Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby James the Giant » Mon May 12, 2014 2:02 am

Hi Melancholy, there is an article by Ajahn Brahm somewhere, where he shows in the suttas it says an embryo is not classed as a person/human/sentient until a certain stage of development is reached.
So your vinaya references above are not relevant.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby chownah » Mon May 12, 2014 4:21 am

Arahant Brahm stresses that human life begins when consciousness becomes apparent. At the time of the Buddha this would have been when the mother first feels fetal movements I think. This would place the emergence of human life well past what most people accept.
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EDIT: should be "Ajahn Brahm"......don't know how I gave him a promotion to arahant.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby manas » Mon May 12, 2014 4:22 am

pilgrim wrote:
polarbuddha101 wrote:he also sincerely believes that levitation is possible

He shares this outrageous belief with the Buddha..


The siddhi I'd really like to attain, is the ability to 'appear and vanish'. I can think of so many situations in which that ability would come in handy :D

But of course I'd take knowing for oneself that stream-entry had been attained above any number of such neat tricks!

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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby waterchan » Mon May 12, 2014 6:22 am

James the Giant wrote:Hi Melancholy, there is an article by Ajahn Brahm somewhere, where he shows in the suttas it says an embryo is not classed as a person/human/sentient until a certain stage of development is reached.
So your vinaya references above are not relevant.


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A little knowledge is dangerous. Outspoken monks are easy to criticize for those of us with a little knowledge of Buddhism. When I first encountered Ajahn Brahm I was flabbergasted at some of the things he said. Then I realized that he was coming from a much deeper understanding of the Dhamma-Vinaya than I was.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon May 12, 2014 10:46 am

mikenz66 wrote:Thanks, James,

http://www.dhammatalks.net/
When Does Human Life Begin?
http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books7/Ajahn ... _Begin.pdf

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Most grateful for the link and reference.
Such instruction will be of immeasurable benefit and comfort to a lady of my acquaintance.

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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby Zom » Mon May 12, 2014 3:21 pm

Most grateful for the link and reference.
Such instruction will be of immeasurable benefit and comfort to a lady of my acquaintance.


This all is quite speculative and I wouldn't be so sure that one doesn't kill a human if does abortion even at some early time.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon May 12, 2014 4:09 pm

It resonates with me and I personally do not perceive any intended deceit or misleading teaching.

Thank you anyway for your caveat.

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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby ArkA » Tue May 13, 2014 5:04 pm

cooran wrote:I was at a talk by Ajahn Brahm in Brisbane a year or so ago. He told the same jokes I'd heard from him before, the same stories I'd read in his books - and then he said abortion was o.k. up to about 16 or more weeks. At that point quite a number of the audience walked out.


There is clear support for this conclusion in the Vinaya. This states that a monk or nun should never, for the whole of their life, intentionally kill a human being, ‘even to the extent of causing an abortion’. Similarly, they should not have sexual intercourse ‘even to the depth of a sesame seed’. They should not steal ‘even as much as a blade of grass’. They should not lay claim to spiritual attainments ‘even by saying “I delight in an empty dwelling”’. So abortion is clearly regarded as intentional killing of a human being; yet it is the least serious act of this kind.

However we do not accept that it can be proved that the inception of consciousness takes place only after three or four months. This is an ethically arbitrary date which simply marks the present day limits of scientific knowledge, but tells us nothing about the moral status of the embryo. I would very much like to see a study of the effects of abortion on the emotional landscapes of women, and a comparison between women who decided to have an abortion and women who had unwanted pregnancies but decided to bear a child. How do they feel afterwards? Five years later? Ten years later? How many mothers would, when their child had grown up, say that they wished they had had an abortion?

- When Life Begins, Bhikkhu Sujato


As advised by the Buddha, this is the third advice I heard just after receiving my higher ordination, so does any bhikkhu which including Ajahn Brahm.

"When a monk is ordained he should not intetionally deprive a living thing of life, even if it is only an ant. What ever monk deprives a human being of life even down to causing abortion, he becomes not a (true) recluse, not a son of the Sakyans. As a flat stone, broke, becomes (scmething) not to be put together again, even so a monk, having intentionally deprived a human being of life, becomes not a (true) recluse, not a son of the Sakyans. This is a thing not to be done by you as long as life lasts."

- Vinaya, Mahāvagga, 1. Mahā Khandhaka (The Book of Descipline IV, page 125)
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby Denisa » Sat May 17, 2014 1:54 am

In my honeymoon period with Buddhism (still not finished?), I was hypnotized by Ajan Brahm's talks, probably due to his slow alpha wave talking. Due to the availability on the web I tend to listen to many of his talks. The more I listened, I found that he brag about himself and disparages others mentioning their names. At a public talk given at Gaia House, Ajan Brahm criticized couple of other ajans for playing politics. Also, once he criticized Professor Peter Harvey about a meditative claim saying, "what meditation he knows!"

The person who broke me from Christianity was Krishnamurti, his teachings made me think differently. Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQSBFC_IlVY at the end of the talk Ajan Brahm even look down on him.

IMHO, for a famous teacher like Ajan Brahm, it's more conducive if he simply mentions a situation without names and compare it with a Sutta pointing to the faults. That way people will gain more faith in Buddhism and the way Buddhists deal in real life.

One teaching Ajan Brahm repeatedly talk about is not to find fault with others. At least he should practice what he preached.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby Crazy cloud » Sat May 17, 2014 6:17 am

Hi, I like Krishnamurti's lectures, and there is one thing that he always try to hammer in to my mind, and that is: dont belive in Krishnamurti - dont belive in gurus - dont belive in prophets - be a light on to oneself ...

And that's what I follow, so who is there to blame?

Besides that, I highly regard many of our dear ajhans, and Ajhan Brahm surely has a place in my puzzle called "walking the path" - but he's also a human and I respect his shortcomings as well of his experiences and inspiring manner and wit.

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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby mikenz66 » Sat May 17, 2014 6:51 am

See these threads on Krishnamurti:
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=305
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=11184

I've nothing against Krishnamurti (or most other spiritual teachers), and I'm sure his talks and writings are helpful to many, but it appears that stating that he was not a Buddhist practitioner is an accurate statement.

Ajahn Brahm's comment from about 47:38 in the above linked video also seems to be quite consistent with some of the comments on the threads I've quoted above.

Clearly no one is perfect (neither Ajahn Brahm nor Krishnamurti).

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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby waterchan » Sat May 17, 2014 12:29 pm

Denisa wrote:One teaching Ajan Brahm repeatedly talk about is not to find fault with others. At least he should practice what he preached.


Criticism is not synonymous with "fault-finding". Pointing out something that flagrantly contradicts Buddhist teachings is not fault-finding. As I recall, Krishnamurti did seem to think that there was a transmigrating essence outside of the five aggregates. If Ajahn Brahm suspects that some people might confuse Krishnamurti's teachings with Buddhism, then it would be prudent for Ajahn Brahm to dispel any possible misconceptions.

In the suttas, the Buddha himself criticized people for holding pernicious views, sometimes more harshly than anything I've heard from Ajahn Brahm. If it doesn't come from an unwholesome volition, it's not wrong speech.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby Mr Man » Sat May 17, 2014 2:18 pm

waterchan wrote:As I recall, Krishnamurti did seem to think that there was a transmigrating essence outside of the five aggregates.


Hi waterchan, do you have an examples of this?
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby hermitwin » Sat May 17, 2014 3:45 pm

I have been following ajahn brahm's teachings for a few years now.
I think he is a wonderful teacher, wise, creative, humorous and compassionate.
I disagree with the criticisms of him.
But that is not important.
He is what he is, people can say what they want about him but nobody can change the truth.
I am reminded of this verse though...

According to the Lord Buddha Gotama, no one is blameless.

"This, O Atula, is an old saying;
it is not one of today only:
they blame those who sit silent,
they blame those who speak too much.

Those speaking little too they blame.

There never was, there never will be, nor does there exist now, a person who is wholly blamed or wholly praised"

--Dhammapada verse 227/228
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby Jetavan » Fri May 30, 2014 4:19 am

One of Australia's senior monks, Ajahn Brahm, was invited to deliver a speech on Gender Equality at the UN Day of Vesak Convention in Vietnam in May 2014. Unfortunately, Ajahn Brahm was prevented from delivering his speech by a ban imposed by conference organising committee the day before it was due to be given at the Convention. Ajahn Brahm's paper had been pre-approved by the conference organising committee several months before the event.
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Ajahn Brahm's paper presented a solid case for the full ordination of women in the Theravadin tradition, supported by references from the Buddha and the Vinaya rules that govern Buddhist monastic life.

Please read below the full text of Ajahn Brahm's banned paper: Theravada Buddhism and UN Millenium Development Goal 3 (MDG 3)....
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby Denisa » Fri May 30, 2014 10:10 pm

Crazy cloud wrote:Hi, I like Krishnamurti's lectures, and there is one thing that he always try to hammer in to my mind, and that is: dont belive in Krishnamurti - dont belive in gurus - dont belive in prophets - be a light on to oneself ...


Thanks a bunch for reminding me that. Buddha is perfect, so does his Enlightenment, therefore his words are giving me enough nourishment, no need to worry about other gurus.

Buddha said: “Ānanda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge, with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge.”
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby manas » Sat May 31, 2014 7:20 am

Hi polar

polarbuddha wrote:My main point was simply that it is clear human beings cannot touch the sun and it seems highly highly highly improbable that the human mind is capable of bending the laws of physics like we're in the matrix.


according to science, every single sensory impression you are perceiving right now, is taking place in total darkness, deep inside your brain. You are not seeing the world as it is, but rather, your brain's reconstruction of it. However, I would go even further and say that ultimately the only 'thing' we can even actually know and touch as it were, is the mind, and that although there most probably 'is' a physical world 'out there', we can never know it directly; we can only know our mind's reconstruction / interpretation of it. That being the case, it is not matter that has primacy in the scheme of things, but rather, mind that has primacy. So what's to stop an extremely well-developed mind from bending 'the laws of physics' if it so chooses?
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby waterchan » Sat May 31, 2014 11:44 am

Mr Man wrote:
waterchan wrote:As I recall, Krishnamurti did seem to think that there was a transmigrating essence outside of the five aggregates.

Hi waterchan, do you have an examples of this?

Sorry, I don't have any direct references. I remember reading about it in an old (2002) talk given by Ajahn Brahm.
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Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

Postby Dan74 » Sat May 31, 2014 1:43 pm

waterchan wrote:
Mr Man wrote:
waterchan wrote:As I recall, Krishnamurti did seem to think that there was a transmigrating essence outside of the five aggregates.

Hi waterchan, do you have an examples of this?

Sorry, I don't have any direct references. I remember reading about it in an old (2002) talk given by Ajahn Brahm.


He didn't talk about this but if you read his biography than possibly something like this can be surmised. There were a number of mediumistic phenomena and visitations.
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