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A lot of you here probably know of Shravasti Dhammika from some of his many good books, including Good Question, Good Answer, or his blog or his controversial Broken Buddha.

He has written over 25 books and many articles at Dhamma Wiki. He's been a kalyana-mitta of mine for about 15 years.
https://dhammawiki.com/index.php/Shravasti_Dhammika

He was the spiritual head of a temple in Singapore for many years. In 2017 he moved back to Australia and is in semi-retirement, semi-seclusion. He continues to write about the Dhamma. Here is an interesting video with some biographical highlights:

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Broken Buddha was a great read but i dislike the title. nice video tnx :thumbsup:
'Bhikkhus, possessing three qualities, a bhikkhu is practicing the unmistaken way and has laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints. What three? Here, a bhikkhu guards the doors of the sense faculties, observes moderation in eating, and is intent on wakefulness. He should develop perception of unattractiveness so as to abandon lust... good will so as to abandon ill will... mindfulness of in-&-out breathing so as to cut off distractive thinking... the perception of inconstancy so as to uproot the conceit, 'I am.
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Great video. Incredible story.
The story of the elephant giving him money to go to Sri Lanka is almost unbelievable.
Where does he live in Australia?
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Nice video. :anjali:
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I have listened to another video and found that his understanding of Anatta is not up to scratch.

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Seems like Godwin Samararatne's meditation moved him away from Goenka, here's what I found

https://www.godwin-home-page.net/

https://www.godwin-home-page.net/Gentle ... le-Way.htm
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budo wrote: Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:35 am Seems like Godwin Samararatne's meditation moved him away from Goenka, here's what I found

https://www.godwin-home-page.net/

https://www.godwin-home-page.net/Gentle ... le-Way.htm
I did my first retreat with Ven. Dhammika back in the early 1980's. That was at Nilambe http://nilambe.net/ Godwin was also there and was mentoring Ven. Dhammika I believe.
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From the book "Approaching the Dhamma" about Samararatne

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https://store.pariyatti.org/Approaching ... _2566.html
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SarathW wrote: Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:28 am Great video. Incredible story.
The story of the elephant giving him money to go to Sri Lanka is almost unbelievable.
Where does he live in Australia?
Queensland, northern Australia
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SarathW wrote: Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:08 am I have listened to another video and found that his understanding of Anatta is not up to scratch.
Why? What's wrong with his view on anatta? At the closing minute he states that it is not a soul.
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When i watched the interview, the most persisting thought in my mind was how unimpressive a wise man appears to be from a worldly point of view.
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.
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DNS wrote: Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:36 pm
SarathW wrote: Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:08 am I have listened to another video and found that his understanding of Anatta is not up to scratch.
Why? What's wrong with his view on anatta? At the closing minute, he states that it is not a soul.
I have listened to it again.
I agree that he rejects the notion of self-believed by theistic religions.
But it appears he still take the five aggregate as self and believe in a changing self.
There are many facets of self-view.
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DNS wrote: Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:36 pmWhy? What's wrong with his view on anatta? At the closing minute he states that it is not a soul.
not self isn't no soul, never was

that's a misinterpretation, and isn't in the scriptures
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He lives in Townsville, Australia now.
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form wrote: Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:30 am He lives in Townsville, Australia now.
Can you or anyone say exactly where he lives in Townsville? Email address? Thanks :)
There is always an official executioner. If you try to take his place, It is like trying to be a master carpenter and cutting wood. If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter, you will only hurt your hand.

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