Beneath the Wheel wrote:So I ask, would that preclude me from ordaining? It seems like some of the posters here have an immense knowledge of the Dhamma, and I am wondering if that is the standard by which I should be measuring myself.
The operative words here are "I imagined." There can be a lot of fantasy surrounding what it will be like and what to expect, all of which can bump up harshly against the realities of life in another culture.Beneath the Wheel wrote:I imagined monastic life to include something akin to "formal" education in Dhamma, but I realize now that may not be the case.
tiltbillings wrote:life in another culture.
Goofaholix wrote:From what I've observed knowledge is not important at all. What is more important in terms of prerequisites is teachability, etiquete, deportment, adaptability, and the ability to let go and submit to the training.
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
...check out some of the current Theravada teachers out there instead of relying solely on scripture or the teachings of the deceased...
makarasilapin wrote: in my experience, the Ajahn Chah lineage is rife with double-standards..
If asked, I would advise the opposite...
Yes, and this the same question Christians struggle with in terms of their Bible.makarasilapin wrote:if you interpret it as allegory, what else is allegorical and what is truth?
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