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by pilgrim
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 11
Views: 2089

Re: Renunciation of family life

Off the top of my head, there's Bhikkhu Cintita. There was also a US mother and son who both ordained ( not sure if both are still in robes though). I remember coming across others but the memory didn't stick. :) I believe you’re thinking of Ayya Santussika out of Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Californ...
by pilgrim
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhism under persecution
Replies: 15
Views: 966

Re: Buddhism under persecution

I'm not sure if it can be considered as persecution but Buddhism is suppressed or manipulated in all Communist countries. In Korea, it is often attacked by fundamentalist Christians. It Bangladesh and NE India, it is victimised by Muslims, often with the backing of the government. Buddhism is not al...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Physical posture during seated meditation
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

There are many ways of sitting cross legged - full lotus , half lotus, Burmese style (where the legs don't overlap), or even both legs to one side. In any of the ways one sits on the floor, it is important that the knees are no higher than the hips. Use a pillow under the butt if you have to. If you...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?
Replies: 32
Views: 2950

Re: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?

I think in the Commentarial literature there is a metaphor where meditation is compared to an ant-hill with 6 holes. An animal has run into the ant-hill. The hunter then plugs five of the holes and watches just one for the animal to exit. I think this indicates that unless one is doing a meditation ...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Against the stream centers shutting down
Replies: 52
Views: 3333

Re: Against the stream centers shutting down

Awww poor babies, it must be so hard for them ;( Not :rofl: Is this for real? If these people went to a forest monastery, they would be crying on day 1. This is encouraging weakness, mental illness, narcissism, and just general weirdness. The west is just so weird. Ajahn Chah use to call the monast...
by pilgrim
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?
Replies: 22
Views: 786

Did the Buddha ever see the sea?

The Ganges Valley where the Buddha lived is thousands of miles from the coast. Yet there are suttas where the Buddha talked about the oceans and its creatures. There are also suttas where he spoke of the cosmos. I'm wondering if his knowledge of the former was thru heresay from others or personal si...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1317

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

By all means continue using Ajahn when in Thailand or if the parisa consists largely of Thai speakers. But as Buddhism continues to establish itself in the West, the Thai connection will diminish. We could use the honorific Master which is already common for spiritual figures. But this adds in anoth...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1317

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

Greetings, another correct term such as Bhante? Bhante isn't correct either, because bhante is a first-person form of address, and to speak of Bhante Such-and-Such in the third-person is incorrect. My preference is for "Bhikkhu". Metta, Paul. :) That's true. I was thinking of situations where peopl...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1317

Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

That question...Many western Ajahns have lived most of their monastic lives outside Thailand. If we want Buddhism to be established in the west instead of being a Thai cultural relic, should we not use the Pali equivalent Acariya or another correct term such as Bhante?
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeking information about Ordination Process
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Seeking information about Ordination Process

Hello Soumik. Sadhu !..
Please see this thread.
viewtopic.php?f=30&t=24510
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insight as seeing
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: Insight as seeing

I am not a native English speaker, but even the word "in- sight " seems to have the faculty of seeing built into it. Why the centrality of seeing (as opposite to other sense media)? is it because our deluded self is often felt to be located behind the eyes? I think it is a natural evolution of lang...
by pilgrim
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 28
Views: 1501

Re: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

The text was the Abhidhamma. The transmission is complex, but I will ask pilgrim to comment on how it affected the Sri Lankan revival as he has read the book. Braun's condensed account: https://www.spiritrock.org/document.doc?id=5335 Certainly Ven. Nyanaponika and later western monks living in Sri ...
by pilgrim
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Vipassana
Replies: 5
Views: 748

Re: Vipassana

This book gives a historical account of the modern development of Vipassana. The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw (Buddhism and Modernity) [html]https://www.amazon.com/Birth-Insight-Meditation-Buddhism-Modernity-ebook/dp/B00GMEJ0FO[/html] "Braun focuse...
by pilgrim
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 7631

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

Being hit by a falling TV is due to someone else's carelessness but whether you die, suffer serious or minor injuries is due to your past kamma. There is no Group kamma. Hundreds of people can be at the wrong place when it is hit by a tsunami . But kamma determines who survives and who doesn't.
by pilgrim
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Ganha : A Nephew of Ajahn Chah ?
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: Ajahn Ganha : A Nephew of Ajahn Chah ?

In Thailand it is the custom to refer to each other as uncle, grandfather, nephew, auntie, etc. Ajahn Ganha who is known for his metta practice is actually not related to Aj Chah by blood. Are these not saying about a blood relationship ?? I can't be certain but this was what was told to me by a bh...