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by pilgrim
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: devas visited indian people ancient time but not now?
Replies: 51
Views: 20042

Re: devas visited indian people ancient time but not now?

In this brief youtube video, Ajahn Keng a Singaporean monk relates a visit by a deva while he was staying in north Thailand.

by pilgrim
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I’m done with laylife.
Replies: 197
Views: 36292

Re: I’m done with laylife.

For example, if your plan is to spend most of your time doing Goenka-style meditation, then that would effectively rule out all the monasteries where some other meditation system is taught and insisted upon. As there aren't (afaik) any monasteries where Goenka meditation is the main practice, you'd...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work
Replies: 18
Views: 9434

Re: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work

The website has been launched. Take a look.

http://budblooms.org/

There are some coding errors in the site. These will be corrected shortly.
by pilgrim
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is a monk sitting next to nun during talk ok with Vinaya?
Replies: 12
Views: 2242

Re: Is a monk sitting next to nun during talk ok with Vinaya?

I don't see any issue with this. Although monks and nuns usually live in separate monasteries, it is quite common where monks and nuns happen to be at the same temple to give talks, for dana, retreats etc. They just need to avoid intentionally touching a person of the opposite sex or being in a room...
by pilgrim
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada school does not pass mahāpadesa test
Replies: 31
Views: 2160

Re: Theravada school does not pass mahāpadesa test

The prophecy may be correct. Mahayana schools started around 500 years after Parinibbana. The once pure teachings became tainted at that point in time. :stirthepot:
by pilgrim
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The most popular Buddhist sect in West
Replies: 14
Views: 2076

Re: The most popular Buddhist sect in West

What if you include the ten-day Buddhists undergoing Goenka retreats at any one time? :stirthepot:
by pilgrim
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Mahayana monks allowed to marry?
Replies: 52
Views: 6085

Re: Are Mahayana monks allowed to marry?

All forms of Buddhism that is not the relatively homogeneous Theravada is classified under Mahayana, including the sub-school of Vajrayana. Some Mahayana sects have monks who keep Vinaya, some sects particularly in Japan have monks who do not live under Vinaya and so better referred to as priests. T...
by pilgrim
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Kasina Practitioners
Replies: 14
Views: 1602

Re: Kasina Practitioners

I read that Dr Charoon sometimes lead kasina retreats in Europe (Estonia, to be exact).
https://www.sangha.ee/about-us/teachers
by pilgrim
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Maha Bodhi Temple
Replies: 86
Views: 92603

Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Buddhist societies regularly conduct group pilgrimage tours. Contact them to inquire. If you're coming from the US, you could arrange to meet them in India.
by pilgrim
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka
Replies: 5
Views: 1599

Re: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

The Irish Buddhist The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, and Brian Bocking Oxford University Press (2020) The Irish Buddhist is the biography of an extraordinary Irish emigrant, sailor, and migrant worker who became a Buddhist monk and anti-colonial activi...
by pilgrim
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 72
Views: 19780

Re: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

S. N. Goenka: Emissary of Insight Daniel Stuart Shambhala (2020) An eagerly anticipated biography of S. N. Goenka--one of the most influential meditation masters of the twentieth century. In a life that saw him evolve from a staunchly religious Hindu to an ecumenical master of Buddhist insight medit...
by pilgrim
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neutering animals.
Replies: 15
Views: 1057

Re: Neutering animals.

Having pets is not too different from having a mentally challenged child. If you have a mentally challenged daughter and you cannot stop her from being sexually active, would you not compel her to have some sort of birth control?
by pilgrim
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work
Replies: 18
Views: 9434

Re: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work

I have similar concerns for Nina Van Gorkom's books- she is 92. they are in print and online. And availble for free download at many websites . But most of these websites are kept by individuals ( mine for instance). The only one I know of that "looks" potentially long term is this one. see example...
by pilgrim
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work
Replies: 18
Views: 9434

Re: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work

A few years ago , I raised funding to print and distribute thousands of his book "Good Question Good Answer" in Khmer (Cambodian), Vietnamese, Chinese, Nepali, Hindi, Lao and Assamese (an indian language) . They were very popular with the public .