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by JamesTheGiant
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?
Replies: 9
Views: 170

Re: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?

There's a good meditation centre in Malaysia which you can stay at for as long as you like really. I'll find the name and report back, but my friend who goes to it is on rains retreat for now, so he won't be back until mid October.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Who/what do you think the Christian god is?
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: Who/what do you think the Christian god is?

A medium level god, but still low enough to lie to his followers about being #1
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 32
Views: 554

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

confusedlayman wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:09 pm
. there should be a rule which prohibits layman to teach Dhamma.
You would kill the dhamma if you made that rule. As far as i remember, Buddha said someone with good intentions was ok to teach, even if they didn't have any attainments. I'll find the sutta if nobody finds it in a few days.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a ‘western sangha’?
Replies: 14
Views: 267

Re: Is there a ‘western sangha’?

Perhaps the retreat culture like that found at Barre Massachusetts and Spirit Rock in the USA, and countless other meditation centers around the world, are the most Western form of Buddhism. That's the western sangha, those teachers and meditators. Maybe. Just putting it out there as one possible an...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Latest announcement from Amaravati monastery. (Good dhamma inc)
Replies: 21
Views: 431

Re: Latest announcement from Amaravati monastery. (Good dhamma inc)

Ajahn Amaro is now Tan Chao Khun Rajbudhivorakhun. Ajahn Sumedho is renamed Tan Chao Khun Thepñānaviteht. Ajahn Pasanno is now Tan Chao Khun Rajbodhiviteht. Ajahn Jayasāro is Tan Chao Khun Rajpacharamanit. The whole thing is completely ridiculous. It's like a university giving a meaningless honorary...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Book about jhana
Replies: 7
Views: 352

Re: Book about jhana

Would you say the book helped you get deeper samadhi? Not really, I mean all meditation guides basically teach the same methods. But it was interesting to see sutta jhana presented, instead of the more commonly discussed Vishudhimagga /hard jhana. And it was very interesting to understand how hard ...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Are rich doners or organised donors make restrictions on Forums and temples?
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Are rich doners or organised donors make restrictions on Forums and temples?

Yes this does happen sometimes. I've seen an example of a monastery in the West funded by the local immigrant Burmese community, not criticize the military government because a big donor to the monastery did a lot of business in that country with the government. And the Chinese government funds some...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Book about jhana
Replies: 7
Views: 352

Re: Book about jhana

Hey, guys. I am looking for a book about the eighth step of the Noble Eightfold Path (Right Concentration). I am in doubt between two books. Who Is My Self? - Ayya Khema Right Concentration - Leigh Brasington Which would you recommend? I was impressed by the Brasington book. It is clear and straigh...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Don't mistake doubt for enquiry
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Don't mistake doubt for enquiry

sunnat wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:48 am
If inquiry is in-sight (wisdom) , yes
No I don't think it was that subtle, it meant inquiry in the sense of simply asking questions and investigating.
Sorry I don't have a sutta reference, I wonder if someone else knows where this was? :namaste:
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Don't mistake doubt for enquiry
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Don't mistake doubt for enquiry

I thought the suttas said the antidote for the hindrance of Doubt is Inquiry?
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Canadian monk to be disrobed after admitting to sexual relations
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: Canadian monk to be disrobed after admitting to sexual relations

It's horrifying how little understanding of vinaya a senior religious official has: Mae Hong Son’s ecclesiastical provincial governor Phra Sumonsatsanakij pointed out that if Phra Julien had committed the serious monastic indiscipline as reportedly confessed by him, he must be disrobed at the origin...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are the rules for monks surrounding the vassa period?
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: What are the rules for monks surrounding the vassa period?

I could see if I can possibly arrange a hardcopy of the BMC sent to you, if you can't access it otherwise. They're quite heavy to carry around though. It probably wouldnt get to you until after the vassa.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: manasā dhammaṃ viññāya: b.sujato's translation is grievously wrong
Replies: 22
Views: 634

Re: manasā dhammaṃ viññāya: b.sujato's translation is grievously wrong

Have you told Bhante Sujato? He's active on Suttacentral.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Interview: Monk Sits 24 Hours
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: Interview: Monk Sits 24 Hours

Great interview, many thanks to whoever recorded and transcribed it.
That's the real deal there.

Venerable, did you know the bhikkhu interviewed? A Venerable Subhuti was mentioned in the interview, was that you at the same monastery.
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How novice monks train
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: How novice monks train

Each monastery will vary, depending on the decisions of the senior Ajahn or Abbot, who usually decides how the education of the new monks will go. At the three monasteries I was at as samanera and bhikkhu, training focused first on vinaya and proper behavior, and yes being mindful of everything we d...