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Hello from Dhammanando

Postby Dhammanando » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:26 am

So, here we go again....

Greetings all, and thanks to David for setting up this new board.

For those who haven't hitherto encountered me, I'm a Theravadin bhikkhu, living at the Marble Temple in Bangkok and currently studying Abhidhamma at Wat Rakhang and (starting next month) teaching Vinaya at Benchamabophitr College. I was born and raised in England, but have been an ex-pat for the last 23 years, residing mainly in Thailand and Iceland. I have studied and practised with teachers in a number of the sub-traditions of the Theravada, but currently lean mostly towards rigorous Burmese-style pariyatti, and gentle Thai-style practice (especially as exemplified in the satipatthana teachings of the late Acharn Naeb).

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
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    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby appicchato » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:35 am

Indeed, here we go again...welcome friend...

I've enjoyed, and benefited considerably reading your erudite posts on E-Sangha...thank you...

Wishing you peace, contentment, and progress on your path in 2009...

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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby stuka » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:50 am

Welcome, Bhante. It is good to see you here, friend.
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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby Ben » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:43 pm

Thank you Ajahn for joining us.

sayi labhea ṇivago sahayo
sardhacare sas̱ovihari dhiro
(*abhibhuya) sarvaṇi pariṣeaṇi
carea ten' atamaṇa svad(*ima')



If one should find a wise companion,
a well-behaved, strong fellow,
[then] (*overcoming) all dangers,
one should wander along with him, satisfied at heart, mindful.

-- Khargaviṣaṇa-sutra, from R. Salomon, A Gāndhārī Version of the Rhinoceros Sutra: British Library Kharoṣṭhī Fragment 5B. Gandhāran Buddhist Texts 1. Seattle: University of Washington Press. 2000.

In appreciation and gratitude,

Ben
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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:53 pm

Hi Bhante and very happy to see you here. You have been a great resource over at e-sangha and probably other forums where you have posted. I mostly only had the time for e-sangha before and enjoyed your informative posts.

I always remember our somewhat combative post exchanges (years ago) at first (all my fault) and then it became very friendly. I guess I finally progressed a little! :mrgreen:
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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby Fede » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:46 pm

I once posted on e-sangha that i thought he looked cute, and my post was deleted as inappropriate for an ordained monk to be subjected to. :roll:
Knowing the venerable Dhammanando as I do (which is both a priviledge and a pleasure) I can't for one moment believe a good Northern-stock lad of his calibre would be remotely offended.

Especially as he knows the whole unadulterated version of "On Ilkley Moor baht 'at" - !

I'm so glad to see him and others, here!
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Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby Will » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:00 pm

Not knowing much about Theravada etiquette (or spelling, or anything really) is Bhante the proper way to address a bhikkhu? No Venerable or plain bhikkhu so & so? What does Bhante mean?
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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby Fede » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:13 pm

Bhante is a title which literally means something like 'reverend sir', in Pāli.

We just call him that to make him feel wanted. :P

It's a title of respect, that's all.
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby Dhammanando » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:21 pm

Hi Will,

Will wrote:Not knowing much about Theravada etiquette (or spelling, or anything really) is Bhante the proper way to address a bhikkhu? No Venerable or plain bhikkhu so & so? What does Bhante mean?


Yes, in the Suttas 'bhante', the contracted form of 'bhaddante', is how householders address bhikkhus, how junior bhikkhus address senior bhikkhus, and how everyone addresses the Buddha. A fairly literal translation would be something along the lines of 'auspicious one' (the word is related to bhadra, as in bhadra-kalpa, 'auspicious aeon'), but as that sounds a bit odd in English a more common rendering is 'venerable sir' or 'reverend'.

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
    — William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,
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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby Will » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:42 pm

Dhammanando wrote:Hi Will,

Will wrote:Not knowing much about Theravada etiquette (or spelling, or anything really) is Bhante the proper way to address a bhikkhu? No Venerable or plain bhikkhu so & so? What does Bhante mean?


Yes, in the Suttas 'bhante', the contracted form of 'bhaddante', is how householders address bhikkhus, how junior bhikkhus address senior bhikkhus, and how everyone addresses the Buddha. A fairly literal translation would be something along the lines of 'auspicious one' (the word is related to bhadra, as in bhadra-kalpa, 'auspicious aeon'), but as that sounds a bit odd in English a more common rendering is 'venerable sir' or 'reverend'.

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu


Many thanks Bhante. I will stick with the untranslated term with its beneficent vibrations.
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Re: Hello from Dhammanando

Postby sherubtse » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:59 pm

I would like to add my thanks to you, Bhante, for taking the time to contribute to this forum. As others have mentioned, I too have learned much from you over at E-Sangha, and very much look forward to learning from you here, as well.

With metta,
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