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by pilgrim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 74
Views: 1195

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

Native Buddhists are not a homogeneous bloc. There are those born into a Buddhist culture and convert Buddhists too and all sorts in between.
by pilgrim
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Now foreigners can ordain and train in Malaysia
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Now foreigners can ordain and train in Malaysia

Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary

by pilgrim
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 321

Re: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?

If you see a snake in the wild, consider yourself lucky - and don't even dream of seeing elephants and tigers. The worst thing in the jungle are leeches which are harmless but are just yucky and gives you an itchy bite. Millipedes don't bite, but centipedes and scorpions do. But only if you mess aro...
by pilgrim
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: giving alms to monk that has committed pārājika
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: giving alms to monk that has committed pārājika

There are numerous sects in Japan, each focusing on a group of sutras or philosophies. There were minor schools which followed Vinaya but most either died out or were absorbed into the larger Mahayana schools. The Ritsu was most notable but I'm not sure if they survived as an independent school till...
by pilgrim
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Does the Pali Canon make direct mention of the Matikas
Replies: 5
Views: 979

Re: Does the Pali Canon make direct mention of the Matikas

In the Maha Gopalaka sutta, MN 33 "And how does a monk know fords? There is the case where a monk goes time & again to the monks who are learned, well-versed in the tradition, who have memorized the Dhamma, the Vinaya, and the Matikas. He questions them, presents them with his problems: 'How is this...
by pilgrim
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 32
Views: 545

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

I would like to add, as to how i heard about the "no text in dirty places rule", it was from some Mahayana layfolk. Not sure if it an actual rule in Mahayana Buddhism or just their personal opinion on how the text should be treated. There is an apocryphal Mahayana sutra believed to be written in Ch...
by pilgrim
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2155

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

Abandoning ones wife and kid is not wrong? Are you from earth or at least a nearby planet? :namaste: In times of war, thousands of young men leave their families to go kill other young men who have left their families and they are hailed as heroes and cheered on. The Buddha left his family to liber...
by pilgrim
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2155

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

on what ground exactly do you make the claim that any of it is wrong? Can you explain the reasoning behind the supposed set of absolute ethics and how you arrive at that judgement? Abandoning ones wife and kid is not wrong? Are you from earth or at least a nearby planet? :namaste: In times of war, ...
by pilgrim
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 19
Views: 1256

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

I am happy to see Theravada books published and offered commercially. These are often stocked in large bookshops and are able to attract the attention of people who otherwise have no contact with Buddhism. The current model of making free Dhamma books available in temples and monasteries just "preac...
by pilgrim
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada in 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 1428

Re: Theravada in 2018

Here's an old story how the Buddha's teaching got more followers: Then the venerable Assaji,having dressed in the morning, taking his bowl and robe, entered Rājagaha for almsfood. He was pleasing whether he was approaching or departing, whether he was looking in front or looking behind, whether he ...
by pilgrim
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada in 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 1428

Re: Theravada in 2018

The immediate task at hand is to make Theravada more visible to the public. Unfortunately in the West, the popular model are the forest monasteries and only those who already know about Theravada will seek them out. These monasteries should also establish city centres and engage in out reach activit...
by pilgrim
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away

Wesak is a celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha, not the anniversary of these events. The suttas do not say that these events occurred on a Full Moon day or in the month of Vesak. According to the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Govt of Sri Lanka), "information about Vesak fullm...
by pilgrim
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Yogavacara's Manual
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Yogavacara's Manual

I just recently learned of the existence of this meditation manual. "The single rare Pali and Sinhalese manuscript was discovered in 1893 at Bamabara-walla Vihara in Sri Lanka by Anagarika Dharmapala. T.W. Rhys Davids of the Pali Text Society translated the text into English in 1896. It was later tr...
by pilgrim
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Daily Tejaniya
Replies: 27
Views: 3311

Re: The Daily Tejaniya

New extensive site on Sayadaw Tejaniya
https://tejaniyasayadaw.space/
by pilgrim
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know of a good critique of Abhidhamma/Commentaries in Burmese?
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Does anyone know of a good critique of Abhidhamma/Commentaries in Burmese?

dylanj wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:51 am
I have a good friend from Burma, he holds very strongly to commentarial & abhidhammic views of the Dhamma...I try to explain the flaws but the language barrier is too much.
And you are of the view you know better?
by pilgrim
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 312

Invasive animal species and the first precept

If an invasive species is causing havoc to the natural environment how would you deal with it as a Buddhist? Would you break the precept ? If not, would you side-step the issue and let someone else deal with the problem? Or would you say it's not a problem and let the invasive animal species dominat...
by pilgrim
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pa Auk In The West
Replies: 32
Views: 4941

Re: Pa Auk In The West

I've observed that virtually all Ajahn Chah monks have earned their Independance/freedom from "Nissaya" at the 5-year mark of being a Bhikkhu (or shortly thereafter), such as myself, whereas the majority of Pa Auk/Galduwa monks have not (from what I've personally observed). Most of them (like 90 or...
by pilgrim
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pa Auk In The West
Replies: 32
Views: 4941

Re: Pa Auk In The West

Thank you Bhante Subharo for this informative post. I'm not sure how the Nissaya status of the Burmese and Sri Lankan monks play out in practice. Also it is unclear how extensive this practice is as I know quite a number of non-Burmese Pa-Auk monks who have been released from Nissaya and I am quite...
by pilgrim
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pa Auk In The West
Replies: 32
Views: 4941

Re: Pa Auk In The West

Thank you Bhante Subharo for this informative post. I'm not sure how the Nissaya status of the Burmese and Sri Lankan monks play out in practice. On the other hand, I feel that the Thai tradition adds unnecessary rules to the Vinaya such as the use of a cloth to accept items from women, non-touching...
by pilgrim
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 159
Views: 2995

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Westerners see buddhists as being idol worshipers.....and many buddists actually are idol worshipers. I know that many here will be up in arms at reading this. I live in thailand and I have seen idol worship first hand.....so don't get your knickers in a twist....instead just try to see the world a...