cooran wrote:Welcome Aki to DhammaWheel!
May I ask Where you ordained and at which Monastery do you reside?
lyndon taylor wrote:I think Aki is friend in arabic, so that is a good choice!!
*Not to imply any Ariyahood, it's just I'm enjoying lot of happiness and freedom as a Bhikkhu.
I'm appending this to answer the questions by Chris: My ordination was from Sri Lanka, and spending my fourth decade as a Bhikkhu. For the first part of my monk life, I resided in Sri Lanka, then about ten years in Burma. Currently for the last five or so years, I'm residing in a forest hut with several other monks. If you wish, you can call it a very small monastery which isn't affiliated to any tradition. I find staying alone or staying with a few monks is very peaceful.
If you think what this Bhikkhu is doing here: Registering me was an idea of a young monk, he use a laptop for his studies and sometimes read this forum and thought I can share some of my experiences here. However, looking at the amount of debates and from my observations in Burma, I found most of the westerners as cup full with a difficulty of having faith.
I found the user name to be odd, but the young monk says this is modern world. It represents the first three characters of the Pali word Akiñcana.
May you be well!
Mkoll wrote:You've been a monk longer than I've been alive. Much respect to you, Venerable.
I'd love to hear you tell us about your life as a monk. What has been hardest for you? Was there a particularly tough time in the monk's life and what were the circumstances? How long did it take for you to be really settled in to the life? How long did it take to really start to enjoy this happiness you're talking about?
Mkoll wrote:Would you ever go back to the household life or is a monk's life much more preferable to you?
The Buddha, the Master, rebuked him: “Foolish man, it is not suitable it is not becoming, it is not proper, it is unworthy of a recluse, it is not allowable, it is not to be done. How could you go forth in such a well-proclaimed Dhamma and training and not be able for life to practice the perfectly complete and pure spiritual life? Have I not taught the Dhamma in many ways for the sake of dispassion … When the Dhamma has been taught by me for the sake of dispassion, how can you be intent upon passion? … Have I not in many ways declared the abandoning of sense pleasures … the stilling of the fever of sense pleasures? It would be better, foolish man, for your male organ to enter the mouth of a terrible and poisonous snake than to enter a woman. It would be better for your male organ to enter the mouth of a black snake than to enter a woman. It would be better for your male organ to enter a charcoal pit, burning, ablaze, afire, than to enter a woman. Why is that? Because for that reason you might die or experience deadly suffering, but you would not on that account, at the breaking up of the body after death, be reborn in the plane of misery, a bad destination, the abyss, hell.
Mkoll wrote:Any advice for householders or advice on practice in general?
Sokehi wrote:Sadhu Bhante! Very inspiring and interesting post of yours!
Would you mind to contribute some of your experiences here as well? - viewtopic.php?f=30&t=20810
That would be very much appreciated. I bet you have some great insights to share
Viscid wrote:Great posts, your experience is plainly evident. I hope you continue to contribute to the forum in the future.
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