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by householder
Wed May 15, 2013 5:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Retreat monasteries
Replies: 5
Views: 1695

Re: Retreat monasteries

Retreat centres all over the place here in Myanmar. Just booked a month at Panditarama in Hse Main Gone in July! A friend was at Pa Auk's monastery in Moulemin and does recommend it. Just need to get out here, find a centre on a tourist visa then get a meditation visa (which involves leaving the cou...
by householder
Fri May 03, 2013 3:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 28499

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

Security's tight in my Muslim majority neighbourhood again. Well, the local Muslims' own security is anyway. I don't see much in the way of police presence at night. Some articles circulating online from journalists who have spoken to some of the local Muslims report that, if there is a conflict, th...
by householder
Wed May 01, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 28499

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

Kicked off yet again yesterday and tonight. Plenty of reports of local monks trying to calm things. The release of the government's previously secret 'commission' reports (here, when there's an issue, the government forms a commission) doesn't inspire much hope that anything will change anytime soon...
by householder
Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What happens to ex-monks?
Replies: 3
Views: 1128

What happens to ex-monks?

Hi all, Moving towards ordination again. The mind is resisting for stupid reasons, but curiosity got the better of me on one particular matter, which I'm not sure has been touched on here before: What happens to Western monks who disrobe, whether in Asia or in the West? Do they pick up their old lif...
by householder
Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 4452

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

Wirathu, 969 and associated sentiments are real, visible downtown and have quite a bit of local support. The next few days/weeks will be interesting. Twitter/local rumour is that the township I live in will get attacked tonight... in reality it's highly unlikely but vigilance still required.
by householder
Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 4452

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

i never said you shouldn't question it; but just question your questioning, and the limits of your knowledge. ethics are complicated. even if you live in burma, it doesn't mean you know what's going on in burma. are you staying near mahabandoola in yangon? Nope - I was in downtown but not anymore. ...
by householder
Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 4452

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

i love hearing what westerners think monks in third world countries should and shouldn't do. i spend too much time on the internet. So people who follow a set of religious teachings, wherever they are in the world (in my case I live in Myanmar), shouldn't question the actions of those who are osten...
by householder
Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 4452

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

Current speculation is that the 'monks' are government-hired thugs in disguise. Wouldn't put it past this regime (despite international swooning over 'transition to democracy' blah blah blah, the generals still run the show...)
by householder
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 4452

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/world/asia/toll-rises-as-sectarian-violence-in-myanmar-spreads.html?_r=0 The most chilling part: "Journalists said they feared for their safety after Buddhist monks, one of them wielding a sword, forced them to hand over the memory cards in their cameras. On Thursda...
by householder
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 4452

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

What on earth is happening to Asian Buddhist regions which were once living in peace with other races and religions is beyond me. Was always a bit of a veneer here. In Yangon people, especially tourists who aren't here for very long, wax lyrical about the fact that downtown there are several church...
by householder
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 4452

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

So some examples for discussion relating to the escalating situation in Meiktila. I have a vested interest in monitoring this situation closely for various reasons, and at the moment I don't believe anyone on either side, nor official or unofficial accounts. It's an utter and dangerous mess! New Yor...
by householder
Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 28499

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

Yes - unconfirmed reports on the latest incident involve an extremist 'Buddhist' group that allegedly instigated yesterday's events, spurred on by a sayadaw preaching anti-Islamic rhetoric. EDIT: Allegedly now spread to parts of Rakhine state (again) and Dala township in Yangon. Since I leave in a m...
by householder
Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 28499

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

Kicking off again, this time in Meiktila near Mandalay...
by householder
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I finally paid off my debts...
Replies: 39
Views: 7345

Re: I finally paid off my debts...

NP. If I can answer any more questions please drop me a PM. :D