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by philosopher
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?
Replies: 30
Views: 586

Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

Is a child that is abused suffering from negative kamma seeds coming to fruition? Are all negative events related in some part to bad kamma or does simply being born in the world expose one to any number of dangers, some of which are not the result of past bad kamma? It's hard for me to wrap my mind...
by philosopher
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does anyone know if Mahapajapati Monastery in California is still open?
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Does anyone know if Mahapajapati Monastery in California is still open?

I haven't received a reply to my email or voicemail, and there's been no newsletter since May: http://www.mahapajapati.com/news.html.

Any info would be appreciated.

:anjali:
by philosopher
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tips for dealing with intrusive noise when practicing mindfulness?
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Tips for dealing with intrusive noise when practicing mindfulness?

I work very hard to maintain mindfulness throughout the day, stopping every half hour to note how mindful I was in last 30 minutes. I find that intrusive noises - barking dogs, children shrieking, etc - really draw me away from whatever my object of concentration is. I have a number of serious stres...
by philosopher
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?

Thank you so, so much. Just reading the abbess' story nearly brought tears to my eyes as it validated and voiced so much of the frustration and pain I've experienced as a woman practitioner. So happy to see some courageous women carrying on despite obstacles that can at times seem crushing. :anjali...
by philosopher
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?

Come to think of it, there is a bhikkuni outpost somewhere out in the wilderness in the south, with a single but s/w respected bhikkuni (who has precepted other bhikkunis through ordination. There's a large thread at SuttaCentral on bhikkuni ordination where this information can be ferreted out). A...
by philosopher
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?

Zen or Theravadin, especially. :anjali: There are "Insight Meditation" centers (IMS/SRMC lineage) in LA, Santa Monica, Long Beach etc. The one in LA has main teacher Trudy Goodman (aka Mrs. Jack Kornfield). Not quite the same as bonafied monastics, to some peoples' taste, but "well-known", and that...
by philosopher
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?

I'm also interested in this question for Theravada in particular. For Zen, a Zen practitioner that I respect recommended this center founded by Master Seung Sahn: http://www.dharmazen.com/index.htm I don't have any experience with it though. Edit: I guess since I just dropped off my son there for a...
by philosopher
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Support in following the 8 precepts
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

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. The members of my local sangha (parisa, to be precise) do not seem, for the most part, to be very devoted practitioners (at least, the o...
by philosopher
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 6
Views: 915

Re: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

mikenz66 wrote:Theragāthā
https://suttacentral.net/thag

:anjali:
Mike
This is great. Is this complete? Thank you!!
by philosopher
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 6
Views: 915

Re: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

Mkoll wrote:KR Norman did the Theragatha. He and CAF Rhys Davids did the Therigatha. You can get them from Pariyatti.
Thank you. Do you happen to know if there is a free source available online? Money is rather tight at the moment.
by philosopher
Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?
Replies: 6
Views: 915

Complete translations of Terigatha and Teragatha?

I just finished TB's translation, but appears to only contain selections. Is there a complete translation available somewhere?

Very inspiring work!
by philosopher
Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 19
Views: 2196

Re: No admirable friends?

khlawng wrote:
provided you are able to distinguish between mere followers,
and long time students directly training under the teacher.
Thank you; this is a good point. I think I've been missing this distinction. :anjali:
by philosopher
Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 19
Views: 2196

Re: No admirable friends?

Thank you, all. I spoke with Tan Ajaan about my concern and he put my doubts to rest. [quote= Do you interpret -annica-'s post as being disrespectful or critical of lay people pursuing the 8? I don't. I just think it is short sighted.....or maybe it is just presumptuous but not in itself disrespectf...