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by Yong Fa
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Sri Lankan Tourist Visa
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Sri Lankan Tourist Visa

Dear Dhammawheel, I am currently planning to visit Na Uyana Aranya (NUA) in Sri Lanka with the intention of ordaining there. I am from the US and do not intend to return to my country for reasons I do not wish to get into. In other words, I am assuming that I will ordain at NUA. I have never visited...
by Yong Fa
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abhayagiri Rains Retreat
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Abhayagiri Rains Retreat

Dear Dhammawheel, I plan to visit Abhayagiri Monastery with the intention of requesting long-term stay as an ordination candidate. They do not accept overnight visitors during the currently on-going winter retreat. Do you know if they also have a rains retreat later in the year or any other such tim...
by Yong Fa
Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Giving parents time to accept ordination
Replies: 0
Views: 416

Giving parents time to accept ordination

Hello, Is there any canonical precedence for a young man planning to ordain to give his parents time to accept his decision? I am 23 and still live with my parents because I am a student, and I am planning to stay a layman for a few years so I can acquire employment and move out on my own. I hope th...
by Yong Fa
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhu nissaya training
Replies: 5
Views: 850

Re: Bhikkhu nissaya training

Thank you Bhante. In reading through the first link, I also came across "the thirty-two (cases) where one should not let go forth." Most of these seem to involve cases where the person possesses some physical attribute that may affect their health or ability to live the monastic life, such as blindn...
by Yong Fa
Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhu nissaya training
Replies: 5
Views: 850

Bhikkhu nissaya training

Hello Dhammawheel, I have a few questions about the five-year nissaya period that newly ordained bhikkhus undergo, during which they live in dependence on a teacher at a monastery. 1) Where are the origins of this practice in the Vinaya? Please provide a citation link if you can. 2) Does this recomm...
by Yong Fa
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Perfect Teacher
Replies: 8
Views: 1315

A Perfect Teacher

Hello Dhammawheel, What does it mean when we hear or think that the Buddha was a perfect teacher? The aura that Buddhist cultures in general give him paint a picture of someone who always knew exactly what to say and do, and who did not have to learn anything more in terms of pedagogical skill. As s...
by Yong Fa
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Educational conversation games
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Educational conversation games

Hello Dhammawheel, Do you have any suggestions for conversation games that children would enjoy, and also impart a Dhammic message or encourage wise reflection? Conversation games are those that only involve talking. For instance, I have used Dungeons and Dragons with my younger cousins as a way to ...
by Yong Fa
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to be detached from others but still care
Replies: 5
Views: 505

How to be detached from others but still care

Hello all, Do the suttas ever say or imply that attachment to others is an inherent part of lay life, or at least a life where one is living in a settled place and in constant contact with society? If there are any wandering monastics or lay people reading, please feel free to share your experiences...
by Yong Fa
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Benefits of waiting to ordain
Replies: 10
Views: 1651

Re: Benefits of waiting to ordain

Thank you all for your replies so far. Chula, your post resonates with me in particular since it is similar to my case. 1)"I practiced seriously for 2-3 years and decided to take a "break" for a few weeks (for multiple reasons) that slowly turned into 6 years where I barely practiced." Can you elabo...
by Yong Fa
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:29 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Benefits of waiting to ordain
Replies: 10
Views: 1651

Benefits of waiting to ordain

Dear Dhammawheel, Hello, my name is Yong Fa. I'm 23 and plan to ordain in the future. Up until recently, I have been under the impression that ordaining ASAP is the most expeditious way to advance in one's practice, but some Dhamma friends of mine have changed my views on this. As a result, I am con...
by Yong Fa
Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Any ordination candidates in NYC?
Replies: 0
Views: 739

Any ordination candidates in NYC?

My name is Yong Fa and I myself am seriously considering ordination. I live in the Bronx and my Dhamma interest is in the most original teachings of the Buddha. This is an important decision to make, so I would appreciate someone with similar inclinations to share ideas and ordination-related inform...
by Yong Fa
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Japan
Replies: 25
Views: 2886

Re: Hello from Japan

ダッマウィールにようこそ、mujoさん。日本の原始仏教集団の活動に参加していらっしゃいますか。 To any concerned admins, I'm just giving him a welcome in Japanese. Thank you Yong Fa-san, ありがとうございます。活動には参加していません。今は本で勉強中です。 (Thank you. I am not attending any activities but I am learning from books). Are you Japanese also? I am not Japanese, but I'...
by Yong Fa
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Japan
Replies: 25
Views: 2886

Re: Hello from Japan

ダッマウィールにようこそ、mujoさん。日本の原始仏教集団の活動に参加していらっしゃいますか。

To any concerned admins, I'm just giving him a welcome in Japanese.
by Yong Fa
Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination and personal finances
Replies: 5
Views: 940

Ordination and personal finances

Hello Dhammawheel, I plan to ordain in the future and aim to be a monk for the long run. I have two financially related questions: 1) Are serious bhikkhus and novices, as opposed to short-term ordainees, allowed to have money in their bank accounts? 2) If one ordains and has already given up one's m...
by Yong Fa
Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Misconceptions about monastic life
Replies: 9
Views: 1631

Re: Misconceptions about monastic life

See: http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=2698" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Read Ven. Dhammika's The Broken Buddha ; not to discourage you or anyone, but just to see some of the realities to make sure you know what you might see and...