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by BKh
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Should the Vinaya (Patimokkha) be kept secret from the laity?
Replies: 23
Views: 494

Re: Should the Vinaya (Patimokkha) be kept secret from the laity?

Also that laypeople and novices cannot be in the room when a bhikkhu is confessing a transgression. I was told the reason for it was so laypeople would not think badly of monks who make mistakes... This is not a vinaya rule (i.e. to confess one's own offense to lay people or in front of lay people)...
by BKh
Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: non-hungry gosts
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: non-hungry gosts

If you take ghosts as every kind of being invisible to most humans, Petas are something very specific. I don't see any time that other non-human beings were called petas. The term yakkha is sometimes used as a general term for very powerful non-human beings. But not Petas. They are a specific realm...
by BKh
Sat Jul 31, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Make up Metta Phrases?
Replies: 6
Views: 81

Re: Make up Metta Phrases?

LovingFriendlinessMeditation.pdf
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This is a 16 page doc with a wide variety of phrases compiled/written by Bhante Gunaratana. You may find some ideas there.
by BKh
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Should the Vinaya (Patimokkha) be kept secret from the laity?
Replies: 23
Views: 494

Re: Should the Vinaya (Patimokkha) be kept secret from the laity?

I think the best proof of this Vinaya teaching in Thailand will be a statement from The Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand. :buddha1: I don't think they are an active user of DhammaWheel. Odd that you would come here asking a question when you weren't prepared to accept the answer from anyone here....
by BKh
Fri Jul 30, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: non-hungry gosts
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: non-hungry gosts

Great Question! The term "hungry" does often apply to ghosts, but not all ghosts have the problem of hunger. Hunger is a result of not being generous, so an individual ghost may not be hungry since they gave in the past. But because they have done other bad karma they experience different results. T...
by BKh
Thu Jul 29, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Offering food "through" the internet.
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Re: Offering food "through" the internet.

I understand that theravada monks who follow the commentarial explanation of the rule without question wont agree, i do not expect a different result. Again, for the purpose of harmonious discussion, it's really unhelpful to keep referring to parts of the Suttavibhanga as commentary. Because there ...
by BKh
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Offering food "through" the internet.
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Re: Offering food "through" the internet.

Who created that commentary? Some monks who felt that they could improve on the Buddha's ruling? who is to know? Either way the commentary is a later add on to that which is already perfect. OK, so you need to frame this whole discussion very carefully . It would have been great if this would have ...
by BKh
Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Should the Vinaya (Patimokkha) be kept secret from the laity?
Replies: 23
Views: 494

Re: Should the Vinaya (Patimokkha) be kept secret from the laity?

thomaslaw wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:55 am I am interested in the traditional Theravada teaching
Can you tell us what you will accept as proof? Because JamesTheGiant already told you what the traditional Theravada teaching is and you are claiming that it is just his view.
by BKh
Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mike Olds had a stroke and can no longer write
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: Mike Olds had a stroke and can no longer write

That's too bad. Are you in contact with him? Is he able to read emails? Of course I only want you to share already public info.
by BKh
Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Visa to stay at monastery in the U.S as a European?
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Visa to stay at monastery in the U.S as a European?

There are more than a few European monks who have stayed at monasteries here in the US for yeas. I don't know how the process works with immigration etc but it does seem to happen. Yes, but there are two aspects. One is on the side of the monastery. They can be quite willing to sponsor people who a...
by BKh
Sun Jul 18, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Visa to stay at monastery in the U.S as a European?
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Visa to stay at monastery in the U.S as a European?

You really need to talk to the specific monastery. In general it is very, very difficult to get visas for staying in a monastery. And as a general rule monasteries won't sponsor lay people. Even getting visas for monks is difficult. Honestly if you are in the EU you'd be better off trying to find a ...
by BKh
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics accepting medicine
Replies: 47
Views: 597

Re: Monastics accepting medicine

Alino wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:14 am Can an Abbot impose...
Abbots aren't really a thing in the Vinaya. I know this may seem shocking, but it's basically true. Decisions are made by the group. And the number of punishments allowed are limited.
by BKh
Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics accepting medicine
Replies: 47
Views: 597

Re: Population reduction

First off, for the love of all that is good, Can people please stop quoting entire threads in their posts!!! Now... Regarding the monastic and vaccine refusal, did the buddha not refuse (in sort) everything the government required of him? This is absolutely false. In fact in the Vinaya, the Buddha s...
by BKh
Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?
Replies: 81
Views: 1587

Re: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?

Also, monks are not allowed to study Abhidhamma. This is absolutely false. You are just spreading rumors. I'm going to stop engaging with you because you just pull out more false things when another is challenged. Things that can be read on their websites are one thing. I'm not debating those. But ...
by BKh
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?
Replies: 81
Views: 1587

Re: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?

Discuss what? I'm still bemused as to what this thread is about. It seems to be about "people are saying" gossip and petty grievances (e.g. the fish thing) with just enough truth to keep going. Conversely, the bigger issue as it appears to me is that Sri Lankan Buddhism is so parochial and national...