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by James the Giant
Sun May 04, 2014 7:53 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: They cleaned up my avatar...
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: They cleaned up my avatar...

Gosh the statue is super-shiny now. I wonder what kind of paint that is? Maybe actual gold paint with several layers of gloss coat on top.
What were you doing up there in Thailand, Mike?
by James the Giant
Sun May 04, 2014 1:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anicca and Stable Atoms.
Replies: 66
Views: 5829

Re: Anicca and Stable Atoms.

There are no stable atoms. Where did you hear there are stable, eternal atoms? Even the building blocks of atoms, like protons and electrons, decay and change.
by James the Giant
Sat May 03, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How is Thanavuddho today?
Replies: 8
Views: 2819

Re: How is Thanavuddho today?

He was in a few monasteries near Sydney, then went back to Thailand in May 2013, then on to Sri Lanka... But more recent news I do not know. He last logged in here at Dhammawheel about two months ago.
That's the full and complete extent of my stalking/info gathering.
by James the Giant
Sat May 03, 2014 5:27 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Venerable Father--a Life with Ajahn Chah Have you read this?
Replies: 29
Views: 3021

Re: Venerable Father--a Life with Ajahn Chah Have you read t

Not a moron, just a dope. So far, I've heard about how everyone loves the Ajahn, but see nothing to respect about him. Some seem to feel they need discipline, and a Father figure. Could it be that simple? I think it's that indefinable "charisma" that some gurus and leaders have. Something about the...
by James the Giant
Sat May 03, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Venerable Father--a Life with Ajahn Chah Have you read this?
Replies: 29
Views: 3021

Re: Venerable Father--a Life with Ajahn Chah Have you read t

This book is everywhere at the moment, for free at Ajahn Chah monasteries. There must have been a big reprint.
I think I'm going to have to read it, with the description of the author as a Delusional Moron. :clap:
by James the Giant
Thu May 01, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Defilements vs purity
Replies: 26
Views: 3058

Re: Defilements vs purity

SarathW wrote:Un defilement and wisdom (enlightenment) are two different things.
Once you have radiant consciousness (undefiled Citta) you should develop wisdom to attain Nirvana.
Radiant consciousness is not Nirvana.
Aha, I thought it was, thanks for clarifying that. :bow:
by James the Giant
Thu May 01, 2014 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Defilements vs purity
Replies: 26
Views: 3058

Re: Defilements vs purity

If the citta or whatever was originally undefiled, like you say, then you would have been enlightened back then.
You, and I, are not enlightened. Therefore the citta was never undefiled.
by James the Giant
Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Actually Factual...
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

Re: Actually Factual...

Oh noooo, no no, please no. Not a new thread for every new daily post from the Venerable. Keep it in the Daily Dhamma Drops, perhaps apart from the occasional request like SarahW made.
He posts individual new threads on NewBuddhist, and it clutters things up. In my opinion.
by James the Giant
Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Actually Factual...
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

Re: Actually Factual...

Ah, I see. I quite like these kinds of frequent educational posts to be in the Daily Dhamma Drops topic, but possibly that's just me.

Thank you Venerable.
by James the Giant
Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Actually Factual...
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

Re: Actually Factual...

Doesn't this belong in Daily Dhamma Drops?
by James the Giant
Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help Friend or Ordain now?
Replies: 21
Views: 2238

Re: Help Friend or Ordain now?

FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS for a hut in Vietnam?? You can rent a whole two storey house in Ho Chi Min City for $200 per month. Something is seriously wrong with your friend if he wants fifty K for a hut. For fifty thousand you can get your friend a nice house in the suburbs, far nicer than what most Vie...
by James the Giant
Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddha tattoo
Replies: 15
Views: 1754

Re: Buddha tattoo

waterchan wrote:... then we might imply that this extends to all traditional Theravada countries as well.
Not in Thailand. I saw several monks with tattoos of the Buddha on their arms, and one layperson.
by James the Giant
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:21 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: doesnt growing in dhamma, admirable friends, family
Replies: 5
Views: 1004

Re: doesnt growing in dhamma, admirable friends, family

and now my life is confusion and nonsense. What is your advice? My advice is to keep taking your meds, and if you aren't on them, to go to your doctor and have a talk. All this stuff sounds like things that would not be an issue if you were feeling mentally healthy. As you've said in other topics, ...
by James the Giant
Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery questions
Replies: 2
Views: 623

Re: Monastery questions

Hmm, that's interesting. All the other monasteries I have visited are open for quiet respectful public people to attend at any time. Ah, except for one Tibetan monastery (Gelug), where I could not attend the chanting because you had to have been initiated, or have had a transmission or something. Ma...
by James the Giant
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How a bikkhu name is chosen?
Replies: 8
Views: 1603

Re: How a bikkhu name is chosen?

I have heard that at Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth, Australia, the newcomers get to choose their own monastic names from a book of names. Kind of cool, really. Yep, one monk even made up his own Pali-sounding name; "Nito", pronounced Neat-oh. :tongue: But that's not usual, it's usually as Goofaholi...