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by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?

If I was a monk and someone asks me whether I am enlightened, I will take that as an opportunity to discuss some Dhamma with him/her. First I will ask him what he understands by enlightenment. Then I explain to him this word is a common word to many regions and it means different to different peopl...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: How do you imagine beings of other realms?
Replies: 29
Views: 15619

Re: How do you imagine beings of other realms?

I imagine beings from other realms as beyond human understanding. I imagine if I saw such a being it would look something like this:
mosaic-abstract-art-life-path-sharon-cummings-sharon-cummings.jpg
ground-of-being-carissa-luminess.jpg
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?
Replies: 15
Views: 188

Re: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?

EmptyShadow wrote: Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:04 am Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?
No. No rules are broken in this case.

Laypeople sometimes become outraged or concerned by things which are not a problem, not against vinaya.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?

Also, Ven Thanissaro says in regards to parajika 4, "There is no offense if one makes a claim out of a mistaken and exaggerated understanding of one’s attainment; and no offense if one is not intending to boast, i.e., one makes a claim that may sound like an implicit reference to a superior human st...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Can a monk tell his followers that he is not fully enlightened?

The relevant part is from 01:05 to 01:15. He says "...the Buddha says we should learn from fully enlightened monks. I am not a fully enlightened monk." First question is: is he hinting that he is some kind of enlightened. ( for example sotapanna) If the answer is yes he is hinting, and it is true he...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: different class in western world
Replies: 15
Views: 708

Re: different class in western world

confusedlayman wrote: Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:23 pm in india we have four class... brahmin class, fighter (warrior) caste, merchant class and lower class
You missed the 5th group, the Dalits. Are they not Indian people?
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination???
Replies: 27
Views: 515

Re: Dependent origination???

So if phenomenon are dependently originated and contain no self. Then what becomes of human free will,choice and agency? If volition is one of the five aggreegates and the aggregates are not from you,or in your control,then how do you have intention or a choice to do good deeds??? Exactly, it is a ...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mysticism in buddhism?
Replies: 11
Views: 274

Re: Mysticism in buddhism?

I did read that forest monks wre coming up with some new views. Like the existence of a soul. True, some of them did that too, unfortunately. There are still a lot of soul-believers in Thailand. :cry: Some versions of zen seem somewhat close to mysticism. Yes, I'd say that's true. Although a lot of...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mysticism in buddhism?
Replies: 11
Views: 274

Re: Mysticism in buddhism?

Back in the first half of the 20th century the forest Monks in Thailand and Burma had a reputation for being wild and unknown and really into almost unknown deep meditation, deeper meditation than anyone saw in regular Buddhism in Thailand. But now that kind of life has become much more well-known a...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it compulsory to accept Abhidhamma as a part of doctrine to be considered as Theravada?
Replies: 202
Views: 2300

Re: Is it compulsory to accept Abhidhamma as a part of doctrine to be considered as Theravada?

Do you mean is it necessary to accept Abhidhamma as the literal secret teaching
to the gods and Sariputta, from the Buddha's own mouth?
Or as a teaching which originated as elaboration and interpretation of the suttas, a few hundred years after the Buddha passed away?
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day

Dhammanando wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:35 am
If the chanting is for the sake of memorising the teaching, then this is in fact one of the prescribed early stages in several of the gradual training suttas...
True. But in the case of 108 daily recitations of Itipiso, it looks purely devotional, not related to memorizing anything.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: 108 recitations of Itipiso a day

Did the Buddha day we should meditate, or did did the Buddha say people should chant for maybe 1½ hours a day?
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Radhasoami and Hearing sounds while meditating
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Radhasoami and Hearing sounds while meditating

Ajahn Sumedho talks about the Sound of Silence a lot. It's his main method of meditation. Here's a book of his talks about it. https://cdn.amaravati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Ajahn-Sumedho-Volume-4-The-Sound-of-Silence.pdf For me, in meditation I sometimes hear the sound of beautiful bells, or ...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jun 06, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Jataka stories a collection of old Indian stories?
Replies: 21
Views: 409

Re: Are Jataka stories a collection of old Indian stories?

I remember several Ajahns telling me at least 30% of the Jataka stories are also found in pre-Buddhist folk stories, in ancient India. They were later retold and adapted as part of the new religion of Buddhism. They are usually simple moral lessons, easily adapted to fit any religion. But I don't ha...