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by Bankei
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Caste System in Buddhist Countries
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: The Caste System in Buddhist Countries

I recently learned that there is a caste system in Sri Lanka. I wonder what similarities it might have to the caste system in India, and whether or not the Sri Lankan caste system is influenced by Buddhism. I was also surprised to learn that Japan has a caste system as well: https://en.wikipedia.or...
by Bankei
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Wedding of zen buddhist monks
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Wedding of zen buddhist monks

A Jewish wedding of 2 Buddhist priests - one of whom was Jewish and the other committed "to embracing Judaism after marriage ".

How nice.
by Bankei
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Serious problems in buddhist Thailand
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: Serious problems in buddhist Thailand

To say that 95% of Thais are Buddhist is like saying 60% of Australians are Christian. This is in name only. Very few Thais are interested in Buddhism and usually only encounter something Buddhist when there is a funeral or some sort of special occaision. Then it is merely superficial donations to '...
by Bankei
Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?
Replies: 13
Views: 2652

Re: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

Only mad tradition and commentaries written hundreds or a thousand years after the time of the Buddha, forbid tending to one's mother. Or even touching her. These same commentaries also say a monk should not touch his mum even if she is drowning in a river! He has to use a stick or a rope, or let h...
by Bankei
Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai Theravadin monks and money
Replies: 49
Views: 6990

Re: Thai Theravadin monks and money

Touching money is not such an issue in my opinion, it is the becoming attached to it and the businessisation of monks that concerns me. For example you must actually pay monks to get ordained as a monk. The going rate for a compulsory donation to a upatcha is about 3,000B. Each monks attending the c...
by Bankei
Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha statues are not idols?..
Replies: 52
Views: 8130

Re: Buddha statues are not idols?..

Buddha statues are sometimes idols, sometimes just statues. Children in Buddhist countries will see their parents bow and pay great respect to statues and grow up to believe that The Buddha and statues of him have some sort of inherent magical sacredness. That's idolatry, and it's not commonly over...
by Bankei
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 144
Views: 19940

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

Another naughty abbot
Temple Abbot Busted For Impersonating Police Colonel

http://www.khaosod.co.th/en/view_newson ... kyT1E9PQ==
by Bankei
Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: early school who rejected abhidhamma entirely?
Replies: 7
Views: 2182

Re: early school who rejected abhidhamma entirely?

Puggalavadins - see the book on them by the Canadian scholar whose name escapes me now.
by Bankei
Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:52 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dating the Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 2879

Re: Dating the Buddha

Bechert edited a large 3 volume work which was a collection of papers on the dating of the historical Buddha. There are papers looking at the date from many different traditions and angles. One was by Gombrich in which he went through the Pali commentaries and worked out based on rough ages and life...
by Bankei
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 144
Views: 19940

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

Oh, that is Yantra! I have seen photos of this santa clause like monk before and didn't realise it was him.

Thank Bhante.
by Bankei
Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 144
Views: 19940

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

The "world's largest Emerald Buddha image replica" at Si Sa Ket's Wat Pa Khanthitham was found yesterday it was not made of jade. Disrobed monk Wirapol Sukpol, better known as Luang Pu Nenkham, claimed the green concrete figurine was made of Indian jade. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI...
by Bankei
Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 144
Views: 19940

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

@Bankei - Aj Yantra as he was known is still around - in fact saw him on a video clip just the other day sporting a long beard and wearing dull orange/brown robes. Somewhere in Florida I believe? I remember the fuss in the newspapers back in 1994/1995 when the stories of his sexual exploits came to...
by Bankei
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 144
Views: 19940

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

Things like these are not that rare in other Buddhist traditions, and in other spiritual / religious schools, right? I guess part of the shock around the jet-setting monks etc. is that so far, Theravada has had the reputation of being relatively free of scandals, the most un-problematic tradition o...
by Bankei
Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 144
Views: 19940

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

Jack,

Police asked the man what wat he is from - 'nong lua' sounds like
Asked the girl how old - 21
what were they doing....... silence
Were you sleeping with the monk .........yes
how much did he pay...........400B

etc
by Bankei
Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 144
Views: 19940

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

The Thai media is full of monk scandals at the moment, but what really cuts me is the murder of ecology monks (phra nak anuraksa) by the Thai military who resent their obstruction of illegal logging. These reports almost never appear in the Thai media due to censorship. I'm told that the preferred ...
by Bankei
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 144
Views: 19940

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

In an article today they mentioned DNA tests had been done using the DNA of Mr Nenkham's parents and the results should be out tomorrow - 10th. And what is the story behing this monk with his foot on the table - photo was linked above http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/357035/monks-shopping-in-us...
by Bankei
Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako leave the Buddhist monkhood?
Replies: 59
Views: 11955

Re: Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako leave the Buddhist monkhood?

Yes, I agree the Mitsuo and Nenkham matters are completely different. It is interesting, though, how fast Mitsuo married after disrobing. I have seen this happen, or similar happen, a few times with Thai monks. There is nothing wrong with this sort of thing, but I imagine the woman starts to get 'cl...
by Bankei
Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako leave the Buddhist monkhood?
Replies: 59
Views: 11955

Re: Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako leave the Buddhist monkhood?

Mitsuo while a monk wrote many books which became popular. I recall one with the title "Thais are Kind". I wonder what will happen to the royalties from these books and the other wealth he built up as a monk.

Bankei