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by jameswang
Tue May 27, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination at Wat Pah Nanachat
Replies: 100
Views: 30329

Re: Ordination at Wat Pah Nanachat

I personally think we shouldn't become monks with the intention of disrobing later. Seems to trivialize ordination. Anyway, I think WPN requires one to stay for quite some time before the abbot would consider one for ordination.
by jameswang
Tue May 27, 2014 3:21 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Venānga Sutta - jhana not absorbtion method
Replies: 31
Views: 9665

Re: Venānga Sutta - jhana not absorbtion method

Sylvester's argument is that based on the grammar one can inferre that the "walking passage" refers to the establishment of sati and not to the jhānas . Oh.... Hmm.... But that doesn't proof OP wrong, does it? Reading the sutta as it is, I get the idea that the jhanas are the result of establishing...
by jameswang
Mon May 26, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Venānga Sutta - jhana not absorbtion method
Replies: 31
Views: 9665

Re: Venānga Sutta - jhana not absorbtion method

Looks Sylvester is not going to do it. Can anyone else translate?
by jameswang
Fri May 23, 2014 7:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What observes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2349

Re: What observes?

Well answered, pegembara! :goodpost:
by jameswang
Wed May 21, 2014 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should one try to convert non-Buddhists?
Replies: 80
Views: 15723

Re: Should one try to convert non-Buddhists?

Intention is key. If the intention is to share insight into Buddhism in a way that benefits others for their sake and not for the sake of gain, praise, fame, or pleasure and it is in line with the principles of right speech then it is the compassionate thing to do. It's not about converting others,...
by jameswang
Wed May 21, 2014 6:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should one try to convert non-Buddhists?
Replies: 80
Views: 15723

Re: Should one try to convert non-Buddhists?

pilgrim wrote:Buddhists don't seek to convert for conversion sake, but to benefit others.
So, we should convert, but just not for conversion sake? Even when we think "to benefit others", that's tricky, isn't it?
by jameswang
Wed May 21, 2014 6:02 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Venānga Sutta - jhana not absorbtion method
Replies: 31
Views: 9665

Re: Venānga Sutta - jhana not absorbtion method

No need to wonder why and mount a critique of the Comy. If you pay closer attention to the sutta, it says - so ce ahaṃ, brāhmaṇa, evaṃbhūto caṅkamāmi, dibbo me eso tasmiṃ samaye caṅkamo hoti It does NOT say - so ce ahaṃ, brāhmaṇa, evaṃbhūtā caṅkamāmi, dibbo me eso tesu samayesu caṅkamo hoti Sometim...
by jameswang
Fri May 02, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 942
Views: 296786

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

This is a few years old but still worth reading:
Buying Your Way To Heaven: Thailand’s Dhammakaya
http://penhpal.com/2011/02/buying-your- ... kaya-cult/
by jameswang
Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 942
Views: 296786

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Nice little summary of Dhammakaya here: http://www.buddhaschool.org/?pageid=355
by jameswang
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 942
Views: 296786

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Another piece on the Dhammachayo-Thaksin connection:

TRT and Dhammakaya Temple - perfect match
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2006/09 ... 014752.php

This one is by former core monastic member of Wat Dhammakaya for 19 years,
by jameswang
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 942
Views: 296786

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

jameswang wrote:Guess what? I got the invitation list to a Dhammakaya event.
Sorry, it should be "attendance list". I've already corrected the post.
by jameswang
Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 942
Views: 296786

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

A 2006 piece By Sanitsuda Ekachai on Bangkok Post
on the Dhammachayo-Thaksin connection.

Bringing saffron into yellow act
http://www.international.ucla.edu/artic ... ntid=49022
(The article is no longer on Bangkok Post website. )
by jameswang
Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 942
Views: 296786

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Guess what? I got the attendance list of a Dhammakaya event. Well, not exactly Dhammakaya event, but WFBY event. Then again, what’s the difference? Besides, their schedule says that at 9am on 13 Feb will be “Openning Ceremony at DKF/BYLT Program”. (English is not their strong point, but they are goo...
by jameswang
Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 942
Views: 296786

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Sokehi wrote:They've out-scientologied the Scientology with that Sci-Fi crap. :toilet:
In case others don't get this part, read this:
http://www.xenu.net/archive/leaflet/Xenu-A4.pdf

What if they just copied the Scientology strategy?
In any case, both are sucking their followers dry.
by jameswang
Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dhammakaya leader 'knows' the reincarnation of Steve Jobs!
Replies: 44
Views: 14565

Re: Dhammakaya leader 'knows' the reincarnation of Steve Job

:thumbsup: Raksha, that is great insight and wise. Neither to opposite such things, nor to support such things but wishing them the best, when you can not really help. Ven Gavesako is trying to help by providing info. People who are informed would know enough to avoid. If you understand psychologic...