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Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby dhamma_newb » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:42 pm

http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.com/

Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's blog where he writes about his experiences of being a Theravadin monk in America.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Viscid » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:59 pm

Pannobhasa is pretty awesome. If his initial posts are any indication, it's going to be a very entertaining blog. His appreciation of Christian writing from a Theravada perspective is refreshing.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby danieLion » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:12 pm

Thanks dhamma_newb, Viscid,

Where exactly does he currently reside?

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby dhamma_newb » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:29 pm

Viscid wrote:Pannobhasa is pretty awesome. If his initial posts are any indication, it's going to be a very entertaining blog. His appreciation of Christian writing from a Theravada perspective is refreshing.


I appreciate his open-mindedness as well. He reminds me of the wisdom of the Don't-Know Mind in the Zen traditions.

danieLion wrote:Thanks dhamma_newb, Viscid,

Where exactly does he currently reside?

Kind regards.


I think he lives in Bellingham, Washington.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:02 pm

Thanks, dhamma_newb,

There are some interesting articles at: http://nippapanca.org/

I thought that this one was particularly useful (though tough going reading scanned handwriting...):
Dhamma and Irrationality: An explanation of the fundamentally irrational nature of spirituality in general, and the Buddhist path in particular, and thus of how "reason" is of very limited value on the path to Awakening. (This article was inspired by the author's dealings with two Buddhist intellectuals who insisted that Buddhism has to "make perfect sense.")


I thought his analysis was interesting. However, I found it strange that he keeps talking about the errors of "traditionalists", when it seems to me that some of the modern interpreters seeking to reason out the "true interpretation of the Buddha-Dhamma" are amongst those who should really take his comments to heart:
It may seem from the foregoing that I am betraying my own position by attempting to use discursive reasoning to bash the validity of discursive reasoning; but as this essay is directed particularly towards silly Buddhist intellectuals and dogmatic types who fondly cherish the belief that true Dhamma can be conceived rationalistically, it is expedient for me to speak their own language.

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Hickersonia » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:57 pm

dhamma_newb wrote:http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.com/

Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's blog where he writes about his experiences of being a Theravadin monk in America.

Thank you for the link! Added to my list of sites I'm following.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby dhamma_newb » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:51 am

Bump. :smile:
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Viscid » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:15 pm

If others haven't been reading his blog, he's written some pretty good posts. I recommend:

The Value of Discomfort
http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.ca/2012/0 ... mfort.html

A Strange Experience on the Street
http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.ca/2012/0 ... treet.html

A Sample of Modern Burmese Buddhist Poetry
http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.ca/2012/0 ... dhist.html
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Viscid » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:12 am

Paññobhāsa's still at it, even while living in Burma, and I continue to recommend his blog. Some good posts from the past year:

The Elder Sister of All Alms Rounds
Recounting a recent alms round in a Burmese village.

Abhidhamma Studies I & Abhidhamma Studies II
On his contempt for Abhidhamma

Trial By Ordeal: Buddhism Meets Ayahuasca
On him trying Ayahuasca

Notes on Nirvana
On Nirvana

Let This be a Lesson and The End of an Experiment
Recounting/explaining his Drama in America

and his most recent post is: Children of Mammon
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby cooran » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:53 am

Hello all,

If an ordained monk expresses contempt for one third of the Tipitaka, shouldn't he disrobe or be disrobed?

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby culaavuso » Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:24 am

cooran wrote:If an ordained monk expresses contempt for one third of the Tipitaka, shouldn't he disrobe or be disrobed?


This does not appear to be an offense of defeat. See List of the 227 rules or Bhikkhu's Monastic Code for detailed information about the Vinaya. Critical discussions of the Dhamma are a useful means to gain better understanding.

Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu wrote:If anyone can explain to me how Abhidhamma makes sense of all this I would be grateful, and will publish the clarification of the apparent paradoxes.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby pilgrim » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:11 am

The Ven certainly is a skilled writer. But going from the piece he wrote in "Let This be a Lesson", I am disappointed that a practising bhikkhu of several vassas would exercise such poor judgement and make a series of such unwise choices. While he could be complimented for his honesty, I think the article is written largely for self satisfaction, giving little importance and consideration to the integrity and reputation of the sangha.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby robertk » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:28 am

Seems very open about his adventures and doubts, good for him.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Shaswata_Panja » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:09 am

I am really really thankful to this Bhikkhu...He really shows how difficult unbroken celibacy really is..He seems to have had several orgasms in his monastic life---I thought I was a pervert for having orgasms--------But anyways my goal is to increase the durating of unbroken celibacy as much as possible---Anybody here has been able to to be orgasm-less in the waking state for several months on end?
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby pilgrim » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:41 am

What's the point of renunciation again?
Yes, celibacy is never easy. But his erotic adventures as a monk exceeds that of many laypeople. Although technically he did not breach his celibacy, his erotic romps, ( during vassa, I might add) is a private failure and should remain as such. At the most, he could have written about this privately to his brother monks and reflected upon with hiri and otappa, not revealed in a public blog on the Internet and worse, become a subject of praise.

This indiscretion has affected my perception of the sangha, in a negative manner.

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Shaswata_Panja » Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:19 am

pilgrim wrote:What's the point of renunciation again?
Yes, celibacy is never easy. But his erotic adventures as a monk exceeds that of many laypeople. Although technically he did not breach his celibacy, his erotic romps, ( during vassa, I might add) is a private failure and should remain as such. At the most, he could have written about this privately to his brother monks and reflected upon with hiri and otappa, not revealed in a public blog on the Internet and worse, become a subject of praise.

This indiscretion has affected my perception of the sangha, particularly "farang" monks, in a negative manner.




I have had bouts of STRICT celibacy (no touching myself, no masturbation, no porn, no fantasy while half sleeping or awake,no touching, fondling kissing sexing a random girl/girlfriend/prostitute, and surprisingly no wet dreams either because of three rounds of Maha Bandha everyday)...Believe me if one keeps at it for a month or two like this ..it feels like as if a big Ferrari Formula 1 Engine is revving up below the Abdomen...Its then YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING to dissipate it, or you may soon lose it through a sexual slip-up...You either work out, or put extra energy into studies or meditate or if you are an adventurous type--go out picking up girls .....,,,but once you lose it, you keep losing it after a every few days for the next several months before you recall back that humongous will-power


But anybody who is in the celibacy game, knows that you will attract more than your fair share of female attention..It's as if women have a bat sense to pic out guys who are trying to hang on to celibacy (IT IS THE TOUGHEST THING IN THE WORLD--Anybody who says otherwise is lying or has no idea what he is talking about).....So every Vishwamitra will have his Menaka who although may have been the most compassionate celestial-nymph ever, was ultimately an obstacle in the spiritual ascendancy


It seems Buddhist monks get lost in the maze of legalities....and celibacy though given a very high place , arguably not the highest place

In Hinduism celibacy is the Pinnacle of All Achievement....So it's seen more as gaining spiritual superpower rather than giving up sex


These two links perhaps have had the most influence on my spiritual life:

http://gopal4mission.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/greatly-inspiring-brahmacharya-quotes/

http://www.dlshq.org/download/brahmacharya.htm
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Viscid » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:01 am

cooran wrote:Hello all,

If an ordained monk expresses contempt for one third of the Tipitaka, shouldn't he disrobe or be disrobed?

With metta,
Chris


Many monks (such as Nanavira Thera) aren't/weren't terribly fond of Abhidhamma. It would be silly to have dogmatism as a requirement for being a monk.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby robertk » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:48 am

pilgrim wrote:What's the point of renunciation again?
Yes, celibacy is never easy. But his erotic adventures as a monk exceeds that of many laypeople. Although technically he did not breach his celibacy, his erotic romps, ( during vassa, I might add) is a private failure and should remain as such. At the most, he could have written about this privately to his brother monks and reflected upon with hiri and otappa, not revealed in a public blog on the Internet and worse, become a subject of praise.

This indiscretion has affected my perception of the sangha, particularly "farang" monks, in a negative manner.

Hmm have you met many monks in Burma or Thailand. I would estimate over 90 % use money without any qualms as just one example of non-farang monks having little respect for vinaya.
So why do you feel distressed about one monk who openly admits his faults.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby cooran » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:54 am

If lay people expected the Bhikkhus to strictly Observe the Vinaya , and did not give Dana to those who didn't, there may be changes.

Thank goodness that the monks I have known at Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage have been virtuous and strict about their observance - and expected the lay community to be as observant of the five and eight precepts, not just go through the motions.

The Forest Sangha Bhikkhus at Dhammagiri will not speak alone with women - another male must be present -this prevents gossip and any wrong-doing.

I have much respect for them.

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