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Postby tiltbillings » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:26 am

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    Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi December 23, 2006 (Seattle, WA) --- American Buddhist monk Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi Maha Thera accepts International position for Buddhism.


    Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi Maha Thera, American Buddhist Monk, preferring to be known today as Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi, received word Friday, December 15th that he was officially confirmed as the first Representative from the United States of America to the Buddhist Summit, World Buddhist Supreme Council. As part of his new position, he will coordinate U.S. representation at the 5th World Buddhist Summit Conference to be held in Kobe, Japan in the Spring of 2007. The goal of the Summit Conferences is to bring together the many traditions of Buddhism in the world, and unify them to produce a united position dedicated to working towards balance, harmony, and world peace. The Conferences occur every two years. Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi’s position on the World Buddhist Council will allow him to represent U.S. Buddhist interests and discuss a common point concerns of the various Buddhist traditions throughout the U.S. and the world. There are representatives from over 50 different countries on the World Buddhist Council. To be confirmed as a member, a monk representing each country has to be nominated by other World Buddhist Summit Council members. For the U.S. to be represented on the council, an American born monk with a sufficient sphere of influence was needed. Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi is the first American born monk to gain the attention of world Buddhist leaders.


    This is an unprecedented honor for the Venerable forest monk who lives in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and has dedicated his life to researching, studying, teaching, and writing about Buddhist Meditation for over 20 years. Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi became a Buddhist monk in 1986 because of his keen interest in meditation. He went to Burma in 1988 to practice intensive meditation at the famous meditation center, Mahasi Yeiktha in Rangoon. There he practiced meditation for 20 to 22 hours a day and completed their program. He remained in Asia as an active meditator for 12 years and was offered several chances to remain there as an Abbott of a Monastery. During this time, he was invited to live and teach at the largest Theravada monastery in Malaysia, giving talks each week to up to 500 people. While in Asia, he wrote a book on the Mindfulness of Breathing called “The Anapanasati Sutta-A Practical Guide to Mindfulness of Breathing and Tranquil Wisdom meditation,” which has nearly 1,000,000 copies in print and , to date, has been distributed in five different languages worldwide.


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    Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi is beginning the process of listening to all concerns during his U.S. tour which includes a three-week stop in Seattle in January of 2007. Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi is traveling with Buddhist nun, Ven. Sister Khema, who will also be giving dhamma talks while in the area in January. During their visit, they will be residing at the Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery in Woodinville, WA. They will be giving dhamma talks on Loving Kindness-Vipassana or Tranquil Wisdom meditation at Nalanda West and various venues throughout the Puget Sound area. Ven. Bhante Vimalaramsi will also be offering a non-residential meditation retreat.


    “The Northwest Buddhist community is very honoured that Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi is beginning his journey of leadership and service with three weeks in the Northwest. We are filled with gratitude that he wishes to spend much of his attention bringing together the Buddhist leadership in this area so that he can bring their messages back to the Summit Conferences. Bhante is also very focused on reaching as many people as possible to spread his messages of love, peace and happiness” according to Kathleen Anderson, PhD, a member of the Seattle Buddhist Community who is providing coordination of the visit, “This is really a special and joyous time for all of us. Venerable Vimalaramsi is a most gifted and dynamic meditation teacher and a beautiful and loving human being. We are prepared to host many additional friends and visitors because he will reach far beyond our traditional community, especially when it gets out that in his new position he is basically the Head of Buddhism in our country now.”


    On November 7-14 Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi flew to Kobe, Japan to complete a nomination process for his seat as the first U.S. representative for Buddhism to the World Buddhist Supreme Conference. He toured a large portion of Southern Japan and discussed the state of Buddhism in the World with other leaders. This nomination was offered by the Venerable Nandisena, the Representative from Mexico. There were several other members of the Council who were supportive of this nomination including his late teacher Sayadaw U Silinanda who encouraged him over the years. Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi’s position as a Representative for the World Buddhist Supreme Conference representing the United States of America is a hallmark for Buddhism in this country.


    Additionally, the late Ven. K Sri Dhammananda who was a close friend and supporter, and his friend and fellow monk the Ven. Buddharakkhita the Representative for Uganda were instrumental.


    Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi is the Abbott of the Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center in Annapolis, MO. He is building a Buddhist Forest Retreat Center, which will become the first "American Buddhist Forest Tradition" meditation center on U.S. soil.
    As the US representative, Venerable U Vimalaramsi now joins other Nations in the task of re-examining the earliest Buddhist texts and practices, and clearly identifying how they are still relevant today and applicable in daily life.


    The Buddhist faith is the sixth largest religion in the world with over 375 million followers. In the United States, the Buddhist faithful number over 6 million with over 500 temples of various traditions across the nation. Buddhism is ranked among the fastest growing religions in the world with strongest growth occurring here and in Western Europe.
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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby beeblebrox » Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:48 pm

One of the things that I've started to try put in my practice is Ven Nhat Hanh's (admittedly liberal) interpretation of the fourth precept. I think Ytrog's post is a beautiful example. :anjali:
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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby Virgo » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:46 am

Viscid wrote:
Virgo wrote:Not to sound overly critical but for a document meant to represent the "Supreme Sangha Council of Bangladesh" (sounds important) and which in a way represents the Three Jewels in general, and which happens to be written in English, and is also meant to be presented to a native English-speaker, shouldn't the English on the document be... better?

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A lot of the text on the document is actually just plagarized from a press release that the Venerable's own community put out in 2006: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/12/prweb493822.htm


Interesting.

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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby Brizzy » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:23 am

Virgo wrote:
Viscid wrote:
Virgo wrote:Not to sound overly critical but for a document meant to represent the "Supreme Sangha Council of Bangladesh" (sounds important) and which in a way represents the Three Jewels in general, and which happens to be written in English, and is also meant to be presented to a native English-speaker, shouldn't the English on the document be... better?

Kevin



A lot of the text on the document is actually just plagarized from a press release that the Venerable's own community put out in 2006: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/12/prweb493822.htm



Interesting.

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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:53 am

Virgo wrote:
Viscid wrote:
Virgo wrote:Not to sound overly critical but for a document meant to represent the "Supreme Sangha Council of Bangladesh" (sounds important) and which in a way represents the Three Jewels in general, and which happens to be written in English, and is also meant to be presented to a native English-speaker, shouldn't the English on the document be... better?

Kevin


A lot of the text on the document is actually just plagarized from a press release that the Venerable's own community put out in 2006: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/12/prweb493822.htm


Interesting.

Kevin

I find it more interesting that it isn't in the bangladesh language.
any certificate I have seen from the Thai Sangha has been in Thai, I know it maynot be a hard and fast rule but I don't know of any group which give out certificates in a language where they are not based. These have been to my knowledge pretty standard certificates, like a diploma from a school, they are all the same except the name etc....
But there could be a simple explanation for this.

Also the claim that he is now essentially the head of Buddhism in the US, forgive me if I am wrong, but wouldn't that involve some form of sangha consensus within the US? not just a lay follower claiming such?
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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby mirco » Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:57 pm

Cittasanto wrote:Also the claim that he is now essentially the head of Buddhism in the US, forgive me if I am wrong, but wouldn't that involve some form of sangha consensus within the US? not just a lay follower claiming such?

I don't get it, either. He is the US-representative at the World Buddhist Summit, but I don't understand why that should be equivalent to US-Sangharaja.

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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby mirco » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:11 pm

Cittasanto wrote:I find it more interesting that it isn't in the bangladesh language.

Well, in Bengali only few native english speakers would understand it.
He is American, he teaches in english and he like's things to be easy understandable.
I think, that's why it is not in Begali.

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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:16 pm

mirco wrote:
Cittasanto wrote:I find it more interesting that it isn't in the bangladesh language.
any certificate I have seen from the Thai Sangha has been in Thai, I know it maynot be a hard and fast rule but I don't know of any group which give out certificates in a language where they are not based. These have been to my knowledge pretty standard certificates, like a diploma from a school, they are all the same except the name etc....
But there could be a simple explanation for this.

Also the claim that he is now essentially the head of Buddhism in the US, forgive me if I am wrong, but wouldn't that involve some form of sangha consensus within the US? not just a lay follower claiming such?

I don't get it, either. He is the US-representative at the World Buddhist Summit, but I don't understand why that should be equivalent to US-Sangharaja.
The comment was likely made by an overly enthusiastic follower of Vimalaramsi. Getting Buddhists in American to agree to something like having a Sangharaja is less likely than successfully herding a 1,000 cats.
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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:20 pm

mirco wrote:
Cittasanto wrote:I find it more interesting that it isn't in the bangladesh language.

Well, in Bengali only few native english speakers would understand it.
He is American, he teaches in english and he like's things to be easy understandable.
I think, that's why it is not in Begali.

:-)regards

so he dictated to the Bangladesh sangharaja then?
The certificates I have seen were to westerners who are in the west, who teach in English, are English, do not speak Thai Fluently, do not read Thai..................

The Certificates were not in English but Thai, they were official Thai Sangha Certificates.
not a cut & paste job off a website.
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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:44 pm

Not making a judgement on any other aspect of this, but based on my admittedly rather scant knowledge of the use of language in the Indian subcontinent and Thailand, I'd guess that the situation is rather different in that English is widely used as a de facto common language in the subcontinent. That's very different from Thailand...

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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby mirco » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:24 pm

Someone suggested, 'sanana tilaka' means 'Ornament for the Dhamma teaching community'.
Hmmm... somehow fits with the degree of Human Letter that 'goes with it'.

Oh my, I think begin to understand, why the Venerable never talks about that titles stuff... :-)
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Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi awarded Sasana Tilaka

Postby sisterkhema » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:01 pm

Dhamma Greetings
Perhaps it should be pointed out where the title came from?
It came by way of the Raj who is at the head of Buddhists in Bangladesh.
They had been following the development of training programs that Venerable Vimalaramsi had instituted and especially the FOundation Training that was being written for training people to meditate.
Many of the monastics there began trying out the training, and , translating the practice instructions into their language.
Then the title was bestowed on him in 2011. The monks came to Missouri into the forest to give it to him there on the Monastery property at DSMC.
There was another Title bestowed on me and they came and Five monks traveled 80 miles to reach me and present this to me while I was at the Sakyadita Women's Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in early 2012. They gave this to me to help in any way they could to continue this research, practice, preservation work, and teaching of a practice within the Theravada texts which they personally found to be especially helpful for their own meditation. They came as the messengers from the Head of Buddhism in Bangladesh.
I doubt there are any other Westerners who have received such titles like this from the Bangladesh Buddhists, but, I really don't know. AND you are quite right in that such titles do not have much respect in the WEST. They are not much use. But when you go to teach in Asia, they help a LOT. And this was their thought. The title they gave to me was Sasana Dipika. It means "A Light in the Sangha"... it is a light that can show the way to progress in the meditation. This is how they explained it to me.
SO this is just for your information about the Sasana Tilaka title and the Sasana Dipika Titles that were given last year.

Hope this is helpful.

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