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by JackV
Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Bhante?
Replies: 3
Views: 786

Re: Bhante?

cooran wrote:Hello Jack,

It is only used for ordained monks:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhante

With metta,
Chris
So How does one, refer to Sameneras? Just using their former name?
by JackV
Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Bhante?
Replies: 3
Views: 786

Bhante?

Hello.

Are sāmaṇera still refered to as Bhante or is that reserved till they have become full fledged monks?

Thanks
by JackV
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Post your original poetry here!
Replies: 84
Views: 12563

Re: Post your original poetry here!

Bright moon
Escaping
from within silver clouds
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Sat beneath the tree
He let go of all false views
Arising Buddha
by JackV
Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting interview with Sam Harris on meditatio
Replies: 14
Views: 1892

Re: Interesting interview with Sam Harris on meditatio

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/20134210413618256.html - Whilst admittedly unrelated to the overall subject of this thread I just thought this makes interesting reading. I have always found Sam Harris a curious (and unpleasent) character, a admirer of Buddhism but a hate filled man....
by JackV
Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Giving a Buddha statue (Rupa)
Replies: 2
Views: 1089

Re: Giving a Buddha statue (Rupa)

Yeah she is Buddhist.

Thank you for replying
by JackV
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Giving a Buddha statue (Rupa)
Replies: 2
Views: 1089

Giving a Buddha statue (Rupa)

Hi. This is a question specifically about Thai views of giving someone a Buddha statue. What is the view - if any - of a "Farang" (non Thai) such as myself giving a Thai person a gift of a Buddha statue, say for a birthday. I don't think there would be any issue but I thought it best to check as the...
by JackV
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Very good guideline to awakening
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: Very good guideline to awakening

The buddha is just some guy who has been dead for over 2 thousand years, why the hell should i care what he thinks? If you don't care what the virtuous think of you're behaviour then you lack any good qualities. Shame and fear of wrong-doing are the two guardians of the world, without which all wil...
by JackV
Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 24
Views: 4239

Re: Alcohol

:goodpost:
Ha ha. It's so true. I can't bear to be out places where there will be loads of drunk people now and I suppose at the time that seemed like part of the problem, that I wouldn't want to go to these places. How things change
by JackV
Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 24
Views: 4239

Re: Alcohol

After recently having struggles with maintaining my precepts, a spiritual guide suggested I write out a declaration of why I am going to abstain completely from alcohol. I thought I would post what I wrote so that maybe it'll encourage others or help them articulate their feelings towards abstinenc...
by JackV
Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Tiredness is a continual problem for me. For me there is no way of getting it to "go away" so I just have to work on my attitude to accept "this is tiredness" the mind is like this (see the features of tiredness like lack of clarity and focus, thoughts drifting off) and accept that that a tired mind...
by JackV
Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Don't like to meditate
Replies: 51
Views: 10131

Re: Don't like to meditate

I really struggle with meditation. I don't want to do it. I usually schedule it for 15 minutes after I wake up, but I've been so off and on for so long. I'm just frustrated by my lack of commitment. Often times after I wake up I just distract myself with my iPhone or whatever...almost like I'm tryi...
by JackV
Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)
Replies: 46
Views: 5619

Re: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)

For me presently:
Meditation is becoming patient at impatience

Or add any other word and it's antonym to follow
by JackV
Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sayadaw U Tejaniya's retreat at IMS: audio interviews
Replies: 4
Views: 1104

Re: Sayadaw U Tejaniya's retreat at IMS: audio interviews

Sayadaw U Tejaniya is an excellent teacher. I was fortunate enough to recently meet one of his students who was very knowledgeble in his teachings and methods. This helped me immensly in my own practice. He also very kindly supplied me with the 3 books the Sayadaw has authored: Dhamma Everywhere, Do...
by JackV
Thu May 31, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Help letting go
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Help letting go

is whats coming up related to a specific thing or is it just random noise? is whats coming up related to a specific thing or is it just random noise? Yeah it's just the mind doing it's thing. When tired it's a lot less focused and liable to slip into all types of meaningless rubbish. For instance I...
by JackV
Tue May 29, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Help letting go
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Help letting go

Ajahn Sucitto has some really useful advice on this in his meditation manual, pages 47-80: http://forestsanghapublications.org/viewBook.php?id=12&ref=vec" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; When you notice that your attention has drifted (or leapt) off, wait in the acknowledgement of tha...
by JackV
Sun May 27, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Help letting go
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Help letting go

practice some samatha technique that will stabilize the mind beforehand. or exercise beforehand. apparently after people exercise there meditations are incredibly more fruitful. The basis for the practice is Samatha. This is the issue; not being able to stay with the breath (or any focus) for any l...
by JackV
Sun May 27, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Help letting go
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Help letting go

Hello. I just wondered if anyone had any useful tips or practical advice on letting go of thoughts and feelings etc. during meditation? The reason I just ask is probably just because I'm going through one of those periods of unsettled midstates. Usually my ability to let go of something and return t...
by JackV
Wed May 09, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular view - The Future of Religion
Replies: 80
Views: 6475

Secular view - The Future of Religion

Hi there. London Insight have a discussion upcoming about the Future of Religion and one of the speakers will be the teacher Stephen Batchelor. In advance of the discussion to take place Stephen Batchelor has prepared a statement of his view as a "Secular Buddhist" - http://www.londoninsight.org/ima...
by JackV
Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: my attempt ... am I doing it the "right way" ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1218

Re: my attempt ... am I doing it the "right way" ?

i wonder if i am doing it the right way ? as my mind sometimes is filled with doubt and I am aware that is a big hindrance in meditation. also am i right to think that vipassana combine samatha and insight together ? thank you . with metta. :anjali: I also went through a period of feeling like this...
by JackV
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abandoning Hindrances in reality
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: Abandoning Hindrances in reality

Hi. I can't answer many of the questions that you have posed, I think that is for you to decide as you see fit with wisdom. However I can say that I have come from a similar position. I would say that pretty much without exception all my friends are drug users (of various types) and my closest frien...