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by pilgrim
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Japanese-speaking Theravada monasteries or monks?
Replies: 5
Views: 214

Re: Japanese-speaking Theravada monasteries or monks?

Anywhere in the world but in Japan? Ven Sumanasara is very popular in Japan with many books in publication. A very extensive website here.
https://j-theravada.net/
by pilgrim
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.
Replies: 21
Views: 570

Re: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.

He also translate bhikkhu as "mendicants" and madu as "Manuka honey". These are more like interpretations, not translations.
Some of the reasons I use B Bodhi's translations more often.
by pilgrim
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: An investment banker and wife both ordains
Replies: 3
Views: 182

An investment banker and wife both ordains

This video could be inspiring for those contemplating ordination.
by pilgrim
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using Buddha's name commercially
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: Using Buddha's name commercially

dharmacorps wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 6:37 pm
I think I've only seen Lo hon Jai (Buddha's delight) in Chinese restaraunts-- usually an assembly of miscellaneous vegetables in my experience.
Lo Han = Arahant
Jai = Vegetarian
Literally Arahant's Vegetarian dish
by pilgrim
Thu May 30, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jews in Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 900

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Jews tend to be overrepresented in virtually all intellectual areas. Firefighters and carpenters? Not so much. :tongue: Carpenters? Don't forget Jesus; he was a carpenter. Oh, wait a minute; he's only Jewish on his mother's side. :tongue: Perhaps early in his career but not only did Jesus become a ...
by pilgrim
Wed May 29, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Buddhism is not growing?
Replies: 50
Views: 2141

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Thus, the only ones who would do such a thing, are those who are not yet wise, those who are 'tangled' and 'enmeshed', and see some benefit in evangelical expansionism. Arguably, this logic accounts for why only Dhammakaya is the only "Theravada tradition" (loosely defined) that does this kind of a...
by pilgrim
Tue May 28, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Buddhism is not growing?
Replies: 50
Views: 2141

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Buddhists tend to think small, to do things slowly, to think things over and let things unfold naturally. If Buddhism is to grow, we need to think BIG. Like Dhammakaya, leaving its teachings aside, it's outreach is impressive. Everything is conducted on a mega scale. They invest in technology and pr...
by pilgrim
Mon May 20, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Western teachers - Burmese ordination/traditions
Replies: 30
Views: 5501

Re: Western teachers - Burmese ordination/traditions

It makes sense not to mix traditions when one is attending a retreat. A lot of grief and frustration arises when students mix traditions and then bring their problems and questions to the teachers. However, neither Anapanasati nor Vedananupassana which are the mainstay of Goenka's technique is uniqu...
by pilgrim
Fri May 03, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hello from Riverside California
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Re: hello from Riverside California

You might be interested to know that Riverside California has produced a fairly well known monk - Bhante Yogavacara Rahula. :anjali:
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Four jhanas contradictions in suttas
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Four jhanas contradictions in suttas

I don't think it is necessarily a contradiction. SN 53.34 Nadi sutta states that a person who habitually cultivates the jhanas can be expected not to disrobe. AN 6.60 Hatthi sutta is more of a warning that a person with jhanas can backslide if he starts to mix with laity and eventually neglects his ...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Insomnia
Replies: 17
Views: 1825

Re: Insomnia

Light meditation (i.e avoiding strong concentrated effort) is useful to rein in the mind from overthinking so that it settles down. But when one is close to sleep, one has to decrease the effort further so that the mind naturally rambles before it slips into unconsciousness. I usually prefer to use ...
by pilgrim
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Chanting and Bowing
Replies: 20
Views: 643

Re: Chanting and Bowing

Among the last 5 fetters to overcome before one attains Arahantship is Mana; Conceit. Bowing to the Buddha is just beginning to scratch this monster which must eventually be destroyed.
by pilgrim
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can dhamma practitioner read non dhamma books?
Replies: 16
Views: 710

Re: Can dhamma practitioner read non dhamma books?

I wouldn't want to sit in an airplane piloted by a Buddhist pilot who hasn't read the plane manual.
by pilgrim
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Webu Sayadaw
Replies: 21
Views: 5694

Re: Venerable Webu Sayadaw

Although Webu Sayadaw's practice was primarily Anapanasati, he had a very close relationship with U Ba Khin and inspired him to teach. U Ba Khin also ordained under Webu Sayadaw for a short period.
https://www.vridhamma.org/Venerable-Webu-Sayadaw
by pilgrim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 61
Views: 2424

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

ihrjordan wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:32 pm
How so? The Buddha never said he wasn't an avatar of lord vishnu
Poor reasoning.
I never said I'm Jesus Christ either. So am I him?
Those who make claims have to present their evidence.