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by Subharo
Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11943
Views: 563663

Re: Word Association Game

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by Subharo
Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Pix of 1st Poya with Patimokkha recitation at Sunshine Med. Center
Replies: 15
Views: 1151

Re: Pix of 1st Poya with Patimokkha recitation at Sunshine Med. Center

I was under the impression that the monks from Dhammayut order wears 'Jack Fruit' dark brown color robes, and the monks of Mahanikai order wears orange color robes. It's true that Maha Nikaya monks wear orange color robes, if they are village/town/city monks . But I'm a forest monk. A big reason as...
by Subharo
Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Pix of 1st Poya with Patimokkha recitation at Sunshine Med. Center
Replies: 15
Views: 1151

Re: Pix of 1st Poya with Patimokkha recitation at Sunshine Med. Center

Bhante you are wearing a lighter color robe, ie a Maha Nikaya robes, right? Yes, I'm from the Maha Nikaya sect (or more specifically, the Ajahn Chah Thai Forest tradition, which is a subset of the Maha Nikaya sect). The color of robes of the other Bhantes does not look like Sri Lankan tradition, wh...
by Subharo
Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:43 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Pix of 1st Poya with Patimokkha recitation at Sunshine Med. Center
Replies: 15
Views: 1151

Re: Pix of 1st Poya with Patimokkha recitation at Sunshine Med. Center

Why do you sit in a chair? Osteoarthritis in my knees. Basically, my knees are pretty much allergic to the floor now. Doesn't this break the precept? No. Since when is it a "precept" to sit cross-legged? There's nothing in the Vinaya about needing to do this (no dukkatas, pacittiyas, sekhiyas, etc)...
by Subharo
Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Pix of 1st Poya with Patimokkha recitation at Sunshine Med. Center
Replies: 15
Views: 1151

Pix of 1st Poya with Patimokkha recitation at Sunshine Med. Center

Hello all, I'm currently staying at Sunshine Meditation Center in Tampa, Florida, USA. My host is Bhante Saddhasara, whom I'm very grateful to. For the first time, we had 4 Bhikkhus together in this relatively new location of theirs. Last night we held our fortnightly Uposatha, featuring a Patimokkh...
by Subharo
Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Photos from 21st Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering
Replies: 10
Views: 936

Re: Photos from 21st Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering

Oops, I thought you were Ven. Losang Drimay from "Land of Medicine Buddha" in Soquel, California:

I did meet her at the Gathering.
by Subharo
Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11943
Views: 563663

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by Subharo
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 5942

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

Thank you for sharing the sutta quotes on what is good and who should be avoided - they are of interest and certainly have great applicability. You're welcome. I feel it's crucial to couch investigations such as these in the original teachings of the Buddha (or the closest thing we've got to "origi...
by Subharo
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Photos from 21st Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering
Replies: 10
Views: 936

Re: Photos from 21st Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering

Venerable Drime, It's nice to see a fellow monastic on this forum! I hope I didn't offend any of the nuns with my statement about their ordinations. I was merely speaking as I understood it (and Thank You for clarifying my misunderstandings). I was not intending any offence, and I apologize if any o...
by Subharo
Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 5942

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

Despite past "unfounded criticism" of varying seriousness, I still think Thanissaro Bhikkhu deserves huge credit. He is a human being after all, and it wouldn't be fair of us to expect any human being to be perfect in every way, even arahants (and I'm not making an assertion as to whether or not Tha...
by Subharo
Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 5942

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

You are seriously missing the point here. This is a matter of Thanissaro, seriously misrepresenting the teachings of those with whom he disagrees. No, I don't think I'm missing the point. Perhaps any monk (such as Ajahn Thanissaro), would do well to be more careful to accurately state what somebody...
by Subharo
Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 5942

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

Here's an excellent Sutta quotation on reproving in a skilful way: AN 5.167 (7) "Reproving" (see page 780 in the Wisdom Publications Anguttara Nikaya, and it also contains several other excellent things): “Friends, a bhikkhu who wishes to reprove another should first establish five things in himself...
by Subharo
Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 5942

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

Perhaps some of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's explanations and criticisms may not be clinically pristine (although I feel they do come about as close as I could probably ever get, when explaining and clarifying such notoriously tricky and slippery concepts such as atta), I still feel he deserves mad props. I...
by Subharo
Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 5942

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

let us hope here that there is not a pro-monk prejudice, as they just by being monks, know better than lay teachers. According to a Sutta somewhere in the MN (and I can't find the reference right now), a lay person can attain any stage of enlightenment up to and including Non-returner. But monks/nu...
by Subharo
Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 5942

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

Ven. Thanissaro Dhamma seems pretty traditional to me. I've listen to many of his Dhamma talks and haven't noticed anything "watered down". If anyone, Thanissaro Bhikkhu in particular deserves a huge trophy for valiantly upholding Right View in the West, IMHO. I've spoken to a couple of his past di...
by Subharo
Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: New forest monastery in Norway
Replies: 22
Views: 3021

Re: New forest monastery in Norway

This is totally off topic, but @Crazy cloud, in your little picture, the bowing man is holding two objects. What are they? They appear to be a small golf club, and a bong, or something like that. I ask because I hope it's not a bong.

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by Subharo
Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: New forest monastery in Norway
Replies: 22
Views: 3021

Re: New forest monastery in Norway

Again, thanks, Crazy cloud. Silly trivia: One of the very few words of Norwegian I know (which I learned from Ven. Nitho, a native Norwegian), is "Skog", meaning "Forest". The "o" in "Skog" sounds like an "oo" sound, as in the word "school". To an English speaker such as myself, envisioning a forest...
by Subharo
Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: New forest monastery in Norway
Replies: 22
Views: 3021

Re: New forest monastery in Norway

Crazy cloud wrote:Hi, Lucky to be part of the community
Thanks, @Crazy cloud! :smile:

So if I understand correctly, Ajahn Kalyano used to be the abbot of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery, in Warburton, Vic, Australia, but has now become the abbot of Skiptvet instead.
by Subharo
Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: New forest monastery in Norway
Replies: 22
Views: 3021

Re: New forest monastery in Norway

Very Interesting. Does anyone know the names of the monks in residence? I can't find this info on this thread, nor on the site (and I did my best, despite not being able to read Norweigan).
by Subharo
Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 5942

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

I agree that the Pali Canon translations of Bhikkhu Bodhi and Ajahn Thanissaro are the "gold star standard" which faithful English-speaking Buddhists would do well to refer to first. They make the original teachings of the Buddha as accessible as you could ask, pretty much. You won't find better the...