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by Chanh Dao
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Please suggest for ordain in Sri Lanka
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Please suggest for ordain in Sri Lanka

Well I can't really recommend you to anyone in the Sri Lankan Sangha without having any idea about your intention or experiences leading up to your intention to ordain.

Maybe better to start with your local buddhist community and see if they have any Monastic opportunities.
by Chanh Dao
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Please suggest for ordain in Sri Lanka
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Please suggest for ordain in Sri Lanka

Why do you want to become a monk?
by Chanh Dao
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is the monastic suicide topic overrated?
Replies: 18
Views: 592

Re: Is the monastic suicide topic overrated?

Someone can teach compassion and lack compassion at times. Someone can provide medical advice and need it from others at time. There are some problems even a doctor cannot solve for themselves. We dont discount an actors work because they end their own life. We dont discount a scientists discoveries...
by Chanh Dao
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 521
Views: 12414

Re: Monastics and suicide

I was simply making the point to take things on a case by case basis. Monk by monk. In different situations and societies monastics have had many many different roles throughout history. Mandatory meditation doesnt work. Meditation is something you must do on your own. Your own practice. No one else...
by Chanh Dao
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 521
Views: 12414

Re: Monastics and suicide

That's quite a sweet response. What would I do different? Well first of all I wouldn't. Im not in a position to want to take on that level of responsibility. I don't feel it would be appropriate. But for discussion sake or maybe more so just to share myself. Vastly different. Group councils. Qualif...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 521
Views: 12414

Re: Monastics and suicide

The general idea of shoving a bunch of westerners with zero experience into a 10 day course is a bit risky in general. As far as their responsibility they should of done everything possible to help this person. The goenka organization should have a team at the ready for these kinds of situations. N...
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 521
Views: 12414

Re: Monastics and suicide

The organization bare minimum had a responsibility to this young woman. Its inexcusable if you ask me. She asked for help and support multiple times and was ignored. Dhamma organizations like Goenka have a huge responsibility to take care of people like her if they ask for help. Maybe not legally b...
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 521
Views: 12414

Re: Monastics and suicide

It’s not the teachers job to do the work required, only the student can do this, teachers job is to keep student on path and throw them a rope if the fall into a trap. Have you any idea what trust Goenka courses require from the students????! They have to take for granted that the Goenka courses ha...
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples

manas wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:24 am
Crazy Jihadis with all their bombs, can't do nearly as much damage to Buddhism, as bad-minded, sexually immoral monks who abuse children.
Well said.
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks aren't perfect beings and the vinaya is not the ten commandments.
Replies: 24
Views: 1036

Re: Monks aren't perfect beings and the vinaya is not the ten commandments.

:goodpost: No, don't just give me a :goodpost: . See: As a lay person, I'm supposed to bow to you and even kneel before you, the monk. So you better get your act together and keep all 227 rules. Or else, I will lose trust in you, or in myself; both are bad for both of us. I encourage you to pay res...
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What's the difference between pa auk and ajahm brahm
Replies: 11
Views: 741

Re: What's the difference between pa auk and ajahm brahm

Buddha is not Jhana teacher. Buddha teaching is enlightenment. The 4 noble truths and the 8 fold path together do not have the goal of the jhanas. The goal is directly the cessation of suffering. Seeking jhana or thinking that buddha is jhana teacher is very incorrect understanding about following ...
by Chanh Dao
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 521
Views: 12414

Re: Monastics and suicide

Monks has a lot of independence depending on the monastary. Not sure what you are disagreeing about... mental illness is a condition of mind. We cannot see each others mind. We cannot use magic powers to search through others mine and check for some kind of repressed illness or suffering. If someon...
by Chanh Dao
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 521
Views: 12414

Re: Monastics and suicide

Monks has a lot of independence depending on the monastary. Not sure what you are disagreeing about... mental illness is a condition of mind. We cannot see each others mind. We cannot use magic powers to search through others mine and check for some kind of repressed illness or suffering. If someone...
by Chanh Dao
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples

As far as I know, there is no difference between a priest and a monk in Theravada tradition. The majority of what is considered a monk in Sri lanka are in fact priests (a person who performs religious ceremonies and duties for the lay devotees). An actual Bhikkhu does not perform any religious cere...
by Chanh Dao
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 521
Views: 12414

Re: Monastics and suicide

One can be a monk for many years and be suffering from severe mental illness. Its certainly possible. I’m not arguing this point, my point is that those who are well along the path can and should see these monks that are mentally ill and work to ensure they are practicing properly. Also that these ...