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by pilgrim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?
Replies: 32
Views: 1391

Re: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?

I think in the Commentarial literature there is a metaphor where meditation is compared to an ant-hill with 6 holes. An animal has run into the ant-hill. The hunter then plugs five of the holes and watches just one for the animal to exit. I think this indicates that unless one is doing a meditation ...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Against the stream centers shutting down
Replies: 51
Views: 1643

Re: Against the stream centers shutting down

Awww poor babies, it must be so hard for them ;( Not :rofl: Is this for real? If these people went to a forest monastery, they would be crying on day 1. This is encouraging weakness, mental illness, narcissism, and just general weirdness. The west is just so weird. Ajahn Chah use to call the monast...
by pilgrim
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?
Replies: 22
Views: 409

Did the Buddha ever see the sea?

The Ganges Valley where the Buddha lived is thousands of miles from the coast. Yet there are suttas where the Buddha talked about the oceans and its creatures. There are also suttas where he spoke of the cosmos. I'm wondering if his knowledge of the former was thru heresay from others or personal si...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 545

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

By all means continue using Ajahn when in Thailand or if the parisa consists largely of Thai speakers. But as Buddhism continues to establish itself in the West, the Thai connection will diminish. We could use the honorific Master which is already common for spiritual figures. But this adds in anoth...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 545

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

Greetings, another correct term such as Bhante? Bhante isn't correct either, because bhante is a first-person form of address, and to speak of Bhante Such-and-Such in the third-person is incorrect. My preference is for "Bhikkhu". Metta, Paul. :) That's true. I was thinking of situations where peopl...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 545

Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

That question...Many western Ajahns have lived most of their monastic lives outside Thailand. If we want Buddhism to be established in the west instead of being a Thai cultural relic, should we not use the Pali equivalent Acariya or another correct term such as Bhante?
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeking information about Ordination Process
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Seeking information about Ordination Process

Hello Soumik. Sadhu !..
Please see this thread.
viewtopic.php?f=30&t=24510
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insight as seeing
Replies: 11
Views: 323

Re: Insight as seeing

I am not a native English speaker, but even the word "in- sight " seems to have the faculty of seeing built into it. Why the centrality of seeing (as opposite to other sense media)? is it because our deluded self is often felt to be located behind the eyes? I think it is a natural evolution of lang...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 24
Views: 707

Re: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

The text was the Abhidhamma. The transmission is complex, but I will ask pilgrim to comment on how it affected the Sri Lankan revival as he has read the book. Braun's condensed account: https://www.spiritrock.org/document.doc?id=5335 Certainly Ven. Nyanaponika and later western monks living in Sri ...
by pilgrim
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Vipassana
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Vipassana

This book gives a historical account of the modern development of Vipassana. The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw (Buddhism and Modernity) [html]https://www.amazon.com/Birth-Insight-Meditation-Buddhism-Modernity-ebook/dp/B00GMEJ0FO[/html] "Braun focuse...
by pilgrim
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 4704

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

Being hit by a falling TV is due to someone else's carelessness but whether you die, suffer serious or minor injuries is due to your past kamma. There is no Group kamma. Hundreds of people can be at the wrong place when it is hit by a tsunami . But kamma determines who survives and who doesn't.
by pilgrim
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Ganha : A Nephew of Ajahn Chah ?
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: Ajahn Ganha : A Nephew of Ajahn Chah ?

In Thailand it is the custom to refer to each other as uncle, grandfather, nephew, auntie, etc. Ajahn Ganha who is known for his metta practice is actually not related to Aj Chah by blood. Are these not saying about a blood relationship ?? I can't be certain but this was what was told to me by a bh...
by pilgrim
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Ganha : A Nephew of Ajahn Chah ?
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: Ajahn Ganha : A Nephew of Ajahn Chah ?

In Thailand it is the custom to refer to each other as uncle, grandfather, nephew, auntie, etc. Ajahn Ganha who is known for his metta practice is actually not related to Aj Chah by blood.
by pilgrim
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discouraging and Encouraging Bhikkhuni Ordination
Replies: 61
Views: 1413

Re: Discouraging and Encouraging Bhikkhuni Ordination

Bhikkhuni Ordination: Discouraged by : The Blessed One Buddha, The Greatest Ascetic Maha Kassapa Thero, All the Arahants of The First Council except Ananda Thero Encouraged by : Maha Pajapati Gotami Theri (before arahantship), The Greatest Scholar Ananda Thero (before arahantship) Modern Days: Disc...
by pilgrim
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Should people be exhorted/persuaded to practice the Dhamma at all?
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: Should people be exhorted/persuaded to practice the Dhamma at all?

"Those for whom you have sympathy, those with whom you communicate, your friends, intimates, kinsmen and relations - all should be told about, grounded in, established in the Four Limbs of Stream-Winning. What are these four? Faith in the Buddha, faith in the Dhamma, faith in the Sangha, and virtue ...