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by suanck
Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monasticim and parental permission
Replies: 37
Views: 8865

Re: Monasticim and parental permission

Part 2: Living apart as a mature adult makes no difference. To understand this rule, you need to understand the Buddhist idea of indebtedness. Our parents give us life and endure great hardship in raising us and having us educated. Our debt to them is immeasurable. It is not permissible to grant ord...
by suanck
Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will the Dhamma be forgotten....?
Replies: 39
Views: 8287

Re: Will the Dhamma be forgotten....?

This prediction was made in an age when literacy was scarce or non-existant. But when the teachings were written down, the next Bodhisattva in line looked down from the Tusita heaven, swearing softly to himself: "Damn ... they've got writing! Well, I'll just have to wait until their palm leaves dis...
by suanck
Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monasticim and parental permission
Replies: 37
Views: 8865

Re: Monasticim and parental permission

Thanks, Bhante Pesala, for the explanation. I'd like to post my comments in 2 parts: Part 1: In the present day, I wonder if this rule of seeking parents' permission is strictly applied, especially for mature adults who live independently from their parents? In the present day, I sometimes wonder if...
by suanck
Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahm preceptor status revoked
Replies: 50
Views: 8504

Re: Brahm preceptor status revoked

Paññāsikhara wrote:
Are you reading the French, or the English version? ( http://www.gampoabbey.org/translations2 ... ues%20.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; )
Thank you, Bhante, for the link to this valuable book.

Suan
by suanck
Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monasticim and parental permission
Replies: 37
Views: 8865

Re: Monasticim and parental permission

In the present day, I wonder if this rule of seeking parents' permission is strictly applied, especially for mature adults who live independently from their parents?

Suan
by suanck
Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama
Replies: 34
Views: 7195

Re: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama

Thanks, Kare. That's very interesting. BTW, on the subject of translation, I have been told that the entire Pali Tipitaka, the 4 Chinese Agamas, and 3 Chinese Vinaya sets (from the Dharmagupta, Mahasanghika, and Sarvastivada schools) have been translated into the modern Vietnamese language in the la...
by suanck
Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama
Replies: 34
Views: 7195

Re: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama

Actually Ven Analayo has teamed up with Rod Bucknell and Sujato Bhikkhu on a project. see http://suttacentral.net/contacts.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Rod Bucknell has written a few articles (some in JIABS) and a few books too, he was formerly a monk in Thailand and later a l...
by suanck
Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:48 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?
Replies: 33
Views: 5186

Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

http://www.goodquestiongoodanswer.net/ Good Question, Good Answer by Ven. Dhammika is excellent, short, but not too short, concise, in plain English and to the point. It covers all the major issues and clears up some misconceptions. And it is available online, free! I agree. That's the book I'd rec...
by suanck
Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama
Replies: 34
Views: 7195

Re: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama

Ven Pannasikara: Thanks for insightful info on the Buddhist academia world. It seems not much different than the scientific academia I used to know! :-) Don't know if some Buddhist organisations in Taiwan or Japan, with strong financial supports, could organize and/or sponsor such joint research? Pe...
by suanck
Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama
Replies: 34
Views: 7195

Re: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama

I think it was mentioned recently in another thread but I highly recommend his book on the Satipatthana. I've read it many times, but not cover to cover though. I find the book very useful as a resource for clarifying specific aspects of meditation practice as and when they come up in my experience...
by suanck
Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama
Replies: 34
Views: 7195

Re: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama

Thanks you, Bhante, for information. I'm interested to get one of his books: "The fundamental teachings of early Buddhism: A comparative study based on the Sutranga portion of the Pali Samyutta-Nikaya and the Chinese Samyuktagama", based on his PhD Thesis. I could not believe the price tag of US$1,4...
by suanck
Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahm preceptor status revoked
Replies: 50
Views: 8504

Re: Brahm preceptor status revoked

Reminds me of a good friend of mine, Bhante "A", a Thai bhikkhu (since age 10, or so, now about 30), who has been studying in Taiwan for maybe about 6 years now. We were talking about the Nikayas and Agamas, this whole "early / original Buddhism" idea. He said that actually, much of "original Buddh...
by suanck
Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama
Replies: 34
Views: 7195

Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama

From the thread http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2895&start=20 : Paññāsikhara: .... Reminds me of a good friend of mine, Bhante "A", a Thai bhikkhu (since age 10, or so, now about 30), who has been studying in Taiwan for maybe about 6 years now. We were talking about the Nikayas and A...
by suanck
Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics & Politics
Replies: 20
Views: 2887

Re: Monastics & Politics

I think Buddhists are free to participate in any political process if they so wishes. However, for the monastics, perhaps the best they should do is acting in an advisory role. If I remember correctly, the Buddha and his monastics gave advices to various kings/country leaders but not directly involv...