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by philosopher
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?
Replies: 21
Views: 414

Re: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?

What are some examples of devotional practices that one might do at home? I must be a very typical Western Buddhist, because I don't even know what this entails. Chanting? Lighting incense in front of a Buddha image?
by philosopher
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

As an adult I’ve often run into issues with noise in my living situations. I strive to be an 8 preceptor and to always maintain mindfulness throughout the day, and I think in some ways my practice has increased my sensitivity to external noise. Or, to try to put it another way, I've developing a str...
by philosopher
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?
Replies: 8
Views: 108

Re: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?

Firstly, a caution that equanimity should not be taken as a stand-alone remedy: “And how is striving fruitful, how is exertion fruitful? There is the case where a monk, when not loaded down, does not load himself down with pain, nor does he reject pleasure that accords with the Dhamma, although he ...
by philosopher
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?
Replies: 8
Views: 108

Re: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?

There's a good article by Ajahn Sucitto on the Brahma-Viharas that I really like, which discusses equanimity along with the others in a practical way: Equanimity holds a caring space that allows us to grow. It trusts that we can go through what we need to experience; it is love manifesting as trust...
by philosopher
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

I've had noisy neighbors for the last couple of years now. They are actually violating the city's noise code but the police say that they will not enforce it. While investigating practical, external steps to take I have also been trying to work with reducing the suffering associated with hearing the...
by philosopher
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Women's monasteries, hermitages, communities?
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Women's monasteries, hermitages, communities?

DNS wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:02 am
http://www.mahapajapati.com/ (about halfway between LA & Vegas)

http://www.dhammadharini.net/ (northern California)
Thank you! I think you had recommended Mahapajapati before; I visited last year - it was wonderful. Thank you. I will check out Dhammadharini when I'm able. :anjali:
by philosopher
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?
Replies: 8
Views: 108

Any recommended talks / teachings on equanimity?

I've been trying to cultivate it, but am a bit unsure about whether I am going about it correctly. I really like the teachings of Ajahn Thanissaro and Ajahn Munindo, especially. Any recommendations for talks or writings would be appreciated. Thank you!
by philosopher
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Women's monasteries, hermitages, communities?
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Women's monasteries, hermitages, communities?

I'd like to investigate situations for staying long term in a monastic setting. I'd like to start with places in CA, and then branch out to the rest of the US and the world. I am particularly interested in places where there are permanent or long-residing nuns, but it's not mandatory.Any recommendat...
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: 945

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: 401

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: 384

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: 873

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: 873

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: 873

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...