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by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Whats the verses for entering vassa
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Whats the verses for entering vassa

can a bhikku observe vassa in house? Yes but they can't really spend more than a few nights ( 3? ) under the same roof as a layperson. There are a few technicalities that might make it possible however, depending on interpretation of the vinaya. Consult Buddhist Monastic Code online for more detail.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 474

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

Also, you know there's a halfway compromise too? You could remain a layman and do university while taking the 5 precepts really seriously, and do the 8 precepts every Sunday. Go to a monastery or retreat every holiday (there's a new one in Brasil I think?) And have a meditation practise of 2x one ho...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 474

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

My mother was reassured when I told her 95% of Westerner monks eventually disrobed and returned to working life. I think that information enabled her to see it as a phase i was going through. Maybe your mum could think the same. Also you can say to her you'll always love her no matter what, and will...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Religious tolerance
Replies: 11
Views: 170

Re: Religious tolerance

The Buddha was only interested in liberating sentient beings from senseless samsara. That's it and nothing else. Not at all. Have you read the suttas? He have advice to householders about how to have a happy and healthy life, he advised devout lay-followers of other religions to continue to support...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 133
Views: 18070

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

[... yet I read that for some folks, meditation was easier as a layman? Is this a common experience?? Yes that's a common experience, but not universal. I remember myself and Venerable Jayasara and Venerable Cunda and Ajahm Brahm all had that experience when we first went to the monastery. After so...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Japanese-speaking Theravada monasteries or monks?
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Japanese-speaking Theravada monasteries or monks?

Nwad wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:11 am
English it's easy to learn. I learned it by reading Canon with a dictionary.
That is amazing, well done!
:thumbsup:
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Japanese-speaking Theravada monasteries or monks?
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Japanese-speaking Theravada monasteries or monks?

A Japanese friend of mine is looking for any Japanese-speaking monasteries, where he can learn about or practice in the Theravada tradition. Anywhere in the world. He doesn't want to be in Japan. Currently he's in New Zealand at Bodhinyanarama monastery, but he's not getting much benefit because he ...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Request for Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Request for Metta

Meezer77 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:40 am
Thanks so much, and pass on my thanks to the monks. Are you back to being a monk now? Yep, am still in Scotland 🙏😊
Definitely not back to being a monk! No thanks!. Not soon anyway.
But it is nice to be back at a monastery, meditating.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Request for Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Request for Metta

Hey all, Need some Metta, chanting, or whatever else you got to give at the moment. Please send some positive energy this way🙏 I'll get 3 monks to dedicate some merit to you tomorrow at the meal offering. Special chant. Coming out to you at 10.45am New Zealand time tomorrow. Thanks🙏 Which monastery...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Request for Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Request for Metta

Meezer77 wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:43 pm
Hey all,

Need some Metta, chanting, or whatever else you got to give at the moment. Please send some positive energy this way🙏
I'll get 3 monks to dedicate some merit to you tomorrow at the meal offering. Special chant. Coming out to you at 10.45am New Zealand time tomorrow.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Metta Records - Search Now!
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: Metta Records - Search Now!

Metta Records, I wonder how they read the kammic database?! Electronic, or oija-board? There's a department of the Chinese government which holds records of previous rebirths, and gives permission for Lamas to be reborn. I don't know if anybody takes it seriously but it was in the news a decade ago ...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Rains Residence 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: Rains Residence 2019

Hi James Do you know Bhante Jinalanra Bhante Jinalankara? Yes I know him, I stayed for 4 months in the Bodhinyanarama monastery when he was there, before he moved to a smaller vihara then started Dhamma Gavesi. He helped when I asked him for recommendations for good Sri Lankan monasteries to ordain...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Rains Residence 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: Rains Residence 2019

I'm staying at the Wellington monastery for three weeks. (Bodhinyanarama, New Zealand). I'm here now, secretly using my phone to go on the internet. :spy: Today we cleaned the gutters and half the water tanks beside the kutis. But I will not stay for the Vassa because I must get a job to pay for rep...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Guidance in where to ordain
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Guidance in where to ordain

There have been quite a few topic about this, do a search "Ordain", limit to this sub-forum, titles only, and you'll get a good list of past discussions. Here's a search I made previous, I hope it works https://dhammawheel.com/search.php?st=0&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&keywords=Ordain&fid%5B%5D=30&sf=titleo...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The Cost of Ordination
Replies: 12
Views: 325

Re: The Cost of Ordination

Does that mean I would need to own money even as a Samanera/Bhikkhu? Or are you referring only to the probation phase? Thanks. If you are with the Wat Pah Nanachat crew, maybe a few others, they'll pay for your visas and everything from when you are a samanera. But other monasteries will be just li...