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by GraemeR
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Maha Bodhi Temple
Replies: 82
Views: 35305

100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Personally I would like to see more spent on basics such providing water, sanitation, medical care and education than on 'improving' this building

Graham
by GraemeR
Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: visiting temples and monasteries
Replies: 4
Views: 2644

visiting temples and monasteries

I'm going to visit a Buddhist temple or monastery to help with my studies and practice and get better at meditation. I live in Luton, Bedfordshire, which is closer? Hemel Hempstead or Letchworth? Both Hemel & Letchworth are in Hertfordshire. Certainly hen I lived in England Hemel Hempstead was a be...
by GraemeR
Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai Theravadin monks and money
Replies: 49
Views: 6872

Thai Theravadin monks and money

Having moved out of Bangkok after living there for 10 years, from what I experience daily, villagers in Isarn (NE Thailand) are still waking up early to prepare rice for both themselves and monks on pindabat. Metta I think it's the urban monks that many people have lost respect for. In rural areas ...
by GraemeR
Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 114247

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Its been a while since I've posted on here and as Kumara recently wrote a few posts I thought I'd post this as a kind of answer to my own question about whether or not DMC will endure. So after reading through this I have come to the definite conclusion that DMC is here to stay. Meanwhile, my issue...
by GraemeR
Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist monk who died in 1927 is alive!
Replies: 7
Views: 1179

Re: Buddhist monk who died in 1927 is alive!

cooran wrote:Hello all,

How is this possible? And yet, it appears to have been scientifically verified.
http://politicalblindspot.org/buddhist- ... -is-alive/

With metta,
Chris
Google 'incorruptible bodies of saints' It's common

With Metta

Graham
by GraemeR
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "The Broken Buddha" by Ven.Dhammika and other scandals
Replies: 347
Views: 63410

Surin monk accused of B56m fraud

Clearly I misunderstood the meaning of ''Lounge" - Casual discussion amongst spiritual friends. Bhikkhu Pesala - forgive me for not answering your questions... I am a Buddhist - have lived in Asia for the best part of 20 years, including for some several years of my life in various monasteries in T...
by GraemeR
Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai Buddhist Monks Struggle to Stay Relevant
Replies: 37
Views: 8305

Re: Thai Buddhist Monks Struggle to Stay Relevant

Greetings, What's the big deal with smoking? One monk told me yesterday that Sri Lankan Buddhist don't care if you eat at night or have committed a parajika offence, but they do care about smoking. I don't see the Internet as a big problem, either. If the number of monks is declining and the religi...
by GraemeR
Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 114247

How do you feel about Wat Dhammakaya?

mahaviro wrote:In my opinion, I think it's relative through shrewd marketing and recruitment.
I couldn't agree more

Graham
by GraemeR
Wed May 01, 2013 6:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tea?
Replies: 22
Views: 1772

Tea?

K.Dhamma wrote:With or without milk?

I prefer milk and honey. But only with certain brands and I usually get the Irish Morning blend. How about you guys?
I have green tea which is best plain

Graham
by GraemeR
Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:23 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Temple/ Retreat Stay for women in Asia
Replies: 7
Views: 2217

Re: Temple/ Retreat Stay for women in Asia

Most Wats in Thailand have as many women (or more) as men in them even though they are very patriarchal, most Wats that cater for foreigners cater just as well for both sexes. Of course if you prefer a male free environment that limits your choices very much. I was told in one temple in Chonburi th...
by GraemeR
Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Temple/ Retreat Stay for women in Asia
Replies: 7
Views: 2217

Temple/ Retreat Stay for women in Asia

If this thread needs to be moved, please do so! I thought this might be the closest sub-forum for my question. I'd like to stay in Asia (looking at perhaps Thailand or Sri Lanka) for about three months for study and meditation retreat next year. However, as a female my choices are more limited by b...
by GraemeR
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monkhood is ripe for reform
Replies: 17
Views: 1890

Re: Monkhood is ripe for reform

When Pope Benedict resigned, the Catholic Church suffered from many scandals ranging from child sexual abuse, reluctance to punish the perpetrators _ many of whom are high-ranking priests _ corruption and fierce infighting in the central bureaucracy, the Vatican Bank crisis, and declining number of...
by GraemeR
Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday GraemeR!!
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Happy Birthday GraemeR!!

Thank you very much everyone for your kind wishes :) :sage:
by GraemeR
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ways to learn Thai
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Ways to learn Thai

Hello everyone, I'm looking for ways to learn Thai. I currently don't have Thai people to practice talking, so besides learning material, I'd appreciate ideas on how to get more involved with the language. Thai Movies, thai tv series, literature, dhammatalks (obviously),.. i'm open to suggestions f...
by GraemeR
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So I was given this amulet...
Replies: 12
Views: 1713

So I was given this amulet...

Mr Man wrote:Khmer script (Khom), Pali language (?).

Khom Thai script
http://www.skyknowledge.com/khomthai.htm
The temple is in the far south, a long way from Cambodia, I wonder why it would have Khmer script.

Graham
by GraemeR
Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So I was given this amulet...
Replies: 12
Views: 1713

So I was given this amulet...

Thanks plwk! The last two lines are in Thai and seem to be: Luang Phor Thuad Wat Chang Hai http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luang_Pu_Thuat" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; http://watchanghai.weebly.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The rest isn't Thai. Most of the amulet...
by GraemeR
Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign
Replies: 45
Views: 4605

Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

Which Dhamma centers would those be? And, no, he did not specify "watered down Buddhism taught in many western dharma centers." I went to excellent Buddhist Centres in Britain, they are much better than most I have seen here in Thailand, where good Wats seem to be the exception, rather than the rul...
by GraemeR
Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign
Replies: 45
Views: 4605

Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

Dear all

I haven't seen positive confirmation of this, but it's circulating quite widely:

http://itccs.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

An arrest warrant may have precipitated his resignation

With Metta

Graham
by GraemeR
Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from South East England.
Replies: 7
Views: 1048

Hello from South East England.

Hello there! I'm trying (once again) to develop a practice. I live reasonably near Cittaviveka - a monastery in the Thai Forest tradition - and have visited a few times. I have also recently been reading Sayadaw U Jotika's "A Map of the Journey" which I'm finding remarkably refreshing and down-to-e...
by GraemeR
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign
Replies: 45
Views: 4605

Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

Well he was no friend of Buddhism and I hope his successor may be more sensitive. " Perhaps one of his most worrying comments was regarding Buddhism, which he called an "autoerotic spirituality" that seeks "transcendence without imposing concrete religious obligations." He also made the point that, ...