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by Goofaholix
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

MN 122 explains why "Ajahn" is an appropriate title Actually it doesn't, it explains why teacher is an appropriate title. It doesn't in any way suggest to use a thai word when otherwise speaking a totally different language, which I think is the crux of the OP. I don't think anyone would dispute it...
by Goofaholix
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

Sadhu! Yes, there doesn't seem to be anything resembling an equivalent in English at least, so tradition should be followed here out of respect. Nothing resembling an equivalent in English? Ajahn is simply the Thai word for teacher, schoolteachers are called Ajahn in Thai also so it has nothing spe...
by Goofaholix
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 4703

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

To say as per the OP that an accident involving a falling TV had nothing to do with kamma would require a stronger formulation than the above, which deals with the claim that all a person experiences is the result of kamma. To rule out the kammic cause of the falling TV we would need the Buddha to ...
by Goofaholix
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 4703

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

Looking at the Sivaka Sutta I would say the Buddha would back him up... “Master Gotama, there are some ascetics and brahmins who hold such a doctrine and view as this: ‘Whatever a person experiences, whether it be pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, all that is caused by what was do...
by Goofaholix
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tips for dealing with intrusive noise when practicing mindfulness?
Replies: 8
Views: 531

Re: Tips for dealing with intrusive noise when practicing mindfulness?

Thank you; this sounds like excellent advice. I'm going to put it into practice. Would you recommend using noting to accomplish what you've described above? i.e. "sound," "anger," "jaw clenching," "pain in neck," etc When I use the word "notice" above you can substitute "note", note and notice are ...
by Goofaholix
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?
Replies: 20
Views: 1064

Re: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?

Follow the breath, but when you falter, note what happens then return to the breath. That's usually how it starts out but I think you're missing the fact that it's supposed to progress to the point where it's the other way around... ie Notice what happens but when you falter return to the breath.
by Goofaholix
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western Teachers of the Thai Forest Tradition
Replies: 40
Views: 9839

Re: Western Teachers of the Thai Forest Tradition

This thread appears to be assuming that someone who trained in the Thai Forest tradition and has since disrobed and is now teaching as a layperson is not of interest, if that's the intention then continue on. There are quite a few of these that trained in the the Ajahn Chah tradition, I can think of...
by Goofaholix
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Quick question re Mahasi Method
Replies: 5
Views: 574

Re: Quick question re Mahasi Method

....when noting say a noise (birds tweeting outside for instance) at what point do we returning to the abdomen and leave the sound. Its tricky as some sounds don’t wane…they’re sort of ‘there’ – so how do we not notice them anymore and return? <terrible grammar>! An important distinction is that yo...
by Goofaholix
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stillness Flowing - new biography of Ajahn Chah
Replies: 23
Views: 3031

Re: Stillness Flowing - new biography of Ajahn Chah

bodom wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:03 pm
I'm really, really looking forward to this book. Have been hearing about for years now that it was in the works. Glad to see its finally coming to fruition!
It certainly has, I remember Ajahn Jayasaro reading excerpts from it when I first visited WPN in 1996.
by Goofaholix
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks ever eat what they want?
Replies: 18
Views: 687

Re: Can monks ever eat what they want?

How hard is the change from USA/Europe/Australia to Thailand .. the shock of a new culture, new food, extreme hot and humid temperature? It depends on the person, there are a lot of westerners living in Thailand, some for work, some for retirement, a very small number for the monasteries. It's not ...
by Goofaholix
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks ever eat what they want?
Replies: 18
Views: 687

Re: Can monks ever eat what they want?

Monks can only eat what they want if what they want is offered. If they crave chocolate ice cream or lasange then they observe craving and hopefully learn it's nature and gain freedom from it, much like when they crave sex. In thai monasteries where there are a lot of foreigners sometimes lay people...
by Goofaholix
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 173
Views: 7220

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:49 am
The right wing posters never see a problem with the moderation.....
Isn't that to be expected though, the liberalism is for progressive change, conservatism for preserving the status quo.
by Goofaholix
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vibrations when noting
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: Vibrations when noting

What I would suggest is an experiment too see if you are generating the vibrations or whether you are becoming aware of what is naturally occurring. Just practice in exactly the same way but with the idea that you want to stop generating these vibrations. After some time you will probably find that ...
by Goofaholix
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 38
Views: 2450

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Yes, perhaps we can now discuss the benefits of taking personal responsibility for one's volitional actions and the effect such actions/words might have on self and others. The thing about personal responsibility is that it is about me as a person choosing to take responsibility, it's not about you...
by Goofaholix
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 38
Views: 2450

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

L.N. wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:42 pm
Perhaps your answer is to simply ignore comments which play the person instead of the ball.
Excellent, I'm glad you agree!

Perhaps this will allow other aspects of dhamma to be discussed besides this one then.