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by Maitri
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Sri Lanka Travel
Replies: 5
Views: 1870

Re: Sri Lanka Travel

Maitri, If you decide to go to Sri Lanka, you can rent a car with its driver at the airport, this would cost you around $50 a day (including fuel and driver's fees). The driver will take you around in beautiful Sri Lanka, and will sleep at the same hotels you stay in (each hotel have special sectio...
by Maitri
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Sri Lanka Travel
Replies: 5
Views: 1870

Re: Sri Lanka Travel

If you haven't been to India yet, I'd recommend that first. Just in case you don't have the time or money to see all the great places in Asia, you'll be happy you went to India. The four most important sites are Bodh Gaya, Kushinagar, Sarnath/Varanasi, and Lumbini (Nepal). If you can see more that ...
by Maitri
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why is there so much hostility on Dhamma Wheel?
Replies: 29
Views: 6227

Re: Why is there so much hostility on Dhamma Wheel?

Rather than expecting strangers in the internet realm to behave as if they're attending a Victorian boarding school, it might be a good idea to either use the report button, or else relax a little & not take them too seriously. Alternatively one can always switch off one's phone or computer...... a...
by Maitri
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Sri Lanka Travel
Replies: 5
Views: 1870

Sri Lanka Travel

Hello, I am planning a trip/pilgrimage at the end of the year to South or South East Asia- perhaps India, Thailand, or Sri Lanka. For India and Thailand I've found many options for tour groups, travel coordinators etc.., but not as much for Sri Lankan tours. Has anyone used a tour company in Sri Lan...
by Maitri
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: dhammaduta within the society
Replies: 4
Views: 2055

Re: dhammaduta within the society

is such a thing possible? moreover by its nature can it be done deliberately? or must one simply relax and let it go? I'm not sure I understand your question. If we are looking to make the Dhamma available to those who are seeking, then Dhammadhuta must take place in society because that is where p...
by Maitri
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What can a layperson do? How far can a layperson go?
Replies: 43
Views: 8332

Re: What can a layperson do? How far can a layperson go?

Can I consider myself 'Buddhist' (as a layperson) if I follow the 5 Precepts, study Buddha's teaching, meditate, try to cultivate Metta and follow the Noble Eightfold Path, even if I didn't take any vows in front of any monk... This suggests the inverse question. Can one sincerely attempt to follow...
by Maitri
Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: New Forest Monastery coming up in Florida
Replies: 5
Views: 2807

Re: New Forest Monastery coming up in Florida

Thanks for the update! I saw this months ago and was wondering what became of it. I will make a point to visit it soon. It's wonderful that they are engaged in daily alms rounds. It gives people a chance to see and meet the monks and see that they are just people too and aren't all that strange or s...
by Maitri
Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 70
Views: 16760

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

Does capitalism need Buddhism? - or who will feed the monks if everyone is a monk? Not everyone will be a monk or nun. That's not even been the case since the time of the Buddha. Personally, I think Buddhism is always be a minority religion in the U.S. as its core values are too contradictory to co...
by Maitri
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?
Replies: 70
Views: 16760

Re: What are the hurdles hindering Dhamma propagation in the US?

Any ideas for why 40% of Buddhists in the U.S. live in Southern California? It is the mountain ranges that shield the west coast from the harsher energy in the central states, also the pacific ocean absorbs much, leaving this location an ideal place for change. I think the simpler and realistic ans...
by Maitri
Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Who can't become a monk or nun?
Replies: 15
Views: 6861

Re: Who can't become a monk or nun?

How would this apply to men who are eligible for the military draft or reserve status in the U.S.A or other countries? Mere eligibility for the draft doesn’t count as an obstacle in the Vinaya, though if some country decided that it did count and that those eligible could not ordain, then the Sangh...
by Maitri
Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Systematic Sutta study
Replies: 10
Views: 1710

Re: Systematic Sutta study

For the upcoming new year I would like to engage in a systematic study of the Pali suttas. There is no such thing as systematic study here. All suttas are like a big jigsaw puzzle. I'd recommend to start with Majjhima or Anguttara and go ahead reading from sutta N1 to ... whatever. If you don't und...
by Maitri
Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Systematic Sutta study
Replies: 10
Views: 1710

Re: Systematic Sutta study

There is also an earlier MN series by Bhikkhu Bodhi, and some discussion of the Sutta Nipata here: http://bodhimonastery.org/religion/audios I found it helpful to work though that earlier MN series, supplemented by other talks on the same suttas, such as those from BSWA: http://www.dhammaloka.org.a...
by Maitri
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Systematic Sutta study
Replies: 10
Views: 1710

Re: Systematic Sutta study

Although is not what you are asking I suggest you pick up one single sutta eg MN 148, memorize it, recite it daily and thoroughly understand it before you pass to the next one, the teachings of the Buddha have an amazing power but they are not so easy to understand and to put in practice. Hi Smile,...
by Maitri
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Systematic Sutta study
Replies: 10
Views: 1710

Re: Systematic Sutta study

Hi :) * Bhikkhu Bodhi has an ongoing class in the Majjhima Nikaya (http://www.baus.org/en/?cat=9" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;). The videos are all on YouTube, if you want to go back and start from the beginning. * At Noble Path (http:...
by Maitri
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Systematic Sutta study
Replies: 10
Views: 1710

Re: Systematic Sutta study

katavedi wrote:Hello Maitri,

Also, Leigh Brasington's website has some excellent sutta study guides.

Hello Katavedi,

The first are ones which I am familiar currently. I haven't encountered Leigh's resources, so thanks for the link! I will look into them as well.