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by Sati1
Fri May 08, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The State Of Asian Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 1763

Re: The State Of Asian Buddhism

I wouldn't give the quote that much credence. There is a long history of westerners commenting on the parlous state of Buddhism among the poor benighted Asians that goes back to the days of Marco Polo and beyond. For some balance, you should read Donald Lopez's 'From Stone to Flesh' http://www.amaz...
by Sati1
Thu May 07, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A day in the life of a novice Buddhist monk
Replies: 24
Views: 4844

Re: A day in the life of a novice Buddhist monk

Wonderful and very interesting!

Thanks for sharing, Bhante.
by Sati1
Wed May 06, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka
Replies: 3
Views: 748

Re: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

This book is great, a biography of Nyanatiloka with a short biography also of Nyanaponika:

http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=17992" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Sati1
Mon May 04, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2087

Re: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Dear Anagata,

Thanks for your response. That makes sense and might explain why enlightenment still seems to be possible despite the dire predictions.

With metta,
by Sati1
Sun May 03, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka
Replies: 3
Views: 748

Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

I just came across this recent movie about the Irish monk U Dhammaloka, who appears to have been the first Western monk ever. For those who are interested in helping, the producers are currently raising funds:

http://www.thedharmabum.eu/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

With metta,
by Sati1
Fri May 01, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay life or monasticism?
Replies: 23
Views: 4386

Re: Ditching lay life, wanting to ordain.

Dear Upasaka Sumana, I very much sympathize with your strong desire to ordain and would agree with you that monkhood provides more suitable conditions for practice than lay life usually does. Otherwise Buddha would not have spoken so highly of the monk life (eg SN 42:7, An 3:45, Sn 274 and 221, Iti ...
by Sati1
Fri May 01, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 70
Views: 7680

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

The growth of Buddhism in the United States has been nothing short of explosive. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_in_the_United_States" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; This article states that: In 2012, U-T San Diego estimated U.S. p...
by Sati1
Fri May 01, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is reading and watching the news bad for the mind?
Replies: 11
Views: 1367

Re: Is reading and watching the news bad for the mind?

Sam Vara wrote:I think it depends on the type of news that is being reported, and also on how one deals with what one reads.
:goodpost:
by Sati1
Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2087

Re: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Dear Ven. Dhammanando, thanks for your reply. I can see how even the slightest advance on the Path is already worthwhile, especially if it can assure eventual deliverance from samsara (not to say the benefits of happiness and peace enjoyed in this life). So perhaps living in an age in which arahants...
by Sati1
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2087

Re: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Dear santa100 and robertk, Thank you for your responses. It seems then that one should not get too hung up on that number, since its legitimacy is dubious. Even the numbers quoted by Bhikkhu Bodhi (2000 years for arahants, etc) are not particularly encouraging, as they would indicate that in our epo...
by Sati1
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2087

Re: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Dear santa100,

Thank you for the reply and for the reference. If the duration of the sasana depends on our behaviour, where does the 5,000 year prophesy fit in? Is that number just mythological, or is the source authoritative?

Many thanks,
by Sati1
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?
Replies: 12
Views: 2087

Duration of sasana and interval between Buddhas?

Hello, I recently read an article stating that the sasana was predicted to last only 5,000 years. Is this information authoritative? Does it rest on teachings by the Buddha? I was also wondering what the prediction (prophesy?) is about the time between the end of this sasana and the arrival of Buddh...
by Sati1
Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How a skeptical anchorman became a Buddhist
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Re: How a skeptical anchorman became a Buddhist

I do think that there is value in such news, since they help dispel the myth that Buddhism is only meant for people from Asia. Many people here in the West who might otherwise choose to investigate Buddhism don't do so because they have certain unfounded prejudices against it. A friend recently aske...
by Sati1
Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Devotion to the Buddha?
Replies: 10
Views: 904

Re: Devotion to the Buddha?

Dear duckfiasco, I have found devotion to the Buddha to be a wonderful addition to my life and a way of injecting energy and motivation into every day. There can be great joy in bowing, chanting, and expressing gratitude to him who discovered the Dhamma and the one path to liberation. Just think of ...
by Sati1
Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Agamas divergence from Pali Canon, still practiced?
Replies: 20
Views: 2387

Re: Agamas divergence from Pali Canon, still practiced?

Hello,

Thank you very much for the information. I will look for a book by Ven Analayo on this topic to study it further.

With metta,
by Sati1
Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Agamas divergence from Pali Canon, still practiced?
Replies: 20
Views: 2387

Re: Agamas divergence from Pali Canon, still practiced?

Hello, Thank you very much for your replies. I dont understand how there can be parallel versions of dozens (or hundreds?) of suttas, without them having diverged from each other at some point. Is the First Council considered to be the time when the agamas and Pali suttas arose separately? I am look...
by Sati1
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why Ordain?
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Why Ordain?

Dear Ven Dhammanando, Thank you very much for your response. This makes perfect sense, and I have noticed that on days with more moment-to-moment mindfulness concentration indeed tends to be more refined (as per the bojjhanga sequence, probably). I plan to take that book out on loan from the Amarava...
by Sati1
Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:05 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why Ordain?
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Why Ordain?

A second reason is that the practice of “carrying the meditation subject” (i.e. keeping it in mind throughout one’s waking hours — essential for jhānic deveopment) is only realistically possible for a monk or a householder who doesn’t need to work. But most householders do need to work. Dear Ven Dh...
by Sati1
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Agamas divergence from Pali Canon, still practiced?
Replies: 20
Views: 2387

Agamas divergence from Pali Canon, still practiced?

Hello,

I was wondering when the Chinese Agamas diverged from the Pali Canon and if there are still Buddhists who lead their practice by them. Is there somehing equivalent to Theravada Buddhism but for the Agamas?

Many thanks,
by Sati1
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: If can meditate in half lotus, is it worth learning full lotus?
Replies: 12
Views: 1869

Re: If can meditate in half lotus, is it worth learning full lotus?

Dear PurpleNoop, It is probably better for your body on the long run if you maintain a relative symmetry with how your back rests. As for you, I also find it much easier to have one leg on top of the other (left on top of right, in my case). I am intent on achieving a similar flexibility in the oppo...