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by Stiphan
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known

Other Buddhas not amongst the 28 Buddhas in the list of Buddhas which is recorded since Ancient Indian times have existed all over of the world who taught the Dhamma but not as complicated as Gotama's. For example, some of them taught only 6 Dependent Origination link factors as in Ancient Ghana/Cot...
by Stiphan
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known

Here are some facts about Buddhism you didn't know that I got from certain sources but am forbidden from sharing what those sources are. Buddha's special dates: Conception: 4 July 567 BC Birth: 24 May 566 BC 21:09 UTC Escape from the Palace: 1 August 537 BC 01:46 UTC Buddhahood: 27 May 531 BC 17:59:...
by Stiphan
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Best books on Samatha Meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Best books on Samatha Meditation

What are the best books on Samatha? Something like a stage by stage guide would be nice, as well as general instructions and tips.
by Stiphan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Inaccurate knowledge can damage the seeker of truth
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Inaccurate knowledge can damage the seeker of truth

You can't reach the truth without knowledge but [inaccurate] knowledge can damage the seeker of truth. Be careful what you believe, because what you read or hear cannot always be trusted because you can't make sure it comes from the words of a Fully Enlightened One. For example, how much can you tru...
by Stiphan
Wed May 09, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 19
Views: 702

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

I must try it. Sounds good. I was making a small joke based on the possible two meanings of your reply "bang on!" First I suspect is the one you intended: "Yes, Sam, you hit the nail on the head as to why I am now leaningh away from monastic life." Second: "Bang" being slang in some places for sexu...
by Stiphan
Wed May 09, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?
Replies: 17
Views: 1418

Re: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:02 pm
Front row, on the left, is Ajahn Gavesako.
Thank you, Bhante, but that is the Japanese monk. What is the monk's name to the furthest left, standing to the right of Ajahn Gavesako, a bit further behind?
by Stiphan
Wed May 09, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 19
Views: 702

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

JohnK wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 6:36 pm
Stiphan wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 6:23 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:28 pm

That's a big change for you!...Is it the recent addition of "Tantric Sex" that appears in your signature?
Bang on!
Is that the Tantric Sex mantra? :)
I must try it. Sounds good.
by Stiphan
Wed May 09, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 19
Views: 702

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Well done for disrobing. Lay life is better these days than being a monk. I have resolved not to be a monk myself -- at best I may try it for a brief period if I'm not in a relationship. Monasticism is not as good anymore. Hi Stiphan, That's a big change for you! Your ambition was always to ordain....
by Stiphan
Wed May 09, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 117
Views: 10732

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Well done for disrobing. Lay life is better these days than being a monk. I have resolved not to be a monk myself -- at best I may try it for a brief period if I'm not in a relationship. Monasticism is not as good anymore.
by Stiphan
Wed May 09, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?
Replies: 17
Views: 1418

Re: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?

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What is the name of the Sino-Tibetan monk on the left?
by Stiphan
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?
Replies: 17
Views: 1418

What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?

http://dharmata.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Ajahn-Chah-Sangha.jpg I am wondering what all of these monks' names are. I recognize, of course, Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Brahm, and Ajahn Pasanno, but I don't recognize the rest. Especially, I would like to know the name of the monk at the rig...
by Stiphan
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away
Replies: 8
Views: 1260

Re: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away

The Buddha was born 566BC, attained Enlightenment 531BC, and passed away in 484BC. Just for your information. (Yes he died at the age of 82. Don't worry about how I know this. It's true.)
by Stiphan
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

They mention him smiling on certain pertinent occasions, but what about laughing?

Teachers like Ajahn Chah would laugh a lot sometimes.
by Stiphan
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five basic personal qualities that are prerequsities for the Path
Replies: 0
Views: 298

Five basic personal qualities that are prerequsities for the Path

To succeed in Buddhist practice (and in life), one needs certain basic qualities and traits, which serve as a foundation for the development of higher and deeper qualities. For example, first of all, you need honesty and sincerity - acceptance of truth - whether of your current state or whether the ...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

:thumbsup: I like it. The only thing I'd change (for me) would be that #9 "Teaching, instructing, helping and caring for others" would come earlier or perhaps mentioned that it can be simultaneous with earlier stages. One need not wait until full enlightenment before helping and caring for others. ...