Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Post by pilgrim » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:04 am

CedarTree wrote:
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....?
Yes, the allowable colours are described in the Khandaka rules that form part of the monastic code.

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Re: Jason Chan the Wandering Australian Monk

Post by CedarTree » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:51 pm

Very interesting. What immediately came to mind was the first Dhutanga practice:

1. Refuse-rag-wearer's Practice (pamsukulik'anga) — wearing robes made up from discarded or soiled cloth and not accepting and wearing ready-made robes offered by householders.

I am curious if in the Vinaya it makes exceptions based on the quality of the cloth, location of the person (If there aren't trees or other things needed to dye especially for a solitary alms monk..)


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