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by manas
Thu May 23, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What happened to the 'Lounge' section?
Replies: 1
Views: 248

What happened to the 'Lounge' section?

It's been this way for some time, it seems, but i never found out why. If it's because folks were posting too many political topics, here's a patently obvious solution: make a rule, that any political topic will be removed, any political comment will be removed, and put in place a penalty for repeat...
by manas
Thu May 23, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Greetings Sarath, It is great if you can share your experience here. That may help many. I won't go into it in great detail, but when I divorced in 2012, I intended to ordain in the same city, so that my son (then 8 years old) would still be able to see me on occasion, if he chose to do so. After s...
by manas
Wed May 22, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 18
Views: 1656

Re: Buddha knew all along

I believe they are all tested for physical and mental health What was the mental health of the people who used nuclear bomb in Japan? :goodpost: Yes, I wonder how they could go through with it, knowing so many thousands of civilians were down there, men, women, children. "Just following orders" is ...
by manas
Wed May 22, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

However, surely I should go somewhere where English will be understood, right? I trust where you go will have English speakers. Well, since anywhere Malaria-prone is out of the question due to the risk any tablets or vaccinations could prove to my health, (so, no Thailand or Malaysia, unfortunately...
by manas
Wed May 22, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

I've done a bit of research... I have a kidney condition, 'low kidney function', due to high blood pressure, or so the specialist believes. I just looked up 'malaria in Malaysia' and not only do they have it, there are a few other tropical illnesses for which either vaccination or medication could b...
by manas
Wed May 22, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

No problem. If that's the case I would highly recommend wat metta. I've stayed there before and it sounds like it would be the perfect mix for what you're looking for. Since it's a cold Melbourne winter here at the moment, I'm assuming the weather would be heading into Summer at Wat Metta right now...
by manas
Wed May 22, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Greetings Manas, Excellent news. If there's any way I can be of assistance in this process, don't hesitate to ask. :buddha1: Metta, Paul. :) Thanks Paul, because with so many options, i feel a bit out of my depth here, in making a decision. Even if we could just meet in person some time to discuss ...
by manas
Tue May 21, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

No problem. If that's the case I would highly recommend wat metta. I've stayed there before and it sounds like it would be the perfect mix for what you're looking for. Since it's a cold Melbourne winter here at the moment, I'm assuming the weather would be heading into Summer at Wat Metta right now...
by manas
Tue May 21, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Birken often has trouble attracting laypeople. It's known for it. should i take that as a warning? why would that be, may I ask? I'm guessing James will have a more accurate answer, but I'm guessing it's mostly due to the location, in Canada. The winters are long and harsh, and the monastery is sec...
by manas
Tue May 21, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Hello manas ! :hello: Very happy for you!!! This letting go and embracing your practice in a joyful wholehearted way is a wonderful thing. A word of caution will probably sound somewhat tone-deaf at this stage, but anyway here it goes. I don't know how much experience you've had with longer retreat...
by manas
Tue May 21, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 5:22 am
Idappaccayata wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 2:45 am
I believe birken is looking for a long term resident to help in the kitchen.
Birken often has trouble attracting laypeople. It's known for it.
should i take that as a warning? why would that be, may I ask?
by manas
Tue May 21, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Idappaccayata wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 2:45 am
I believe birken is looking for a long term resident to help in the kitchen.
I have not heard of this place, but I suppose being useful would be a plus :) but I'll need to look it up first.
by manas
Tue May 21, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Asia (e.g. Thailand or Sri Lanka) is always ideal. Its warm, you can travel light, you are well supported. Plus Buddhist culture. Otherwise if you wish to stay in cold winter Aussie place, maybe here: https://www.wbd.org.au/ Rains Retreat 2019 16th July to 13th October You are cordially invited to ...
by manas
Tue May 21, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Will you stay instate, and stay at the very traditional Bodhivana https://buddhabodhivana.org/gallery-3/ Or across the other side of the city at Newbury Monastery, with the Buddhist Society of Victoria? http://nbm.org.au ...or maybe some other monastery? There are quite a few in Victoria. Overseas ...
by manas
Tue May 21, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1875

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Have you contact any monastery? Do you like any particular country. Considering you are a long time practioner, do you practice eight precepts? Practicing eight precepts could be a great start. Wish you all the best. That's good advice. I can manage on just two meals a day - a substantial breakfast...