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by Anagarika
Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life just seems utterly horrible
Replies: 29
Views: 2349

Re: Life just seems utterly horrible

Ryan, it has been said that a sense of happiness or contentment with life is a choice. Our state of happiness is not imposed on us, but is created by us depending on how we choose to view and absorb what is going on in our world. The Buddha taught this truth of suffering and stress, but more importa...
by Anagarika
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The importance of texts and their authenticity in Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: The importance of texts and their authenticity in Buddhism

A thought provoking article. My own take is that the texts of the early Buddhist Texts, the parts of the Canon that we know to be early, to be likely the oral tradition of the Buddha's teachings to his monks and nuns that were later, with the guidance of King Ashoka of the 3rd century BCE, written d...
by Anagarika
Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Are we the cruelest we've ever been?
Replies: 16
Views: 1047

Re: Are we the cruelest we've ever been?

I have a sense that in modern society, there is a more significant empathic awareness than there may have been in previous generations; more people, and perhaps young people in general, that have used the internet to become aware of injustices and cruelty in the world, and act to mitigate this. I al...
by Anagarika
Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Good temples to stay at in Thailand as a lay guest
Replies: 8
Views: 1836

Re: Good temples to stay at in Thailand as a lay guest

Robbie, if you have trouble getting into one of the Ajahn Chah wats, can I recommend http://www.templeretreatthailand.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href); ? See also https://www.facebook.com/TempleStayThailand?fref=ts" onclick="window.open(this.href);...
by Anagarika
Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhist Temples in Thailand Provide a Refuge for Drug Addiction Victims
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: Buddhist Temples in Thailand Provide a Refuge for Drug Addiction Victims

Thanks for posting this article, Mike. Like others, I have visited the Golden Horse Wat of Phra Khru Bah and it is a unique and special place.
by Anagarika
Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have Theravadin traditions engaged with scientists?
Replies: 23
Views: 2645

Re: Have Theravadin traditions engaged with scientists?

I wonder. But, how many Buddhists are willing to undergo training in the hard sciences? I believe there is much room for partnership when mutual respect is given, Science and Buddhism will make a great pair! Before I ordained, I earned a four-year B. Sc. in Computer Science. Plus I have 5 years exp...
by Anagarika
Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Experimental Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 1174

Re: Experimental Buddhism

Thank you for posting. You are welcome, Ryan. I'm not a fan of Thanissaro Bhikkhu for a number of reasons. His characterisation of Dhamma practice that is disconnected from the world is something that I take issue with. It fuels a deeply self-centred view within 'western buddhism' which I find extr...
by Anagarika
Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Service opportunity at Santi Forest Monastery
Replies: 5
Views: 1697

Re: Service opportunity at Santi Forest Monastery

Been there, done that! But, Chrohn's Disease & mesial temporal scoliosis are poor additions to the resume. :heart: Dave, I just read this thread...I had to look up mesial temporal scoliosis...a challenge these conditions must be to combat, and I applaud your resilience, and activity on this site. I...
by Anagarika
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If the Thai Forest Tradition is the one you "follow", then why?
Replies: 27
Views: 3532

Re: If the Thai Forest Tradition is the one you "follow", then why?

One aspect of the Thai Forest tradition is its focus on removal from city and town life. Ther's the Sutta that described a monk that was a very strong meditator, and the Buddha passed him on the way out of a town after alms rounds. The Buddha commented that he was disppointed with that monk, though ...
by Anagarika
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking scriptural reference for mutual exclusivity of “samatha” and “vipassanā”
Replies: 23
Views: 1540

Re: Seeking scriptural reference for mutual exclusivity of “samatha” and “vipassanā”

Current orthodox Theravāda deems “samatha” as a kind of meditation that leads to jhāna, and “vipassanā” as another that leads to ñāṇa or insight knowledge. They are deemed mutually exclusive, i.e., impossible to be practised together. I'm looking for a scriptural reference for that mutual exclusivi...
by Anagarika
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Goodbye, at least for a while.
Replies: 22
Views: 1584

Re: Goodbye, at least for a while.

Sam, it sounds like you and your family have a wonderful path in front of you. Best wishes. As for the DW sabbatical, maybe you could incorporate DW into your mindfulness practice...holding the mouse, I click going down, and feel the mouse clicking up...I see the DhammaWheel url, and breathing in, I...
by Anagarika
Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm: Korean Documentary: A Day in the Life at Bodhinyana
Replies: 5
Views: 1309

Re: Ajahn Brahm: Korean Documentary: A Day in the Life at Bodhinyana

Nice scenery, buildings and forest trails. Unfortunately, it is mostly in Korean. Which center are those buildings in the beginning of the film, by the coastline? Is that a Korean temple / monastery? David, as I recall from viewing this earlier this morning, the film begins at the Korean temple fro...
by Anagarika
Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm: Korean Documentary: A Day in the Life at Bodhinyana
Replies: 5
Views: 1309

Ajahn Brahm: Korean Documentary: A Day in the Life at Bodhinyana

From the Dhammaloka Community forum this posting appeared, depicting life at Ajahn Brahm's monastery. If you have only watched his Friday night videos, with the customary bad jokes and the 'Truckload of Dung," this video presents a side of the Ajahn and life at his Wat that few see. It's worth 54 mi...
by Anagarika
Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: New article in Buddhadharma: Leigh B on Jhana
Replies: 1
Views: 483

New article in Buddhadharma: Leigh B on Jhana

A new Leigh Brasington article (perhaps to coincide with the release of his new book) on jhana. Worth a read.

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by Anagarika
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Thai translation help
Replies: 30
Views: 2926

Re: Thai translation help

Thanks, Mike. The Reviews for Complete Thai were very good; I'm adding this to my list.