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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: 156

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: 376

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: 557

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: 376

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: 376

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: 7363

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: 557

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: 557

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: 737

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: 278

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: 196

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: 166

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: 166

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: 166

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: 913

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...