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by Chula
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?
Replies: 21
Views: 974

Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Relevant article in the NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/world/asia/thailand-monks-obesity.html Monks are at the forefront of the problem. Nearly half are obese, according to a study conducted by Chulalongkorn University. More than 40 percent have high cholesterol, nearly 25 percent have ...
by Chula
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?
Replies: 21
Views: 974

Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

Recall; the Buddha was also flabby in his later years. Then Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, massaged the Blessed One's limbs with his hand and said, "It's amazing, lord. It's astounding, how the Blessed One's complexion is no longer so clea...
by Chula
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination as a Theravada monk in india
Replies: 12
Views: 2857

Re: Ordination as a Theravada monk in india

Swapnilbarmase wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:59 pm
Ajahn Martin Piyadhammo, a direct disciple of Ajahn Mun, will be our preceptor and guide.
I guess you meant to say direct disciple of Ajahn Maha Boowa.
by Chula
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.
Replies: 10
Views: 792

Re: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.

If you're working in a restaurant kitchen it will be hard to practice one meal a day without steady sense restraint which is hard to do in lay life. I suggest you keep to 2 meals a day before noon and focus more on finding time for meditation and Dhamma study. One meal a day is something that is bes...
by Chula
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 1100

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

"blasphemous to openly question the commentaries and Abhidhamma as not the word of the Buddha." But that is laughable on its face ecause the. Abhidhamma came, what, a thousand years after the buddha? Didn"t the buddha warn against adding to and tinkering with the teachings? Actually probably in les...
by Chula
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 1100

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

even the best places in Sri Lanka are overly influenced by the Abhidhamma and commentaries. Just thinking aloud, but why even ordain in a tradition, and be fed and clothed by them, if you reject large parts of this tradition. If you strip abhidhamma and commentaries away, what is left hardly consti...
by Chula
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 1100

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

Mainly because even the best places in Sri Lanka are overly influenced by the Abhidhamma and commentaries. ] This is surprising . What is the reason for it? Why do they give less emphasis to Sutta? Mainly because of Burmese influence (Pa Auk/Goenka/Mahasi). Also partly because it is still almost bl...
by Chula
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?
Replies: 84
Views: 5036

Re: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?

I've been vegetarian all my life and protein being an issue is a complete myth. Na Uyana follows the Pa Auk method which takes the Abhidhamma, commentaries and Visuddhimagga a bit too seriously imo. I will be visiting Na Uyana again in a week or so where I'll get to talk to the head monks there mor...
by Chula
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 1100

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

After the death of Venerable Nyanarama the quality of meditation training there has declined. It is virtually turning into an old-age home for monks, rather than a place for younger monks who are really keen on intensive practice. While I wouldn't recommend Nissarana Vanaya over Na Uyana, it defini...
by Chula
Thu May 31, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?
Replies: 84
Views: 5036

Re: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?

Do you have any persoanl experience there or additional insights you could share? I was just there for a week on an individual retreat. The schedule has 6h+ of optional group meditation where monks and lay residents practice together in the Bhavana Sala and walking paths outside. They also do more ...
by Chula
Thu May 31, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?
Replies: 84
Views: 5036

Re: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?

Do you have any persoanl experience there or additional insights you could share? I was just there for a week on an individual retreat. The schedule has 6h+ of optional group meditation where monks and lay residents practice together in the Bhavana Sala and walking paths outside. They also do more ...
by Chula
Sun May 27, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?
Replies: 84
Views: 5036

Re: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?

Considering your requirements, I would also recommend considering Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya. The abbot Dhammjiva Thero speaks decent English. Do you have any persoanl experience there or additional insights you could share? I was just there for a week on an individual retreat. The schedule has 6h...
by Chula
Wed May 16, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?
Replies: 84
Views: 5036

Re: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?

Considering your requirements, I would also recommend considering Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya. The abbot Dhammjiva Thero speaks decent English.
by Chula
Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?
Replies: 56
Views: 4896

Re: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?

Thanks Tilt for your comprehensive summary. :anjali: And thank you. The above was part of a debate I was having on the quite dead E-Sangha forum with some rather rigid, hardline Mahayanists who insisted that the Mahayana characterization of the Hinayana was appropriate description of the Theravada ...
by Chula
Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?
Replies: 56
Views: 4896

Re: In the Pali Canon, is there anything that disagrees with the Mahyana teachings?

Hi guys, My question is, in the Suttas, is there any snippets that go against the Bodhisatva theme of the Suttas? or completely contradict it? Or that the Nibanna experienced by the Buddha is not the same as that of an Arahant? I do wonder sometimes how come the Buddha never gave teachings (in the ...