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by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

I imagine if all of the main buildings were burned, the property would probably have been abandoned. It is a beautiful place but not ideal for a monastery because the monks cannot go on alms round and it is very difficult or time consuming to get to. Yes I agree with this. They probably would have ...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

The monastery I attend (Newbury Buddhist Monastery in Victoria, Australia) regularly chants a sutta to ward off bush fires in the summer season. Unfortunately I can't find the specific sutta to share. Here it is :smile: Vattakaparittam- The Quail’s Protection On one occasion when the Buddha, accomp...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

Wow the fire is intense. Here's some clearer video from about 20 hours ago, which includes shots of the rest of the monastery. The building burning very fiercely is the Maha Thera kuti, usually reserved for the most senior monks visiting from overseas. https://www.facebook.com/9NewsSydney/videos/753...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

At least one kuti has burned so far. Here is one burning.
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by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

TV News screencap of the Sala surrounded by fire.
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by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

Not at all to discount non-human intervention, but the Abhayagiri community has worked tirelessly and scrupulously at maintaining good forest hygiene for decades... .... and is carefully burned from time to time. .... the hard work of many many people. Yeah they definitely haven't done that at Wat ...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

I hope this goes the way of the Abhayagiri Monastery in the last couple years of wildfires, where the monastery is miraculously saved even though most things around it have burned. My contacts say that's the scenario here too, so far. In the past hours the fire has veered to the left down a hill. O...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

Satellite infrared says the fire has become much bigger overnight, and has moved on to the monastery. Whether the buildings have been burned will become clear only after days or a week, when the fire is gone and people are allowed back.
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by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

Then if one chooses to live in the seclusion of the bush, one chooses too a very high fire risk. Actually such fire is necessary for the regeneration of Australian forests but it often leads to the death of humans. The gums all sprout again and the rest of the bush shoots up from underground tubers...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Re: Monastery may burn down in next few days

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Beautiful wooden sala
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2019 Sangha and residents. Small but dedicated.
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by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 46
Views: 908

Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

The monastery Wat Buddha Dhama, north of Sydney, Australia, may be destroyed by fire in the next few days, as a bushfire closes in on the monastery. Fire crews are fighting for control, using firebombing helicopters, fire trucks, a DC-10 Very Large Fire Tanker, and the RFS Large Air Tanker. Their ta...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: how many monk rule layman can follow and what can't be followed?
Replies: 10
Views: 423

Re: how many monk rule layman can follow and what can't be followed?

Thanks but 8th precept how it works ? Why it is said no high place or cushion bed? Apparently 2500 years ago in the time of the Buddha, important people and royalty would use high and luxurious beds to show their superiority. So the 8th precept forbade this display of status and had the effect of l...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?
Replies: 41
Views: 693

Re: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?

∆ Have very good sila.
∆ Practise meditation a lot.
∆ Read suttas.

You don't have to memorize or know anything, if you read a little every day and practise a lot, it will seep into you, saturate you.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: how many monk rule layman can follow and what can't be followed?
Replies: 10
Views: 423

Re: how many monk rule layman can follow and what can't be followed?

What are 8 precept? If followed fully, they have the power to profoundly and seriously change a layperson's life. The Eight Precepts are based on the Five Precepts, with the third precept extended to prohibit all sexual activity and an additional three precepts that are especially supportive to med...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Samadhi is death !
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Samadhi is death !

I think that's the funeral of a big guru from one the Bhakti Yoga traditions of Hinduism.
I expect they have different interpretations of the word Samādhi.