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by James the Giant
Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Informations about Ajahn Kevali
Replies: 27
Views: 4070

Re: Informations about Ajahn Kevali

I spent just over three weeks there, and he seemed to me to be a competent and kind ajahn, but uninspiring. Good enough, I guess. Sorry, that sounds like Damning With Faint Praise. Several of the monks at Nanachat said he was reluctant to ordain people, and indeed, very few ordinations have happened...
by James the Giant
Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation apnea, asphyxia and ecstasy
Replies: 13
Views: 1412

Re: Meditation apnea, asphyxia and ecstasy

Google the Choking Game. The wiki is bad at explaining it though, find a different page.
Also similar mechanism to Autoerotic Asphyxiation.

Don't be tempted to play around with it, a good friend of mine died that way.
At the funeral they said Suicide, but everyone who knew him well knew otherwise.
by James the Giant
Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Tattoo
Replies: 13
Views: 1903

Re: Tattoo

binocular wrote: How about a tattoo of naked woman, all over the right arm ...
I think you may have missed where it says "common sense prevails".
by James the Giant
Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:09 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What do you want to do when you're dead?
Replies: 18
Views: 1815

Re: What do you want to do when you're dead?

Thanks, I've not read the TOS recently so I wasn't sure.
They have a brush in the room, so you can sweep the floor clean of corpse-dust before you sit to meditate.
Strong medicine!
by James the Giant
Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:02 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What do you want to do when you're dead?
Replies: 18
Views: 1815

Re: What do you want to do when you're dead?

Ooh that picture turned out big and could perhaps shock small conservative sheltered children or those who prefer to avoid the reality of death...
Should I not have attached it?
Apologies.
by James the Giant
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:53 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What do you want to do when you're dead?
Replies: 18
Views: 1815

Re: What do you want to do when you're dead?

I'd like to donate my body to a monastery, where they'd watch it decay, like this woman at the monastery I'm staying at now, Tham Yai Prik, on Ko Sichang.
They built a perspex box and a special building so it didn't stink the place out so bad.
It's pretty horrible, sobering. Still smelly.
by James the Giant
Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Tattoo
Replies: 13
Views: 1903

Re: Tattoo

Sorry to restart this old thread, but a few weeks ago I saw a Thai monk at Wat Pah Nanachat who had a big full-colour buddha on his bicep. Everyone was fine with it, all good.
by James the Giant
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Cannot ignore thought...
Replies: 23
Views: 1744

Re: Cannot ignore thought...

Myotai wrote:
But as anapana is my main practice labeling seems to drag me away from my initial focus
Consider broadening your practise to include tools and techniques which might be helpful in this case.
by James the Giant
Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: SN Goenka ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1065

Re: SN Goenka ?

I know by example that in Thaï Forest Monasteries you practice anapana only No way, you practice however you want, using whatever technique works for you. A lot of Thai Forest monks do use anapana but the other popular "methods" I have heard a lot of monks talk about themselves using, are the Mahas...
by James the Giant
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:12 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Diet on Solitary Retreat
Replies: 9
Views: 1469

Re: Diet on Solitary Retreat

Add a packet of psyllium or bran fibre, to avoid constipation. The food ordering-online thing sounds good as suggested above. In my area the supermarket chain only charges $10 for delivery, even out on the farm, as they save so much money on shop space, rental, etc. Solo retreat sounds great, may yo...
by James the Giant
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Disrobe or ... ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1171

Re: Disrobe or ... ?

My advice on this matter is to stop wasting your time thinking about it. As hypothetical questions go, this one is up there with the most abstruse and wildly unlikely. A clingy spiritual ex in spirit form is NOT going to contact you to complain when you are an awesome meditation master. That's prett...
by James the Giant
Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mailing Wat Pah Nanachat
Replies: 8
Views: 1310

Re: Mailing Wat Pah Nanachat

You can just show up you don't need to mail them. When I went there I just showed up and so did the other visitors. I understand they're getting tired of spiritual backpackers Just Showing Up. They specifically request overseas visitors, and those intending to stay for a longer time, to write to th...
by James the Giant
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Current Thai Buddhism and how it came to be
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: Current Thai Buddhism and how it came to be

Wow thanks Chris, that's a fascinating article.
by James the Giant
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: State control of the Sangha
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: State control of the Sangha

This article, first posted by Cooran in another thread, is a really good read for those interested in the State/Sangha organisation.
http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/3883
by James the Giant
Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: bhavanga
Replies: 12
Views: 1924

Re: bavangha

No It is not bangha. She exprienced nothing for a while. As if a piece of time just had not existed. Interesting, I had that too, and the teacher said something like "bhavanga", which meant nothing to me. I sat down to meditate, focussed on the breath and then immediately I heard the bell for the e...