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by JamesTheGiant
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 46
Views: 472

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

After a lot of satipatthana/vipassana meditation, perhaps being aware of sensations, or whatever kind of satipatthana/vipassana one does... you gradually get a lot of practise just observing aversion to small things, like a pain in the knee, or boredom, or someone sniffing annoyingly in the meditati...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does anyone know about 'e-paper e-readers'? Recommendations would be appreciated
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Re: Does anyone know about 'e-paper e-readers'? Recommendations would be appreciated

The old Kindle DX does all those things, and it's BIG for an e-reader. Not as big as my 10.5" tablet, but still 9.7", that's huge for an e-reader. It does have a primitive web browser, and the 3G models have a free internet connection so you have free internet everywhere. There are some on Ebay, inc...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2123

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Off topic! :offtopic:
Go start a new thread to argue about whatever you want,
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2123

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Welcome back James. Thank you for sharing. It would be nice to see you in person at sone point. Best wishes :heart: Mike Thanks Mike, and yes, I do plan to come up to visit your local monastery/temple at some point. Your temple seems to be the closest Theravada monastery to me. There are a couple o...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?
Replies: 15
Views: 306

Re: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?

...seemingly heart my heart stopped beating and I got the feeling that the senses in my body shut off and I was sort of weightless and "behind" my body. Or inside my body loosing control of it... All kinds of interesting and weird things can and WILL happen in meditation, including visions, sensory...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2123

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Thanks James. I recently heard Ajahn Jag (Jaganātha) of Newbury Monastery disrobed. Without transgressing any relevant confidentiality, are you able to offer any explanation about this? Thanks He was cool, a real enthusiastic monk. I liked him a lot. I don't know why he disrobed, since he left when...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2123

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

As a side point, can you advise how many monastics and anagarikas are currently in training at Bodhinyana, their nationalities, etc? There is no info on the resident community on the Net. I also know of someone who is on the waiting list for "admission" to the monastery. Would you know how long thi...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2123

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

DNS wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:58 pm
Was one of the issues with monasticism, the dealing with pastoral duties?
No, there were no pastoral duties because there are so many senior and middle monks there, and I was junior. At Bodhinyana we don't really interact with laypeople in a teaching role until 5 years.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2123

I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

One week ago I disrobed and returned to "normal" life. I have been at monasteries and meditation centres for a total of 6 years, at Bodhinyana monastery for 4 years 6 months, two years as a full bhikkhu, a year and a half as a novice, and a year-and-a-bit as an anagarika. I've spent more than a year...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Bhante Lucky!
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Happy Birthday Bhante Lucky!

Thanks for the Birthday wishes! We had TOAST for breakfast! Toast is a special treat for monks birthdays here.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery
Replies: 14
Views: 2624

Re: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery

Hugging mothers is an offense then, but less serious than using a urinal, or chewing noisily (both forbidden in the patimokkha rules). All three offences are of the same grade — offences of wrong-doing (dukkaṭa). Chewing noisily is no offence if it is unintentional. Standing up to use a urinal is n...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery
Replies: 14
Views: 2624

Re: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery

... Wat Buddha Dhamma north of Sydney, which is where I'm going for 3 months after the rains. Just out of curiosity, how do they define 'after the rains' in a non-monsoonal climate? :coffee: Kim Basically just a rainy winter for us. We do our Rains Retreat/Vassa at the same time as Thailand, which ...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery
Replies: 14
Views: 2624

Re: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery

At one time, a monk touched his mother out of affection. He became remorseful, thinking, “The Master has laid down a training rule. Could it be that I’ve committed an offense entailing suspension ( saṅghādisesa )?” He informed the Master, and the Master said, “There’s no offense entailing suspensio...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery
Replies: 14
Views: 2624

Re: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery

This video made me sad, that now people will think buddhist monks such as myself are so unfeeling and strict as to not hug their own mother. When in reality there is nothing in the vinaya which would prevent a monk hugging his mum. Unless the monk enjoys incest... :shrug: Lovely camera-work though, ...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I believe I have achieved stream-entry.
Replies: 102
Views: 3086

Re: I believe I have achieved stream-entry.

Note that insight into not-self occurs quite early in the progress of insight. By the relatively early stage of Purification by Overcoming Doubt the insight will be very clear, and one's faith in the Buddha will be unshakeable. One will become a committed Buddhist. Thankyou so much for that point a...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices
Replies: 9
Views: 470

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by JamesTheGiant
Sun May 21, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Before becoming a forest monk...
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: Before becoming a forest monk...

I found it very useful to read the Buddhist Monastic Code before I became an anagarika. It's quite a lot of reading but do 10 pages a day and you'll soon be finished. Volume 1 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/bmc1.pdf Volume 2 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissar...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri May 19, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Anagarika is post-canonical invention
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: Anagarika is post-canonical invention

R1111 wrote:wonder what happens if a lay Arahant was ordained as Anagarika :thinking:
They would become very experienced at washing dishes, sweeping, and cleaning, in addition to being an Arahant. :tongue:
by JamesTheGiant
Fri May 19, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Traveling to Nepal/india: seeking recommendations, tips, tricks
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Traveling to Nepal/india: seeking recommendations, tips, tricks

Just a few things that come to mind for India and Nepal: You WILL get scammed and cheated. Don't worry about it, accept that it will happen, and just hope you didn't lose too much. We were almost constantly hustled and cheated while in India, It's really easy to get cynical with scamming locals, dis...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri May 19, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth
Replies: 34
Views: 1691

Re: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth

Getting a visa is no problem, the monastery handles your long term visa once your visitor's visa expires. Currentliy there are non-Australians on the waiting list who have been waiting for two years. Unfortunately Australian monasteries are legally required to accept Australians before foreigners. B...