Buddhism in Africa

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Buddhism in Africa

Postby Khemadhammo Bhikkhu » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:12 pm

This Ugandan bhante i was so fortunate to meet in Thailand.I believe he is the first African Buddhist Theravadin monk, but ordained in the Birmese tradition. I was greatly inspired by his example of a monk true and pure in his livelihood and faith.

He stopped and called out to the Blessed One: "Stop, recluse! Stop, recluse!"
"I have stopped, Angulimāla, you stop too."
(M ii.100)

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Re: Buddhism in Africa

Postby BlackBird » Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:27 am

Thanks for the link Bhante.

Dukkha would be a lot more 'in your face' in Africa. There's a lot of potential for the Dhamma there.
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Re: Buddhism in Africa

Postby pilgrim » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:58 am

Native African Theravada monks are rare but the the Ugandan Ven Buddharakkhita is not the only one. In South Africa there is a Burmese run vihara, Dhammodaya Myanmar Vihara ( under Chanmyay Sayadaw) with 2 African monks. One of them is Ven Nandodaya who may be more senior in vassa then Ven Buddharakkhita. A ethnic Caucasian from Zimbabwe also took pabbaja in this vihara and now trains in the Ajahn sumedho community.

Of course there are many African monks in the Mahayana Fo Kuang school in S Africa and in Malawi.

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Re: Buddhism in Africa

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:19 pm

I personaly know a Mahayana/Vajrayana african monk from Zaire. He was my meditation and yoga teacher when I was a mahayana folower. A good monk.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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