How to adress a bhikku via email

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How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby Ytrog » Wed May 18, 2011 8:15 pm

Hello all. I'm writing an email (draft for now) to guestmonk@cittaviveka.org, because I want to stay there for a few days as a guest (hopefully 5 days, though their site says 3 days max the first time, unless perhaps from abroad).
How do I address the guest monk/bhikku? In what form should I best write the mail?

Thanks in advance. :anjali:
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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby David2 » Wed May 18, 2011 8:40 pm

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Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 18, 2011 11:12 pm

Greetings,

If you knew the name of the bhikkhu who was reading it, I would write "Greetings venerable x".

If you don't know which bhikkhu will read it, I would write, "Greetings bhante"

I would keep the correspondence factual and to the point.

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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby Goofaholix » Thu May 19, 2011 3:44 am

An email is a pretty informal form of communication, I don't see why you should address a bhikku any differently than a layperson.
"Right effort is effort with wisdom. Because where there is wisdom, there is interest. The desire to know something is wisdom at work. Being mindful is not difficult. But it’s difficult to be continuously aware. For that you need right effort. But it does not require a great deal of energy. It’s relaxed perseverance in reminding yourself to be aware. When you are aware, wisdom unfolds naturally, and there is still more interest." - Sayadaw U Tejaniya

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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 19, 2011 4:27 am

Greetings,

Goofaholix wrote:An email is a pretty informal form of communication, I don't see why you should address a bhikku any differently than a layperson.

You wouldn't want to kick it of with a "Wassap, homie?" though...

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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby Ytrog » Thu May 19, 2011 4:37 am

Thanks for the replies.

I think I stick with something like "Greetings Bhante". I'm lucky they have email now, otherwise I had to send a letter, which would had taken a long time to arrive.

EDIT
I don't know the name of the bhikku in question. He's the guest monk of Cittaviveka (A.K.A. Chithurst Buddhist Monastery).
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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby Goofaholix » Thu May 19, 2011 5:37 am

retrofuturist wrote:You wouldn't want to kick it of with a "Wassap, homie?" though...


You've obviously been intercepting my emails ;)
"Right effort is effort with wisdom. Because where there is wisdom, there is interest. The desire to know something is wisdom at work. Being mindful is not difficult. But it’s difficult to be continuously aware. For that you need right effort. But it does not require a great deal of energy. It’s relaxed perseverance in reminding yourself to be aware. When you are aware, wisdom unfolds naturally, and there is still more interest." - Sayadaw U Tejaniya

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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby Ytrog » Sun May 22, 2011 9:49 pm

I just send it. I must have read and corrected it at least a dozen times.

I am a bit nervous about the reaction tbh. :toilet:
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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby Cal » Sun May 22, 2011 10:56 pm

I wouldn't be nervous. I've been to Chithurst several times, as I live relatively close, and all the Sangha I have met there have been very relaxed, kind and helpful.

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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby Ytrog » Mon May 23, 2011 12:00 pm

I noticed. Very nice response :)

EDIT

I'll be at Cittaviveka from 20 to 25 June :D
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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby andrewuk » Mon May 23, 2011 9:58 pm

I live close to Chithurst.

Feel free to contact me. I may be able to give you a lift from Petersfield Train Station.

Please send me a pm. We'll see how it goes!

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Re: How to adress a bhikku via email

Postby Ytrog » Tue May 24, 2011 7:42 am

andrewuk wrote:I live close to Chithurst.

Feel free to contact me. I may be able to give you a lift from Petersfield Train Station.

Please send me a pm. We'll see how it goes!

Andrew

I still have to plan the whole trip, but I will keep it in mind. Thanks :clap:
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.


mindfulness, bliss and beyond (page 8) wrote:Do not linger on the past. Do not keep carrying around coffins full of dead moments


If you see any unskillful speech (or other action) from me let me know, so I can learn from it.


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