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by pilgrim
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Quitting Coffee - my experience
Replies: 32
Views: 662

Re: Quitting Coffee - my experience

Chan (Zen ) monks in China and Japan used tea to keep themselves alert for meditation. There is even a Zen story of how tea grew from the eyelids of Bodhidharma after he cut them off and threw them on the ground as he fell asleep during meditation. Although the use revolved around tea, the principle...
by pilgrim
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Quitting Coffee - my experience
Replies: 32
Views: 662

Re: Quitting Coffee - my experience

Coffee is also good for health..Rich in anti oxidants, it reduces risk of liver cancer and possibly also dementia and diabetes.
Everything in moderation.
by pilgrim
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Quitting Coffee - my experience
Replies: 32
Views: 662

Re: Quitting Coffee - my experience

I don't see anything wrong with a cuppa to perk up the mind on a slow day. We take specific foods for various reasons - some improve our blood circulation, some improve our physical strength, skin health, resistance to disease, immune response and so on. If we don't see a need to cut these out, why ...
by pilgrim
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?
Replies: 16
Views: 601

Re: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?

An asian monastery might take me but surely there is someplace I can go that doesn't involve putting tons of carbon in the atmosphere? This can't be a serious concern. With or without you, that flight will take off as scheduled and among the hundreds on board, what better reason for a person to fly?
by pilgrim
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Wanted for Dhamma school in Texas - Children's english language Dhamma books
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Wanted for Dhamma school in Texas - Children's english language Dhamma books

Hello, a friend, Ayya Dhammananda (Vietnamese bhikkhuni) emailed me with a request. She needs children's English language Dhamma books for a childrens Dhamma class she is running in a temple in Dallas, USA. If you would like to help pls send the books to : Tu Vien Lien Hoa (att. SC Phap Hy), 2014 Ro...
by pilgrim
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 296

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

I don't like it either but on the other hand, apps like this plant the seed of Dhamma in millions who otherwise won't give it a second thought. Even the most popular Buddhist youtube videos struggle to get past a few hundred thousand. Many people come to Buddhism thru Goenka's supposedly secular med...
by pilgrim
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 35
Views: 1042

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

A. mettiko stayed with lp thong daeng many years but it would be news to me if A. chattamalo did stay/trained more than a few days with lp thong daeng. Before muttodaya he used to stay/train in A. brahm's monastery for 10+years. Before that in wpn etc Thailand. I was actually referring to Ven Chand...
by pilgrim
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 35
Views: 1042

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

Awesome, thanks for the suggestions! I have met Ajahn Suchart and Ajahn Sudhiro, and got a good impression from both of them. I will look into the one in Chiang Mai. I see that it's in Mae Taeng. Ideally I am as far away from Bangkok and Chiang Mai as possible, but finding a good teacher and a cond...
by pilgrim
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]
Replies: 47
Views: 1108

Re: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]

I just looked thru the rest of this thread and noticed that you keep declaring that you are a monk in the Dhammayut order. OK, we get it .
:focus:
by pilgrim
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]
Replies: 47
Views: 1108

Re: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]

I always felt the whole point of being a monk in the Buddha's sangha was to follow the precepts of the sangha. It is one thing to say that one finds the rules are too hard and lay the fault on oneself. It is another to say that the fault lies with the rules themselves which are no longer relevant to...
by pilgrim
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?
Replies: 46
Views: 709

Re: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?

Who has not suffered a fall? That would be more miraculous.

I think the context was lost in translation and should not be taken literally. I don't think U Pandita was making prophecies but speaking in a rhetorical manner regarding kamma and the Mahasi method.
by pilgrim
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 35
Views: 1042

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

Personally I'd stay away from monasteries that don't strictly adhere to the Vinaya. Does that pretty much leave it at the Ajahn Chah monasteries these days? I'd like to believe that there are still some strict Dhammayut monasteries! Two reputable Dhammayut teachers with western disciples are Luang ...
by pilgrim
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 35
Views: 1042

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

SarathW wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:07 pm

Dhammayut considers Nibbana as another type of consciousness. This is more in line with Mahayana rather than Theravada.
That's just ridiculous. Dhammayut is a monastic lineage not a doctrinal sect. One may as well say Mahanikai believes in sakyant tatoos.
by pilgrim
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 35
Views: 1042

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

You could also speak with Ajahn Keng Khemako, a singaporean monk who speaks excellent English and Thai. His monastery is in Johor, the southern tip of Malaysia. Contact details on the FB page https://www.facebook.com/SantiMonastery/ "Chao Khun Keng Khemako is a Singaporean monk of the Thai Forest Tr...
by pilgrim
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: mudra
Replies: 7
Views: 349

Re: mudra

There's no basis for the efficacy of mudras in Theravada. It is used more for artistic representation in statues.