Search found 50 matches

by makarasilapin
Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: obtaining an invitation letter
Replies: 3
Views: 1162

obtaining an invitation letter

i'm most likely heading to thailand this summer to ordain but don't have a specific monastery to write me an invitation letter. i remember last time the guy at the thai consulate said that i just need "anything on paper". does anyone know if the invitation letter needs to include any specific inform...
by makarasilapin
Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravadin country with the most forest/wilderness?
Replies: 10
Views: 1368

Re: Theravadin country with the most forest/wilderness?

100% Sri Lanka, and Thailand's forest are nearly all gone
by makarasilapin
Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: unattached
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: unattached

how much unnattachment should we have towards karma. should we take it as total truth? but we dont know it first hand yet. we should believe in it, but how much. dont animals have worse karma? is that clinging to the beleif to tightly? so how much do we beleive in it? thoughts? karma is cause and e...
by makarasilapin
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does belief in rebirth amount to wrong views clinging?
Replies: 2
Views: 972

Re: Does belief in rebirth amount to wrong views clinging?

Please answer my question based on the following statement: clinging ---------- Buddhaghosa further identifies that these four clinging types are causally interconnected as follows: 1. self-doctrine clinging: first, one assumes that one has a permanent "self." 2. wrong-view clinging: then, one assu...
by makarasilapin
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Love & Loving-kindness
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: Love & Loving-kindness

What is the difference between love without attatchment and loving-kindness(or compassion)? i really dislike the term "loving-kindness". try to be lovingly kind to person that treats you like garbage. instead, i've found it easier to have goodwill for them - disliking them but wishing them all the ...
by makarasilapin
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anatta & Rebirth : An Idea
Replies: 8
Views: 1328

Re: Anatta & Rebirth : An Idea

People always ask what goes to the next life if there is no-self. Why is it that we need to seperate samsara(your mental contiunum or each persons ongoing experience) because the process of death & birth happens? T i'm not sure what it is you're asking. can you reformulate your question? careful no...
by makarasilapin
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The nature of Nibbana
Replies: 15
Views: 2491

Re: The nature of Nibbana

In the state of deep sleep there is no desire, no attachment, nothing at all but oblivious bliss. Can this be likened to Nibbana? i would recommend reading, The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha's Teachings on Nibbana, by Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro. i have read lots of Buddhist literature and hav...
by makarasilapin
Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anxiety. ..
Replies: 19
Views: 2980

Re: Anxiety. ..

Thanks...sometimes it feels like a tatoo, there and will always be there...horrible and seemingly apart from my practice. I must be doing something wrong? a healthy meditation practice is a combination of both vipassana and samatha. my advice would be to fabricate pleasurable states of mind to repl...
by makarasilapin
Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Acceptance of "Negative" Qualities
Replies: 19
Views: 2668

Re: Acceptance of "Negative" Qualities

waterchan wrote:Hello retro,

I'm not sure where the conflict lies?
you don't just study and contemplate them - after you have determined that they are "negative" qualities of mind you fabricate skillful qualities in their stead, some of which are categorical like virtue.
by makarasilapin
Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: northeast thailand ordination
Replies: 13
Views: 2099

Re: northeast thailand ordination

they most likely won't speak any english or if someone does happen to speak english it won't be very good. definitely try to pick up the thai language first - pali will come to you once you begin learning the chants. it's nice because thai and pali are not far off. again, best of luck!
by makarasilapin
Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: northeast thailand ordination
Replies: 13
Views: 2099

Re: northeast thailand ordination

get your immunity shots before you arrive in thailand. you won't have to worry about tigers but there are still lots of snakes and creepy crawlers lurking about. kidnappings? i lived in thailand for 5 years and hadn't heard anything about kidnappings. also, look into how to renew your visa or if the...
by makarasilapin
Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: aggunna, asteroids, cosmos, intentions, space/time
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: aggunna, asteroids, cosmos, intentions, space/time

Greetings, for instance by speculating on the cosmos you might end up discovering something about yourself. Like the mind's insatiable capacity for conceptual proliferation, perhaps? if an asteroid did hit earth would that be our collective kamma? No. i strongly suggest that our intentions here on ...
by makarasilapin
Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Level of knowledge required for ordination?
Replies: 25
Views: 4754

Re: Level of knowledge required for ordination?

tiltbillings wrote:
makarasilapin wrote:if you interpret it as allegory, what else is allegorical and what is truth?
Yes, and this the same question Christians struggle with in terms of their Bible.

Also, an allegory is one way of expressing truth.
allegory is useful fiction and not truth...
by makarasilapin
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Level of knowledge required for ordination?
Replies: 25
Views: 4754

Re: Level of knowledge required for ordination?

i don't think i should have to mention this but a Theravada Buddhist is an Orthodox Buddhist - they rely on the Pali Canon for direction. if you interpret some of the suttas as allegorical, or as later additions that cannot be directly linked to Buddha, then who is to say what is allegorical and not...