Monthly Archives: February 2009

The process of awakening

In the ¬†“Group-Section” (Khandhasamyutta) of the Samyutta Nikaya numerous short suttas can be found which – if we squeeze them in the right manner – provide valuable information how a puthujjana (or unenlightened being) turns into an ariyapuggalo (an enlightened…

From Vipassana Hater to Vipassana Lover

And I show you how ūüôā Okay, caught your attention (did you see what happened when you read this headline)? Now, let me rephrase a bit: This post is about how a Vipassana-opponent turned into a Vipassana-proponent. Interested?¬†This is the…

When Mahayana started as a reformation…

…and started something else. I admit – this was just for my amusement. Below you will find a Pali version of the famous Mahayana text the “Heart Sutra” which I attempted to “translate” (back) into Pali. The purpose of this…

Buddhist Genesis

Most of you are probably familiar with the Christian/Jewish bible’s Genesis, the little story about how Mahabrahma (aka ‘God’) created the world…. From a Buddhist cosmological¬†[what a contradiction in terms, :-)]¬†standpoint, this particular event was not really unique – depending…

Mindfulness is not Sati?

Many people ¬†(especially those who intensively try to put the Buddhas eightfold path into practice) have thought about the meaning of samma sati or “right mindfulness”. In fact, the meaning of this important aspect of Buddhist practice had troubled me…