who is frankk?
Case study on intellectual dishonesty, agendas, biases: Frankk and his views on jhāna, vitakka, vicara
Everybody has an agenda, and cognitive biases.
I only care about dukkha and its cessation.
Long ago, I figured out the only way, and the quickest way to accomplish my agenda is through radical honesty, integrity.
If you have long term vision, long term memory, and examine your failures and successes, you'll come to the same conclusion.
If you try to protect your ego and lie to yourself and others,
it may prevent short term pain if you succeed in your deceit,
but in the long term, your dukkha will be massively compounded.
So when you're wrong, the quicker you can admit it and make amends,
then the more dukkha you can eradicate,
and the more potential dukkha you can prevent from happening.
If you have long term vision,
you'll take the short term pain (of admitting wrong and bruised ego),
because the long term gains far outweigh it.
discussion between frank and dmytro on V&V in jhana, 2018.
To summarize, dmytro pointed out an error in my understanding of V&V.
I chewed over it for few days, decided he was correct,
then posted on the forum (6 days after reading his post) to acknowledge he was correct.
I then summarized what he said, quoted and added some of his research to my website,
and credited him for his research and for correcting me on that mistake on my website.
a quote from frankk on public forum, 2017-jan.
Which is fine, if you can prove it. Where’s the proof? Let’s see it. I don’t care about who’s right, who’s wrong, I’m only interested in truth. Show me truth, and I’ll follow. Show me strained arguments, I will rightly question it.
a quote from frankk on public forum late 2016, in discussion with B. Brahmali
thanks for the explanation Bhante.(Brahmali)
it will take me some time to evaluate everything you said in the post regarding sound and thorns, but we are on the same page as far as wanting to adopt an interpretation of jhana, samadhi, vitakka, vicara that is true to EBT.
i’m open minded and i’ll change my position 180 degrees in 5 minutes if i can see compelling evidence.
i’m aware of some of the suttas you cited such as AN 7.40 where it’s supportive of the type of jhana ajahn brahm advocates.
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Always question authority
(from an old forum post of mine) it reminded me of a high school teacher I’m very fond of. It was one of the best life lessons I’ve learned, and I remember to apply it regularly (samma sati). Mr J. was my European History teacher either my junior or senior year in high school. My J. had the desks in the room arranged in a circle (more like a rectangle), so that all the students could see not just the teacher, but each other. And he said this so often I don’t think any student of his will ever forget: Always question authority.
History was a subject that I really hated in school, (up until Mr. J’s class), so it was quite a revelation when I found out I didn’t actually hate history, I only thought I hated it because it was always taught in such a dead uninteresting way. Mr J brought it to life by critically examining everything, people’s motivations, why they did what they did, what worked and didn’t work, what we could learn from history, and whether or not we could even trust the source of our account of “history”. He also did this in an interactive way, engaging the whole class to discuss among ourselves instead of just spoon feeding us “truths” according to biased accounts of US historians.
May all Buddhists question their authorities and sacred texts to arrive at a better understanding of their own religion.
Wherever your are Mr. J, lots of metta to you.