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by Chanh Dao
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

It's actually no problem at all for monks to share spiritual achievements with lay people
I am peaceful.

I am calm.

I am kind.

However. Making claims of enlightenment or magical powers is not appropriate.
by Chanh Dao
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Seniority of monks
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: Seniority of monks

Samanera ordination was originally intended for children. People under 20 years old under the protection and sometimes training of the Sangha. A samanera or novice is not really a monk, more like a student. A bhikkhu will always have seniority over a samanera regardless of how long they have been a ...
by Chanh Dao
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Outdated Vinaya for monks
Replies: 26
Views: 1053

Re: Outdated Vinaya for monks

It's quite essential to not cultivate attachment on the path. Whether that's for good or bad, practice no attachment and do your best to do good. The vinaya is a system of rules and regulations for a monastic community/communities around 2000 years ago. You can be assured that the extreme majority o...
by Chanh Dao
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks/nuns and the Internet
Replies: 18
Views: 2934

Re: Monks/nuns and the Internet

Sorry I'm not trying to be controversial here. Just talking about the Monastic communities that I've spent time in. Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lankan monastic communities.. even Pa Auk... Even in some of the most rural places imaginable the monastics there were using smartphones common place. Same...
by Chanh Dao
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks/nuns and the Internet
Replies: 18
Views: 2934

Re: Monks/nuns and the Internet

I've met hundreds of monks in Asia. I don't know that I've come across any without smart phones.
by Chanh Dao
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 2065

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

atipattoh wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:44 pm
Chanh Dao wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:26 pm
-Bhikkhu Varrapanyo
Hello Bhante,
It is good to be cautious on the practice but, at the same time, you should start asking a question; why does many acharn that hold similar opinion like you do, ended up preaching eternal citta?
:anjali:

Not sure what you're talking about
by Chanh Dao
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Cost to Ordain in Thailand
Replies: 6
Views: 1290

Re: Cost to Ordain in Thailand

Also be aware that monks get free healthcare in Thailand.
by Chanh Dao
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Cost to Ordain in Thailand
Replies: 6
Views: 1290

Re: Cost to Ordain in Thailand

1000 dollars should be more than enough.

Good luck.
by Chanh Dao
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 2065

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

I believe that Jhana is important, however it is misguided to focus one's efforts on attaining it. People hear about it and it sounds amazing and intense and therefore they want to experience it, so they sit down to meditate and they look for all the little signs that they might be close, or try to...
by Chanh Dao
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 2065

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

If we are attached to something, if we are craving something. This is at the heart of our suffering. I am not here to say jhana is good or bad. I am here to say that attachment and craving are at the heart of our suffering. Regardless of whether you are craving jhana or something else. Within the p...
by Chanh Dao
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 2065

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

Greetings Chanh Dao, I share the skepticism outlined above. The Buddha spent an awful lot of time talking about jhana and its benefits... not once calling it "a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching." What "method" is this? Are you slandering the Buddha's teaching in order to laud a "meth...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 2065

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

I wonder why the Buddha would taught such not important thing and which is a barrier, even repeatedly mentioning it in the suttas. In my opinion, the attachment to Vipassana is a good thing. Clinging and attachment are in fact at the heart of our suffering. As taught by the Buddha. But of course. I...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 2065

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

Greetings Chanh Dao, Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching. I share the skepticism outlined above. The Buddha spent an awful lot of time talking about jhana and its benefits... not once calling it "a huge barrier on following...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 3410

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

From reading about Buddhism it seems like all Buddhism explains that the Buddha taught all is imaginary or mind or consciousness, extremely similar, if only in this respect, to it's parent religion, Hinduism. Both religions teach that all is consciousness or mind and only Theravada stands alone in ...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sila is the first and last step on the path to enlightenment.
Replies: 3
Views: 563

Sila is the first and last step on the path to enlightenment.

For all coming to follow the Buddha the most important practice to establish in oneself is that of sila. Morality. One cannot develop fully the qualities of the Buddha or the understanding without first doing good and renouncing bad. The more you can cultivate morality in your internal thoughts and ...