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by JamesTheGiant
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the pratice summed up in a few words?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: What is the pratice summed up in a few words?

Or how about 16 words...
right view,
right resolve,
right speech,
right conduct,
right livelihood,
right effort,
right mindfulness,
right samadhi.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the pratice summed up in a few words?
Replies: 21
Views: 176

Re: What is the pratice summed up in a few words?

Sila, Samadhi, Panna. Or whatever translation you like of those words.
Foundation of Morality, leading to Stillness of meditation, leading to Wisdom or Insight.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 106
Views: 4018

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

DooDoot wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:03 pm
Can you kindly share if your primary urge to ordain came primarily: (i) from an urgent need to end suffering within; or otherwise (ii) from enticing positive messages heard from without, such as the bliss of jhana, etc?
Good question. :anjali: I will compose an answer and respond in a while.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 106
Views: 4018

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Forgive me but I have to ask... Have you enjoyed being able to watch the telly again? No, all the things I missed about lay-life seem to be not as good as I remembered them to be, when I was a monk. I should write about this actually, an update now that I've been back in the worldly world for 3 mon...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 106
Views: 4018

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Hi James, Was great meeting you at WBD in October (I'm Michael, one of the two brothers that abruptly left after 3 days). I'm not too surprised you disrobed. When yourself, Tomas and I were driving down the mountain to drop you off for a hike, I could sense quite strongly your doubt towards the asc...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 35
Views: 405

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

84,000 leagues is 36 times bigger than the whole planet Earth. If Mount Sumeru exists, it's not in this plane of reality, maybe in another of the realms.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks ever eat what they want?
Replies: 18
Views: 186

Re: Can monks ever eat what they want?

I doubt anyone attached to the above foods is fit for ordination. Nonsense. Cravings arise. Many people have favourite foods and deep attachment to different things, including foods. We join the monastery to help free ourselves from these things. We do not join the monastery only when we are stainl...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks ever eat what they want?
Replies: 18
Views: 186

Re: Can monks ever eat what they want?

How do western monks cope with this massive change in lifestyle? Can they ever eat what they want .. suppose they have terrible craving for chocolate ice cream one day .. or even plain lasagna .. how do they cope .. Yes, those cravings do come up. They are nothing compared to the sexual cravings!! ...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do i have to let Wat Pah Nanachat, Wat Suan Mokh know i am coming beforehand?
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: Do i have to let Wat Pah Nanachat, Wat Suan Mokh know i am coming beforehand?

When I asked the Guest Monk at Nanachat why he never replied to my letter, he said they don't usually reply to people asking to come. They have a lot of accommodation, in dorms if there are no kutis available. He said he only replies to people if they are unsuitable or if there's some huge festival....
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Convincing my family to stop selling insecticides, pesticides
Replies: 19
Views: 177

Re: Convincing my family to stop selling insecticides, pesticides

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:20 am
be a fanatic and a fundamentalist
The world does not need more pushy religious people, telling others what they think people should do. I'm sure ISIS argues the same way as you do, when they come to spread their message of militant Islam.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Convincing my family to stop selling insecticides, pesticides
Replies: 19
Views: 177

Re: Convincing my family to stop selling insecticides, pesticides

Tell them once.
Tell them twice.
Then never tell them again.
Don't be a fanatic Buddhist.
Don't be a fundamentalist.
Don't nag.
Don't pressure them.
Don't be that annoying Buddhist who gives all the others a bad name for being sanctimonious.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why we should NOT to ordain?
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Why we should NOT to ordain?

paul wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:24 pm
...not going to change just because you make the choice to enter the ritual state of monkhood.
That's so important to keep in mind. Becoming a monk or nun will likely NOT solve your problems! Problems have a way of following you around, even into the holy life.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why we should NOT to ordain?
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Why we should NOT to ordain?

I was a monk for 3 years, and in monasteries for 6 years. Here are some reasons I thought of just now... If you have an ongoing mental illness, you should not ordain. (But one of the best monks I know suffers from Schitzophrenia, and another from occasional bouts of insanity where he has to be admit...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Flesh desires along with mindfulness
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Flesh desires along with mindfulness

manas wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:41 pm
I get the same effect with eating. Being mindful while I eat, can result in feeling a bit nauseated, as the food gets all mashed up in the mouth...it can put me off eating...
Exactly, yes. I guess there are many daily-life experiences which are not pleasureable when you examine them too closely.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Flesh desires along with mindfulness
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Flesh desires along with mindfulness

In my experience, being mindful of sensations, noises, smells, etc, during sex is quite yucky. Total lust-killer.
If I want "good" sex, I try to focus on the other person, or the passion, or what I feel for her in my mind. Not the actual sensations, as Goenkaji may teach.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Has anyone done meditation while pregnant?
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: Has anyone done meditation while pregnant?

I was on a 10 day Vipassana course with a pregnant woman. She miscarried and the baby died, on day 5 or 6. I drove with her to the hospital. Two years later she returned, did another course while pregnant, had a miscarriage during the course again, and the baby died. Again! This is my only experienc...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma of robots and artificial inteligence
Replies: 20
Views: 224

Re: Kamma of robots and artificial inteligence

Yes, they will accumulate kamma, just like a meat-person. (Biological human). In Buddhism there is something called a Ghandabba, kind of like a spark of life-force or soul-like thing, which comes from somewhere else and into a human embryo in the womb. Without that ghandabba, the embryo is not a hum...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 1085

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

I wonder anybody (other monks) are allowed to question him. Yes, all the time. At tea-time at Bodhinyana Monastery, he and all the monks have good discussions, and often some of the monks disagree with Ajahn Brahm. Even the junior monks or novices are allowed to tell him they think he is wrong, and...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The traces of Nikaya found in the New Testament
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: The traces of Nikaya found in the New Testament

You've done an impressive job of linking those things, but I feel they are not linked by any sort of cross-pollination of Buddhism influencing Christianity, or Jesus allegedly going to India, etc. Instead I think the similarities are because both religions are expressing the same universal human ide...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Catholicism and Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 386

Re: Catholicism and Buddhism

Buddhism and Mahayana existed before Catholicism, so maybe it's the other way around. Certainly Buddhism gave the early Christians the idea of monasticism and monasteries, through Buddhist monks visiting Greece in the wayyy back.