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by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 562

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Do that, and even if it is anonymous, the reported people will find out who reported them. From then on, the person who reported them will be blacklisted. Nobody likes whistleblowers. But sometimes you got to burn your bridges, to do the right thing. If a monastery can't be based on honesty and res...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa
Replies: 15
Views: 188

Re: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa

Don't start with it. Read it after you've read the actual suttas. But yeah parts of it are really useful, especially for meditation.

One famously controversial part is the formulation and definition for Jhana. It's different and more difficult from what is in the Suttas.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Announcing a change of staff on the DW moderating team
Replies: 13
Views: 322

Re: Announcing a change of staff on the DW moderating team

Thankyou Mikenz, you've been an excellent moderator. Heavy water definitely, perhaps even graphite.
:namaste:
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 441

Re: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

bksubhuti wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:14 am
An unabridged version of the pts books are days or a week away from being released.
What's this? Where can I find more information about this please?
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 562

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

If the abbot has a senior above him, somewhere, it might be worthwhile to send a letter telling what's going on at the monastery. Or if it's part of the Ajahn Chah wat pah pong sangha, contact some senior from that organisation and tell them what's happening. If it's an independent monastery that wo...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 562

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

These people tend to be either elderly, have personality disorders, or are disabled in other ways. These people aren't "volunteering" in the same sense because they often have no other choice. I am not one of these people but it's something that doesn't sit right with me. Ah I see now. So it's more...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 562

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

I'm troubled by the negative reactions this post has already caused and I am dubious about saying anything further. I may delete the post. Don't delete it, it's a real issue which should be talked about. You're serving the dhamma by airing out the dirty laundry. And you're anonymous and so is the m...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 562

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

I'm looking for similar experiences, and advice about how to deal with the situation. Yes, I've have very similar experiences, and they've been solved/mitigated by me taking responsibility for my own safety and well-being, if the sangha is not going to. # For instance I was asked to paint the rafte...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 441

Re: Why is all Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

One reason is the Buddha taught basically full-time for 45 years after he got enlightened. That's a lot of talks to record. There are several other reasons too, but I'll leave those to other people to explain. One is what Keith says above; if all the repetition and duplication was ruthlessly removed...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 329

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

If the part I made red is taken as the same as "when there is only the seen etc." then it appears that form, feeling, and perception do not arise as well as the other stuff. Hmm, I don't think what you made red can be taken as "when there is only the seen etc." When it says: "when there is no eye, ...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 329

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

... or is it much more? It's an intimate description of the experience of what it's like when the self disappears. There's only the seen, seeing happens but there's no further ramification of the experience. There's no clinging or aversion and the sense of self has no fuel, and so extinguishes. The...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Who is Munboridatta Arahant in Thailand?
Replies: 19
Views: 356

Re: Who is Munboridatta Arahant in Thailand?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:20 am
Thanks, James, I think it is him.
It is interesting to see this well-learned Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Ven Walpola Gotama refers to him as an Arahant.
Oh yes, pretty much everyone agrees with him being an Arahant, or something like that.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Who is Munboridatta Arahant in Thailand?
Replies: 19
Views: 356

Re: Who is Munboridatta Arahant in Thailand?

The very famous Ajahn Mun? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mun_Bhuridatta Here's an excellent and entertaining biography, but a bit overblown. Makes him seem like a Superman. It's a great read. You can buy a hardcopy, or it's also free online in various e-formats. https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-bo...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is Brtish Library keeping the secrets of original Tipitaka?
Replies: 12
Views: 413

Re: Is Brtish Library keeping the secrets of original Tipitaka?

Unfortunately the issue is tainted, clouded, and distorted by nationalist politics in Sri Lanka. Rational discussion based on historical facts is essentially impossible.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would Buddhism be better witbout 'devas', 'hell realms' and 'hungry ghosts'?
Replies: 64
Views: 883

Re: Would Buddhism be better witbout 'devas', 'hell realms' and 'hungry ghosts'?

Does Buddhism have its equivalent of the Q Source? The texts from the first time they were written down have been lost. But there are the Chinese Agamas which were suttas taken to China early on, and they match with the modern Pali Canon Suttas in many cases. If you are interested you can read thro...