Bhikkhu Ñanananda

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by Sekha » Tue May 18, 2010 9:20 am

tiltbillings wrote:For those of you who have been reading the Samyutta Nikaya, reading Ven Nanananda's translation anthology of the Samyutta Nikaya is well worth the time, particularly for his footnotes. http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net/eng/ ... =other&p=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by aryashrawaka » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:52 pm

May the triple gem bless you all!

I am a person who has been in search of pure teaching for many years. I have read/listened to thousands of books/ sermons of various monks who are known as veteran,educated, intelligent etc. But until I came accross ven. K.Nanananda's books my thirst for dhamma was never appeased.

as I listened to a few recordings I was in bad urge to visit ven. K.Nanananda's just to worship his feet & pay homage.Visitors are allowed only during the weekend. But the day I went, I got to know from other visitors, venerable is in bad health & better to limit the visit to a few minutes.

We had to write the reason we came & send it to the hermitage/cave for venerable approval prior to visit. Once approved, we entered to a small cave with minimum facilities.Rock bed covered with a robe and a table made with a few planks & a cupboard which venerable keeps books. Books are for the visitors. I got handful of books, copy from each book he had at that moment. also a few CDs. I just had a short visit & payed my homage by worshiping his feet. without any doubt, it's the most precious moment of my life. I rejoice it over and over. Lord Buddha said it's very hard to visit real monks. it's well said.

Venerable is passing his last years & is not in good health. He has breathing problems. So visitors are requested not to make venerable talk much. Probably the upasthayka committee may decide that no more visitors if venerable's health may not turn better.

most insightful, intellegnet, wise monk I ever know & who has an open mind & a lots of wisdom.

may ven. K.Nanananda attain nibbana very soon!

with metta

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:20 pm

:anjali:
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by adeh » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:46 pm

Thanks for the link......can't wait to read the famous "The Magic of the Mind" and this other work "Towards a Better World" looks like a bit of a gem too...

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by Prasadachitta » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:27 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Tilt,
tiltbillings wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Nibbana Sermons 1-25 can be downloaded as a single PDF from http://lirs.ru/do/sutra/Nibbana_Sermons,Nanananda.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta,
Retro. :)
Geez, only 809 pages.
809 pages of genius.

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Metta,
Retro. :)
I have finished sermons 1-6 and it is enough to bring tears of joy. I am sure I will finish the rest of the text within a few more days. This exposition is of extraordinary value. I have spent the past month on a silent meditation retreat and just happened to begin reading it now. Perfect timing.


:clap:

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by grasshopper » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:12 am

There is a famous native Sri lankan Bhikkhu called Kiribathgoda Ñanananda: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiribathgo ... anda_Thero" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Is this the monk you guys are talking about in this thread?
Thanks.

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:52 am

Greetings,

No - different person.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by BlackBird » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:13 am

Hi Retro

Since arriving in Sri Lanka I have heard Ven Ñanananda's name come up on more than a few occasions. His unorthodoxy is a bit scandalous for the majority, indeed he tends to get lumped in with Nyanavira in the 'oddball' category. Some people describe him as an Arahant, some have described him to me as an 'old rambler'. I've not had the chance to meet the Venerable Sir, and even after meeting him I would probably refrain from passing judgement, all I can really say is that from my experience his mention tends to polarize people.

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by tiltbillings » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:18 am

BlackBird wrote: some have described him to me as an 'old rambler'.
Ah, but such eloquent, insightful rambling.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:22 am

Greetings Jack,

Thanks for letting me know. It's quite sad, though given the picture of Sri Lankan orthodoxy painted by Nanavira Thera in his Letters, not altogether unexpected. Nice to see that some think highly of him - probably those that have actually lent an ear to what he has to say.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by atulo » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:37 pm

interesting. I just posted a link about papanca-sanna-sankha. It is theme which is rarely discussed, and Nananada was one of rare brave ones. Here is (again) the link to Nanamoli's article http://pathpress.wordpress.com/2010/08/ ... na-sankha/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by mikenz66 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:36 am

BlackBird wrote:The two books listed above are now available for download on http://www.what-buddha-taught.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (down at the bottom) saving everyone the hassle of rapidshare.

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Hmm the scan is missing pages 4 and 5, and resumes near the beginning of the quote that Geoff (Ñāṇa) kindly provided here: http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f= ... =40#p72889" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

However, the text does seem to be available here:
http://nibbanam.com/?p=49" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by Nyana » Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:53 am

Hi all,

Some of Ven. Ñāṇananda's books can be downloaded here: http://seeingthroughthenet.net/eng/gen. ... =other&p=1

His Ideal Solitude: An Exposition on the Bhaddekaratta Sutta can be downloaded here: http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh188.pdf

Audio files of Ven. Ñāṇananda reading the first 25 of his Nibbāna Sermons (in English) can be downloaded here: http://seeingthroughthenet.net/eng/gen. ... cat=nn&p=1

His Seeing Through: A Guide to Insight Meditation can be downloaded as a .doc file here: http://www.beyondthenet.net/calm/SEEING%20THROUGH.doc (You will need to have the Times_CSX+ fonts installed in your operating system fonts folder for the diacritics of this .doc file to display properly. They can be downloaded here: http://www.beyondthenet.net/calm/clm_main1.asp.)

All the best,

Geoff

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by mikenz66 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:41 pm

There is now a Wikipedia page for Bhikkhu Ñanananda, with some useful history and links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katukurund ... anda_Thera" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Post by Nyana » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:59 am

mikenz66 wrote:There is now a Wikipedia page for Bhikkhu Ñanananda, with some useful history and links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katukurund ... anda_Thera" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Thanks Mike.

Apparently the venerable bhikkhu is a time traveler. :D According to the Wikipedia page:
  • Ven. Nanananda Thera delivered 33 sermons on the subject of Nibbana, during the period 1998.08.12 – 1991.01.31.
If someone has a Wikipedia account it would be a good idea to correct these dates.

All the best,

Geoff

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