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Seeking some advice

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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Seeking some advice

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:25 am

Its been few years I have been practicing Vipassana meditation as taught by SN Goenka, and i am planning to become a monk after few years from now. But i do not know any monasteries, teacher who follow the same technique here in United States and focus mainly on mediation rather then books. I like to follow the same technique i have been practicing. I don't know if it is good to switch to different technique. so can anyone give me some advice on good place, teachers for me.
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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby Ben » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:03 am

Hi maverick

When I was at Dhammagiri 20 years ago a number of students approached SN Goenka with regard to ordination and I know that it was a fairly common occurance for some of his serious 'old' students to discuss ordination aspirations with him. When pressed, he would recommend some monasteries in Sri Lanka and a co-meditator friend of mine went to ordain as a bhikkhuni in Sri Lanka in 1990. I also understand that in recent years there is/has been at least one bhikkhu, in Burma, who is an assistant teacher within the SN Goenka 'tradition'. My recommendation to you is to make contact with the head teacher within your country and discuss your aspirations with him and/or her. I'm sure they would be able to give you some advice with regards to where you could ordain and still continnue your practice.
All the very best with your plans!
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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby Kenshou » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:42 am

A good monk wouldn't care, I think.

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Re: Seeking some advice

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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby Ben » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:10 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:32 am

Hi Ben,
How could i contact Bhikkhu Appichatto & Bhikkhu Nyanaponika, do you have email address ?
From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. Long have you thus experienced stress, enough to be RELEASED.

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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:53 am

Hi Maverick

Nyanaponika Thera died years ago but his teachings are available in books. His classic "Heart of Buddhist Meditation": http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Buddhist-Me ... 0877280738 is very worthwhile.

Bhikkhu Appichatto is a member of this forum, you can send him a pm via his profile page: memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=63
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Seeking some advice

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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:08 am

monks learning from lay people is not as uncommon as you'd think, especially in Thailand where there have been some prominent female teachers. also i believe there are suttas where lay people have taught dhamma to monks as well.
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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby Shonin » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:24 am

Being a monk or a layperson is matter of life situation, not a matter of rank nor necessarily a matter of attainment. There are many highly realised lay teachers who may or may not have spent time as a monk or nun.

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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:27 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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e: [email protected]..

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Re: Seeking some advice

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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Seeking some advice

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:56 pm

Actually i like to get contact address of any monetarist, monks, who follow the same meditation technique as taught by SN Goenka,
I have send PM to Bhikku Appicchato, regarding my question and i am waiting his reply.
From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. Long have you thus experienced stress, enough to be RELEASED.

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