first edition twice and the second edition once, cover to cover. I found that MCTB provided an incredibly valuable and in fact unique integrative view of the phenomenology of the dharma. And it is packed full of amazing information and examples. Hard? Risky? Maybe, but nothing worthwhile is easy.  My own practice skipped the first part of mahasi-style noting that infuses the book, and integrated with it later on. Yet MCTB was still essential to any progress that I have made.

And the title is Mastering the Core Teaching of the Buddha. Unforutnately, we are not yet at the stage where 'Mastery' can be achieved by reading an airport book or popping a pill.
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Oh yea I'm a massive unrepentant fan of MCTB2 and am extremely grateful it's out there.  I just don't think it's a big mystery why few people do it even though it's fairly likely to work.
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I've been here a few years now and read MCTB one and two multiple times. There was an initial overly enthusiastic phase, there have been lazy periods, there have been more half baked theories and posts than i'd like to admit. I'm still grateful for the books and the forum which allows me to explore the practises and ideas in the books. If anything some of my half baked posts have allowed me to see just how half baked some of those ideas were, so it was useful (and hopefully not too annoying to the rest of you). Similarly, seeing others make mistakes has sometimes helped me work through the same issues.

I'd prefer a little chaos versus an overly moderated place of absolute decorum and strict definitions of wisdom and/or practise.
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I own the 2nd edition of the physical book, and read chunks of the original book online. In fact, I started reading the first edition on day 10 of my first Goenka retreat once we were allowed to start talking again. Someone that I met turned me on to it. 

I must admit, it was jarring to read after 10 days of Goenka style teaching. Lol! 

I am taking this path very seriously, and am working diligently toward my awakening. This site has been a godsend.

As for MCTB, I don't know if I am capable of reading it all the way through.  I get really bad eye fatigue and dyslexia.  I would love to see a concise, condensed version. Kind of like the mini Mahasi Sayadaw book which I was easily able to read through several times.

In fact, if I ever 'wake up', I will write an instruction manual that a 10 year old could follow.
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I've read MCTB2 multiple times and consult it regularly.
I do mahasi noting.
Practise 1 and 1/2 hours a day.

I also have a teacher who uses the book with me.

Check in here a lot. Trying my best.
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That's because some of us don't think MCBT covers precisely all the stages of meditative practice. There may be related to results of noting and vipassana but doesn't mean Advaita and Sufis go through the same stages.

It's obviously a serious undertaking to help people see themselves but there's a lot of scripting involved as well and I really don't like the dark night fetish.
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Sleeping Buddha Syndrome:
When I first encountered this forum, there was a plethora of people who had read the meditation instructions in MCTB and we're following through with real results.
Now the forum is somewhat of a half homeless shelter half online marketplace with various people peddling their half-baked ideas. Where is the drive? Where is the enthusiasm?
I am not calling out any one in particular and yet I would love to get back on the pony.
Please let's all put our metaphorical heads together and get some stuff cooking.
This is not what I anticipated would happen to Dharma overground.org.
I am posting this rather than go to bed early and dream of using cocaine, something I have never done while awake. Proceed.

I thought, in 2011, that MCTB was the most electric, bullshit-free, authentic meditation book in a contemporary, libg vice that i had ever heard. I did tons of stupid shit,as befits a stupid shit on the Path, and eventually came across MCTB2, by recommending MCTB to a friend based on memeory. Once there, I read MCBT2 with the same sense of Holy Shit! I am a Roman Catholic, by birth and language, hard wiring and hardb work, but i will never be anything but a hybrid, and that is because i think Daniel, and this creation and gift of his, the Dharma Overground, is the state of the art on the planet. Ever. I think MCBT2 is budhist scripture, as I undestand the mergence of new scripture, as something coming from someone trying his or her best to not change a single fucking thing from the Tradition, and inevitably changing tons of fucking things, just by putting all the old language into contemporray words, and opening, inevitably, fresh avenues of exegesis in word and, weirdly but truly, in practice.

You sound a bit disgruntled, my friend. Watch that your old fart side doesn't f;op back into some good old days of DhO myth. every age is heaven and hell, every breath recapitulates the whole of the cosmos and all the worlds. Just practice. That was DhO is really about, that is the legacy of Daniel Ingram: a Buddha firld, here, and people who are fucking serious about their practice, who are all in. Just be all in, man. My your plot of ground, cultivate your seeds, pass them on in turn. By our fruits they shall know us, as they will know Daniel by us, his fruits.

love, tim
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I read MCTB2, except for the parts that Daniel recommended that I skip. I'm a slow reader, so those recommendations were welcome. I will probably got back a read them at some point but there is a lot on my reading/listening list.

I like your enthusiasm for focused practice. At the same time, I enjoy the lack of imposed structure here. I am learning a lot from this forum and, for a newcomer, it's good to know that people are writing what they want to write, and not just repeating official church doctrine to show that they can. So hopefully stuff can be cooked and the randomness can be kept. 
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I first read MCTB probably 4 years ago and straight away cranked up the dial to 11. 

That it's a powerful approach is undeniable, but it's also perilous (as Daniel so rightly communicates from the start). 300% increased sensitivity to 50% less suffering is just a tough road to follow, but it does work, rapidly.

What a lucky circumstance to have gone this route and stuck with it. Much gratitude DI.

I think practictioners tend to dismiss MCTB for a few reasons:

- The actual practice is somewhat self-limiting in the short term; it dredges up a lot of stuff, much of unpleasant.
- The title and tone make it somewhat difficult to recommend to practictioners established on a more 'gentle' trajectory
- Maps actually are detrimental to certain types of practioners
- Other dimensions of spiritual development beyond raw insight are important
- The biggie: Other teachers feel threatened by claims of attainment (when coupled with descriptions of realizations they haven't encountered) and actively undercut its credibility
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How different is MCTB2 from MCTB?
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ashmin:
How different is MCTB2 from MCTB?
hey ashmin,

It seems gentler, richer, and mellower all around to me, in general. There is a vast amount of seasoning, ripening, and experience woven into it now, plus a serious biolgraphical essay and other supplemental treats and appendices. I think specifically, and others may well not agree, that it is fairer and more balanced with regard to shamatha, though in my own take it still sells that short somewhat. This impression of the first edition's priveleging of vipassana may just be a function of where i was at when i read the first edition in 2011 and was deeply into the long term practice of what i thought fell under concentration practice, or shamatha. So maybe i got defensive, and maybe am still, lol. But sometimes these vipassana assholes just piss me off. emoticon

love, tim
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I realize this is an old thread, it popped up again short time ago and I had some feelings on the subject which I have only now been able to explain in words.

When someone puts their thoughts in writing, the words they choose can tell you more than the literal meaning of the words. They can tell you the qualities of the author.

When I read MCTB I see qualities that I am not seeking from my practice and I do not find qualities that I am seeking. I am not saying there is anything wrong with the qualities I see in the book or that they are bad. They are in no way hypocritical, they are just different from what I am seeking.

For this reason I do not believe reading the book and following the author's advice will help me with my practice.

It may be that what I am seeking is not Buddhism, or will not produce awakening according some particular definition of awakening, I'm okay with that.
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That sounds very good to me Jim.

As someone wise once told me, "we always have to own our practice". 

You are the one who knows what you want, and what inspires you.

Let me just add this question which popped into my mind while reading your post : have you given christianity any thought at all ?

Cheers
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Jim, you might be interested in the 10 paramis/perfections. 

If so, there is a summary at https://www.thebuddhistsociety.org/page/paramis-paramitas, Also, you can find online resources easily, for example https://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/theparamis/ 

Apologies if you are already aware of these.

Malcolm
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Daniel M Ingram, modified 2 Years ago at 7/16/20 9:40 PM
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Dear Jim,

One of the reasons that MCTB2 has so many references to other texts (sometimes with radically different styles and emphases) is that it is definitely not everyone's cup of tea and very much was never designed to be, as it says at the outset. Yet, it can hopefully point people to books and other teachers and resources that are much more to their tastes and fitting with a style of practice that works for them. I hope you find things that work for you and your goals and personal style.

Best wishes,

Daniel
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Dear Ashmin,

MCTB2 is about 40% longer, somewhat reorganized, and intentionally designed to address may of the reasonable critiques of MCTB1. It contains significantly increased sections on things about jhanas, magic, my personal journey (which is used as a springboard for a lot of other topics that were hard to organize coherently without some sort of narrative), and contains more counterbalancing tech to try to counter imbalanced practice throughout. It is toned down every so slightly but still packs a significant punch in comparison to most Dharma books. It is better edited.

There are other differences, but those are the main ones. Obviously, I think it is worth reading, and have read it a few times myself. ;)
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Ni Nurta, modified 2 Years ago at 7/16/20 10:13 PM
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Sounds good.
I liked raw and very enhusiastic style of MCTB1. From your videos it doesn't seem enthusiasm left you so second book should a good read too emoticon

I wonder how it compares to MCTB1 with it being written few years after enlightenment. Core realization might be the same but as these things seem to progress new tricks are learned all the time.
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Olivier:


Let me just add this question which popped into my mind while reading your post : have you given christianity any thought at all ?

Cheers

I believe in Christ's first two commandments, love God and neighbor. I consider myself a "sort of Christian" for this reason.

I don't believe in vicarious atonement, or eternal damnation, so I feel that most Christians would not recognize me as a member of their flock. However I believe that physicalism and methodological naturalism are harmful while Christianity is generally helpful so I consider Christians as spiritual and philosophical allies.

I get my spiritual beliefs from from Spiritualism which is a "religion" based on empirical evidence.

(As a Buddhist I get meditation and mindfulness practices from Buddhsim but not metaphysical beliefs though there is some overlap with Spiritualism.)

I have a generally positive view of Christianity (though I don't claim all Christians are perfect - but any ideology can be abused by those seeking power).

I have a lot of respect for the contribution to civilization and the development of science that Christianity has made and an appreciation for the help many individuals have found in its message of love, forgiveness and eternal life.
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Sleeping Buddha Syndrome:
When I first encountered this forum, there was a plethora of people who had read the meditation instructions in MCTB and we're following through with real results.
Now the forum is somewhat of a half homeless shelter half online marketplace with various people peddling their half-baked ideas. Where is the drive? Where is the enthusiasm?
I am not calling out any one in particular and yet I would love to get back on the pony.
Please let's all put our metaphorical heads together and get some stuff cooking.
This is not what I anticipated would happen to Dharma overground.org.
I am posting this rather than go to bed early and dream of using cocaine, something I have never done while awake. Proceed.

Personaly, i was eager to read the book, but lost any desire to do it when i've read its review in SlateStarCodex, the part about constantly cycling through the dark night and other cycles sounds to me utterly horrible and it would totally discourage me from pursuing any practice, and i'm just a beginner, why would anyone want that ? (and i'm saying this as someone with already existential and clinical depression), if that's the end result, i'd rather just become a drug or sex addict or shoot myself. Why would i strive and keep a practice for such a horrible sounding result ? 

Some other authors like Rob Burbea thinks Dark Knight can be avoided or at least be reduced drastically by focusing more on meta meditation, developing samadhi and then from that base going gradually and serenely into vipassana, and it doesn't talk about any hellish cycling through it again and again (which seems like the definition of hell). And because this is contested and my mind is highly suggestive at the moment, i'd rather avoid a book where the "cure" seems to me as worse than the ill.
Olivier S, modified 2 Years ago at 7/17/20 3:15 PM
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Just so you know, this horrible dark night is what existentialist writers like JP Sartre wrote about in his book Nausea, if you've heard of that ; a lot of the angst you find as a common theme/place of expression in art is this horrible dark night ; many people go through it unknowingly and just think they're more lucid than others and see everything that's wrong with existence better than the rest (which is true, but actually, some people have even more lucidity and are just fine with it, as soon as they develop equanimity/acceptance) ; I myself was pretty existentially depressed, a darkly luminous depressed philosopher loner, for a few years, and only realized a long time after, that this was the horrible dark night.

When I read mctb, I thought, pretty naturally, just like you : "that sounds scary, I want to avoid getting in that territory off retreat and I'm gonna hold off from vipassana until I can afford to experience that shitshow !"

Little did I know that I had been in that DN for years before and had actually processed the whole thing unknowingly !

Vipassana is basically just a weird name for a formalized practice aimed at cultivating your natural observational skills.

It's like training for the 100 m VS just running to catch your bus. Everybody can and does run sometimes, but few cultivate their running skills at all, and fewer train to do 100 m under 10 seconds, right ? emoticon Mctb is more in the general area of athletic training. Which seems closer to the spirit of ancient buddhism to me (very much about ardent effort), than things like MBSR and other softer techniques.

So, just an idea : for all you know, your depression (I've read your other post) could be this horrible dark night. Maybe you are there already, maybe you have been stuck there for years. Or not. But it's worth finding out IMO.

The techniques described in mctb don't cause these experiences, they might accentuate the clarity of them though. Which can get intense, hence the recommendation that this is not for everyone (- not meaning to imply that it means everyone who doesn't like mctb is a softy. It's not true.)

Daniel's book is great, and what Jim was saying up there is basically that he doesn't like Daniel's "vibe" and therefore doesn't wish to read him - which is fine if he feels like it. After all, we humans should find and immitate models that inspire us. That's not exactly what you're saying here.

But it's an extremely empowering and high quality book with a treasure trove of information and perspectives you won't find anywhere else - partly because Daniel has no interest whatsoever in sugar coating things, as he gets financial independance from other sources, is not bound to a lineage which he has to defend, and has no position to secure at all based on people's reactions to what he teaches. Which is basically something no other dharma teachers that I know of can say... 

That includes Rob Burbea btw, however much I love this guy ;).

So, to conclude : the "dark night" can't be avoided for anyone who actually wakes up to the reality of existence, which has amazing and depressing aspects alike, it can't be avoided because it's part of the full range of human experience. Waking up to our human existence implies that you wake up to all aspects of it. And meditation is the practice through which human existence will be experienced in its entirety, in a safer than normal context, with more clarity than normal, giving you the chance to truly know and come to terms with who you are, potentially all the way.

For some it will be smoother, usually it won't be identified as anthing specific though, as it just seems, for someone who experiences this kind of dark knowledge, that it's just the truth of existence being seen (and it sucks). It's not true though. On the contrary, mctb provides key information and practices which can and do help MANY people move out of a dark rut which they might unknowingly have been stuck in for years.

All traditions have a name for these kinds of things (look up nyams for instance), they just don't thematize it as openly as theravada/Daniel.

Many other things could be said, but really, if you can, you should read it.

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Chris M, modified 2 Years ago at 7/17/20 3:19 PM
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 Which is basically something no other dharma teachers that I know of can say... 

Others in that same vein:

Vincent and Emily Horn
Michael Taft
Kenneth Folk

There are more and more "interdisciplinary" or maybe "non-denominational" teachers out there.
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Right, right. Let me rephrase by saying he's one of the pioneers ;)

edit : the thing about money is still true though. All the teachers you've mentioned that I'know, depend financially on what people's reactions to what they teach will be. Not saying this necesarilly means they are less honest. But daniel's position is unique enough and I find that precious, as all rare things. Not saying either it means he's the absolute one and only ;)
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Payment comes in many forms  emoticon
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What is the payment method/currency with daniel ingram ? Prestige ?
What's yours for all the time you spend reading our silliness here ? 
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Chris M, modified 2 Years ago at 7/18/20 9:36 AM
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Daniel gets notoriety, compliments like yours, and sometimes I would imagine self-satisfaction, even self-actualization.

I get less boredom.

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Daniel M Ingram, modified 2 Years ago at 7/18/20 12:15 PM
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I delight in the opportunity to present one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, The Eyes of the Overworld (sometimes called Cugel the Clever), by Jack Vance. It occurs early on, and is spoken by Iucounu, The Laughing Magician, in Chapter 1, just before Iuconu is about to forcibly transport Cugel off on what appears to be a suicide mission after Cugel's failed attempt to rob Iuconu. After Cugel offers to describe his clearly negative appraisal of Iucounu's character, Iucounu states "I do not care to listen; obloquy injures my self-esteen and I am skeptical of praise."

For those unfamiliar with Vance's obscure lexicon, this from Wordnik regarding "obloquy":

"n.    Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny.
n.    The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute.
n.    Contumelious or abusive language addressed to or aimed at another; calumny; abuse; reviling."

So, if anyone is thinking of obtaining praise as reward by following a similar path, and so that ethically you can assess the risks, benefits, and alternatives (RBA's) in accord with standard medical protocol of such an action, realize that praise will occur, yes, but it may come with at least an equal if not greater heap of obloquy, as in the recent article in the public journal Mindfulness, publicly diagnosing me as delusional and dissociated, among other things. You may also have psychotic people harrass you, threaten to kill you and rape your wife, have to call police departments multiple times on such people, have people threaten to sue you, to attempt to steal your work as their own, and have high-profile groups engage in dedicated, ongoing derogatory and slanderous campaigns against you in various public and private forms. This is not to dissuade anyone necessarily, but merely to present some balance to the decision making process through full disclosure. Even on this forum, which I own and fund, one can easily find hundreds if not of thousands that criticize me in various forums, and this is the forum with clearly the highest density of appreciation for my work that can be found online. One need only venture slightly out of the DhO to find forums that are vastly less kind.

May we all make good decisions and stay true to our convictions in the face of the Eight Worldly Winds of praise and blame, pleasure and pain, gain and loss, and fame and ill repute. I personally am happy with my choices, and knew at least to some degree what I was getting myself into, though, at least at the beginning, couldn't really appreciate its full magnitude both good and bad, and so take responsibility for my actions to the relative degree that anyone can, but let's not kid ourselves about what taking these sorts of stands involves.
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Yeah it didn't seem to me like your position is a comfortable one, quite the contrary !

And we thank you deep in our hearts for all your integrity and risk taking.

Feeling like we're part of "the group" is one of the primary human motivations - deliberately going against that when it feels like the group is wrong, is sacrifice.

As Michel Henry would have said, true culture barely manages to survivre underground, nowadays... or Overground !

May we remember the 8 worldly winds indeed.

And thank you Chris too, for being bored, but not only :p emoticon
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Chris Marti:
Daniel gets notoriety, compliments like yours, and sometimes I would imagine self-satisfaction, even self-actualization.

I get less boredom.

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Sorry Chris, but you also get the admiration of the crowd, or at least some portions of it.

Also, I love the contrast:

Siddharta Gotama - you can wake up.
Daniel Ingram - you can wake up.
Sections of western buddhsim - no you can't.

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Olivier:
8 worldly winds indeed.


The past is shame and pride, the future is hope and fear, the present can become self vs. other -- so watch out!"  I think this might have been a Hokai quote.

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Tim Farrington, modified 2 Years ago at 7/20/20 11:44 AM
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shargrol:
Olivier:
8 worldly winds indeed.


The past is shame and pride, the future is hope and fear, the present can become self vs. other -- so watch out!"  I think this might have been a Hokai quote.

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I wasn't counting them winds, but they'se some mighty strong ones. This here "watch out" thang sounds real fine to me.
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Daniel M. Ingram:
I delight in the opportunity to present one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, The Eyes of the Overworld (sometimes called Cugel the Clever), by Jack Vance. It occurs early on, and is spoken by Iucounu, The Laughing Magician, in Chapter 1, just before Iuconu is about to forcibly transport Cugel off on what appears to be a suicide mission after Cugel's failed attempt to rob Iuconu. After Cugel offers to describe his clearly negative appraisal of Iucounu's character, Iucounu states "I do not care to listen; obloquy injures my self-esteen and I am skeptical of praise."

For those unfamiliar with Vance's obscure lexicon, this from Wordnik regarding "obloquy":

"n.    Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny.
n.    The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute.
n.    Contumelious or abusive language addressed to or aimed at another; calumny; abuse; reviling."

So, if anyone is thinking of obtaining praise as reward by following a similar path, and so that ethically you can assess the risks, benefits, and alternatives (RBA's) in accord with standard medical protocol of such an action, realize that praise will occur, yes, but it may come with at least an equal if not greater heap of obloquy, as in the recent article in the public journal Mindfulness, publicly diagnosing me as delusional and dissociated, among other things. You may also have psychotic people harrass you, threaten to kill you and rape your wife, have to call police departments multiple times on such people, have people threaten to sue you, to attempt to steal your work as their own, and have high-profile groups engage in dedicated, ongoing derogatory and slanderous campaigns against you in various public and private forms. This is not to dissuade anyone necessarily, but merely to present some balance to the decision making process through full disclosure. Even on this forum, which I own and fund, one can easily find hundreds if not of thousands that criticize me in various forums, and this is the forum with clearly the highest density of appreciation for my work that can be found online. One need only venture slightly out of the DhO to find forums that are vastly less kind.

May we all make good decisions and stay true to our convictions in the face of the Eight Worldly Winds of praise and blame, pleasure and pain, gain and loss, and fame and ill repute. I personally am happy with my choices, and knew at least to some degree what I was getting myself into, though, at least at the beginning, couldn't really appreciate its full magnitude both good and bad, and so take responsibility for my actions to the relative degree that anyone can, but let's not kid ourselves about what taking these sorts of stands involves.

No good deed goes unpunished. lol. No deed goes unpunished.

So no deed, indeed.

and no deed-er.

only the done, and some poor bastard getting his as kicked for it, lol.

love, tim
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Daniel,

Could you clarify something you wrote in MCTB2? 

When you wote:

https://www.mctb.org/mctb2/table-of-contents/part-v-awakening/37-models-of-the-stages-of-awakening/the-theravada-four-path-model/
That the enlightened lineage holders of the modern Theravada and their ex-monk and ex-nun Western counterparts don’t have the guts to stand up and say, “We are deeply sorry that for 2,500 years, many of our predecessors perpetuated this craziness to put food in their bowls and fool ignorant peasants so that they might be supported in their other useful work, and we vow to do better!” is a crying shame.

Are you accusing the Buddha of being a charlatan who fooled peasants in order to get food and other support? How do you know whether his earliest followers falsified his teaching or if they got the false teachings from him?

And how do you justify attributing ulterior motives to people whom you never met because they have a different interpretation of the teachings? Today there are many different interpretations of the teachings, is everyone who has a different interpretation than you also a charlatan?

Thanks
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Seems like you're reading it in the least charitable way possible. Here's what I think I know about some real Buddhist stuff in Thailand that I have experience with: many monks are sort of employed by the public to bless things, to chant spells to keep motorcycles and riders safe, they sell magical amulets at temples, all sort of things that in my mind, any genuine monk would refuse to do. And I remember hearing the nun on the recordings at Panditarama Lumbini report that the situation was similar if not worse in Myanmar -- people have no idea what the Buddha was getting at, but reflexively bow to monks, offer alms, etc., and the monks must know that the spirit of it all is very incorrect.
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Alright, yes, that part has quite a bite, and that might be looked at from many angles.

Consider first the angle of the author who wrote it, a scientist, a clinician, something of a non-idealistic rebel who yet has practiced a lot, gotten to know a lot of very deep practitioners up close and personal, gotten to hear a lot and see a lot about how the ideals performance test, and gotten to think a lot about the neural pathways that might be involved, pondered religion and its survival strategies, the history of Buddhism in lots of places, the local Dharma Scandals, and the like.

After all of that, I find that statement generous for the following reasons:

1) It presumes that they all have enough wisdom to even be able to sort this out, meaning what I would call "arahantship", whereas most of them actually don't.
2) That, even if they had it, they might be able to be brutally honest about what it did and didn't actually do with themselves and how that compared to their religious ideals and the dogmas they had been raised on. I know arahants that, apparently out of habit or market forces, said things they knew in their hearts weren't true: very disappointing to witness.

The Buddha clearly talked on a lot of levels depending on the audience, clearly was playing to an audience that had various expectations, such as very long earlobes and 40 teeth and a penis in a sheath and all of that, and, it appears, basically had to say certain things to fit with the culture that was already in place. This closely parallels the history of the Jesus-like figures during Jesus' time who played to the standard canon of things you had to do and say you had done then to be considered a messiah, such as raising the dead and performing certain other miracles.

When I read the Canon, particularly the lives of the great disciplies (see the book of the same name, Great Disciples of the Buddha, highly recommended), it is wild to watch the conceptual hoops they clearly as those without any attachment grieve their friends, those without suffering kill themselves due to pain, etc. In short, they were human to a degree that they hardly own conceptually. The more I see of the world today of idealistic Buddhism colliding with actual humanity, the more I become convinced of my readings of the ancient texts.

Further, as a scientist and physician, it is nearly impossible to imagine any neurological pathways by which merely perceiving impermanence clearly might make one suddenly impotent, incapable of speaking certain very specific words or performing certain very specific actions or not feeling or manifesting certain very specific emotions.

You will also notice that the quote you quote comes after this quote, which I still stand by: "And yet, its maps of enlightenment still contain a hefty helping of scary market-driven propaganda and so much garbage that is life-denying, dangerously out of touch with what happens, and an impediment to practice for millions of people."

I am not the first nor will I be the last to point out some of the life and emotion-deying aspects of the Theravada doctrine as presented in certain texts and by certain teachers, and the massive traditions of the Mahayana and Vajrayana grew up due to that, among other things.

I will not be the first nor last to point out that idealism about not having bad emotions simply fucks up a lot of people as they try to practice and practice by shutting down and ignoring their emotions that don't fit with their ideals.

I will not be the last to notice that some teachers who by their own explicit and implicit claims to attainments yet throw rocks at dogs for no reason and yell meanly at their students, and it gets worse than that, as we all know.

It is not that everyone who has a different interpretation from me is a charlatan, it is that people who have ridiculous interpretations that they keep pedaling once they have deep realization are charlatans, and I have known a few who did this and knew they were doing it, and they are the tip of a very large iceberg.

Once one is willing to break out of the notion that this is all socially constructed, rejecting the illusion that whatever a group socially constructs is ok and equally as true as anything else, then one can start thinking and paying attention again.

It is a bit like MMA: in their natives settings, judo and karate and jujitsu and mui thai and the like all thought they were the best, and all that was taken basically as religious doctrine until they got in the ring with trained MMA fighters who had blended the best of a few major styles, boxing, kicking, grappling, etc., and the original, domatic, delusional traditions got their constructed ideals deconstructed by the MMA fighter's actual, non-constructed fist to their physically deconstructed faces.

In the same way, a reasonable portion of the ideals of the Theravada are delusional, not in accordance with reality, not in accordance with any plausable neurobiological pathways, not sensible, not withstanding reality testing. The same applies to nearly all the ideals from nearly all the traditions, unfortunately, so it really isn't fair to pick on the Theravada, when Zen and the Tibetans and the Vedanta kids and all of them have basically as many delusional ideals as well that nobody has really tested in hundreds of years in the way that MMA did to the fighting religions, but that's what's happening here, and I stand by my claims.

Here's my best advice:

1) Practice well without life-deying ideals, or, if you have them, watch them carefully, and avoid denial.

2) See for yourself through rigorous real-world preformance testing.

3) Don't step into a full-contact ring with an MMA fighter unless you have trained in MMA, as you will just get hurt and possibly killed.

Best wishes,

Daniel
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Daniel M. Ingram:
Alright, yes, that part has quite a bite, and that might be looked at from many angles.

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Okay, but why do you call your book, "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha"? It seems to me you don't believe the core teachings of the Buddha. I don't find fault with you for this. I don't agree with everything in the Pali Canon either.  But I am wondering why you don't call your book, "Correcting the Core Teachings of the Buddha"?
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Daniel --

Here's my best advice:

1) Practice well without life-denying ideals, or, if you have them, watch them carefully, and avoid denial.

2) See for yourself through rigorous real-world performance testing.

3) Don't step into a full-contact ring with an MMA fighter unless you have trained in MMA, as you will just get hurt and possibly killed.

This is some of the best advice on the doing and the processing of meditation practice I've ever seen.


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Jim Smith:
Daniel M. Ingram:
Alright, yes, that part has quite a bite, and that might be looked at from many angles.

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Okay, but why do you call your book, "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha"? It seems to me you don't believe the core teachings of the Buddha. I don't find fault with you for this. I don't agree with everything in the Pali Canon either.  But I am wondering why you don't call your book, "Correcting the Core Teachings of the Buddha"?

My guess is, because of this:

Daniel M. Ingram:
The Buddha clearly talked on a lot of levels depending on the audience, clearly was playing to an audience that had various expectations, such as very long earlobes and 40 teeth and a penis in a sheath and all of that, and, it appears, basically had to say certain things to fit with the culture that was already in place. This closely parallels the history of the Jesus-like figures during Jesus' time who played to the standard canon of things you had to do and say you had done then to be considered a messiah, such as raising the dead and performing certain other miracles.


Everything the Buddha said wasn’t really his core teachings, but adaptations to contemporary audiences. I’d guess that if one reads it all and sees it in its context, it gets pretty clear that some things are more central than others. There will probably always be different interpretations on what is figure and what is ground, but saying that something is a correction is an interpretation too. Personally I don’t believe the Buddha was that stupid. Just sayin’.
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Jim Smith:
Daniel M. Ingram:
Alright, yes, that part has quite a bite, and that might be looked at from many angles.

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Okay, but why do you call your book, "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha"? It seems to me you don't believe the core teachings of the Buddha. I don't find fault with you for this. I don't agree with everything in the Pali Canon either.  But I am wondering why you don't call your book, "Correcting the Core Teachings of the Buddha"?
"The saying of the Buddha that deals with the practice regarding shunyata (voidness) is the saying that is the heart of Buddhism. It requires our careful attention. “Nothing whatsoever should be clung to as ‘I’ or ‘mine.'” (Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya.) The Buddha himself declared that this is the summation of all the Tathagata’s [Buddha’s] teaching. He said that to have heard the phrase “Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya” is to have heard everything; to have put it into practice is to have practiced everything; and to have reaped its fruits is to have reaped every fruit." -Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Looking through this lens, I think Daniel's book is firmly based in this "core teaching" by way of careful moment to moment investigation of the three characteristics with additional caveats on avoiding attachments to views of what is attained or not attained through awakening. 
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To bring a different perspective, as someone who was raised as an agnostic humanist (and trained in analytic philosophy to boot!), it would have been almost impossible for me to extract the gems from Buddhist texts due to the religious language, dogma, contradiction and reality denying bits, which tend to really turn me off and make me lose interest.  So I'm extremely grateful MCTB2 gave me a conceptual framework to work with Buddhist theories of mind and make sense of the teachings while discarding large parts of them, or at least taking them much less seriously than is typical.  Once the conceptual framework stuck I got down to doing some good practice -- and then trying to choose the perfect conceptual framework becomes much less fraught.

.....Now whether this is "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha," or not seems like a question for scholars that doesn't particularly interest me. 
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Now whether this is "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha," or not seems like a question for scholars that doesn't particularly interest me. 

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MCTB's clear language about a number of aspects of insight were like cold, clean water at a time when I really needed it. I am very grateful. However, I think we would all be remiss in not validating what an amazing group of experienced and knowledgeable posters there are here. I am at least as greatful for the public and private counsel of Chris, Shargrol, and Dream Walker amongst many. This BOARD is also a great achievement and vehicle for insights in its own right.
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Ben Sulsky:
To bring a different perspective, as someone who was raised as an agnostic humanist (and trained in analytic philosophy to boot!), it would have been almost impossible for me to extract the gems from Buddhist texts due to the religious language, dogma, contradiction and reality denying bits, which tend to really turn me off and make me lose interest.  So I'm extremely grateful MCTB2 gave me a conceptual framework to work with Buddhist theories of mind and make sense of the teachings while discarding large parts of them, or at least taking them much less seriously than is typical.  Once the conceptual framework stuck I got down to doing some good practice -- and then trying to choose the perfect conceptual framework becomes much less fraught.

.....Now whether this is "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha," or not seems like a question for scholars that doesn't particularly interest me. 

Amen.
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Stirling Campbell:
MCTB's clear language about a number of aspects of insight were like cold, clean water at a time when I really needed it. I am very grateful. However, I think we would all be remiss in not validating what an amazing group of experienced and knowledgeable posters there are here. I am at least as greatful for the public and private counsel of Chris, Shargrol, and Dream Walker amongst many. This BOARD is also a great achievement and vehicle for insights in its own right.

And amen.
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A. Dietrich Ringle
When I first encountered this forum, there was a plethora of people who had read the meditation instructions in MCTB and we're following through with real results.
Now the forum is somewhat of a half homeless shelter half online marketplace with various people peddling their half-baked ideas. Where is the drive? Where is the enthusiasm?
I am not calling out any one in particular and yet I would love to get back on the pony.
Please let's all put our metaphorical heads together and get some stuff cooking.
This is not what I anticipated would happen to Dharma overground.org.
I am posting this rather than go to bed early and dream of using cocaine, something I have never done while awake. Proceed.

I am coming to like the practical information in this book more and more over time. But the more I read it, the more I am reminded about why I have reservations. I have a lot of trouble understanding Daniel's choice of writing style which has what he calls a "bite" to it. I can understand how in informal situations a person's native personality will be unfiltered - awakening might not rewire neural pathways that were laid down over a lifetime. But when writing a book, one has the opportunity to rethink how to express himself in a way that will likely reduce offending readers. Daniel acknowledges the bite and in places apologizes for it so I don't think I am being overly sensitive, it's not just me, Daniel recognizes it as a problem that needs an apology - it's not just accidental lapses that slipped through the editing process. It is deliberate.

Not smoothing over this "bite" when there was ample opportunity to do so creates the impression that Daniel has an attachment to this aspect of his personality that seems to contradict what one would expect from someone who is awakened and who ought not to be attached to self/personality. It also seems to me to contradict what he says in the book about morality.

To me this raises serious questions about what kind of enlightenment the practice will produce.

It's the same kind of questions I raised in the thread "never argue with sayadaw". I don't mean that Daniel can't take criticism like Sayadaw, I mean that if someone is really free from attachment to self, it ought to be observable from the outside and not just manifest as freedom from suffering inside.


Here is what Daniel has to say about morality:
https://www.mctb.org/mctb2/table-of-contents/part-i-the-fundamentals/4-wisdom-the-third-training/
The gold standard for training in morality is how consciously harmless, kind, skillful, and compassionate our intentions, words, and actions are and how well we lead a useful and moral life.
Here are a few quotes from the book that seem to me to ignore what he has written about morality:
https://www.mctb.org/mctb2/table-of-contents/foreword-and-warning/
Also, it is likely that something in my presentation style, which has a bite at times, may cause even some Buddhists to react negatively to valuable Buddhist meditative and conceptual technology.
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I have also included a modicum of social commentary, some of which has a definite bite to it. Some of you may find it not only unhelpful, but even quite distasteful and off-putting. Some of you may quickly dismiss it as harsh or wrong speech. I am torn between the feeling that there really are some important points in those sections, yet understanding that not everyone will be able to make good use of information and opinions presented in such strong terms.
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My apologies in advance if I tactlessly play into your knee-jerk tendencies.

https://www.mctb.org/mctb2/table-of-contents/part-v-awakening/37-models-of-the-stages-of-awakening/the-theravada-four-path-model/
The Theravada Four Path Model
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And yet, its maps of enlightenment still contain a hefty helping of scary market-driven propaganda and so much garbage that is life-denying, dangerously out of touch with what happens, and an impediment to practice for millions of people. That the enlightened lineage holders of the modern Theravada and their ex-monk and ex-nun Western counterparts don’t have the guts to stand up and say, “We are deeply sorry that for 2,500 years, many of our predecessors perpetuated this craziness to put food in their bowls and fool ignorant peasants so that they might be supported in their other useful work, and we vow to do better!” is a crying shame. The huge question is, how many of the monastics are really practicing deeply, really giving attainment of actual realization everything they have, rather than being monastics for worldly reasons, that, while potentially of benefit to them and their supporters, lack the key focus for which the Buddha founded the order?
It seems a bit ironic for someone with such a sharp tongue to question the spiritual attainments of others.

Then there is this video where Daniel compares the mistaken belief that one has stream entry to a burned out car. It seems somewhat unkind to his viewers who might have made that mistake.

https://vimeo.com/372228348
So it would be if someone said to me, "Oh yeah, I've got a car." And I said, "Ok, let me see your car." And they took me out back, and there was a burned out old shell of a car on blocks. And you can call it a car, maybe, but it doesn't do all the things a car is supposed to do. And there are actually things that do what cars are supposed to do.

And so linguistically, I think of stream entry is a question of function. If it doesn't function like stream entry, well then pragmatically or practically, it's not stream entry, just like a burned out shell of a car is not a car.


I am not posting this to be mean to Daniel, or to raise controversy. I am not saying he shold avoid certain subjects only that being undiplomatic in his choice of words is confusing to me and probably other readers. I am replying to the opening post about why more people don't read Daniels book. My answer is that the tone of the book raises questions about the reliability of the content or the desirability of the results of the practice. I don't know if I should believe what is in the book or if I want what it offers. Presumably Daniel wants his book to be taken seriously, he had an opportunity to remove aspects that might call the book's reliability into question and he did not take advantage of that opportunity. Why not?

If people who get enlightenment from vipassana feel like they are not attached to self but act like they are attached to self that to me seems suggests the practice might ease suffering but it doesn't really free one from delusion.
George S, modified 9 Months ago at 12/27/21 11:08 AM
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Not smoothing over this "bite" when there was ample opportunity to do so creates the impression that Daniel has an attachment to this aspect of his personality that seems to contradict what one would expect from someone who is awakened and who ought not to be attached to self/personality.

From what I've seen that can actually be a barrier to awakening - having expectations about what awakening should be like.

Also, when I notice myself focussing on character traits that I don't like in others, I find it interesting to ask - what aspects of my own character might I be ignoring/projecting?!
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Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö, modified 9 Months ago at 12/27/21 4:26 PM
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While I respect your opinions, Jim, and also value diplomacy in many situations, I haven't found a single sentence in the book that I see as offensive. People are different. I doubt that it would be possible to write the book in a way that would be pleasing to everyone. The way I see it, Daniel's straightforwardness fills a niche that previously wasn't catered to. The message wouldn't be as clear if Daniel had written it in a way that wouldn't upset people like Analayo, for example. A book hampered by lots of compromises would probably not have saved my life the way this book has. 

I think smoothing over one's natural expression can be a manifestation of attachment too - attachment to a positive social identity. it seems to me like a "damned if you do and damned if you don't" type of situation. Sometimes you just have to weigh pros and cons against each other, make a choice and accept that it won't be perfect no matter what you do. I'm grateful that Daniel chose to write the book the way he did, because it was exactly what I needed. I have seen many others express similar experiences. I hope that you have found other books that fit your needs better. After all, there are plenty of dharma books out there. Luckily, we don't have to click with all of them. 

I certainly hope awakening isn't a popularity contest. If I were to find out that awakening would make me sound like some hybrid between insurance salesman and Sunday school teacher from Pleasantville, or some clone without personality traits, I'd be out of here. emoticon 
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I didn't bother to read this post. 
My advice is after reading MCTB1-2 is to go back on Dho and read everything that was posted since the beginning. 
That was how I spent my time during the lulls of BS times. Also take a break and practice instead of reading the BS. I got tired of stuff but pop in sometimes for a while when I feel so inclined.
Good luck,
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"I certainly hope awakening isn't a popularity contest. If I were to find out that awakening would make me sound like some hybrid between insurance salesman and Sunday school teacher from Pleasantville, or some clone without personality traits, I'd be out of here."

Thanks for the LOL emoticon 
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Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö, modified 9 Months ago at 12/28/21 5:48 AM
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You are very welcome. 

The phrasing probably could be said to have too much bite, but I think it's an important point and there's a limit to how much effort I find it worth it to sugarcoat it. Also, some of us really need the laughs. I sure do. 
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yeah, one of the most important points about awakening is that you realise you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. So you may as well do the thing that's true to you at that moment; at least when it comes to something like asserting yourself (obviously not very applicable to doing outright harm to others -- you're definitely damned there). I'm certain that an MCTB3 written by present-day Ingram would be very different. 
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"I'm certain that an MCTB3 written by present-day Ingram would be very different. "

​​​​​​​Uncertain emoticon emoticon 
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are you saying he's stayed the same
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Jim Smith, modified 8 Months ago at 1/5/22 6:33 AM
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I saw this quote in one of Analayo's papers and thought it was worth commenting on:

https://www.mctb.org/mctb2/table-of-contents/part-iv-insight/30-the-progress-of-insight/5-dissolution-entrance-to-the-dark-night/
I rarely pull out the physician card in this meditation business, but I am pulling it now and throwing it down hard on the table. As a physician and trained scientist, I know as undeniable fact that the cycles of insight are an innate part of human development, occur on a broad scale, and cause profound physiological and psychological effects in significant numbers of people.


As someone who has worked as a scientist, I can say this would not convince many scientists.  They wouldn't take anyone's word just because they were a scientist or a physician. It might influence lay people but most scientists would want to see scientifically collected data presented in the format of a scientific research report. That would be enough invite attempts at replication by other researchers. After replication using randomized blind protocols there would be grounds for asserting there is scientific evidence supporting the assertion.

Throwing out the "physician card" is just rhetoric. As rhetoric it only invites anecdotes of cases where physicians did something stupid. The physician card, claiming authority as a physician, doesn't prove anything and the rhetorical response doesn't prove anything. Just to demonstrate what I mean I'll explain why I don't find the physician card convincing. In college I majored in biology. I had many classes with pre-med students. Some of them were quite open about the fact that they would cheat on exams. I felt more pity than outrage because I was able to get good grades without cheating.  So I am not impressed by anyone claiming authority as a physician.

My anecdote doesn't actually prove anything about the point Daniel is trying to make, and the "physician card" doesn't prove anything either. 
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Call me crazy, but I still believe in expert opinion. It's not like Daniel Ingram is a kook or a whacko who just rode onto this area of knowledge on a truck full of tomatoes. I think the opinion of an expert in two fields (medicine, dharma) is worth something. No, it's not peer-reviewed scientific research, but it is informed by hard-won expertise and lots of experience.
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So I am not impressed by anyone claiming authority as a physician.

What do you do when you get sick, Jim  emoticon
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Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö, modified 8 Months ago at 1/5/22 9:58 AM
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Sure, it doesn't prove anything, but in his large ongoing research project, together with a number of skilled researchers, he might generate some more systematic data. Of course, if the data speaks against his hypothesis, that will be interesting as well. 

And of course, any map is just a map, not the terrain, and even the most general aspects of human functioning may vary between individuals. Being neurodivergent, I can attest to that (after all, it is much easier to prove that something doesn't always apply than to prove the opposite). 

Jim, what is your personal experience with regard to the PoI? Do you feel that it doesn't apply to you? I would be interested in hearing how the rhythm of your practice and experience manifests. It is always fascinating (to me) to get different perspectives on how the mind works and to learn about the varieties. You seem to have a great practice going, so I'm sure you have learned a lot about the chains of occurrances that your mind goes through. That's valid too. 
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I don't know the guy emoticon Do you? 

... actually, no reason to reply dear sir, as my fetters are in a funky mood at the moment emoticon 
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Actually emoticon Ingram did buy me a pizza once in my dream, if that counts for "knowing him" emoticon 

... no no emoticon please ignore me words here, as I say me fetters gone very funky right now emoticon emoticon emoticon 

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