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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: 174

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: 308

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: 2514

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: 2514

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: 2514

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 ...
by Goofaholix
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?
Replies: 9
Views: 312

Re: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?

I think it's inappropriate to expect a celibate person to be involved in weddings and births etc. In Thailand it's common for the couple to give dana to monks around the time of the wedding but I've never heard of monks officiating at a wedding, if someone does officiate in that way sometimes it's a...
by Goofaholix
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Are Monks Bowls Black?
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Why Are Monks Bowls Black?

bksubhuti wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:07 am
Here is an explanation of why monks' bowls are black.
https://americanmonk.org/why-are-monk-bowls-black/
In Burma they are black, in Thailand they are aluminium (or stainless steel) in colour, I'm not sure about other countries.
by Goofaholix
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How being a Theravada buddhist monk is not nihilistic and life-denying?
Replies: 14
Views: 1150

Re: How being a Theravada buddhist monk is not nihilistic and life-denying?

sexual activity, intoxicating drinks and drugs, dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics, lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place, accepting gold and silver (money). If this is not life-denying, then what is ...
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: 1185

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: 1185

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: 6967

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: 6967

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: 644

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: 1265

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: 10093

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...