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by James the Giant
Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Have you heard any good dhamma talks on Depression?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Have you heard any good dhamma talks on Depression?

Actually no, that didn't work. There were indeed about 3000 results, but they were all for the same 4 talks.
Hmmm... :shrug:
by James the Giant
Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Thank you, and farewell...
Replies: 5
Views: 2260

Re: Thank you, and farewell...

You're cool Manas, thank you for your help and input here, and I will definitely see you around Australia some time.
If you even bump into a tall western monk named Tibbo, that'll be me.
by James the Giant
Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Have you heard any good dhamma talks on Depression?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Have you heard any good dhamma talks on Depression?

Dhammanando wrote:
James the Giant wrote:I looked on dharmaseed, and I get only four hits for the keyword "depression".
How did you get only four? With a Google site search you should get over 3,000. Just go to Google and paste in:

site:www.dharmaseed.org depression
huh, how odd. Thanks for that. :anjali:
by James the Giant
Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Have you heard any good dhamma talks on Depression?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Have you heard any good dhamma talks on Depression?

Have you heard any good dhamma talks regarding depression? I looked on dharmaseed, and I get only four hits for the keyword "depression". I remember Ajahn Brahm has a couple, and I have already listened to them, so I'm looking for talks from other teachers. Many thanks in advance for any links to ta...
by James the Giant
Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Following Ajahn Brahm: Focus on the experience of the breath
Replies: 20
Views: 4018

Re: Following Ajahn Brahm: Focus on the experience of the br

This is directly from Brahm's meditation instructions: When you focus on the breath, you focus on the experience of the breath happening now . You experience `that which tells you what the breath is doing', whether it is going in or out or in between. Some teachers say to watch the breath at the ti...
by James the Giant
Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Student Of The Path
Replies: 135
Views: 17744

Re: Student Of The Path

Good luck, and don't push too hard!
I have found pushing too hard to be my biggest challenge.
I'll follow your updates with interest.
Big metta from the other side of the world.
James
by James the Giant
Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Chah's Warning to the Meditator
Replies: 83
Views: 5550

Re: Meditation danger?

From MN66:
And of this pleasure I say that it is to be cultivated, to be developed, to be pursued, that it is not to be feared.
by James the Giant
Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Watching a body burn on an open pyre
Replies: 9
Views: 1797

Re: Watching a body burn on an open pyre

ancientbuddhism wrote: The abbot, Ajahn Nyanadhammo then, placed heavy steel bars across the body to prevent it from sitting up due to contractions from the heat.
Aha, thankyou, I wondered why they put those big steel bars on there.
by James the Giant
Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Watching a body burn on an open pyre
Replies: 9
Views: 1797

Re: Watching a body burn on an open pyre

Every time I go on Pilgrimage, I go on a short boat ride at the Burning Ghats at Varanasi, where there are many bodies burned each day. There is accommodation nearby for those who are very elderly, or who know they are dying, to wait. All wish to be "cremated" at this place which is very holy to Hi...
by James the Giant
Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Watching a body burn on an open pyre
Replies: 9
Views: 1797

Watching a body burn on an open pyre

Recently in Thailand I was lucky enough to see a body being burned on an open cremation pyre. It is the first time I have seen such a thing. I have been to many funerals and seen lots of peaceful dead good-looking bodies, but never like this. In western countries we are so insulated from death, and ...
by James the Giant
Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:33 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)
Replies: 10
Views: 905

Re: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Hello Dharmapala, I'm a kiwi too, lived in Welly for a few years, but I'm in Australia now. ...Wat Dhammaprateep, which is situated in Wainiuomata. I think they are going to be moving soon and sad to say,... Where will their new place be? It would be nice if they could have somewhere with a bit of b...
by James the Giant
Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: he International Dhammadayada Training & Ordination Program
Replies: 6
Views: 1242

Re: he International Dhammadayada Training & Ordination Prog

I met a young western bhikkhu who had done this programme. He said in the 4 months he was there in this programme as a naive beginner monk, he never once read a sutta. It was all secondary Dhammakaya material they studied. He said bhikkhus interested in the actual teaching of the buddha were activel...
by James the Giant
Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahms "Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women..."
Replies: 52
Views: 4869

Re: Ajahn Brahms "Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women..

For all those interested in the legality and legitimacy of the Bhikkhunis, have a read of this. It's only 30 pages or so, and it turns out there are at least two legal ways to ordain a new bhikkhuni, one involving nuns, and one involving bhikkhus. http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/files/2013...
by James the Giant
Fri May 16, 2014 1:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What will be your last thought in this life?
Replies: 22
Views: 1401

Re: What will be your last thought in this life?

The time I almost died, my last thought as I hurtled through the air, my motorcycle sliding beside me, before I thankfully missed the steel pole was; "oops that was a mistake. What a pity."
I wasn't a buddhist then, and I wonder if it would be different now.
by James the Giant
Wed May 14, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Pants for stay at a monastery.
Replies: 9
Views: 1355

Re: Pants for stay at a monastery.

Most comfy, practical and useful pants I ever had at the monastery: military surplus M-65 pants, in black tropical weight fabric. Comfy, quite baggy with lots of room for sitting, hard wearing, black to hide the dirt, and millions of pockets. I'd still be using them if I could get them in tropical-w...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Who experienced Jhana, and how?
Replies: 42
Views: 4482

Re: Who experienced Jhana, and how?

...I can pop into the 4th jhana while sitting in a meeting at work. Then I can direct myself to the 5th, or 6th. If I'm in the right mindset, the 7th. I can still listen to what people are saying, and if I start talking I drop back down, usually. Sorry to say, you aren't in any kind of jhana if you...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 7977

Re: Life from what period

Here is the rest of the article that MikeNZ posted the first part of. It has some very relevant sutta references although some of them are not related to abortion - they talk about IVF instead. http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books7/Ajahn_Brahm_When_Does_Human_Life_Begin.pdf 3. When Does A New Human Life...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Paying off all debt in hopes of soon ordaining
Replies: 16
Views: 1063

Re: Paying off all debt in hopes of soon ordaining

Hi Denso, it's cool to hear you are intending to ordain, best wishes to you! Have you sat down and worked out a savings plan? For example, written down how much you earn per week, minus food, other outgoings, etc, and what's left is debt repayment. To be honest, fast food (or any unskilled job) does...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 7977

Re: Life from what period

a monk believes that aborting a fetus that is less than 3 or 4 months old is not a problem and he thinks the Texts support this. This is a view that may be acceptable in the "Modern Theravada" groups but the ancients saw it differently I would like to read what this monk actually says. Three or fou...
by James the Giant
Mon May 12, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 7977

Re: Life from what period

Robert, I'm sure you are aware of this thread, sutta quotes with references to abortion and fetuses and all that stuff. http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=17159&p=245253 There are some other relevant references in this paper http://www.stefan.gr/buddhism/books/ajahn-brahm/when-does-life...