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by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Solo Retreat On Budget For 30 Days Help Please
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: Solo Retreat On Budget For 30 Days Help Please

Do you know anyone with a cabin that's not being used this winter? Or do your friends know, or maybe parents know of some cabin you could use... Spread the word. Make a request on social media or similar websites, saying something like "cabin or shelter wanted for 30 days of personal silent retreat....
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 47
Views: 614

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

Let's keep this on topic to Buddhism only please, not Christianity. __________________ Maybe in the past Buddhism was patriarchal or matriarchal or neither... But it cannot be denied that Buddhism today is profoundly patriarchal. Men control almost every aspect of Buddhism today in every tradition a...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 26
Views: 323

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

On interfering with others.... this has been an aspiration for me, during my time at monasteries particularly. When I apply it, I always feel a sense of relief and pleasant detachment, which really helps with meditation (and living with annoying people): Dhammapada verse 50 Let none find fault with ...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 47
Views: 614

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

This sutta seems pretty patriachal... Man is the undisputed head of the household...in Anguttara Nikaya(7:59; IV 91-94) There is no sutta about the seven types of husband! 11. Sujata and the Seven Types of Wives Sujata came from a wealthy family and was married to the son of Anathapindika. She was a...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 26
Views: 270

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Start by being a good person. Google "five precepts for laypeople" and follow those five.

Then...
Go learn to meditate! It's fun and interesting. Best to learn in a group, or at a retreat. There are lots around. Where are you living?
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ontology vs Soteriology
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: Ontology vs Soteriology

James starts by looking up the meaning of Ontology and Soteriology...
I used to know what those words meant, back when I got a degree in philosophy.
Not any more, now I just follow the path.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 636

Re: PM about dhammaboard.co

It seems to have at least one rather un-impartial moderator... I wonder if they will be censoring opinions they don't like.

(Is un-impartial a proper word? Not biased, but just strongly invested in a particular view.)
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I'm a young monk in Thailand doing tudong practice :)
Replies: 25
Views: 529

Re: I'm a young monk in Thailand doing tudong practice :)

Chanh Dao wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:09 am
I don't know. 😋😂
That is a very good answer! :anjali: So many people try to defend a view, instead of being genuinely uncertain. Plus an answer like that often stops an argument cold.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduce Ivy
Replies: 9
Views: 193

Re: Introduce Ivy

Ivy Piyen wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:16 pm
I am a heterosexual cisgender non-non-binary male of caucasian and asian origin.
Hello! I also like to have sex with women only, and also hold traditional views on my male gender. And I'm partly white too, like you. But i don't know what non-non-binary means.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there any Nanoviraist monasteries?
Replies: 19
Views: 401

Re: Are there any Nanoviraist monasteries?

Manopubbangama wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:15 pm
nanovira's Nanoviraistas Nanovira Nanovira
Could you please spell his name correctly. Puhleease! :cry:
It's making me crazy.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

daniil wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:09 pm
what do you think?
Remember the Buddha himself talked about how his teachings would inevitably fade away and be forgotten. I think that's happening already...
Even strong Theravada followers can't agree on some fundamental, important parts of the Buddha's teachings.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I'm a young monk in Thailand doing tudong practice :)
Replies: 25
Views: 529

Re: I'm a young monk in Thailand doing tudong practice :)

Ooh so interesting! I would have loved to do that as a bhikkhu in Thailand, but never got the chance. I went to India and Nepal as a monk, and could have wandered there on tudong. But did not. Oh lost opportunities, roads not taken... There is a wandering bhikkhu in Australia, his lay name is Jason,...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: monism: oneness
Replies: 21
Views: 319

Re: monism: oneness

form wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:00 am
Based on information in MN, if the original buddhism is not about oneness then some modern buddhism is obviously not buddhism.
Which schools of Buddhism are keen on oneness?
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Quitting Coffee - my experience
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Quitting Coffee - my experience

A bhikkhu lectured me about the evils of coffee once, and how I'd have to give it up to be a monk. He was very serious and forceful about how bad it was for meditation.
And not ten minutes later I saw him sipping on an espresso after lunch. He saw me see him, and was slightly embarrassed.
Ha!
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?
Replies: 16
Views: 539

Re: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?

[Wat Pah Nanachat" training filter that is: 5 years as layman (anagarika) there, 2 years as samanera, and only after that they can gave you full ordination. And (again as I heard) they don't take someone who is 40 or older. No, that's not correct. When I was last there it was 6 months or a year as ...