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by Eraka
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Book about jhana
Replies: 22
Views: 940

Re: Book about jhana

I found some of his writings that might help bridge the gap! Here he writes about an experience meditating with Pa Auk Sayadaw: http://www.leighb.com/jhana_fr.htm Notable excerpt: "Now I'm not about to claim that what I experienced was the "actual sutta jhanas". What I was doing was concentrating fo...
by Eraka
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Book about jhana
Replies: 22
Views: 940

Re: Book about jhana

But Brasington acknowledges, or at least he did, that his jhanas are not as deep as what he believes the Buddha's jhanas to be. But he believes to give busy householders a taste of lesser/lighter jhana is better than saying it is nearly impossible for the "real deal." Could you provide a source for...
by Eraka
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Book about jhana
Replies: 22
Views: 940

Re: Book about jhana

Use both! They compliment each other well, and are from them same lineage (Ayya Khema was Leigh Brasington's jhana teacher.) I'd say Right Concentration is better used as a practical, instructional guide to the jhanas, and Who Is My Self includes the jhanas within a greater overview of the whole pat...
by Eraka
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: My first monastic Carika/Tudong
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: My first monastic Carika/Tudong

Thank you for sharing the play-by-play on your "bow legged loose sandal crab-style walk"! :heart:

Difficulties included, it was an uplifting and inspiring story :) Thank you for the depths of your renunciation!
by Eraka
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta study groups?
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Sutta study groups?

I have attempted to get something like this going in the Bay Area. Leigh Brasington is based in the Bay Area (though he travels a lot.) It might be worth reaching out to ask him if he knows of anything already running that could be of interest to you. (Leigh is actually the teacher who encouraged m...
by Eraka
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta study groups?
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Sutta study groups?

My husband is leading one of these right now! :) He just started a few months ago. It's been great so far... I don't doubt that it will be subject to the same ebb and flow that any group endeavor sees over time. But for now, so far so good, and a great spiritual friendship opportunity. For him, seei...
by Eraka
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Types of Kamma
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: Types of Kamma

Four types of deeds/kamma?

https://suttacentral.net/an4.237
by Eraka
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monasteries in and around California?
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Monasteries in and around California?

I enjoyed a stay at Aloka Vihara last year, and am planning more visits. It's a monastery for Bhikkhunis (fully ordained women) in the Thai Forest tradition, and they accommodate visitors of any gender. It's a beautiful spot bordered (somewhat ironically) by California wineries, and near a forested ...
by Eraka
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Simple Pali chants and where to learn them?
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Simple Pali chants and where to learn them?

Aloka Vihara monastery has a PDF of their chanting book posted online, along with audio of several chants:

https://alokavihara.org/teaching/chanting/
by Eraka
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1531
Views: 180895

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

"The religion is like an elephant with a severed leg. A doctor wants to reattach the leg, even though it has long been dead, and his tools for doing so are contaminated. If the operation goes forward, it will hasten the elephant’s death." - Thanissaro Bhikkhu on the revival of the Bhikkhuni Sangha i...