Act Normal - Ajahn Dhammanado's life

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Act Normal - Ajahn Dhammanado's life

Postby pilgrim » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:48 am

The documentary on Ajahn Dhammanando "Act Normal" has been released for public viewing .

Oops, I realised it was released 2 years ago, so possibly this might have posted here earlier.

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Re: Act Normal - Ajahn Dhammanado's life

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:55 am


Nice to see it's back online... at one point it was streaming directly from the director's site, but then it became 'pay per view'... then I don't know what happened.

It's a good and inspiring watch, and whilst I understand that a lot of the Dhamma content that was recorded for the documentary ended up on the cutting room floor, what did survive the cut provide some useful insights into the monastic life.


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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7

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Re: Act Normal - Ajahn Dhammanado's life

Postby plwk » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:12 am

Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

Anguttara-Nikaya: Ekanipata: Ekadhammapali: Pañhamavagga

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Re: Act Normal - Ajahn Dhammanado's life

Postby LG2V » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:10 pm

Thank you for providing a link to this documentary, pilgrim. I had never known of it before until I viewed this thread. It was a good documentary which provided an edifying perspective into monastic life and it's contrast with lay life. I am considering monastic ordination, and it has been good for me to receive a closer view into the life and experience of the contrast between monastic and lay life, especially from a Westerner's perspective. Thank you.

Ajahn Dhammanando, thank you for openly providing insight into your experiences as a layman as well as your prior experiences with and subsequent return to the monkhood. I appreciate your efforts and your willingness to share your experiences with the world. I wish you the best, sir. :anjali:

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Re: Act Normal - Ajahn Dhammanado's life

Postby Annis » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:48 pm

Thank you, pilgrim! It may be interesting! :D

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