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by Dharmasherab
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you need jhana to attain nibbana ?
Replies: 85
Views: 2001

Re: Do you need jhana to attain nibbana ?

The Buddha did explain about Jhanas as part of the N8FP as part of Samma Samadhi where reaching upto the 4th Jhana gives optimum Samadhi. However I am currently an Anagarika (awaiting my Pabbaja) in a monastery where Jhanas are 'de-emphasized'. Instead emphasis is given to Intuitive Awareness as tau...
by Dharmasherab
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Brahmacariya Breach
Replies: 31
Views: 3822

Re: Brahmacariya Breach

Garrib wrote: Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:47 am I'm happy for you. Are you planning to ordain?
Yes. I requested to become a Samanera and I have been accepted into the community. So hopefully before this years rains I will be going forth (Pabbajja).
by Dharmasherab
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Brahmacariya Breach
Replies: 31
Views: 3822

Re: Brahmacariya Breach

Forgive yourself and keep going forward. As Ajahn Brahm says "the AFL code - Acknowledge, Forgive and Learn". Acknowledge that you did break the precept (even though its not the end of the world). Forgive yourself and then learn from this. You dont need to confess or take penance. That will just enc...
by Dharmasherab
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions about lust/sexual desire.
Replies: 11
Views: 1385

Re: Questions about lust/sexual desire.

1. Is lust/sexual desire a defilement/klesa? Yes. 2. Is lust/sexual desire is to be abandoned? Or is it to be moderated? If one wishes to follow the path to Enlightenment, then it is necessary to abandon as many forms of desire as possible (including sexual desire). If you look at the life of the B...
by Dharmasherab
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 32758

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

It is as if I am unable to make a choice as to what school of Buddhism is best for me. I take the gems of all. Yes, sort of the same here. Its just that to be of benefit to others around us it is important to train so this means we have no choice but to pick one lineage, at least temporarily. Will ...
by Dharmasherab
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 32758

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Do you have experience with Zen/Chan/Seon, the other Mahayana branch? It has it gems for sure. Around 4 - 6 year ago I was going to various Mahayana/Vajrayana groups and activities as this was the time I was opening up to Mahayana/Vajrayana Buddhism. Part of that exploration also involved me visiti...
by Dharmasherab
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 32758

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

What draws me to Theravada Buddhism is the emphasis on morality. That's not to say that other schools of Buddhism don't stress morality, but it has just been my experience. Morality is the basis on which build our practice. I think this gets downplayed a little in the other schools. Of course, mora...
by Dharmasherab
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 32758

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Taro, As an addendum I want to say this. Its something I should have mentioned earlier in that first post I made on this thread, but it surfaced into my mind a few moments ago. You will find in Vajrayana communities that the word 'enlightened' gets used very easily, partly because of the Guru Yoga c...
by Dharmasherab
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 32758

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Out of curiosity, was your shift inspired by anyone at Amaravati? I understand Venerable Amaro does double-duty as a Theravadin bhikkhu and a Dzogchenpa (a kind of Tantrika) . No. even though I have been to Amaravati several times, my interest in Mahayana started before then. I have not read any of...
by Dharmasherab
Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 46
Views: 32758

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Welcome! As someone who went in the opposite gradient (from Theravada to Vajrayana), I became more aware of some important differences during my transition. One of the most important differences is the teacher - student relationship. Theravada does not require the level of teacher devotion that is r...
by Dharmasherab
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A question on renunciation
Replies: 11
Views: 993

Re: A question on renunciation

Sorry for some reason this post is appearing on DhammaWheel 3 times, but please answer here.
by Dharmasherab
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A question on renunciation
Replies: 11
Views: 993

A question on renunciation

A friend of mine wanted to me to ask this question to get answers which would be helpful for him. "I wanted to know how dispassion is best generated? What the right and wrong method is? Whether exposure to the source of attachment combined with contemplation is just a trick or a legitimate process, ...
by Dharmasherab
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts - bare minimum frequency
Replies: 7
Views: 1511

8 Precepts - bare minimum frequency

This is just a question where I am asking for a confirmation. To my knowledge, it is recommended for lay Buddhists to follow the 8 Precepts at least 4 times a month, ideally based on the phases of the moon. But sometimes such days don't nicely fall into weekends, where they are like normal working d...
by Dharmasherab
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts
Replies: 30
Views: 12969

Re: 8 Precepts

I am on 8 Precepts these days and following them in a less than ideal manner at home (which is still better than just attempting to follow the 5 Precepts). As for my bed, I took the mat and kept it on the floor and this is where I sleep at night. Being a Unfortunately, I have been violating this pre...
by Dharmasherab
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 26
Views: 6604

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

Let's look at the word 'Ajahn'. Ajahn is a Thai adaptation of the Sanskrit word 'Acarya' which means teacher. Even in Thailand, the word Ajahn is used for certain types of teachers who are not always monastics. Even among the laypeople where this term is used, they may not be Buddhist or have any co...