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by eto
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Re: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?

If you just want the intensive retreat experience, Pa Auk in Myanmar does 8 hours formal meditation a day but you could sit there all day and night if you wanted. It's hot and humid all year round, and you don't have to do any tasks other than meditate. It's an excellent environment, and if you are ...
by eto
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?
Replies: 13
Views: 255

Re: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?

You might want to narrow it down to which countries you would consider and which cities and / or which teachers and monasteries resonate with you. Pretty much any monastery would allow lay guests to stay extended times, if they have the available guest rooms or guest houses. For example, Wat Metta,...
by eto
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Veganism: a host of issues.
Replies: 117
Views: 2549

Re: Veganism: a host of issues.

I would imagine that given the Buddha made it quite clear that one of the five types of business not to engage in is selling meat, one can infer he ain't down with meat eating. Of course making a big deal of it would alienate most people and the aim of the dhamma is much higher than that.
by eto
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monasteries in and around California?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Monasteries in and around California?

Thanks, Mkoll. Yes, I saw that one too. Looks good indeed!
by eto
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monasteries in and around California?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Monasteries in and around California?

Hello, any suggestions for good places to practice over a shorter period of time (say a few weeks) in and around the California area? (besides Wat Metta). Also, how did you like it? (if you've been there)

Thank you.
by eto
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Burgs?Books?
Replies: 13
Views: 547

Re: Burgs?Books?

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Anyways what im trying to get at is i don't know if this guy is enlightened or a sotapanna but i believe that he has mastered the jhanas just judging by his insights.That's my 2 cents. :reading:
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In his autobiography he talks about his experience of entering Nibanna.
by eto
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Burgs?Books?
Replies: 13
Views: 547

Re: Burgs?Books?

I came across Burgs about 10 years ago when a friend told me about him and gave me his autobiography. It was from his book that I learned about Pa Auk and ended up staying there for some time. I've also read a few of his training manuals and they seem pretty good. Overall I'm not sure exactly how I ...
by eto
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Any monastery recommendation in Thailand/Myanmar/Malaysia?
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Any monastery recommendation in Thailand/Myanmar/Malaysia?

How did you find your 6 months at Pa Auk may I ask?
by eto
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 1012

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

"I only wanted others' perspectives on whether there is any value in risking my opportunity to ordain right now and waiting a bit longer instead, just for the sake of pleasing the worldly desires of my family." The worldly desires for you of your family will continue after your degree. It will be a ...
by eto
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)
Replies: 18
Views: 631

Re: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)

Great news! I feel happiness in my heart!! Well done :)
by eto
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)
Replies: 18
Views: 631

Re: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)

I donno man, the river of samsara is deep and powerful and it's easy to be both lured into, and swept up by it. I feel that if you know for sure you want to follow the path of purification wholeheartedly, and particularly when you're in a position where you have no worldly burdens (e.g., wife, debt ...
by eto
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?
Replies: 19
Views: 1826

Re: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?

If you change your mind about Asia you might want to try going to Pa Auk in Myanmar. You can get full ordination there in a few months. The place has a good enough reputation for you to be accepted in other monasteries in Thailand and Sri Lanka after you spend a few years training there. May you be...
by eto
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 120
Views: 19077

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Hi James, Not to pressure you but I think it’d be awesome if you gave us an update and maybe said a little more about your experience as a monk. Kind regards, Polar Bear :anjali: Ya, time really is slipping by. Soon! Hey James, just read through the post and would love to hear your follow up on pos...
by eto
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Know of any good places to practice in China?
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Re: Know of any good places to practice in China?

I don't know of any places, but how about this region of China? There are lots and lots of small monasteries in the area where this documentary was filmed. Hmm, looks like you'd need to speak the language. Why do you want to go to China to practise, especially if you don't know Chinese language? ht...
by eto
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Know of any good places to practice in China?
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Re: Know of any good places to practice in China?

Thanks Paul. Unfortunately they ain't doing retreats now.