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Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby Phena » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:37 am

I thought I would post this link to a radio story very recently broadcast on Radio National in Australia, about this remarkable young wandering monk, seen through the eyes of the people he has had contact with and has influenced.

A truly inspiring :bow: and beautiful account.

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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby Dan74 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:21 am

Thank you for sharing!
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby Mkoll » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:35 am

I haven't listened to it yet, but after reading the brief description, my first reaction would be, "Now that's a good monk, worthy of veneration." Though of course I'd reserve judgement until I knew more.
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby SarathW » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:50 am

Why do you want to venerate some one just walking around?
:thinking:
PS: I haven't listen to the radio as yet.
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby Mkoll » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:57 am

SarathW wrote:Why do you want to venerate some one just walking around?
:thinking:
PS: I haven't listen to the radio as yet.

I said "first reaction." Do you even understand what I meant by that? Maybe you shouldn't jump to conclusions.

Anyway, he's not "just walking around." He's wandering barefoot with only the possessions of a monk and shuns attention. So far, so good.
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby Ben » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:29 am

Phena wrote:I thought I would post this link to a radio story very recently broadcast on Radio National in Australia, about this remarkable young wandering monk, seen through the eyes of the people he has had contact with and has influenced.

A truly inspiring :bow: and beautiful account.


Thanks, I caught the end of the program the other day. I couldn't work out whether he was a Buddhist monk or modern-day saddhu. It maybe a repeat of a story that I heard eighteen months ago or it could be based on someone else. What amazes me is that there are obviously a number of renunciates walking around Australia and they're able to do so on alms. Giving alms is not part of the Aussie culture.
I wish him all the best.
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby cooran » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:55 am

Last year, one of the Theravada Bhikkhus who had been at Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage for some time, walked as an Alms Mendicant to Sydney. He would not state his exact route or timetable as he wanted the journey to be just as it would have been during the time of the Buddha. He observed the same rules followed in a Monastery e.g. Eating from food dana from one bowl, and not eating after 12 noon. Australians are becoming more familiar with wandering monks.
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby Zom » Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:43 am

Buddha said there are dangers in lengthy wanderings (see AN 5.221 and 222). However sitting always in one place is not pleasant as well (AN 5.223).

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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby SarathW » Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:12 pm

Hi Zom
Have you got the link to an English translation?
Thanks
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby cooran » Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:39 pm

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby SarathW » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:04 am

Thanks Chris. :)
But it won't tell dangers in lengthy wanderings.
:thinking:
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby culaavuso » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:14 am

SarathW wrote:Thanks Chris. :)
But it won't tell dangers in lengthy wanderings.
:thinking:


The link provided was to AN 5.223 translated by E.M. Hare. The other two suttas mentioned which discuss wandering are AN 5.221 and AN 5.222, which can be found on the same site also translated by E.M. Hare.

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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby SarathW » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:47 am

Thanks C. :)
What is wandering with an aim and without aim? :thinking:
What should be the aim?
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby Phena » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:52 am

Ben wrote:What amazes me is that there are obviously a number of renunciates walking around Australia and they're able to do so on alms. Giving alms is not part of the Aussie culture.

I guess this is what struck me as well. Ven. Jinasiri, by setting such a powerful example of renunciation taps into the good nature and generosity of beings, which can inspire others to focus on the latent good qualities of others. If feel this was the Buddha’s intention in making monks dependent on society, so this exchange could occur and thereby elicit this generosity and care by this very fundamental transaction.

More importantly for me though, I find this such a powerful and pure example of renunciation that it inspires me to revisit and refocus on the importance of renunciation on the path.

The power of setting an example through application of the Dhamma, has the most impact in conveying the Dhamma.

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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby SarathW » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:27 am

Bhante Jason now in You Tube.
Further discussion about him in Sutta Central.

https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/ol ... rds/6157/2
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby CedarTree » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:15 pm

Shoryu Bradley, Abbot of Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery in Arkansas was actually talking about this recently.

Here is a Zen monastery in the middle of nowhere (Ozark National Forest). Arkansas is known as being bible belt and also not very diverse.

And he runs everything solely by donations and keeps everything open. Plus it is an intensive practice not really the standard community center zen model of some places.

Everything is off-grid, for toilets you have out houses, etc.

You would never think it could work but he has talked about when you find your place in this world things seem to work out. He is much more eloquent than me and is sometimes poetic in how he addresses things but it's true.

Even within many forest monasteries and Theravada temples bhikkhus keep to the "supported" structure. Many are afraid to venture outside of this and really try and practice a solitary alms life.

It is absolutely frightening to be a "nobody" as Ajahn Chah would say.

Big props to Bhante and others that are really stepping out and putting it all on the line. Comes with a lot of hardship and sacrifice but a lot of wisdom and experience as well.
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby pilgrim » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:11 am

SarathW wrote:Bhante Jason now in You Tube.
Further discussion about him in Sutta Central.

https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/ol ... rds/6157/2

Not being critical here but just out of curiosity, is Ven Jason Chan's robe within the range of acceptable colours? It appears to be just off-white.
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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Postby CedarTree » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:10 am

pilgrim wrote:
SarathW wrote:Bhante Jason now in You Tube.
Further discussion about him in Sutta Central.

https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/ol ... rds/6157/2

Not being critical here but just out of curiosity, is Ven Jason Chan's robe within the range of acceptable colours? It appears to be just off-white.
jc.JPG


There is appropriate colors....?
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