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by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Yogas and meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: Yogas and meditation

Many monks at my monastery do yoga, including me. Sometimes the ajahn mentions that we could use that time for an extra hour of meditation instead, but he's not against it too much, just if it becomes vanity, perfecting the body and identifying with it excessively.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Spotted-tail Quoll, spotted
Replies: 20
Views: 1426

Re: Spotted-tail Quoll, spotted

It looks pretty unafraid, not timid. Are they not too afraid of humans? Beautiful spots.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project, UK.
Replies: 2
Views: 967

Re: The Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project, UK.

Best wishes to them! I have met Sister Candā, and she is a really down-to-earth nun. Enthusiastic yet grounded.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A day in the life of a novice Buddhist monk
Replies: 29
Views: 8347

Re: A day in the life of a novice Buddhist monk

iHappy wrote:Sorry for bringing an "old" topic back to life but I have enjoyed reading and just want to thank the autor.

Thank you Bhante Lucky, it was a wonderful read
You're welcome! Thanks for the thanks. :anjali:
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:16 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks Chanting
Replies: 9
Views: 851

Re: Monks Chanting

Bhante Lucky Before you call Pali an ancient dead language I request you to learn it first. Pali is not a dead language. If i remember correctly, a dead language is defined as a language which does not have any native speakers. So Pali is indeed an ancient dead language, unless someone taught their...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks Chanting
Replies: 9
Views: 851

Re: Monks Chanting

Personally i have no idea what most of the chanting i do at the monastery means, line by line. I have it translated in a booklet so i can look it up though, and i have read those suttas we chant many times in english. I guess i should learn pali since chanting meaningless words is pretty... meaningl...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation?
Replies: 35
Views: 3895

Re: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation

Remember this is a many-lifetimes project. You dont have to ace everything in this life. There are many aproaches to the dhamma, and hard-core meditation and jhanas is just one, practised by very few. Very few who actually attain the jhanas, that is. Relax, don't stress. You have plenty of lifetimes...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it possible and would be ok to become a monk with a serious mental problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1881

Re: Is it possible and would be ok to become a monk with a serious mental problems

In the western monasteries I have lived at, most of them would ask for a report from a psychologist, before accepting anyone who had a severe and active mental illness. Once the psychologist says they are okay to pursue a monastic life, then the sangha discusses it. I have met a monk who has schizop...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Falling Backwards During Meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 3252

Re: Falling Backwards During Meditation

I use a chair. A normal wooden table-chair, with a back on it. Problem solved.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: what exactly is this that i was doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: what exactly is this that i was doing?

That is called "cittanupassana", awareness of the mind and its contents. The Buddha taught it a lot, especially in the Satipatthana Sutta. Yes you can do it as your main practise if you like, or use it just when it's helpful. Here is a previous discussion on it: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic....
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Setting up Buddha shrine
Replies: 15
Views: 2821

Re: Setting up Buddha shrine

I put the Buddha statue as highest as possible such as at the top level of bookshelf, I also put a little curtain-like fabric, only open when I need to chant or meditate. What do you guys think of this, is this acceptable? Thanks. I think that is silly, to be honest. Why would you put it on top of ...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: US & UK: Are we really developed?
Replies: 37
Views: 4221

Re: US & UK: Are we really developed?

How would Buddhism help those countries "develop"?
The most "buddhist" countries in the world are not in good shape.
Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet... They're all pretty much basket-cases, and certainly not nations to emulate.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Giving money
Replies: 15
Views: 1126

Re: Giving money

One of my old teachers used to say that Time and Service were the most useful things to donate. He was talking about serving as cooks, cleaners, helpers on meditation courses - always needed and much appreciated. And of course as gardeners, cleaners, drivers, maintenance, handy-person, general helpe...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: If I did not have rapture ...
Replies: 8
Views: 1485

Re: If I did not have rapture ...

I agree, those nice things that happen in meditation are really vital for motivation and encouragement.
Not to be clung to of course, but helpful.

I've heard of monks going for years just bashing their heads against constant unpleasant states, pain, boredom, fear... Not sure how I'd cope with that...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What are the pros and cons of your job?
Replies: 7
Views: 939

Re: What are the pros and cons of your job?

Pros: Great working conditions Cool uniform. Full care throughout retirement. 100% dental and medical plan. Low stress workplace. Massive buffet meals every day, for free. It's a career with a future, and a definite end. A chilled-out boss who repeatedly tells us "Don't worry about finishing your ta...