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by Chanh Dao
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 3578

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

Greetings Chanh Dao, Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching. I share the skepticism outlined above. The Buddha spent an awful lot of time talking about jhana and its benefits... not once calling it "a huge barrier on following...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 6795

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

From reading about Buddhism it seems like all Buddhism explains that the Buddha taught all is imaginary or mind or consciousness, extremely similar, if only in this respect, to it's parent religion, Hinduism. Both religions teach that all is consciousness or mind and only Theravada stands alone in ...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sila is the first and last step on the path to enlightenment.
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Sila is the first and last step on the path to enlightenment.

For all coming to follow the Buddha the most important practice to establish in oneself is that of sila. Morality. One cannot develop fully the qualities of the Buddha or the understanding without first doing good and renouncing bad. The more you can cultivate morality in your internal thoughts and ...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 3578

Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

Please be mindful of non-attachment and focus on the method itself. Not the result. Trying to achieve something will only lead to more trying and less achieving. Allow things to happen naturally. Apply effort. Be mindful. Do not hesitate to ask for help. But please. Whether you are an expert or a ne...
by Chanh Dao
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can one go for full Bhikkhu ordination in a different Theravada monastic lineage after committing a Parajika in another?
Replies: 8
Views: 1452

Re: Can one go for full Bhikkhu ordination in a different Theravada monastic lineage after committing a Parajika in anot

What is the efficacy of a Bhikkhu committing a parijika offense and than going into the position of a samanera? Most samaneras look identical to bhikkhus in terms of the robes they wear. Is this appropriate? I'm interested to hear more about this case of how a Bhikkhu should interact with the lay Sa...
by Chanh Dao
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Please suggest for ordain in Sri Lanka
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Please suggest for ordain in Sri Lanka

Well I can't really recommend you to anyone in the Sri Lankan Sangha without having any idea about your intention or experiences leading up to your intention to ordain.

Maybe better to start with your local buddhist community and see if they have any Monastic opportunities.
by Chanh Dao
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Please suggest for ordain in Sri Lanka
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Please suggest for ordain in Sri Lanka

Why do you want to become a monk?
by Chanh Dao
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is the monastic suicide topic overrated?
Replies: 18
Views: 2374

Re: Is the monastic suicide topic overrated?

Someone can teach compassion and lack compassion at times. Someone can provide medical advice and need it from others at time. There are some problems even a doctor cannot solve for themselves. We dont discount an actors work because they end their own life. We dont discount a scientists discoveries...
by Chanh Dao
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 615
Views: 48086

Re: Monastics and suicide

I was simply making the point to take things on a case by case basis. Monk by monk. In different situations and societies monastics have had many many different roles throughout history. Mandatory meditation doesnt work. Meditation is something you must do on your own. Your own practice. No one else...
by Chanh Dao
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 615
Views: 48086

Re: Monastics and suicide

That's quite a sweet response. What would I do different? Well first of all I wouldn't. Im not in a position to want to take on that level of responsibility. I don't feel it would be appropriate. But for discussion sake or maybe more so just to share myself. Vastly different. Group councils. Qualif...
by Chanh Dao
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 615
Views: 48086

Re: Monastics and suicide

The general idea of shoving a bunch of westerners with zero experience into a 10 day course is a bit risky in general. As far as their responsibility they should of done everything possible to help this person. The goenka organization should have a team at the ready for these kinds of situations. N...
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 615
Views: 48086

Re: Monastics and suicide

The organization bare minimum had a responsibility to this young woman. Its inexcusable if you ask me. She asked for help and support multiple times and was ignored. Dhamma organizations like Goenka have a huge responsibility to take care of people like her if they ask for help. Maybe not legally b...
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 615
Views: 48086

Re: Monastics and suicide

It’s not the teachers job to do the work required, only the student can do this, teachers job is to keep student on path and throw them a rope if the fall into a trap. Have you any idea what trust Goenka courses require from the students????! They have to take for granted that the Goenka courses ha...
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples
Replies: 19
Views: 4079

Re: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples

manas wrote: Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:24 am Crazy Jihadis with all their bombs, can't do nearly as much damage to Buddhism, as bad-minded, sexually immoral monks who abuse children.
Well said.
by Chanh Dao
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks aren't perfect beings and the vinaya is not the ten commandments.
Replies: 24
Views: 6111

Re: Monks aren't perfect beings and the vinaya is not the ten commandments.

:goodpost: No, don't just give me a :goodpost: . See: As a lay person, I'm supposed to bow to you and even kneel before you, the monk. So you better get your act together and keep all 227 rules. Or else, I will lose trust in you, or in myself; both are bad for both of us. I encourage you to pay res...