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by pilgrim
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?
Replies: 20
Views: 327

Re: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?

There are a number of suttas where the Buddha criticises killing, stealing, lying and sexual misconduct for they lead to rebirth in the lower worlds. For eg. Sigalovada sutta "The destruction of life, householder, is a vice and so are stealing, sexual misconduct, and lying." Sankha sutta "He, in var...
by pilgrim
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can someone help me quit smoking ?
Replies: 10
Views: 295

Re: Can someone help me quit smoking ?

"After my first vipassana, I quit smoking. After my second, I quit booze. After my third, I made peace with my dad. I didn't have to work at these things, the desire to smoke and drink just went away, along with the desire to stay pissed at pops." https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywk3mw/im-addicte...
by pilgrim
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A young monks ' experience
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: A young monks ' experience

Although his parentage is not a secret, Malaysians try to avoid discussing it in public because of security concerns. I believe he is currently the abbot of a very remote monastery in Kanchanaburi.
by pilgrim
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 21
Views: 475

Re: Ajahn Brahm

In SE Asia and Sri Lanka, I think he is probably the most popular english speaking monk. His talks here draws audiences in the hundreds. When traveling, he packs his schedule with teachings sometimes up to 2 or 3 in a day. His youtube channel probably makes him the Theravadin monk with the greatest ...
by pilgrim
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: any monk in goenka style vipassana
Replies: 8
Views: 3050

Re: any monk in goenka style vipassana

And in Rajashtan there is also an Aranya where monks who practise in the tradition reside.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/604157266418439/
by pilgrim
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination
Replies: 20
Views: 1473

Re: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination

Just as an option, you may be interested to know there are some lesser known monasteries which practise in the Goenka tradition. This one is in Sri Lanka
https://sites.google.com/site/kahagollamonastery/
by pilgrim
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravadin Resource guide
Replies: 75
Views: 51859

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

This could possibly be the largest online collection of free Theravada books - 933 books as at 12 Nov 2018
http://scriptoq.com/page/resources/book ... /theravada
by pilgrim
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 2384

Re: What is special about ordination?

It's incredibly powerful, Living with a whole monastery full of monks all doing the same thing Imagine you are living in a Dhammayutta monastery! I think you'll find good monasteries in all Nikayas. It is better to identify good practicing monasteries or good teachers than simply to go with a Nikaya.
by pilgrim
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: Renunciation of family life

Off the top of my head, there's Bhikkhu Cintita. There was also a US mother and son who both ordained ( not sure if both are still in robes though). I remember coming across others but the memory didn't stick. :) I believe you’re thinking of Ayya Santussika out of Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Californ...
by pilgrim
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhism under persecution
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: Buddhism under persecution

I'm not sure if it can be considered as persecution but Buddhism is suppressed or manipulated in all Communist countries. In Korea, it is often attacked by fundamentalist Christians. It Bangladesh and NE India, it is victimised by Muslims, often with the backing of the government. Buddhism is not al...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Physical posture during seated meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

There are many ways of sitting cross legged - full lotus , half lotus, Burmese style (where the legs don't overlap), or even both legs to one side. In any of the ways one sits on the floor, it is important that the knees are no higher than the hips. Use a pillow under the butt if you have to. If you...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?
Replies: 32
Views: 2341

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: 52
Views: 2655

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: 671

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: 983

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...