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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: 187

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: 50
Views: 697

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...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from New York City
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: Hello from New York City

Welcome! The only thing I know of New York is from tv shows, and seeing it nearly destroyed in countless Hollywood films.
Have you seen this sequenced recommendation list?
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Welcome welcome!
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is background noise of rushing water okay for meditation?
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Is background noise of rushing water okay for meditation?

. Data from the suttas or personal experience is appreciated From personal experience I find meditating beside water is very good. 1) The pleasant sound of the water makes the heart happy, and so sets a good mindstate for meditation. 2) The sound of water soon fades away as my mind is completely ba...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What do you give to a beginner online?
Replies: 39
Views: 1512

Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

I would also suggest this, in the order Sarath suggested. Good sequence. This is my standard recommendation for beginners: a) Watch the video "A short introduction to Buddism" by Bhikkhu Bodhi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qP7zWzDtuY&feature=emb_logo Read Buddhism course. (Take about 12 hours to ...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: ordination rules
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: ordination rules

confusedlayman wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:34 pm so minimum the preceptor should be sotapanna?
I remember reading similar sutta, and the answer is basically yes, should be a sotapanna.
BUT it's just a "should", not a "must", so if you can't find a sotapanna then find the best monk you can.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it appropriate (relevant) to teach the Dhamma to laypeople which are mainly meant for Buddhist Monks?
Replies: 68
Views: 1548

Re: Is it appropriate (relevant) to teach the Dhamma to laypeople which are mainly meant for Buddhist Monks?

I am not talking about just sweeping the floor. I am talking about things like building temples having to deal with temple politics etc Even Buddha had to walk out of a temple and has to go to a forest in one occasion. Ok yes true. Administrative work is especially bad because it is difficult to be...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it appropriate (relevant) to teach the Dhamma to laypeople which are mainly meant for Buddhist Monks?
Replies: 68
Views: 1548

Re: Is it appropriate (relevant) to teach the Dhamma to laypeople which are mainly meant for Buddhist Monks?

, if I was a monk who do not have to worry about day to day chores it would have been easy for me to practice. To be honest, chores are a good and welcome part of monk's life. They help break up the day and create structure. Also as a break from meditation, and to practise the dhamma while doing th...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is three a time frame for monk to finish his meal?
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Is three a time frame for monk to finish his meal?

Is three a time frame for monk to finish his meal? I finish my meal very quickly. I know some people take ages to finish their meal. What is the rule for monks? The custom is to finish the last mouthful before solar noon. Some monasteries have strange rules like having to finish eating exactly at t...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zen Priests who promoted breaking precepts on killing
Replies: 23
Views: 719

Re: Zen Priests who promoted breaking precepts on killing

Wow! That is horrifying. A bizarre inversion of truth. Like a negative photo. Truly, Mara was in full power in those monks and writers.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What kind of people cannot become monks?
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Re: What kind of people cannot become monks?

Mangaka wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:29 am Does it mean that those people who done this (last answer above) are trapped in samsara for ever?
No, it's just for that one lifetime. Next life they can ordain.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination (pabbaja) for gays
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Ordination (pabbaja) for gays

Hello. My first post in this forum, so, please, be gentle Welcome! Is that common in Thailand? Maybe in Dhammakaya monasteries it's common? That application form is just wrong, and really bigoted. You'll have no trouble finding a welcoming place to stay in Thailand. What country are you living in n...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: rhinoceroshorn ordained
Replies: 30
Views: 1221

Re: rhinoceroshorn ordained

Such good news!
It is good he renounced social media, it can be very disruptive to monastic life.
It is also good that he didn't get delayed by the Nanachat way of doing things.
Very good!
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I'm considering becoming a monk
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: I'm considering becoming a monk

First step is to visit and stay at a monastery for a few weeks.
Talk to the monks about How To Become A Monk. They will give you lots of good advice.
Sorry I don't know which European monasteries are the good ones, hopefully some European members here can recommend you some.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I'm considering becoming a monk
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: I'm considering becoming a monk

What country are you in?