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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: 138

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: 125

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: 350

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: 350

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: 350

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: 350

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: 1207

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: 593

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: 593

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: 593

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: 1375

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: 1375

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...
by philosopher
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Methods for increasing mindfulness in daily life as a lay person
Replies: 14
Views: 1584

Re: Methods for increasing mindfulness in daily life as a lay person

Hi there, Yes, I do find the number decreases. In fact, since I first started this thread, I'm at a point where I can usually count the number of thoughts I have within a period... usually about 5 per fifteen minutes or so when doing a menial activity like washing dishes. I also: -note in a spreadsh...
by philosopher
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 19
Views: 1375

No admirable friends?

Over the past few years I've become very serious about my practice. I've hesitated for about a year to post about this because I don't wish to post anything judgmental about anyone... but I'm involved in an offshoot of Thanissaro Bhikku's local sangha and have experienced that the most longstanding ...
by philosopher
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No admirable friends?
Replies: 1
Views: 210

No admirable friends?

Over the past few years I've become very serious about my practice. I've hesitated for about a year to post about this year because I hate to criticize anyone - but I'm involved in an offshoot of Thanissaro Bhikku's local sangha and have experienced that the most longstanding members of this offshoo...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Health considerations and meditation retreats
Replies: 5
Views: 800

Health considerations and meditation retreats

I'm very interested in attending a meditation retreat, either in the US or abroad such as in Thailand or any other Asian country. In fact, I have the means to travel and receive teachings anywhere I choose. The reason I do not, however, is because my daily lifestyle involves extensive consideration ...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Practices for laypeople to overcome fear of death?
Replies: 14
Views: 933

Re: Practices for laypeople to overcome fear of death?

Thank you so very much for your responses, all. Having been interested in philosophy from a young age I do have an intellectual understanding that fear of death is irrational, but I notice that, for instance, my pulse quickens when there is a physically threatening situation. Intellectual understand...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: What is a "mind movement out" through fingers and toes in body scan meditations?

Initially, this was hard for me to understand, because I had not developed the sensitivity to feel the awareness/breath energy. Eventually I noticed that as my awareness moved around to different parts of my body there was a distinct sensation, which could be interpreted as "energy", that moved alo...