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by TamHanhHi
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: I broke a precept today...
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: I broke a precept today...

What can I do to make amends? Just make a determination you won't do it again. Simple. Making amends is a Christian concept, which you don't need to do. I'll disagree here with James. Making amends (or remedying or repairing) is a way of re-establishing the trust you've broken with another person a...
by TamHanhHi
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I want to ordain, but I have a problem that I just can't solve.
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: I want to ordain, but I have a problem that I just can't solve.

JamesTheGiant wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:00 pm Don't worry about backup plan. This is Mara trying to make you stay in the dusty worldly life! Trust in the dhamma.
:goodpost:

Yes, part of practicing, especially as a monastic, is being ok with uncertainty. Embrace it and go forth :buddha1:
by TamHanhHi
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Material contribution of monks to society
Replies: 30
Views: 10533

Re: Material contribution of monks to society

There's tons of things won't could do—but I'm not sure it really matters whether people want to support Buddhist monks or not. I also wouldn't lump Westerners into one broad category. The view you described isn't a Western view, it's a Protestant view (which, fair enough, is a predominant view in th...
by TamHanhHi
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Certainty and monastic life
Replies: 22
Views: 8628

Re: Certainty and monastic life

In MN 17 , the Buddha makes the point that the place or mode of practice doesn't really matter—what matters is if you are making progress on the path. Some will find that the wandering life suits them best. Others will find a settled life is better. Or perhaps a mix. Some monks change monasteries ea...
by TamHanhHi
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhu monasteries that support bhikkhuni ordination?
Replies: 26
Views: 1995

Re: Bhikkhu monasteries that support bhikkhuni ordination?

I am interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Theravada forest monastic, and I am trying to find bhikkhu monasteries that recognize and support the full ordination of bhikkhunis. At this point, I'm aware only of the monastic communities affiliated with Ajahn Brahm in Australia, Bhante ...
by TamHanhHi
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I’m done with laylife.
Replies: 197
Views: 71060

Re: I’m done with laylife.

I don't know the OP's life story, and while it seems irrelevant to the post, I think a lot of people are bringing it up out of compassion. I fully encourage anyone's wish to ordain—even if it means leaving your family—but it should be done in the right way: Debts settled, divorces finalized, ownersh...
by TamHanhHi
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I’m done with laylife.
Replies: 197
Views: 71060

Re: I’m done with laylife.

How can the dhamma be closed on the planet? Has this ever happened before? The Dhamma is open, but monasteries are closed. There's no rush, though. Do your best to practice now in whatever conditions you're in, then when things re-open you'll be ready to go. Have you tried 8 precepts before ? That ...
by TamHanhHi
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I’m done with laylife.
Replies: 197
Views: 71060

Re: I’m done with laylife.

That sounds like solid advice I will do that. I’m ready to leave and begin this journey where can I go. I’m in Canada. In southern Ontario. Have wheels can drive. Have $$$ for flights. No criminal record. Passport. I ask about location/nationality because visa issues tend to complicate things. Plus...
by TamHanhHi
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I’m done with laylife.
Replies: 197
Views: 71060

Re: I’m done with laylife.

Check out the Ordination and Monastic life section of the forum, there's a bunch of different posts. Also, where do you live? The general advice is to spend some time, weeks to months, at a monastery so you can see if it's a good fit.
by TamHanhHi
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 703
Views: 153782

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Lots of layers here. Do you mean leaving their dwelling and going out to attend a rally for instance? Or addressing a congregation in the monastery? On Facebook? On online forums? When asked about the issue or spontaneously stating an opinion? It's a quite the onion. Generally speaking, I say monast...
by TamHanhHi
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Concept of Rebirth confuses me
Replies: 23
Views: 1474

Re: Concept of Rebirth confuses me

It boggles my mind because if I were to die and be reborn again as human and experience suffering again, the suffering I experienced in my previous life seems to be rather gone as if I never experienced it before. This general amnesia seems to be part of the process. Then again, like Ceisiwr said, ...
by TamHanhHi
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Moderation in food, 6th precept and weight loss
Replies: 25
Views: 27098

Re: Moderation in food, 6th precept and weight loss

Like Nicolas said, it's normal that you'll lose weight by changing your dietary habits. Just monitor it without worry too much just yet. And are you feeling hunger pangs as well? The Buddha never said to eat so little that you become skin and bones. He advised to eat so that you will stay healthy. I...
by TamHanhHi
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Fund raising for buddhist Monk without lodgings.
Replies: 25
Views: 29399

Re: Fund raising for buddhist Monk without lodgings.

Is there a reliable way to contact this monk? I may be able to help.
by TamHanhHi
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a sutta about revenge
Replies: 4
Views: 1087

Re: Searching for a sutta about revenge

That's the one! So it was the Vinaya. Thank you :anjali:
by TamHanhHi
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a sutta about revenge
Replies: 4
Views: 1087

Searching for a sutta about revenge

I can't remember if this is a sutta or if it's from the Vinaya—or if I just heard a monk talk about it—but basically the story goes that a king killed a rival king and queen, but he didn't know they had a son. That son eventually grew up and, seeking revenge on the king, became close to him. He had ...