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Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby andre9999 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:42 pm

Of all the ways to encode a video, they make it a Flash file. That's highly incompatible with my Apple fanboyism.

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:49 pm

Yes, that is 'our' very own Bhante Dhammanando. That reminds me, I needed to update the 'Act Normal' Dhamma Wiki page from "is a regular participant" to "was a regular participant at Dhamma Wheel."

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Act_Normal

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http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... %2C_Bhante
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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby Strive » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:36 pm

Thanks for the video, I liked the film except for the naked sharks.
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Truth is really the sweetest of tastes;
One living by wisdom they say lives best."--Bhikkhu Bodhi's Samyutta Nikaya, Sagathavagga verse 853

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby Euclid » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:07 pm

Wow, that's about Ven. Dhammanando? Small world!

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby Modus.Ponens » Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:45 am

Inspiring movie. Makes me rethink my option of being a lay man. It was great to know Ven. Dhammanando more closely, a person we only know through the posts he makes.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby Strive » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:17 am

"Faith is here a man's best treasure;
Dhamma practised well brings happiness;
Truth is really the sweetest of tastes;
One living by wisdom they say lives best."--Bhikkhu Bodhi's Samyutta Nikaya, Sagathavagga verse 853

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby alan » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:20 am

I don't get it. Why is this interesting?
He laughs a lot, which is kind of charming. But what is the overall point?

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:24 am

Greetings,

What I like about this documentary is that it shows how much more comfortable venerable Dhammanando is in robes, and it makes me happy that the Buddhist holy life is available to those who wish to pursue it.

Apparently there was a lot more footage, much of it 'deeper' than what you see in the doco, but most of that stuff lay on the editing room floor... I guess that just wasn't the story the director wanted to tell.

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby m0rl0ck » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:41 am

Thanks for posting this. I found it inspiring. :)
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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby cooran » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:31 am

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby Nibbida » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:02 pm

Whoops. I didn't realize that last link was an illegal download site. I only paid attention to the description of the film & the humorous pictures of the guys with exposed butt cracks sitting next to him. Sorry for the oversight.

I thought he looked awfully familiar. I didn't make the connection with Ven. Dhammanando.

Here's another clip (a legal one) of the making of the film:

I haven't seen the film yet, but I like the fact that it shows him as a real person, with his own struggles, successes, choices, etc. From a layperson's point of view, it's too easy to see monastics as perfect Dhamma robots. Despite attainments in their practice and dedication to service, we're all real people. It's encouraging.

I remember reading something about Jack Kornfield about the difficulties he had adjusting back to the layperson's life.

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Re: Act Normal (documentary about a monk)

Postby Strive » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:11 pm

"Faith is here a man's best treasure;
Dhamma practised well brings happiness;
Truth is really the sweetest of tastes;
One living by wisdom they say lives best."--Bhikkhu Bodhi's Samyutta Nikaya, Sagathavagga verse 853


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