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by Bote
Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The state of the Forest Tradition in Thailand
Replies: 4
Views: 2010

The state of the Forest Tradition in Thailand

Is there a document on the Thai Forest Tradition?

Also, I am getting the hint that the state of Buddism in Thailand right now is not very good, especially after the death of Ajahn Chah. Is authentic Buddhism dying in Thailand and no one is outright saying it?
by Bote
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Visiting Thailand
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Visiting Thailand

Hi,

I was told, by a monk in Thailand, that it is a good idea to go see "the lay of the land" in Asia first as a lay person before ordaining.

Do you think it is still a good idea to go even if it is an 11 hour drive to the monastery?

Thanks
by Bote
Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: There is nothing either good or bad ...
Replies: 19
Views: 2671

Re: There is nothing either good or bad ...

Humans tend to be bias and think of suffering as bad. It is the mind that creates good and bad. It is our human nature to think of pleasure as good, and suffering as bad; it is programmed in us as it is the only way for us to survive. Good and bad are a subjective creations of the mind. Thus, by thi...
by Bote
Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pleasure and Desire
Replies: 17
Views: 1909

Re: Pleasure and Desire

Well said silver surfer. Yes, any entertainment or relationships will bring upon suffering. The pleasure from these experiences are an illusion; suffering in disguise. Most people prefer to be ignorant. Ignorance is what we are programmed to be. Human nature. The only relationship that is beneficial...
by Bote
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: celibacy problems
Replies: 25
Views: 6102

Re: celibacy problems

Hi all :buddha1: i am thinking a lot about i want to be a bhikkhuni. i am trying train myself but celibacy is hard still.... i can find celibacy as peaceful for months. very peaceful. but after a longer period (around 5 or 6 months) i feel sadness. so how monks keep celibacy longer? i am doing asub...
by Bote
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Student loan
Replies: 15
Views: 2578

Re: Student loan

Hi! So I am already in school. Almost half way. I checked with my student loan service. Basically, if I leave the country and make 0 income for say 10 years, then there will only be about $20k interest added onto the loan. The government will allow someone to ordain with a student loan no problem. N...
by Bote
Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Student loan
Replies: 15
Views: 2578

Re: Student loan

Some videos on the internet. I think Ajahn Brahm did. Also I believe the chinese monk did... I remember hearing that if you ordain at an early age its likely you will disrobe as you either you didn't make the decision to commit (your parents did) or you were too young to realize that you wanted to c...
by Bote
Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Student loan
Replies: 15
Views: 2578

Student loan

(I have searched this forum for this question:)

How is one supposed to go get a university degree (like the monks tell us) and go ordain with a student debt?
by Bote
Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Marriage as a meditation object?
Replies: 10
Views: 3133

Re: Marriage as a meditation object?

Here is an example of someone who has told me that marriage is good for a meditation object:
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 43#p325443" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I have heard this so many times and thus why I bring this topic.
by Bote
Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Marriage as a meditation object?
Replies: 10
Views: 3133

Marriage as a meditation object?

I have heard that it is good to get married so that you can practice meditating on the suffering it brings. Does this really work? Does Theravada advice this? It sounds strange to me. It doesn't seem like something a lay person would be capable of doing... Seems to be like using cocain as a meditati...
by Bote
Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:31 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Does craving lead to suffering?
Replies: 2
Views: 1260

Does craving lead to suffering?

(1) Does craving to recieve worldly things always lead to suffering? By "worldly things", I mean anything external, which includes the body and conciousness. Also, (2) does reacting to pleasure always lead to suffering? By "reacting", I mean enjoying. By "pleasure", I mean anything that feels good, ...
by Bote
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sex and romantic relationships
Replies: 20
Views: 7635

Re: sex and romantic relationships

You are right about it being impertinent and intrusive. Honestly, I offer my apologies. My intention wasn't to ask for a textual reference, and the one you posted does not change the relevance of rest of my response to the original poster. The question was asked rhetorically, to question the assump...
by Bote
Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are compliments bad?
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: Are compliments bad?

Okay, there is still something I do not get. If I complement someone saying they have a nice haircut, then they will feel good. They will have the emotion of feeling good -- they will have pleasure. Isn't this bad? For everyone action there is an equal and opposite reaction, so wouldn't this cause t...
by Bote
Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are compliments bad?
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Are compliments bad?

Will compliments towards non-buddhists cause misery? E.g.: "Your new haircut looks good."
Also what about random acts of kindness? Are these bad? E.g.: You help someone with their groceries, or make dinner for your neighbour.
by Bote
Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sex and romantic relationships
Replies: 20
Views: 7635

sex and romantic relationships

How come, if sex and romantic relationships (e.g. marriage) will clearly cause misery as romantic relationships are one of the biggest material attachments, do some buddhists (including teachers) participate?