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by Bunks
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 1063

Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

Hi all

The Vinaya doesn't allow Monks to share their spiritual achievements with lay people.

Why is that?

Wouldn't this help inspire the lay folk to practice harder?

Interested to hear others thoughts.
by Bunks
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: My Journey into Homelessness
Replies: 8
Views: 657

Re: My Journey into Homelessness

Good luck young man! May the path be swift and fruitful for you :anjali:
by Bunks
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Devas
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: The Devas

Thanks everyone! Really appreciate the responses...
by Bunks
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Devas
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: The Devas

SN9.14 Note the last two stanzas :thinking: Now at that time, after the meal, on their return from alms-round, that mendicant plunged into a lotus pond and sniffed a pink lotus. The deity haunting that forest had compassion for that mendicant, and wanted what’s best for them. So they approached tha...
by Bunks
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Devas
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: The Devas

befriend wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:03 pm
Devas will protect you if you live with and cultivate loving kindness. See sutta above.
Thank you....
by Bunks
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Devas
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: The Devas

SteRo wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:23 pm
That might be a confusion of Theravada devas with the devas of tantric buddhism ... ?
Yes, you might be right. I’ve studied a bit of both over the years
by Bunks
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Devas
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

Re: The Devas

Ceisiwr wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:24 pm
Help with what?
Purifying the mind. Manifesting in ways to help us.
That sort of thing.
by Bunks
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Devas
Replies: 17
Views: 1268

The Devas

Hi all

I know that Mara can hinder us but can the Devas help us if we ask? Is there any mention of this in the Pali Canon?
by Bunks
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 114
Views: 27338

Re: should I marry or be single?

Is this a vote?

If so, I say single :smile:
by Bunks
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Short-term ordination in Thailand or Sri Lanka
Replies: 6
Views: 1430

Re: Short-term ordination in Thailand or Sri Lanka

Hi Jules. An American guy I follow on YouTube ordained a while ago in Thailand. I know the sangha he ordained with offer short term ordination for foreign men. Here's their website: https://ordinationthai.org/ And his YouTube channel - he seems like a cool guy from my interactions with him: https://...
by Bunks
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Permission of parents in Sri Lanka ordination
Replies: 26
Views: 3298

Re: Permission of parents in Sri Lanka ordination

Your other option is to let him know only about 20% of monks last 5 years in robes and only 5% ordain for life.

So you’ll probably be back soon anyway :tongue:
by Bunks
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The fetters to Stream Entry
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: The fetters to Stream Entry

Ajahn Martin Piyadhammo disputes the fact that silabhatta-paramasa means "clinging to rites and rituals".

His interpretation is that it means keeping the five precepts (sila).
by Bunks
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Wrong vs disagree
Replies: 42
Views: 8408

Re: Wrong vs disagree

My initial premise is that if someone is going tell other people they are wrong about their interpretation of dhamma, that person should better be someone who have known the truth by experience (ehipassiko), otherwise how do one know what is true or false. Because it is written in the text? If the ...
by Bunks
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Permission of parents in Sri Lanka ordination
Replies: 26
Views: 3298

Re: Permission of parents in Sri Lanka ordination

Thanks. I also wanted to clarify something: The advice from the monk I posted earlier in the discussion was directed to me and not to you. I am a 47 year old man with parents in their 80's. So the advice he might give to a 20 year old with (I assume) much younger parents than mine may be different.
by Bunks
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Wrong vs disagree
Replies: 42
Views: 8408

Re: Wrong vs disagree

Typing “you are wrong” (as someone did recently to a comment I made) is just rude.

It’s just common courtesy not to speak like that.

Carry on...