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by Goofaholix
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 22
Views: 7075

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Looking at Theravada, Insight/Vipassana meditation centres in SA there appear to be quite a few http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.ph ... -sectarian
by Goofaholix
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Hindrances in meditation
Replies: 32
Views: 1672

Re: Hindrances in meditation

I just cannot comprehend this portion, Sir. I shall be extremely grateful if this is elaborated. It sounds to me like you feel you have to fight and overcome the hindrances, this give the hindrances a power and importance they don't deserve, you might be able to suppress them for a while but when t...
by Goofaholix
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The riddle of the three marks of existence?
Replies: 44
Views: 1606

Re: The riddle of the three marks of existence?

sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā — "all saṅkhāras (conditioned things) are impermanent" sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā — "all saṅkhāras are unsatisfactory" sabbe dhammā anattā — "all dharmas (conditioned or unconditioned things) are not self" [8] The question is why Sankhara is not Anatta? Why Dhamma is not Anicca and...
by Goofaholix
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness
Replies: 36
Views: 5415

Re: Mindfulness

This guy is on the money in my opinion. I think it's important to be clear about the difference between mindfulness exercises which are intended to establish mindfulness, and mindfulness itself which when established is an effortless quality of mind. Unfortunately traditional Burmese teachers don't ...
by Goofaholix
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Hindrances in meditation
Replies: 32
Views: 1672

Re: Hindrances in meditation

No. I am able to go into rapture when I meditate and such thoughts do not disturb me as long as I am meditating. Quite obviously, as a house holder, I cannot devote unlimited time to meditation. Also, beyond a certain time, the rapture results in body/mind fatigue. 2. The carnal mental frame takes ...
by Goofaholix
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma versus causes and conditions
Replies: 25
Views: 1006

Re: Karma versus causes and conditions

Some threads here discuss about whether everything is due to karma. But everything is due to cause and conditions. Are the two things the same thing? No. Everything that arises does so according to causes and conditions, it's a law of nature. Kamma arises from the intention behind the action execut...
by Goofaholix
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The problem of secularised Buddhism
Replies: 59
Views: 2577

Re: The problem of secularised Buddhism

If there is the assumption that there is nothing after death, then there is no suffering beyond our demise, thus for secular Buddhists who deny rebirth, the question becomes why not suicide? Surely any answers such as 'I like being alive' are counter to the Buddhist principles of non-attachment and...
by Goofaholix
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is silence a pre-requisite
Replies: 7
Views: 865

Re: Is silence a pre-requisite

I note there are some Zen practices that almost thrive on being able to sit in various scenarios without noise being a distraction (Shikantaza for example). Does Theravadin practice demand silence in order for it to be effective whether Vipassana or Samatha? A quiet environment can be helpful, part...
by Goofaholix
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Shwe Oo Min Forest Meditation Center Yangon - Current Status?
Replies: 3
Views: 752

Re: Shwe Oo Min Forest Meditation Center Yangon - Current Status?

I've been to Shwe Oo Min four times, though it appears to include "Forest" in it's title semi regularly it's definately not a forest centre. It's a collection of large dormitory buildings surrounded by villages and fields. It's a standard Burmese city centre but maybe with a more than usual cultivat...
by Goofaholix
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Dhammayut Ordination Options
Replies: 36
Views: 5577

Re: Dhammayut Ordination Options

I am familiar with two Dhammayut monateries in Nong wua so, both branches from Lungta Maha Boowa. Wat Dun Tao with Luang Por Boonmee http://www.buddha.sg/htm/people/boonmee.htm Wat Poo Song Ko with Luang Por Vanchai http://www.happywat.com/index.php/all-temple/item/wat-phu-sangkho.html The latter is...
by Goofaholix
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Shwe Oo Min Dhamma Sukha Forest Center?
Replies: 4
Views: 970

Re: Shwe Oo Min Dhamma Sukha Forest Center?

Anyone ever visit this center before in Yangon or affiliate sites? I have heard good things about this venerable teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and considering the hardcore, diligent Dhamma that is practiced in Burma, I'm assuming there will be little room for corruption and false teachings. http://a...
by Goofaholix
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Meditation Visa for Myanmar
Replies: 2
Views: 1033

Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar

Hello. Just wondering if anyone knows the current situation with getting a meditation visa in Myanmar. What is the best country to obtain it, how often does it need to be renewed, and what is the cost etc? The last two times I got mine in the Bangkok consulate with no problems, it's worth paying a ...
by Goofaholix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 4600

Re: What is special about ordination?

JamesTheGiant wrote: Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:58 pm Do dhammayutta monasteries do it different? I don't know. :anjali:
I ordained in a Dhammayut forest monastery for 3 months, it was a little less strict than western Ajahn Chah monasteries in some ways but more rustic.
by Goofaholix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 4600

Re: What is special about ordination?

Yes I remember that book being very dishonest. He gave the impression that he was there for years, and when I found out he was only there for a month or two I thought he was deceptive and shallow. Bad book. It was a long time ago that I read it but that's not really my recollection. I didn't really...
by Goofaholix
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 4600

Re: What is special about ordination?

Maybe to counter-caricature your point with the view of a guy who was quite serious about meditation and practice and chose to ordain for a while (at that time, later apparently he lost all interest in following the Dhamma, according to newer book titles). The book can be a bit tedious, so I think ...