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by Phra Chuntawongso
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Buddhism and Social Engagement
Replies: 14
Views: 1460

Re: Theravada Buddhism and Social Engagement

Here at our temple we are often engaged in various activities. Yesterday we had a hospital send some staff here so that children from the local school next door to us could get free medical check ups, including eye tests, blood pressure checks etc. The Abbot of our temple is involved with many commu...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Someone hacked my Facebook account!!
Replies: 13
Views: 1293

Re: Someone hacked my Facebook account!!

Not sure if this is of any use or not but you can change your FB URL from HTTP to HTTPS in your accounts- security settings.
But don't know if this does anything. Remember, I am somewhat computer illiterate.
by Phra Chuntawongso
Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:16 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Correct form of address
Replies: 5
Views: 1062

Re: Correct form of address

Hi Jack. The kneeling down would normally happen if the monk is seated, even in Thai temples.However as was said above, often just placing the palms together in Anjali is fine, especially if 1- The monk is standing, or 2- you are just passing by.
With metta
by Phra Chuntawongso
Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Maranasati (Mindfulness of Death/Charnel Ground Reflection)
Replies: 23
Views: 3946

Re: Maranasati (Mindfulness of Death/Charnel Ground Reflection)

I have heard that in Sri lanka there is a morgue somewhere where the monks are allowed to go and view the cadavers.
Not sure where I heard this but perhaps one of our Sri Lankan Bhantes can confirm this.
With metta
by Phra Chuntawongso
Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My Abbot is improving
Replies: 4
Views: 398

My Abbot is improving

Hello everyone. I thought that I would update you all in regards to my Abbot, Bhante Dr. Apisit. Bhante came out of hospital yesterday and came up to the temple to pay us all a quick visit. Although he has a way to go before getting back to good health, he has improved greatly since I last saw him, ...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are monks allowed to touch their mothers?
Replies: 22
Views: 6414

Re: Are monks allowed to touch their mothers?

I think that monks are not only allowed to touch their mothers, but all other women, on the proviso there is no lust. The Vinaya rule is quite clear. I believe that in Thailand, cultural development has taken the observation of this rule to an unnecessary extreme. A woman is not even allowed to giv...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:34 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Pulling for Individual...
Replies: 70
Views: 14697

Re: Pulling for Individual...

My thoughts go out to Individuals family at this time.
May the power of the Triple Gem sustain you all at this time.
With metta, Phra Greg
by Phra Chuntawongso
Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:29 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: My Abbot is ill-please send metta
Replies: 12
Views: 2212

Re: My Abbot is ill-please send metta

Hi everyone. Thankyou for your kind thoughts.
Dr Apisit remains ill in hosital, but is starting to feel a little better.
I think we will be without him here at the temple for a while yet.
Sorry I have been away for so long, but have just been getting in some practice.
With metta,
Phra Greg
by Phra Chuntawongso
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:54 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: My Abbot is ill-please send metta
Replies: 12
Views: 2212

My Abbot is ill-please send metta

If I have posted this in the wrong place then can the mods please move it. My Abbot, Ajahn Dr. Apisit is ill, in hospital in Chaing Mai. He has been hospitalized for a couple of months now suffering from Hep B and his kidney is shot due to taking parecetamol, before being diagnosed. Tomorrow morning...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:56 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Meaning of 'sukhita'
Replies: 9
Views: 2181

Re: Meaning of 'sukhita'

I feel sort of bad because I am always being helped by people on this site and I dont seem to have any particularly useful knowledge to give back. You might consider your contribution to be one of asking questions others haven't thought to ask, and thereby pulling even more out of the forums than w...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Meaning of 'sukhita'
Replies: 9
Views: 2181

Re: Meaning of 'sukhita'

Thanks very much anyway. Language is such an odd thing, especially for something which is essentially innate and necessary. You would imagine it would be much simpler. Jack Hi there. Perhaps you could contact Bhante Yuttadhammo at http://www.yuttadhammo.sirimangalo.org" onclick="window.open(this.hr...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ
Replies: 52
Views: 3192

Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Great to see your post Mike.We are all thinking of you guys back home. I was just listening to the PM on the radio and another aftershock was happening as he spoke.
Metta to everyone affected by this disaster.
by Phra Chuntawongso
Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ
Replies: 52
Views: 3192

Another earthquake hits Christchurch NZ

I have just heard another earthquake(6.6) has hit CC in NZ and reports of death.
How are are friends back home?
Hoping to hear from you soon.
With metta,
Phra Greg
by Phra Chuntawongso
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monks
Replies: 14
Views: 1097

Re: Monks

X 2 :coffee:
by Phra Chuntawongso
Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation Visa in Thailand
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

Re: Meditation Visa in Thailand

Is there a special visa for people who would like to stay in Thailand for meditation? I kind of know it is possible for people wishing to become monk. Can anyone shed some light on the details of these rules? In order to get a visa to stay in Thailand for meditation, you should apply to a center he...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Avoidance and Compassion
Replies: 10
Views: 1250

Re: Avoidance and Compassion

Another perspective on this is just to be very mindful about the influence of the people surrounding you. You might not be around the most skillful people, but you can watch how they effect you. You don't have to be like them. -M This is so true.Often in our place of work we are surrounded by all t...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A little help figuring this out please....
Replies: 7
Views: 1739

Re: A little help figuring this out please....

You could give a little help by providing your reasons. Why do you want to ordain? Sure thing, I have a few reasons. Obviously wanting to drop defilements and attain nibbana, but its the other reasons people wanna see aint it? Well I have always naturally been drawn to my spiritual side, enjoy medi...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Avoidance and Compassion
Replies: 10
Views: 1250

Re: Avoidance and Compassion

....we should be wary of who we choose to hang out with. This does noy mean ignoring those people who are foolish,it means not making them your closest mates. Its the old" birds of a feather flock together, or garbage in, garbage out." Bhante, what if it was one's own parents, siblings and relative...
by Phra Chuntawongso
Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Avoidance and Compassion
Replies: 10
Views: 1250

Re: Avoidance and Compassion

In many places in the suttas the Buddha said that we should be careful with whom we associate with. He said that we should avoid fools: 206. Good is it to see the Noble Ones; to live with them is ever blissful. One will always be happy by not encountering fools. 207. Indeed, he who moves in the com...