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by EmptyShadow
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How would you place your hands when bowing/saluting the shrine/showing respect to monastics
Replies: 27
Views: 2188

Re: How would you place your hands when bowing/saluting the shrine/showing respect to monastics

Reading about the cultural differences reminds me of a story from Ajahn Chah and his observations of differences between Thai customs and the West. If we invest things with our views and beliefs, then they immediately gain value – they can become sacred or holy objects. But without our projections, ...
by EmptyShadow
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Number of bhikkhus attaining Sotapatti after a discourse
Replies: 6
Views: 1006

Number of bhikkhus attaining Sotapatti after a discourse

Hi, According to wiki the population of India at the time of the Buddha (500ish b.c.) was 1mil people. Yet, some of the suttas declare that after a discourse a big number of bhikkhus attain enlightenment. For example in Dhammapada Verse 1 Cakkhupalatthera Vatthu it ends with: "At the end of the disc...
by EmptyShadow
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Re: Monks are allowed to keep pets?
Replies: 9
Views: 845

Re: Monks are allowed to keep pets?

Are monks allowed to play with pets or pet/hug them? For example in rule 52. "Tickling" with the fingers is to be confessed. Can petting be seen in similar way as tickling? Also in rule 53. The act of playing in the water is to be confessed. Is playing with animals seen in similar way as playing in ...
by EmptyShadow
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Permission of parents in Sri Lanka ordination
Replies: 26
Views: 2545

Re: Permission of parents in Sri Lanka ordination

I wonder is it immoral if you bribe your parent with money to give his concent. In the story with Rattaphala he is basically threatening to kill himself if thay dont give consent and for comparison offering some money to get it seems tamer.
by EmptyShadow
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mahanikaya vs Dhammayuttika
Replies: 24
Views: 5809

Re: Mahanikaya vs Dhammayuttika

(1) Much of Thai Buddhist practice - among both laity and monastics - had by the 1800s become infiltrated with many indigenous animistic beliefs and practices, as well as some beliefs and practices from Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism. Many kingdoms in Southeast Asia converted to Hinduism, then to M...
by EmptyShadow
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: the 6R for Right Effort?
Replies: 7
Views: 2080

Re: the 6R for Right Effort?

So that brings up my first question again: “At the release step, where do I put my attention if not on my breath?” As I understand it you have to put your attention on the next steps untill you reach the last one and than you can put it back on the breath. Otherwise you would be doing the steps wit...
by EmptyShadow
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Looking for clarification about the Mahasi method
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Re: Looking for clarification about the Mahasi method

Thank you both for the replies.

The quote from Sayadaw U Pandita certainly clarifies alot of things.
by EmptyShadow
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Looking for clarification about the Mahasi method
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Looking for clarification about the Mahasi method

In http://aimwell.org/malukyaputta.html Mahasi Sayadaw advises against conceptualising during the practice. For example: You must seize the first critical moment when sense-door consciousness first arises. If you fail to do so, you will be deluded by conceptual knowledge. If you fail to note seeing ...
by EmptyShadow
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Europe monastery (forest monk) as good as in asian?
Replies: 24
Views: 3458

Re: Europe monastery (forest monk) as good as in asian?

far far faar away from politic (myanmar and recently sri lanka... :( ). I think that both in Myanmar and Sri lanka there are good monasteries with good abbots who follow strict vinaya, teach and practice the Dhamma well and stay aways from politics whatsoever. If you are worried about those countri...
by EmptyShadow
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Searching for a sutta
Replies: 3
Views: 1211

Re: Searching for a sutta

I just realize that the story sound alot like the stage of “equanimity about formations” that is prior to stream entry, in the pure vipassana progression of insight.
I didn't know that you could practice it directly like this. :thinking:
by EmptyShadow
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Informations about Ajahn Kevali
Replies: 27
Views: 7609

Re: Informations about Ajahn Kevali

One question about family, can one bhikkhu make a hug to his mother? According to vinaya: Thanissaro Bhikkhu, in his 'Buddhist Monastic Code' states that "The Vinita-vatthu contains cases of a bhikkhu who caresses his mother out of filial affection, one who caresses his daughter out of fatherly aff...
by EmptyShadow
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Chanting and the 7th precept
Replies: 3
Views: 857

Re: Chanting and the 7th precept

Thank you dylanj, that link is very helpful.
So from what I understand chanting with intonation is allowable but with drawbacks, as listed in Gītassara Sutta.
And I assume chanting accompanied with music would be out of line with the Dhamma.
by EmptyShadow
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Chanting and the 7th precept
Replies: 3
Views: 857

Chanting and the 7th precept

I was wondering, does listening to chanting accompanied with music break the 7th precept? "7. Nacca-gita-vadita-visuka-dassana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing,singing, music, going to see entertainments." Searching for some metta chanting I saw that in...
by EmptyShadow
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Searching for a sutta
Replies: 3
Views: 1211

Re: Searching for a sutta

It doesn't sound quite the same suttas, and the setting is different. Idk :shrug: