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by truthseeker135
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

Good thinking. I'm excited to see what people have to say.
by truthseeker135
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

If you want to practice Satipathana, closing your eye is not a good idea. When you close your eyes you have the risk of moving to Samatha and experience Jhana. From my understanding jhana is the goal of satipatthana. In the Anapanasati sutta the buddha states that anapanasati establishes the 4 sati...
by truthseeker135
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

If you want to practice Satipathana, closing your eye is not a good idea. When you close your eyes you have the risk of moving to Samatha and experience Jhana. From my understanding jhana is the goal of satipatthana. In the Anapanasati sutta the buddha states that anapanasati establishes the 4 sati...
by truthseeker135
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: My Journey into Homelessness
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: My Journey into Homelessness

Thanks everyone for the kind words. Did a quick search and you must be 18-19 now? \ My 19th birthday is coming up at the end of April. I feel lucky I came to the dhamma before I got to involved with the world. No debts, kids, or any other major responsibilities lol. I've met multiple people over the...
by truthseeker135
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: My Journey into Homelessness
Replies: 8
Views: 522

My Journey into Homelessness

Hello all, This thread is inspired by Bhante Jayasara's "Journey into Homelessness" series on youtube. It will be the place where I post updates and thoughts about my path to moving into a monastery. I hope that this opens dialogue with and helps other people who are thinking about ordaining. With t...
by truthseeker135
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Looking to Meet & Learn from Foreign Meditators in Thailand
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: Looking to Meet & Learn from Foreign Meditators in Thailand

Also I am wondering.. in the forums' opinions.. who are the highest, most realized, spiritual masters in Thailand? How do we judge how high how realized they are? Looking forward to learning from you. Thank you. In buddhism it is taboo for monks to reveal there attainments, so you really just have ...
by truthseeker135
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Thai Forest Monasteries
Replies: 15
Views: 2007

Re: Thai Forest Monasteries

Hi upāsakā, I've been to three of those places, your question is regarding visas & ordination? Some things to consider THank you Bhante. Can you provide details about your visits? What was the environment like? How was the teacher? Do you believe they fit the requirements for a suitable place to st...
by truthseeker135
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: Travel Advice

Update: I believe I've made the right decision. There have been two confirmed cases in the county my school is located in. They have yet to release the location, but I'm willing to bet there from my school. It's very suspicious because the NJ government has been giving the locations of every confirm...
by truthseeker135
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Thai Forest Monasteries
Replies: 15
Views: 2007

Re: Thai Forest Monasteries

I have been living in Chiang Mai for almost 6 years. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Sean Cool! Do you have any experience with any of the teachers listed above? I think Wat Doi Pra Jow Don Luang is in Chiang Mai have you ever been there? Also, how is dealing with visa stuff in T...
by truthseeker135
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: Travel Advice

Unfortunately, I just cancelled my tickets and emailed Ajaan DIck. Oh well, maybe next time. Just remember next time, there's ALWAYS something that stops you from going to the monastery or ordaining. Always. Thanks for the advice James. I am well aware of Mara's tricks to keep one from ordaining an...
by truthseeker135
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: Travel Advice

Unfortunately, I just cancelled my tickets and emailed Ajaan DIck. Due to the size of my school, one of the biggest in New Jersey, I believe there is a high possibility of someone having it here and a high possibility of it having spread throughout the school. Also there is an unconfirmed rumor that...
by truthseeker135
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: Travel Advice

Practice at home. cut down all nonessential travel. In my opinion, we have not seen the bottom of this problem as of yet. Yeah I'm starting to realize it would be incredibly selfish if I went if I even had a thought that I might have it. It would be better for everyone if I stayed home for now. Can...
by truthseeker135
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Travel Advice

I planned to travel to Forest Dhamma Monastery on Friday. Now that the coronavirus is in my state I don't know if I should go or not. There has been no confirmed cases in my immediate area, but fear that since I go to a big school in a transit hub city that it could be in my area.My school has cance...
by truthseeker135
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 285
Views: 15489

Re: Coronavirus?

Yikes. It's spreading in my area NY/NJ and many universities are shutting down. Mine has yet to shut down, but I believe it's only a matter of time before it does. With the fact that my school is so densely populated and has a direct railway to NYC where the virus is spreading makes me think we prob...
by truthseeker135
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Thai Forest Monasteries
Replies: 15
Views: 2007

Re: Thai Forest Monasteries

Thank you everyone for the advice. I will keep updated on plans. I was planning to buy the tickets and stuff after I got back from my week in Virginia, but now I might wait longer due to the coronavirus situation. If worse comes to worse I ordain in America, which is definitely not bad, just might b...