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by Anagarika
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha & Vipassanā
Replies: 36
Views: 1765

Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

There is a history of vipassana as a "stand alone" technique that arose out of colonial Burma, and many people find benefit in this approach. There are also approaches that emphasize calming / tranquility meditation as a stand alone practice.... Actually, in my experience, Burmese "vipassana" (Maha...
by Anagarika
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha & Vipassanā
Replies: 36
Views: 1765

Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

It can be helpful to view samatha and vipassana as qualities of meditation or samadhi, rather than separate methods or techniques. It has been said that samatha supports the cultivation of vipassana, just as elements of vipassana support the cultivation of samatha. Put simply, the calming of samatha...
by Anagarika
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Support in following the 8 precepts
Replies: 17
Views: 1265

Re: Support in following the 8 precepts

My aspiration over the last couple of years has been to follow the 8 precepts perfectly, but I find it difficult without the support or camaraderie of anyone else. But because they run so counter to mainstream society, it'd be great to have a "support group" of sorts. Any suggestions? I try to just...
by Anagarika
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How to handle a beggar want to stay in your temple?
Replies: 41
Views: 1816

Re: How to handle a beggar want to stay in your temple?

Part of compassion entails wisdom. As David mentioned, an abbot and a wat can be a resource center for people that arrive and need shelter and food. The abbot can determine if there are resources in the community such as family services, addiction services and shelters that are trained and equipped ...
by Anagarika
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is fishing breaking the precept?
Replies: 204
Views: 6535

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

I agree with Ven. Pesala's response. I like to keep in mind that the precepts are, literally, training rules. They are not laws or ordinances, that entail a punishment for their "breaking," or violation. You can't break a training rule, but you can examine the quality of the intention, and the quali...
by Anagarika
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Stand Against Suffering
Replies: 63
Views: 2174

Re: Stand Against Suffering

I'm old enough to remember when the Republican Party in the US was a centrist party, of sorts. It held reasonable views, and embraced a traditional center-right perspective. It woudl have been easy for a practicing Buddhist to be a centrist or main street Republican, and still feel that one existed ...
by Anagarika
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing Rats
Replies: 77
Views: 3040

Re: Killing Rats

HI Bhante: Your suggestion is the best one, but using these traps ( I bought two of them) resulted in no catches. I learned that the mice might be smarter than me. I used peanut butter as bait ( the leading online suggestion) but the mice did not go for it. Maybe the sticky rice is the key. I know t...
by Anagarika
Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing Rats
Replies: 77
Views: 3040

Re: Killing Rats

I haven't been on DW for a while, and visited via a link from another site. I saw this topic and, with thoughts of kamma and goodwill, thought I'd post a suggestion. Since taking an anagarika ordination, I gave up most all of my stuff, and live in a former derelict house that sold for the price of a...
by Anagarika
Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Metta Training: Wat Phleng
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Re: Metta Training: Wat Phleng

Thanks for the note, Bhante and glad to hear from you and trust you are well. Ajahn Chatchai does not speak much English, at all, but he does have lay disciples at Wat Phleng (including a lovely, helpful man named Vira who was impossibly kind to me) who translates. Ajahn Chatchai is very willing to ...
by Anagarika
Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why one meal a day?
Replies: 674
Views: 80520

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by Anagarika
Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Metta Training: Wat Phleng
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Re: Metta Training: Wat Phleng

Many thanks, Ven. Dhammanando. Your post gave me a real sense of what to expect, and the directions in Thai will be invaluable. I've been in many a Thai taxi or tuk-tuk with a decent English language map, and spent the afternoon with the driver driving lost. By the way, I saw that you are to be in C...
by Anagarika
Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Metta Training: Wat Phleng
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Metta Training: Wat Phleng

I am to be in Bangkok next week, and wish to visit Wat Phleng and Ajahn Chatchai for his Metta practice. Has anyone been to Wat Phleng, and is there a English speaking contact at the Wat that anyone knows? I am comfortable just showing up, but if anyone has a contact there, or experiences there, I'd...
by Anagarika
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:04 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Lord Avebury, RIP
Replies: 11
Views: 1302

Re: Lord Avebury, RIP

What an interesting and admirable life he lived. Yes, may his rebirth earned be a fortunate one. Too few people like him on this planet.
by Anagarika
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117388

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

I'm seeing some guys in robes...not sure if they're acting like monks. The Buddha did counsel kings and rulers of various types, but there's never been a suggestion that he lead a riot, or took a political position. It seems he always took a Dhammic position, and suggested that rulers implement the ...
by Anagarika
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastery Recommendations?
Replies: 3
Views: 895

Re: Monastery Recommendations?

Plasticman, I can recommend http://www.templeretreatthailand.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It's in Fang, Chiang Mai, Thailand. A dynamic young Abbot; he is fluent in English, and is a community organizer and Pali scholar. The direc...
by Anagarika
Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: the 6th precept
Replies: 28
Views: 2155

Re: the 6th precept

I observe the 8 precepts and truly choose to perceive them as the language of the precept acceptance states: " I undertake the training rule to..." In this sense, we are the owners of our actions, our kamma, and our adherence to these training rules influences our path of purification. Yet, I don't ...
by Anagarika
Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: euthanasia
Replies: 158
Views: 5844

Re: euthanasia

The precepts are training rules. To violate the First Precept, one's intention is at issue. By any act (kamma) we are kammic owners and heirs of that action. So, it's difficult to say in any given case whether euthanasia is appropriate or ethical. The ethics of the act depend on the circumstances, I...
by Anagarika
Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 20
Views: 1680

Re: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi

I was reading a posting yesterday about "safe spaces," but decided not to contribute to the discussion. I will mention, on reading again this "Thanksgiving Reflections" section, on how all of us that read this posting, and all that posted on it, did so in a thoughtful, intelligent way. This forum is...
by Anagarika
Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 4452

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

Bhante's comment is excellent, and Ben's above is important, too. We're using the term "breach" here the way the word precept might be used as a "law." I usually don't think of the precepts in terms of them being laws or regulations. From the Pali, the taking of the precepts is the undertaking of tr...
by Anagarika
Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 20
Views: 1680

Re: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi

...thus he is one who reunites those who are divided, a promoter of friendships, who enjoys concord, rejoices in concord, delights in concord, a speaker of words that promote concord. MN 41 Unfortunately Ven. Bodhi takes simplistic views on such serious and complex concerns: views more divisive and...