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by JamesTheGiant
Sun May 09, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Money with jhana
Replies: 18
Views: 228

Re: Money with jhana

I have a friend who sells all his stocks and shares, before he goes on retreat. He cannot relax and meditate well, if it's not in stable cash.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat May 08, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What today's monasteries need most - bhikkhus or lay supporters?
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: What today's monasteries need most - bhikkhus or lay supporters?

I had another thought: Monasteries would desperately love to have electricians, licensed builders, and mechanics.
A monk who is also a builder/electrician/mechanic would be the best!
by JamesTheGiant
Fri May 07, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where exactly is "Here" ?
Replies: 13
Views: 201

Re: Where exactly is "Here" ?

It's very easy to get lost in word games and tangled in a complication of deep meaning.
"Here" is very simple. No need to complicate.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri May 07, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What today's monasteries need most - bhikkhus or lay supporters?
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: What today's monasteries need most - bhikkhus or lay supporters?

In Australia and NZ monasteries they would like more people to ordain. More laypeople is good, but more bhikkhus is better. A few ajahns in these countries have likened it to Football professional players (monks and nuns, vs Football Fans (laypeople). Of course we can object to this example because ...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed May 05, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fake Speech
Replies: 16
Views: 261

Re: Fake Speech

Even the Buddha and his monks did small-talk, polite-talk. For example here's a common sutta example, see the emphasized words: Majjhima Nikāya 135. The Shorter Exposition of Action: Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. Then...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed May 05, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where do you sit to do meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: Where do you sit to do meditation?

Pondera wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 1:34 am In my car seat, going 25 km/hour, listening to Beatles.
Wonderful!
Just out of curiosity, where can you drive at 25 km/hour without being a hazard? ;)
by JamesTheGiant
Sat May 01, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?
Replies: 16
Views: 656

Re: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?

I think there is no monastery that does not bow to a statue. Sorry. . Remember that bowing in Asia is different than bowing in the West. In thailand they literally bow to say hi to each other, and kids will often bow to thier parents or teachers. I know in western culture its a bit weird cuz we see ...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difficult passages
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Difficult passages

Some will then say, why call yourself a Buddhist then? We don't need to have all the answers to walk the path. Mysteries remain, even paradoxes are ok. Being "Buddhist" doesn't mean you know and understand every teaching. I tend to focus on the core teachings of 4 noble truths, eightfold path, dail...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difficult passages
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Difficult passages

I skip over them and pretend they don't exist.

But seriously, I just leave them aside until later, when I may understand better.
There is nothing that says you have to have acceptance and understanding of every sutta. Just let it be unknown.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: why greeds occurs
Replies: 11
Views: 188

Re: why greeds occurs

Thanks for the references . Does baby urges to suck milk is greed ? Or when they cries because of hungry , sicks or bodily pains is that aversion ? Does feeling of comforts and tasty is greed ? Yes the baby has a lot of greed and aversion. It is utterly controlled by them. Before a young human begi...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing
Replies: 134
Views: 4022

Re: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing

At least he opened the dhamma to Trump supporters, conspiracy theorists, and various supremacists. That's useful. The retreats I attend seem to be 100% left-wing, etc. While I'm further left than almost anyone I know, I think it's a real failing of "contemporary" western Buddhism that it's so unwelc...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Gospel" by Buddha
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: "Gospel" by Buddha

Interesting.
Is this something you have read in the suttas, or something you have thought up from your own brain?
Viachh wrote: Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:21 am "Gospel" by Buddha (the Awakened One): we all are sleeping and seeing dreams according to the accumulated karma and there is a way to wake up.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Medical card and life insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 263

Re: Medical card and life insurance

Does vinaya prohibit monastics from purchasing medical insurance and life insurance ? Assuming in Theravada tradition lay peoples are willing to fork out money as a kind of dana offering to them . Looking at some advance country like usa and japan their medical treatment costs are super high , if f...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How to reconcile time spans in the canon with history
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: How to reconcile time spans in the canon with history

I take it to mean on other worlds, other planets. Something like that. "Somewhere else."
Clearly it's impossible to have happened on our Earth.

Either that or it's made up.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 'drink and drugs that cause carelessness'
Replies: 59
Views: 1695

Re: 'drink and drugs that cause carelessness'

Yes it's a topic worth some personal reflection. Unfortunately it often causes argument in online discussions, as we will probably see soon. Certainly at the time of the Buddha there were some drugs available in north India, including psiloycbin (soma?), cannabis, and opium. It's interesting he didn...