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Arnab Arya
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Sangha.

Post by Arnab Arya » Mon May 13, 2019 12:29 pm

I live in a locality where there are no Theravada Buddhist temple. I am practicing Buddhism past 5 years on my own since, there is no Temple in my location. Is it possible for one to practice and follow Buddhism (Theravada) at his/her home by his/her own with the help of Buddha's teachings (4 noble truths, 8 fold path and 5 perceptions) and online lectures, books, articles etc. available online?

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Post by dharmacorps » Mon May 13, 2019 6:01 pm

Absolutely. Many people on this very board have the same situation. You can still donate to monasteries and provide dana to monks online.

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Re: Sangha.

Post by bodom » Mon May 13, 2019 7:34 pm

Arnab Arya wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 12:29 pm
I live in a locality where there are no Theravada Buddhist temple. I am practicing Buddhism past 5 years on my own since, there is no Temple in my location. Is it possible for one to practice and follow Buddhism (Theravada) at his/her home by his/her own with the help of Buddha's teachings (4 noble truths, 8 fold path and 5 perceptions) and online lectures, books, articles etc. available online?
Wherever there is suffering there is the way out of suffering. That is the place of practice.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Post by JamesTheGiant » Mon May 13, 2019 7:37 pm

Yes definitely, especially with the help of forums like this and Buddhist pages on social media.
I do that these days, but I also try to do a real live in-person retreat once a year. I have to travel quite a long way for that.

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Post by Nwad » Thu May 16, 2019 12:51 pm

If you are serious in your practice you can make a suitable environement for good practice in your life, and go to the monastery one or twice a year + forums are good place to dewelop your comprehention of Dhamma.
I do that way and it's good enoght. The point is to do the wholesome, avoid the unwholesome and purify the mind.
:anjali:

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Post by salayatananirodha » Thu May 16, 2019 1:57 pm

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16. 'In what has the world originated?' — so said the Yakkha Hemavata, — 'with what is the world intimate? by what is the world afflicted, after having grasped at what?' (167)

17. 'In six the world has originated, O Hemavata,' — so said Bhagavat, — 'with six it is intimate, by six the world is afflicted, after having grasped at six.' (168)

- Hemavatasutta


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https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/index.htm
http://thaiforestwisdom.org/canonical-texts/
http://seeingthroughthenet.net/
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html

Arnab Arya
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Re: Sangha.

Post by Arnab Arya » Thu May 16, 2019 4:23 pm

How to set up a proper Theravada shrine at home?

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Re: Sangha.

Post by Srilankaputra » Fri May 17, 2019 10:31 am

Arnab Arya wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 4:23 pm
How to set up a proper Theravada shrine at home?
Hi Arnab,

I think the following has all the information you require and more.

Lay Buddhist Practice
The Shrine Room, Uposatha Day, Rains Residence
by
Bhikkhu Khantipalo

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... el206.html
O seeing one,we for refuge go to thee!
O mighty sage do thou our teacher be!

Paccuppannañca yo dhammaṃ,
Tattha tattha vipassati

“Yato yato mano nivāraye,
Na dukkhameti naṃ tato tato;
Sa sabbato mano nivāraye,
Sa sabbato dukkhā pamuccatī”ti.

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Post by SarathW » Fri May 17, 2019 10:58 am

My main virtual temple is Dhamma Wheel even though I visit other virtual temples such as Sutta Central and stack exchange.
You find great monks in these virtual temples.
Sometimes you can't get the same instructions from a real temple.
Having said that if you can, it is great to visit a nearby temple and interact with other like-minded people.
I hardly visit a temple even though I support them with donations.
In my opinion, you can do a lot of groundwork from home.
But surely one day you have to leave home to reach the final goal.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Sangha.

Post by ChooChoo » Fri May 17, 2019 11:53 pm

There are a couple of monasteries here where I live. The Sri Lankan one is a open to outsiders but there is sometimes a langauge barrier. The Laotian one is not open to outsiders at all. There is also a massive Vietnamese Mahayana temple not too far from where i live but again, there is no webpage, only a facebook page entirely in Vietnamese. The signs outside the temple are in Vietnamese no English at all.

I have started reading here on my own, watching youtube videos and checking out Dhammawheel (thanks for responding to my questions). I would like to go to retreats but due to family and work obligations it is not possible as often as I would like.

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