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by tamdrin
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Metta practice in Thailand
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Metta practice in Thailand

I live in Chiang Mai and there are many meditation centers here but I've never heard of one solely dedicated to metta practice. I'd also be interested to know if there is one!
by tamdrin
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Chiang Mai visit?
Replies: 19
Views: 2398

Re: Chiang Mai visit?

Anyone coming to Chiang Mai, feel free to contact me. I've been living here for 5 years now and may be able to help you out.

Cheers.
Sean
by tamdrin
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!
Replies: 12
Views: 408

Re: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!

I'm not sure if this is really that profound of a statement. Devas exist in Theravada, so it is possible the Ajahn was acknowledging what what the Northern school calls Boddhisattvas are "real" in that sense, or not definitely made up. Devas are in Samsara. Bodhisattvas who have attained the bhumis...
by tamdrin
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!
Replies: 12
Views: 408

Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!

I recently listened to some dharma talks where Than Ajan Anan discusses Mahayana with a lay follower. He brought up many Mahayana concepts and Than Ajahn said the Bodhisattvas such as Manjushri, Avalokiesvara, and Samantabhadra are real. This prompted me to ask Ajahn Achalo if he had ever heard anyt...
by tamdrin
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Looking for a previous post about a woman's enlightenment
Replies: 0
Views: 240

Looking for a previous post about a woman's enlightenment

Previously, someone posted a dialogue of a woman and her monk teacher about her deep experiences of meditation. Can someone point me to where I can find this?

Thanks.
by tamdrin
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)
Replies: 9
Views: 568

Re: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)

If you like mantras why not just learn some of the Mahayana or Vajrayana mantras? Vajrayana has millions of them. In the forest tradition they use buddho, dhammo, sangho. I have heard Ajahn anan also say you can use "lokavidu" I think the point is not so much any magical power the words bring but th...
by tamdrin
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can gods can make merits?
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Can gods can make merits?

SarathW wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:44 pm
It is a popular belief that gods can't make merits.
In the following video ven. Walpola Gotama mentioned that gods can make merits.
The video is in the Sinhalese language.



As I understand it... Some gods can and do practice dhamma
by tamdrin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 36
Views: 1676

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

Try a 10 day course (i did goenka vipassana) - but any style of insight practice is good (ie IMC in Massachusetts - or Spirit Rock) - or if in India - at bodhgaya - The idea is to practice sila - samadhi - panna - as in goenkas course - each supports the other - with insight being the penultimate t...
by tamdrin
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination experience of Westerners
Replies: 24
Views: 664

Re: Ordination experience of Westerners

[... yet I read that for some folks, meditation was easier as a layman? Is this a common experience?? Yes that's a common experience, but not universal. I remember myself and Venerable Jayasara and Venerable Cunda and Ajahm Brahm all had that experience when we first went to the monastery. After so...
by tamdrin
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)
Replies: 18
Views: 719

Re: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:32 am
Welcome back to the miserable lay life and never ending suffering.
:sage:
The monkhood is definitely not free of suffering. Not even close.
by tamdrin
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)
Replies: 18
Views: 719

Re: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)

I would study now while keeping the precepts and a practice of meditation at least two times a day. Go on retreats or more in depth meditative practice when you have the opportunity. Really develop your ability of samadhi before ordaining.

Just my 2 cents.
by tamdrin
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 36
Views: 1676

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

Thank you that is good advice. I do enjoy practicing metta both for myself and others. I realize it is very important not to have any expectations at all when meditating because this very desire blocks progress.
by tamdrin
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 51
Views: 1935

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Vipassana meditation is for the abandonment of views. Self is one view, non-self is another view. Views depend on ones karma and habitual tendencies but for someone practicing samatha/vipassana meditation they are just thoughts.
by tamdrin
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to see dependent origination in meditation?
Replies: 50
Views: 1408

Re: How to see dependent origination in meditation?

Where can I get this book? I'm interested in the Pa Auk tradition. The head monk seems very knowledgable. The author who is a psychiatrist meditated his entire adult life and never had jhana form until one day in his sixties decided he had to go,he retired or closed up his practice he went to pa Au...