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by Stiphan
Wed May 09, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 19
Views: 305

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: 13
Views: 437

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: 305

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: 305

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: 115
Views: 6721

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: 13
Views: 437

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: 13
Views: 437

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: 632

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: 256

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: 175

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: 148

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. ...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

On seconds thoughts, I can see the possibility of inserting two further important stages, namely, Right View (in between #5 and #6) and "Letting go of, abandoning, eliminating and overcoming all defilements, taints, fetters, etc." in between #7 and #8 (though these happen gradually, and in stages th...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 148

The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

All we need to do to achieve a certain goal is two things: gain the theoretical and practical knowledge through learning and then put that knowledge into practice through effort. The result will be the attainment of our original goal. The Buddha summarised this into the threefold division of the Dha...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 814

Re: Dukkha

I think that's supposed to happen. What you mean by "disgust" might also be rendered "revulsion" or "disenchantment", nibbidā . If you see this page which provides translations for nibbidā, it also mentions "disgust with worldly life." In vipassanā it's one of the sixteen stages, and it refers to re...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Phew. I finished the sutta. More than 7 hours did it take me. Last two times I read it (back in 2007 and ca. 2012), it took me about 5 hours, but today I also had breaks and a few other extraneous things to attend to. I was also more attentive while reading it and enjoyed it more than before. It is ...
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 716

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

Well, the Noble Eightfold Path begins with Right view. Right view is a facet of wisdom, and wisdom is knowing, seeing and understanding truth. So truthfulness and honesty, and the acknowledgement and appreciation of truth is a prerequisite, or what you first need, before you start practicing the Nob...
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

I am reading DN 16 now, and I saw Sāriputta mentioned therein (declaring his bull's statement that there has never been, will be nor is now anyone greater than the Buddha), and I was like "Wait a minute, didn't Sāriputta die long before the Buddha's last journey?". In DN 16, he is mentioned precise...
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Thanks heaps, perkele!
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Nicolas wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:29 pm
Stiphan wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm
But the Lord, as swiftly as a strong man might stretch out his flexed arm or flex it again, vanished from this side of the Ganges and reappeared with his order of monks on the other shore.
Did the Buddha and the monks teleport themselves?
Yes.
Awesome!
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

And by the way, I just came to this (at 1.33): And then the Lord came to the River Ganges. And just then, the river was so full that a crow could drink out of it. And some people were looking for a boat, and some were looking for a raft, and some were binding together a raft of reeds to get to the o...