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by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?
Replies: 16
Views: 635

Re: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?

In addition to what Ajahn has already posted directly from the Vinaya, I think the easiest answer is that this was the tradition of the samanas of the time. The Brahmins had the long hair(the householders), those who sought to find another way, cut off their hair , and went into the woods. you can f...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 53
Views: 1248

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

I agree that I cannot see a reason to do it in a Buddhist country, but not every monastic in the west has the luxury of on hand laity to take care of all the needs. The following has happened in a Buddhist country: The family of a foreign bhikkhu transferred required funds to the bhikkhu's local he...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 53
Views: 1248

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

Hi James Considering that you had the first hand experience, is it possible a monk in modern day to live without handling money? Absolutely yes. Even in western countries there are enough lay-buddhists around to enable a monk to survive with no money. Even away from a monastery. And in Thailand, Bu...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 2601

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

However that does not change my view that you have a strong disposition to a particular political bias, which is not necessarily "party political" and you put that bias forward. What is interesting is that you like to cast yourself as a neutral but say that your post is likely to appeal to the righ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 2601

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

one thing I'd like to make clear in case it gets muddled, is that my direct response above is not about Bhikkhunis, it's a direct response to a question connected with a general trend in western Buddhism, that just so happened to occur on this thread. My first post in this topic above is my response...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 2601

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

Firstly I'd like to thank you, Mr. Man, for giving me this opportunity to explore and solidify my feelings on this situation in Western Buddhism. I tend to avoid quick posting when more detail and mindfulness is needed, so I took my time in responding, yes this will be a wall of text, but your quest...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 2601

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

Whose comment is this? :heart: Mike I would also like to know, while I don't agree with some of what the person says, I think this paragraph is pretty apt to what I am seeing in some western buddhist circles today. Hi Bhante Why do you find it apt? Is it because you are a right wing libertarian? Th...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 2601

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

Comment: As an American Buddhist myself, I am deeply concerned by the incorporation of socialist and progressive values into my religion by westerners who are only concerned with racial equality. ... Whose comment is this? :heart: Mike I would also like to know, while I don't agree with some of wha...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 2093

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

Considered - that is the word here. All this "bhikkhuni" theme is about "status", not about living a certain way of life. Mae chis, Thilashin, Siladharas - they all live like true renunciates and have all conditions to do so. However, those, who want "status" won't join them, ofc... This is called ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 2601

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

I would say probably both, I am in full support of the continued revival of the Bhikkhuni order, and plan to be whatever help I can be in this regard if/when I become a senior monastic, however I have noticed a strong undercurrent of much political activism in much of the western Bhikkhuni ranks. I'...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 2093

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

I'll chime in here for a few points. The first is that no governing body of monks can come together and say " you are no longer a monk anymore", that is not how the vinaya works. There are very rare and few cases I remember from my ongoing studies of the vinaya where a monk can be "defrocked", and I...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why we should NOT to ordain?
Replies: 13
Views: 676

Re: Why we should NOT to ordain?

since I'm a current monk I technically don't meet the criteria to respond to this thread, but I have to back up everything James has said. plus.. I was never a monastic, but in my own personal opinion people should not ordain until they have lived a full life, seen what life has to offer, and they h...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Definitions of alajji and lajji bhikkhus
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Definitions of alajji and lajji bhikkhus

On the basis of a passage which he read in Thai (it was translated for me) he maintained that it is an offense for a bhikkhu to simply stay with unconscientious (on the word alajji the text was based upon) bhikkhus within the same monastery boundaries, however far-reaching the circumference might b...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 117
Views: 7472

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

I think (novice) monks should live in isolation and not teach lays or publicy present themselves as representatives of the Dhamma... I agree here. . And "Bhante Lucky"? What was up with that? Imo, young monks should not call themselves Bhante nor should be called Bhante because in the suttas the pr...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 117
Views: 7472

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

I used to love meditating, but now that it is my job I don't like it so much. if people doing retreats have this, why a monk would not? For some time since coming to the monastery I would compare my meditation here to when i was in lay life, and I would see that my meditation in lay life seemed muc...