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by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaining when children leave home
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: Ordaining when children leave home

One of the things that tend to be a misconception is that when someone becomes a monk they cut off all ties with family and friends and vow to never see them again. This was not the case even in ancient times. in the sutta/vinaya You can see various examples of a monastic having to help a family mem...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Want to explore ordination but...
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: Want to explore ordination but...

Focus on your practice and fulfill your duties and responsibilities. Spend more time around monastics and attending retreats. Mold what you can of your life in a way that benefits your practice. If you have some disenchantment with the world that is good, but it is just a start. As someone who's 12 ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Student Of The Path
Replies: 135
Views: 17335

Re: Student Of The Path

Video marking two years in robes, and one year as a Bhikkhu, joys and struggles, positives and negatives.


by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: “Dhamma to Inspire” : The Buddha’s Words for Monastics(And aspiring ones)
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: “Dhamma to Inspire” : The Buddha’s Words for Monastics(And aspiring ones)

Hello Everyone Volume II is up: - https://bhikkhujayasara.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/dhamma-to-inspire-the-buddhas-words-for-monastics-vol-ii/ The Dasadhamma Sutta came to mind. (" There are these ten things that a person gone forth should reflect on often. Which ten? ") I have this on my wall, its ex...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Sid"
Replies: 48
Views: 1018

Re: "Sid"

I see nothing wrong with someone calling the Buddha "sid".. well other then the fact that I've not seen him named Siddhartha anywhere in the EBTs so it's most likely a later invention. but otherwise, I would understand how a traditional Buddhist would not like it, but quite honestly as a westerner i...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: “Dhamma to Inspire” : The Buddha’s Words for Monastics(And aspiring ones)
Replies: 6
Views: 366

“Dhamma to Inspire” : The Buddha’s Words for Monastics(And aspiring ones)

For the past few years I have been working on my goal to read through all the nikayas cover to cover. As I’ve read I have been copy/pasting hundreds of lines from the nikayas into a google keep compendium of dozens of dhamma topics. One that I created were for selections I felt would be important fo...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?

Is a Theravadan Buddhist monk a necessary intermediate between a lay person and nibbana? no Do you have some authoritative source to back up this No? A while back, I was told by a Theravadan monk that unless I submit to a monk, the best I can hope for is perhaps paccekkabuddhahood in some distant e...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?

In Catholicism, for example, the Catholic priest has a powerful function according to which he has the power to forgive sins; the Catholic priest is regarded as a necessary intermediate between man and God. Similarly for gurus in some Hindu traditions. Is a Theravadan Buddhist monk a necessary inte...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?

if you look at the definition from dictionary.com : the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity. [/b] it's pretty clear. that any and all monastics would be considered clergy, although one must keep in mind that the word clergy in the west often brings up spe...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay Resident Opportunities
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Lay Resident Opportunities

good idea for this thread! Bhavana Society of West Virginia is currently looking for a long term Cook, and also residents who wish to stay from a few weeks to years, we have no limit so long as the person is accepted in the evaluation process. Cook Position : http://bhavanasociety.org/main/new/cook_...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense

The idea that a monk could watch porn to the point of ejaculation without being Sanghadisesa seems implausible. :anjali: This section from Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Buddhist Monastic Code Vol 1 may help clear things up : Given the way intention is defined, there is no offense for a bhikkhu who brings on...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense

I knew sooner or later the porn thing would come up. stuff is everywhere and affecting everyone these days. just these days?:) Porn goes back a few thousand years at least. it is just a natural side effect of beings that have sexual drives, if its exaggerated today, thats just because in an interco...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense

So if they are watching the porn with the intention of ejaculation, they it could definitely be seen as a breach. If it's just " for the enjoyment of sensual desire" and the ejaculation just happened, then it wouldn't be considered a breach, stupid and dangerous yes, but not a breach. How about the...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense

as far as I can tell, watching the porn is not a specific offense, although it is a dukkata for staring at a womans genitals(due to story below),obviously there were no videos back then so using the great standards you could apply that to seeing the genitals on a video. There is the curious case of ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Books in monasteries which monastics can read
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: Books in monasteries which monastics can read

I know monastics who have PHds in stuff like philosophy etc, so they have read widely . There are some traditions and within those traditions some abbots who are more into study then others. We have a Library here, although of course it is 99% buddhist related books, Ive been to another monastery wh...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu May 18, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can a monk get kicked out of the temple?
Replies: 1
Views: 297

Re: Can a monk get kicked out of the temple?

I've seen a monk told to leave by the Abbot. I've also been on contact with a friend in Sri Lanka who spoke to me about her Village monk, who was an alcoholic and abusive to the laity, and the community was coming together to remove him. So it seems to me there are many ways to remove a monastic, ju...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Stand Against Suffering
Replies: 63
Views: 2115

Re: Check this thread from Suttacentral

Thanks for your input Bhante, ... I'm trying to stay OUT of politics, but I see more and more Buddhists, and even monks I know, getting MORE involved with it, tough times. This is especially the case as I don't live hidden away in a forest hermitage, but in a forest monastery AND retreat center tha...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Stand Against Suffering
Replies: 63
Views: 2115

Re: Check this thread from Suttacentral

Thank you for pointing out this discussion on SuttaCentral. Good to see that there are some intelligent people over there who voice their opinions clearly, and even monastics it probably should be "monastic" and that is me haha. I love Sutta Central for the scholarship, but the politics is just way...