I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby Anagarika » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:38 am

To be honest, at the beginning I was going to steer clear of it due to the bhikkhuni controversy.


For this reason alone I might have flown or swum to Perth to ask to ordain as an anagarika there! Ajahn Brahm, like most heroes, took action when others would not and accepted the consequences. In the end, he's more supported than ever.

James, I wish you the best, but be mindful that Ajahn Brahm is on the leading edge of what I feel is the next wave in the Thai sangha, that being full support of women in the Sangha. As you know from his Dhamma talks, he's a progressive force. You have a rare opportunity to train with someone who represents the new wave, and I hope you see this as rarefied air, and not a hindrance. Anumodana!
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby SarathW » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:59 am

Congratulation James!
Now I can get the answers to my questions from horse's mouth> :D
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby James the Giant » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:01 am

BuddhaSoup wrote: You have a rare opportunity to train with someone who represents the new wave, and I hope you see this as rarefied air, and not a hindrance. Anumodana!

Ah yes, it certainly is great. The reason I was worried about going there was that monks from Ajahn Brahm's monastery are not exactly super-welcome at the other Ajahn Chah monasteries... they can come, but there might be some questions.
I went to another Australian monastery and the abbot there was really negative about Bodhinyana, and discouraged me from visiting it.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby Anagarika » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:46 am

I went to another Australian monastery and the abbot there was really negative about Bodhinyana, and discouraged me from visiting it.


Was that abbot in green robes, to reflect his jealousy? :)

James, you've done a really great thing, and I can't help but think that you'll feel you're in the company of some truly excellent people at Bodhinyana. I spent some time in a Wat in Thailand, and of course you hear of rivalries and negative comments about other wats and abbots. My guess is that with the training you receive under Ajahn Brahm and the other monks there, along with your demonstrated intellect and intuition on this forum, that you'll be welcome anywhere you go. It's going to be great to hear of your experiences there once you've spent some time in whites/robes. Again, congratulations and well done!
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby puppha » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:51 am

Hi James,

You're really a giant! Congratulations! I wish you all the best, and may you use this new opportunity to alleviate dukkha!
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby kizma » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:42 am

Excellent!
I am very happy for you!! :)
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby Alobha » Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:47 am

Great news James. All the best! =)
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby waimengwan » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:12 am

Thanks James, for your insightful sharing about Ajahn Brahm as a result of your experience with his monastery. So tired of reading about people who talk about Ajahns and teachers based on hearsay and whatever read on the internet. Ajahn Brahm talks have benefitted me tremendously good to hear good things about him again.
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby marc108 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:09 am

Sadhu to you. Congratulations! :woohoo:
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby James the Giant » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:16 am

Today I got a phone call from the Guest Monk, saying "YES a place has become available, when would you like to come?"
So now it's a matter of quitting my job (my work will not like that, oh dear) and selling my car, and getting rid of all my stuff or putting it in storage.
I only have a carload of things anyway, so that will be easy.

GULP!
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you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby cooran » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:59 am

Deep breath now! You'll be fine! :hug:

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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:05 am

:woohoo:
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:31 pm

:hug:

:anjali:
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby reflection » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:50 pm

Have a nice time! :twothumbsup:
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby Hickersonia » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:22 pm

This has been incredibly exciting to read and I wish you only the best of fortunes as you progress on the path!

Just amazing! :jumping:
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby hermitwin » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:27 am

i think you have very good karma
to be able to be around people like ajahn brahm n sujato.
make good use of your opportunity there.

there will be tough times, hang in there.
dont lose sight of the ultimate goal.
all the best n may you be free from suffering in this lifetime.
cheers.
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby Digity » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:23 am

Wow! I wish you the best of luck in your journey ahead. I admire your courage! :woohoo:
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby Mindstar » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:23 pm

Hey James i`m very happy for you its smegintastic. You are indeed one lucky fellow.
Thanks for all of the detailed information. If you got more please keep it coming its very interesting.
Well i can imagine that you have to wash a lot of dishes in the beginning but if you see that every single dish is an increase in your bank of karma it gives you a perception of achievement and accomplishment and soon you will get addicted to dish washing.
Hopefully i will be able to wash your dishes one day :anjali:
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The nights and days does neither touch nor burn him. He sees nothing in this world
that is to be kept or lost.. Therefore his mind dwells in goodwill and gentle kindness
towards all beings until he falls asleep.
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby suriyopama » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:50 am

Congratulations James! I wish you the best.

I have just returned from a 4 days retreat with Ajahn Brahm at Sampran Riverside in Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, and I have to say that it has been one of the best investment that I have ever made.

I would not be able to resume Ajahn Brahm's style with only one word. I must use 3 words: kindness, kindness, and kindness.

:anjali:
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Re: I've been accepted to stay at Ajahn Brahm's monastery

Postby Yuriy_WisdomTraveler » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:00 pm

Congratulations James!

Can you please provide me with advice also. I am interested in the monastic life and have been following the monastery and Ajahn Brahm for years now. But I live in New York... How would I apply for a long-term stay there and possible ordination in the long run?

Thank you,
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