Introducing Maha Bodhi LV

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Re: Introducing Maha Bodhi LV

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:55 am

Upachara wrote:Are you running retreats in your house?


Yes, as time permits.

Upachara wrote:The replica is wonderful!
May I ask whether you have found meditation teachers to whom you can have face to face access if required to receive guidance in meditation ? Anumodana to you and may all aspirations be fulfilled.


Thanks. We have had Bhikkhuni Vimala, Bhante Saranapala, and Bhante Sujatha lead 3 different retreats, so far.

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Re: Introducing Maha Bodhi LV

Postby Upachara » Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:20 am

Thank you David.

Wish you well

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Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:58 am

Ajahn Brahm is in Las Vegas speaking at the Healthcare Professionals of Southern Nevada meeting, organized by Dr. Mailika. While he was here in Las Vegas he made time to come by my place, Maha Bodhi Las Vegas for lunch and a Dhamma program. He was well-received and the Buddhists here were very happy to meet this famous monk. I had the chance to have some nice talks with him about jhanas and other Dhamma matters. It was truly a treat to have him here in Las Vegas.

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Ajahn Brahm and Bhante Subhuthi at Maha Bodhi Las Vegas

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Woini, Ajahn Brahm, me

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Ajahn Brahm, me, Dr. Malika, Earl

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Lunch dana for Ajahn Brahm and Bhante Subhuthi at Maha Bodhi Las Vegas

I should be able to upload some videos soon with excerpts from his Dhamma talks here.

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby Sylvester » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:36 am

May I have your permission to repost these on the FB page for us AB junkies?

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:47 am

Sylvester wrote:May I have your permission to repost these on the FB page for us AB junkies?


Sure, no problem; (Ajahn Brahm has given permission too).

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby Sylvester » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:12 am

Much obliged. :anjali:

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:14 am

That's great David.

I like the way you have the same haircut and glasses.

Now you just need to work on the smile... :D


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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby Sylvester » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:18 am

David looks like Stanley Tucci here!

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:03 am



Excerpt from the Dhamma talk.

At around the 2:40 mark, I ask Ajahn Brahm if one needs to go through the rupa-jhanas to reach the arūpa-jhānas/realms and he confirms that one must proceed to the arūpa realms via the jhanas.

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:06 am



Short excerpt from the Dhamma talk.

At around 2:45 mark, Ajahn Brahm tells me to "get lost" as a "compliment." :tongue:
After that I ask Ajahn Brahm if Ajahn Chah was an arahant.

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby Reductor » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:23 am

That is a great video clip, David. Love the part about Ajahn Chah.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:52 am

I would have flown to Vegas for that. Nice work on hosting him.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:05 am

:thumbsup:

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby Alobha » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:35 pm

Sadhu sadhu sadhu David!
Looks like all of you had a great time there!

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:06 pm

mikenz66 wrote:I like the way you have the same haircut and glasses.
Now you just need to work on the smile... :D


:D :thumbsup:

There were a few other men attending who were also bald and when Ajahn saw all of us he said, "do you have to have a haircut like David's to be a member of this group?"

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:15 pm

Monkey Mind wrote:I would have flown to Vegas for that. Nice work on hosting him.


:oops: Sorry about that. I didn't think those from far away places would want to attend so only announced it in the Southern Nevada, Southern California areas. I'll keep you in mind if it should happen again with someone like Ajahn Brahm.

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:50 pm

Well done, David.

I look forward to viewing the videos on the weekend when I am back in town.
Much merits to you!
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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby marc108 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:25 am

What a great blessing for you. Thanks for posting the pics and videos!

Do you know if he'll be giving talks in the area anytime soon?
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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby SamKR » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:12 am

:anjali: :anjali: :anjali:
It's nice to know Ajahn was here in Nevada.
Also very nice to know about the activities in the Dhamma center in Las Vegas.

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Re: Ajahn Brahm in Las Vegas!

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:12 pm

Great photos and video!

Do you know why he was talking at a healthcare professionals summit? I guess I don't know much about his pre-monk life, was he a doctor?
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