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by JamesTheGiant
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Wow... seeing this video melts my worldy ambition
Replies: 30
Views: 345

Re: Wow... seeing this video melts my worldy ambition

It is frustrating. I did want to go on retreat this year. I'm just hoping that in a hundred trillion years I will be able to dispense with a face mask and go to the monastery again. But my government is not giving me much cause for hope... I was trapped in a monastery for six months because of Covi...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How about this approach for the Nikaya?
Replies: 18
Views: 223

Re: How about this approach for the Nikaya?

Focus only on 4NT and 8FP. Dun let the rest confused you Yes that's okay, if that is most clear for you. But it's not ideal... it is better to keep reading and studying and learning. You are right that the 4NT and the 8FP contain within them the entire path, the whole teaching. Many parts of the dh...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is considered to be a Thai Buddhist "Temple"
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: What is considered to be a Thai Buddhist "Temple"

Google maps gives a very limited number of identifier tags for temples, meditation retreats, monasteries, gompas, Buddhist libraries, or shrines. When you try to tag a place on Google maps related to Buddhism, it will generally only let you tag it as Buddhist Temple. It's just the way Google maps wo...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suicide is not Buddhist
Replies: 40
Views: 851

Re: Suicide is not Buddhist

... the suttas agree that suicide is a waste of human life. I realize this may stir up controversy or drama, but that's what the suttas say. Thankyou, it is good to be reminded of these things. And studies have shown that religious rules against suicide do actually stop a significant percentage of ...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: death of forum member dylanj
Replies: 44
Views: 1421

Re: death of forum member dylanj

I hope he has a better next life!
And thinking of his family, losing a young person is devastating.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are we Alt-Buddhists?
Replies: 37
Views: 8440

Re: Are we Alt-Buddhists?

He can be safely ignored as a lunatic. This is an example of his posts: " Keep in mind the majority of these weird trolls [by this he means members of Dhammawheel] come from Australia, the nation that genocided a 40,000 year old culture in order to import low IQ convicts with nowhere else to go. Not...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: buying/using gun
Replies: 59
Views: 4711

Re: buying/using gun

I found these images when I was a monk, and thought they were interesting and provocative.
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by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Experiences & Questions With Dhyana
Replies: 4
Views: 8077

Re: Experiences & Questions With Dhyana

Lots of interesting things can happen in meditation, as you well know.
Your experience sounds interesting and it's not jhana. It's not relevant to pursue whatever it is.
The thing to do when anything arises is do not try to grasp and repeat it, and instead just return to your meditation object.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Interreligious relationships in the US
Replies: 11
Views: 3050

Re: Interreligious relationships

In Australia we have Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery, and once a year some interested monks visit the Catholic Benedictine Monastery to the north of Perth. Or the Christian monks come to the Buddhist monastery. They have a chat and a discussion. Nothing much is realized, but it's nice to meet dedicate...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 87626

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

It's simple, seems to me. Bhante Suddhasso said this last week: As a Buddhist monk, it is my duty to directly state what is wholesome and what is unwholesome; what is right and what is wrong; what is good and what is evil. Therefore, to be perfectly clear: Racism is evil. Cruelty is evil. Torture is...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Fund raising for buddhist Monk without lodgings.
Replies: 25
Views: 16351

Re: Fund raising for buddhist Monk without lodgings.

If there isn't support for a monk in an area, then that is not a suitable place for a monk to live.
The monk must move to a place where he is supported by laypeople.
Global online fundraising isn't a good substitute for a local community.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue May 26, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Analayo's article on Ingram
Replies: 29
Views: 2674

Re: Analayo's article on Ingram

It's super that someone as knowledgeable as Venerable Analayo has taken time to examine Daniel Ingram's experiences, instead of just dismissing them immediately without investigation, like I've seen many bhikkhus do.
Thanks for the link to the article.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri May 15, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: devas visited indian people ancient time but not now?
Replies: 51
Views: 32357

Re: devas visited indian people ancient time but not now?

It is the same in Europe. Many angels and demons and spirits in the past, but not now. Researchers have shown the decline in reports of supernatural beings is strongly correlated with the rise of public education. This was especially seen during the French revolution when the English had schools, bu...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu May 14, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is there a list with the name and information for each monastery in Thailand?
Replies: 3
Views: 801

Re: Is there a list with the name and information for each monastery in Thailand?

Is there a list with the name and information for each monastery in Thailand? Technically the Thai government will have a list of every monastery in the country. But it's not on the public internet, and it will be in Thai, in some government office in Bangkok. You know there are tens of thousands o...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun May 10, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Morning routine
Replies: 13
Views: 1694

Re: Morning routine

Here's the Wat Pah Nanachat daily schedule. Pretty normal from monasteries I've visited. 03:00 am Morning wake-up bell 03:30 Morning meeting: chanting and meditation Dawn Monks go on alms-round. Lay guests sweep the monastery or help in the kitchen. 08:00 The meal 09:30 Short daily Dhamma teaching (...