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by A. Bhikkhu
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pāli teachers of SEA
Replies: 0
Views: 527

Pāli teachers of SEA

Dear all,
do you happen to know of any English speaking Pāli teachers in descent monasteries in any Buddhist country who teach the saddanīti or rūpasiddhi, or teach based on any of them? Thanks for taking the time.

Mettā
by A. Bhikkhu
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Suggestions for ordination at age 53 in Asia
Replies: 10
Views: 1067

Re: Suggestions for ordination at age 53 in Asia

Hello, Could anyone give me any advice about where I may be able to ordain in Sri Lanka or Thailand at the age of 53? As far as I can tell most Western sangha monasteries have a 40-50 age limit. I am fit and have lived in intensive spiritual community for many years so I am not approaching this as ...
by A. Bhikkhu
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Definitions of alajji and lajji bhikkhus
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Definitions of alajji and lajji bhikkhus

Firstly I'd like to say I'm certainly no vinaya scholar, however in the past four years I have read through the patimokha probably 10 times, and im on my 4th current read through of the Vibhanga, I've also read a lot of the Khandakas, which contains the majority of the minor dukkata offenses and ru...
by A. Bhikkhu
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Definitions of alajji and lajji bhikkhus
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Definitions of alajji and lajji bhikkhus

I am not very familiar with the Vinaya at all, but I remember these terms (lajji, alajji and dussilo) being defined and discussed in Ledi Sayadaw’s “Dhamma dipani” (“A Manual of the Dhamma”, as found at http://www.softerviews.org/AIM/dhamma.html# ). Thank you, very nice. Sayadaw is one of my favori...
by A. Bhikkhu
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Spending the Rains in a Tent?
Replies: 0
Views: 372

Spending the Rains in a Tent?

Dear all,
does the vinaya contain any regulations prohibiting a bhikkhu to stay the vassa in a lockable tent? Does it make any difference if this tent would be pitched on a platform, have a roof over and a wall behind it?

Thank you very much!
by A. Bhikkhu
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Grammatical Rules Regarding "vā"
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Re: Grammatical Rules Regarding "vā"

In their discussion of vā Pali grammarians drew a distinction between vikappana and sampiṇḍana , that is, a disjunctive ‘or’ and a conjunctive ‘and’. Bhante, thank you, invaluable! :anjali: I find it really surprising and kind of disappointing that such a important distinction is omitted in three g...
by A. Bhikkhu
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Grammatical Rules Regarding "vā"
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Grammatical Rules Regarding "vā"

Greetings.
The grammars I consulted say not much about the general use of Pāli "vā". Is "vā ... vā" always to be rendered "either ... or" or is simple "or" to be preferred? Which regulations exist to help distinguish?

Thank you very much!
by A. Bhikkhu
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Definitions of alajji and lajji bhikkhus
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Definitions of alajji and lajji bhikkhus

Dear all, after a discussion with one of the most strict and stern teachers of vinaya I have met so far I would like to request some help in form of pointing out some definitions and giving some explanations. On the basis of a passage which he read in Thai (it was translated for me) he maintained th...
by A. Bhikkhu
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Forest Monasteries around Lampung or Chiang Mai
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Re: Forest Monasteries around Lampung or Chiang Mai

Regarding #2, exactly how eremitical do you want it to be? I mean do you wish to be entirely by yourself with little or no interaction with other monks? Or is it enough that you'll be alone for the greater part of the day? As for #3, you don't really need to concern yourself with it. If it's a fore...
by A. Bhikkhu
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Forest Monasteries around Lampung or Chiang Mai
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Forest Monasteries around Lampung or Chiang Mai

Dear all, do you happen to know about any forest monasteries or meditation centres near Lampung and Chiang Mai or the genral north of Thailand? Some main parameters important for a potential residence of mine: 1. General respect and practical upholding of the bhikkhu-vinaya. 2. Resemblance to a herm...
by A. Bhikkhu
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What is "yeva" modifying here?
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Re: What is "yeva" modifying here?

[...] Sorry, now I have to take a retreat to sort things out. Hopefully someone more knowledgable will assist you. Let me also invite you to Pali Study Yahoo group, which is very much about grammar. Mettā Ok, no problem. Thanks for the reference to the Yahoo group, I will have a look at it. I wish ...
by A. Bhikkhu
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What is "yeva" modifying here?
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Re: What is "yeva" modifying here?

Dear Bhante, You are right, 'eva' is a nipāta , and hence an adverb. Seems like I've been flabbergasted by an idea of "yeva" modifying a following word. Sorry, my thinking isn't quite clear currently. Perhaps energy was flowing in your recent post on cakkhu etc.? Nicely written and valuable by the ...
by A. Bhikkhu
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What is "yeva" modifying here?
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Re: What is "yeva" modifying here?

Why do you think " yeva " is an adverb? Dear Dmytro, I had actually in mind the PED entry of " eva " and the translation as the adverbs " just, also ". Duroiselle, too, lists under "Indeclinables" mostly adverbs and I would see it fit only there, the other classes being "Conjunctions" and "Presposi...
by A. Bhikkhu
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What is "yeva" modifying here?
Replies: 6
Views: 601

What is "yeva" modifying here?

"[...] tatra ce tumhe assatha kupitā vā anattamanā vā, tumhaṃ yevassa tena antarāyo ." I am confused about which word " yeva " is modifying in the above sentence. My grammar (Duroiselle) tells me that adverbs come before the word they qualify. To my mind to regard this being here also the case speak...
by A. Bhikkhu
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Greek Kings in Asoka’s Inscriptions
Replies: 0
Views: 428

Greek Kings in Asoka’s Inscriptions

Dear Community, the question as to the date of the Buddha’s nibbāna was often tried to be answered with the help of the anchor date of king Asoka’s coronation, which was amended against Sinhalese tradition to around 268 B.C., in favor of the Greek sources, which show a certain synchronism with the G...