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Maybe Nyom maranadhammomhi likes to share it on DW in the OP as well. Changing ones mind into a good direction is rare but in the other direction where often, so also the many faults and problems with it.

If we for example say: "No, no, I will go in this direction." Inform people likely, and later chance or mind, than it's a "problem", if from world to nibbana, one that does not matter.

Or what do others think here?
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 _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

Venerable Members of the Sangha of Bhikkhus,

Dear fellows on the path, either ordained or layity,

my person likes to share his given opportunity to use a personal given application for adroid devices that shows geographical map with serial possibilities to use.

Especially useful for those liking to get more independent form possible not so proper use and maybe search for alternatives to be in contract by using certain other maps now or for those who might have use of such, not having the possibility now.

 *sgift*

Direct download of the app: http://download.osmand.net/releases/net.osmand-2.6.2-262.apk

It would be good when Ven. Sir, the Ven.Sirs, would accept the gift, out of compassion, and make use of it, in what ever way it might be proper. The gift is objected also for Samaneras, Nons as well as lay people following the path, of the four direction, and may the Theres get the first share.

Anumodana!


Quote from: Request and conversation for information
Sadhu!

Samana Johann
doing Forest monk in Cambodia
(You are welcome to visit sangham.net)


-------- Originalnachricht --------
Betreff: [OsmAnd] Re: request about download, use and share
Von: "Paul Stetsenko (OsmAnd support team)"
An: Samana Johann
Cc:



Paul Stets   
Paul Stetsenko (OsmAnd)
Jun 21, 17:27 +03

Hi again,

You are free to share this link publicly if you like. We have nothing against it. We are grateful for your kind words and hope you will enjoy using our app.

Let us know if you have any other questions.
Samana Joh   



Samana Johann
Jun 21, 15:30 +03

Sadhu (meaning "excellent!" approving and praisin a wholesome deed)

Atma is sure that it is very useful, haing managed a downoad of it already (2h).

Just again back to the first question, would it be wished and welcome by you, to share the link as given, also with fellows, either public or not public and/or would a providing of a download of the apk-file on sangham.net for fellows, either public or not public, welcome? Or just an information "Osmand owner and team has invited to make use of their apps without special strings."?

Sadhu and thanks for you patient with all this unusual questions.

Samana Johann
doing Forest monk in Cambodia
(You are welcome to visit sangham.net)



-------- Originalnachricht --------
Betreff: [OsmAnd] Re: request about download, use and share
Von: "Paul Stetsenko (OsmAnd support team)"
An: Samana Johann
Cc:

Paul Stets   
Paul Stetsenko (OsmAnd)
Jun 21, 12:36 +03

Hi,

here is the direct link for the free apk: http://download.osmand.net/releases/net.osmand-2.6.2-262.apk.

Let us know if that suits you.
Samana Joh   



Samana Johann
Jun 21, 12:17 +03

Mr. Paul Stetsenko,

What ever might be given without unbearable strings. No demands at and no problem if not wished, welcome, useful for you objectives or not possible. And no seek after for "luxury" at all.

Samana Johann
doing Forest monk in Cambodia
(You are welcome to visit sangham.net)



-------- Originalnachricht --------
Betreff: [OsmAnd] Re: request about download, use and share
Von: "Paul Stetsenko (OsmAnd support team)"
An: Samana Johann
Cc:

Paul Stets   
Paul Stetsenko (OsmAnd)
Jun 21, 11:52 +03

Hi Samana,

Do you want to install the free or paid version? You can download any free version of the app here: http://osmand.net/downloads.



We are waiting for your response.
Samana Joh   
Samana Johann
Jun 20, 20:33 +03

Valued owner and team of osmand-app,

surely a not usuall question and pardon an uninvited may unwished appraoch.

Would/is it rightly assumed that you welcome the download and use of you application? My person needs to add that he is not able to contribute anything material or for commercial purpose to it as a maybe hoped or wished exchance, neither using money nor getting involved in trade.

Independend from this, in case that it is welcome, would it be wished and given, to share the app under a community, either not public or public, with informing about your gift and provide a download on sangham.net for it?

Please do in no case feel disturbed or even subtil forced by this request and thanks that you offered you time to even read it.

With best wishes for all you good undertakings, health and and welbeing

Samana Johann
doing Forest monk in Cambodia
(You are welcome to visit sangham.net)
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It has become 45min of talk and the matter is really a big one, but can solved with simply being honest and good estimation of ones own capacity and capability. So my person thinks its good to talk and ask much in this matter for may cases to be helped to staighten views and ways.

Here in written words again. When changing the mind to skillful things and therefore not able to keep a promis, it is not unskilful when leaving a contract. Nevertheless one will need to bear the fruits of having made unskillful promises before and will mostly be confronted with consequences and claims for repay or fullfilling the contract.

My person wrote on the topic before here and maybe one might find there also useful warnings and ideas for ones own better way.

Erfog/Misserfolg im Geschäft-Success/fail in trade-ជោគជ័យ/បរាជ័យក្នុងការជួញដូរ

Depts, but to whom?

Could not find the one in regard of the possible effects on not keeping promises for a ascetic, if having been the receiver of a promise. Some might be in German.

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Is changing your mind same as lying? Breaking promises

Quote from: asked by Digity on DW
Suppose someone asks you to do something that you're on the fence about doing, but you agree to it anyway. Now suppose time passes and you regret the initial agreement and decide not to follow through on it, but give some sort of explanation for why you aren't. Do you consider that a form of lying, since you told the person something that you didn't follow through on?

In short:

Yes, breaking promis is unskilfull and a misconduct in regard of virtue.

If done deliberatly it's a classic ly, what ever reson it was.
If changing one mind later, it's false dealing similar to break a contract.

If a promise can not be fullfilled, out of reasons they are not in the sphere of the promis-maker and the promis-maker did also not possible had a chance to foresee this, than it is not a fault.

When one looks carefully and honest, one might see that most of the promises he/she did and did not fullfill have been faults.

A very serious matter is the matter of vows. Think how many take precepts, knowing that they will break them. Doing such is breaking the precepts while asking after them.

Changing ones mind from unskillful to skillful is not wrong, nevertheless one will face consequences of the breaking of promises, since mostly not understandable for others.

That preasure is mostly the hindrence for changing ones mind to a better.

Lets see, maybe my person is able to record a short talk on it.

[Edit: accidental edit by Moritz, reverted]
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Open Vihara - [Offenes Vihara] / Different kind of teacher-student relationships
« Last post by Johann on June 23, 2017, 10:31:22 AM »
 *sgift*
Different kind of teacher-student relationships

It's worthy and importand, that the Buddha did give only in regard of his founded ancestorship detail explainings, rules and guidelines: Bhikkhu to Bhikkhu.

While there are some indications in regard of Bhikkhu and Samanera, where certain lineage factors are already present, the teaching relation in regard of lay people is totally out of concrete order by the Buddha, and can be seen only as a free teacher and student relation ship, called Upasaka, Upasika, follower or attend and not directly regulated as a teacher-student relation. Mainly because in the case of lay-person and monk, it can become easily a corrupt relation by depending on each other: giving Dhamma for the four requisites as well as giving requisites for Dhamma. In a monk to monk relation, both will merely come from the teacher and so the teaching can possible stay without corruption. The other thing is, that be giving up home and living in dependency on a teacher while serving him, the prerequisites for receiving Dhamma are possible best given: generosity, by giving up material things, patient and willingness to virtue.

My person might doubt in this case, but as far as he can se and as far as he read an heared, the Buddha did not gave such as a clear allowence to accept lay people as student in a formal relation. It was out of course not intended by the Buddha, that his ancestorship would leave the Sangha of Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis in manners of conventional issues.

So also lay- to lay person relations do not have been given any formality by the Buddha and both, monk-layman and layman-layman-relations can not be seen as a ancestorship on an convetional level and out of lacking given conduct/Vinaya in this regard, such models and appearences are either of short lasting or soon very corrupt.

While certain traditions go here totally agains the given, a formal student-teacher relation between laypeople an laypeople an laypeople and monks is not realy suggested by the Buddha, willing to keep his Dhamma and the way of live best possible without effluents. On one hand to keep the Dhamma clean and on the other hand to keep the carrier community alive. With all modern ways under influence of Mahayana (moha-yana, deluded-vehicle), less personal gain as well soon destruction through improper relation between monks and lay people as well by copies can be estimated.

A further missing feature or this relations is that they have no real protective tools and we know about the many scandals in the sphere of such relations.

If one has gained good faith in the tripple gems, the traditional way would be assisting and helping as much as possible as layman, in all wordily regards of the monks or a certain monk and in that way not only find out much about his virtue, generosity, wisdom and so on, but also train already eager in virtue, since veneration and service are already elements of the virtue section of the path, so straighten right view at the same time, possible taking on precepts, living next to them and maybe one day also asking for going forth, either as Samanera or Bhikkhu, where such as a formal relation would beginn and the prerequisites are well established to receive the higher teaching in a way and circumstances that is conductive to be able to receive and understand proper.

While the only needed requirement to receive teaching from a monk, would be showing signs of respect or minimum no distespect, its usual to ask for refuge and possible precepts to give best expression that one is proper adjusted to receive a particular teaching. Tratitional such would be made then by requesting three times. Such is no more needed, if living next or the monks know about your tendencies and virtue. After having received the teaching, the relation ends by going ones own way. Note that in the case one likes to make an offering, one should offer it fist, best as first act when meeting monks, since they are not allowed to accept gifts for teaching the Dhamma. In this way, both, the gifts of requisites and the gift of Dhamma will be always a matter of pure generosity and not a matter for both parts, teacher and student.

Anumodana!
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[Q&A] Proper way to ask a teacher to become their student

Proper way to ask a teacher to become their student

Proper way to ask a teacher to become their student


I'm seeking a meditation/dharma teacher to help strengthen my practice, once I find one and establish some relationship what is the proper way to request becoming their student. I'm interested in The etiquette for lay or monastic. Also where I am there is not a strong community of practice what suggestions if any does anyone have about online teachers/instruction? (Hazards/cautions) if the relationship has to be long distance what steps can I take to make it more beneficial?

Quote from: Johann
   
To start to introduce your self with name and face, is maybe a good 1. advice, what does ?? think? Some general advices for sure useful here. The better you ways and understanding what is good conduct the better the chances to gain a good teacher. To ask such is already great but its also good to ask at proper places with certain usuals

Venerable members of the Sangha,
walking in front Fellows in leading the holly life.

 _/\_  _/\_  _/\_

In Respect of the Triple Gems, Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, in Respect of the Elders of the community _/\_ , my person tries to answer this question. Please, may all knowledgeable Venerables and Dhammika, out of compassion, correct my person, if something is not correct and fill also graps, if something is missing.

Valued Upasaka, Upasika, Aramika(inis),
dear Readers and Visitors,

 *sgift*

(This is a maybe modified and expanded answer of the "original" - which also could have been changed by third person - that can be found here . )


- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Rightly Self-awakened One.

Introduction

Before teaching the Dhamma, the Buddha would expect certain thing from one: Respect, generosity, patient and the willingness to virtue, before then teaching about the Devas and good dwellings in the world, the disadvantage and if possible followed till here, the Four Noble Truth.

Knowing that many of you might have access to his teachings, my person tries to give a practical teacher for each step. If you do not have the right people next to you, living the talk, although you might have access to the words, you might not succeed: but sometimes, better than searching for the perfect teacher, is to look for one that helps you right where you are stuck for now.

So if, after wise reflecting, you find out that you have authority problems, seek for somebody able to tame you, friends who practice paying respect with body and speech and learn that, till you are able to give gratitude rise.

So here are some bits of advice for the foundations, to gain enough right view, to be able to be considered worthy for sacrifies, and if having the feeling that you are not worthy at all out of wrong self-estimate, just go on and serve and help around and for a person you believe that he represents good attributes and has wisdom.

Don't search for people who you estimate as lower or equal in regard of good virtues, as you would like to when you look for a friend; but look for someone you really can develop "love", a certain kind of fear and respect, people who are able to dominate you and tame you; while at the same time, be sure that they do not depend on you even a little, whether materially nor immaterially. A paid teacher is no teacher at all; a honor-needing teacher is never a high teacher. A teacher accepting you as his disciple for not just giving you as as possible leave, is not free of defilements.
Wherever you are able for now, start to give: for your consumer attitude will never bring you to the Dhamma, how ever much merits you might have, how ever much access to information you have, you might stay as poor as you are and live a live of a hungry ghost again and again, when not turning to give at first place and practice that on and on.

All you estimate as not grasp-worthy, painful, annoying for now and not praising generosity, service for inferior and going forth, all this are you many teacher you should work with.

Only if one wisely prepares one step by step to be possible be tamed and cuts of all his ways out of this prison of practice, can estimate good teachers (inwardly and outwardly) and success in liberation.

If one seeks for liberation before taking on this prison or other ways around, there is no way to success, even all possible control in this world.

Upasika Nina van Gorkum wrote some words on The Greatest Blessings , the Mangala Sutta, which also explains well the Steps to be fulfilled to get the highest gift of teaching and being able to take and penetrate it.

At the end a short list of duties in regard of teacher, be they lay people or ascetics:
 
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  • (i) by rising from the seat in salutation,
  • (ii) by attending on him,
  • (iii) by eagerness to learn,
  • (iv) by personal service,
  • (v) by respectful attention while receiving instructions.
  • (i) by lovable deeds,
  • (ii) by lovable words,
  • (iii) by lovable thoughts,
  • (iv) by keeping open house to them,
  • (v) by supplying their material needs.

The Layperson's Code of Discipline

Different kind of teache-student relationships

Request

Duties

Leave

(Sadhu! For editing grammer, spelling and layout, Nyom Chris )

Anumodana!

[To be continued]
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A nice piece of investigation from Upasaka (?) Gabriel, well supported by trying to take doubt by Upasaka Sarath, Atma likes to share:

Quote from: Gabriel on DD Faith-Follower & Dhamma-Follower
It is mostly understood that stream-entry (sotāpatti) is the first level of an irreversible shift from being a wordling (puthujjana). Several passages have a different view and list two levels before that, namely the faith-follower (saddhānusārī) and the dhamma-follower (dhammānusārī). From the two the dhamma-follower is always ranked higher than the faith-follower.

Defining the Faith- and Dhamma-Follower

SN 48.12 - SN 48.17, SN 48.24 mention the two, but don't mention a specific faith or teachings. In these suttas from all the ariyas the faith- and dhamma-follower simply have the weakest faculties (faith,... wisdom).

DN 28, DN 33, MN 65, AN 7.14, AN 8.22, AN 10.16 also just list them among other types of people with higher realization. MN 70 has a similar list but features definitions as well:
 

- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

What kind of person is a Dhamma-follower? Here some person does not contact with the body and abide in those liberations that are peaceful and immaterial, transcending forms, and his taints are not yet destroyed by his seeing with wisdom, but those teachings proclaimed by the Tathāgata are accepted by him after reflecting on them sufficiently with wisdom. Furthermore, he has these qualities: the faith faculty, the energy faculty, the mindfulness faculty, the concentration faculty, and the wisdom faculty.

What kind of person is a faith-follower? … and his taints are not yet destroyed by his seeing with wisdom, yet he has sufficient faith in and love for the Tathāgata. [… faculties as before].


SN 55.24, SN 55.25 are similar in definition, but add that faith- and dhamma-followers are freed from the lower realms:
 

- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

... [for the dhamma-follower] some person does not possess confirmed confidence in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha. He is not one of joyous wisdom, nor of swift wisdom, and he has not attained liberation. However, he has these five things: the faculty of faith... wisdom. And the teachings proclaimed by the Tathagata are accepted by him after being pondered to a sufficient degree with wisdom. This person too, Mahanama, is one who does not go to hell, the animal realm, or the domain of ghosts, to the plane of misery, the bad destinations, the nether world.
[for the faith-follower as above...] And he has sufficient faith in the Tathagata, sufficient devotion to him. This person too...

To summarize the above: No liberation, no fetters/taints destroyed, but accepted the teachings, or faith in the Buddha, plus the five faculties.

Faith- and Dhamma-followers as 'mini-sotapannas'

While the above SN 55.24/25 tell us that the two can't go to hell, MN 22 and MN 34 take a stronger stand regarding the fate of the two and have them heading towards liberation:
 

- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

…those bhikkhus who are Dhamma-followers or faith-followers are all headed for enlightenment. (MN 22)

Just as that tender calf just born, being urged on by its mother’s lowing, also breasted the stream of the Ganges and got safely across to the further shore, so too, those bhikkhus who are Dhamma-followers and faith-followers -
by breasting Māra’s stream they too will get safely across to the further shore. (MN 34)

Faith in / investigating impermanence

SN 25.1 is more explicit about the teachings and gives it a different spin:
 

- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

Bhikkhus, the eye [ear...] is impermanent, changing, becoming otherwise... One who places faith in these teachings and resolves on them thus is called a faith-follower, one who has entered the fixed course of rightness, entered the plane of superior persons, transcended the plane of the worldlings. He is incapable of doing any deed by reason of which he might be reborn in hell, in the animal realm, or in the domain of ghosts; he is incapable of passing away without having realized the fruit of stream-entry.
One for whom these teachings are accepted thus after being pondered to a sufficient degree with wisdom is called a Dhamma-follower... [rest as above]
(SN 25.2 - SN 25.10 go on to apply impermanence on forms... eye-consciousness... eye-contact... feelings born of eye-contact... perceptions of forms... volition regarding form... craving for forms... the elements... the aggregates.)

The major difference here is (1) the focus on specific teaching, namely impermanence and (2) that the faith-follower has faith in this teaching, not in the Buddha.

Conclusion

It seems save to say that some concepts about a faith-follower and a dhamma-follower existed in the earliest texts. This is based on (1) occurrence in all four nikayas (2) a diversity of texts, i.e. not just a copy of the same pericope.

The texts agree on several things:
- The dhamma-follower ranks higher than the faith-follower, just below the sotāpanna
- The faculties seem to be involved
- They seem to be aryas in that they are free from rebirth in the lower realms or even heading towards liberation

Inconsistencies are:
- They don't appear nearly as frequently as the other ariyas
- The texts don't agree if the faith is in the Buddha, his teaching, or a specific teaching
- The only specific teaching we get in this context is impermanence - but we don't know if the dhamma-follower investigates (or the faith-follower has faith in) impermanence in all the mentioned dhamma, or if one of them is sufficient.

If you already lost faith that you'd not become a sotāpanna in this lifetime, maybe there's hope: you could well be a faith- or dhamma-follower after all


Quote from: Upasaka Sarath
Quote
...If you already lost faith that you'd not become a sotāpanna in this lifetime, maybe there's hope: you could well be a faith- or dhamma-follower after all :slight_smile:
Actually per SN 25.12, by attaining either Faith or Dhamma Following, one is guaranteed to attain Stream-Entry in his/her lifetime, or worst case, when s/he passes away:

- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

"He is incapable of passing away until he has realized the fruit of stream-entry." ~ SN 25.1 ~

Sadhu!

So what would a Dhamma-follower, Faith-follower have to lose when just returning into "normal" life?

He/she might attain path and fruit not before death has approached and therefore wasted much time with useless things.

He/she might also performe deeds, that have unpleasant effects in possible max. 7 lifes, even if wandering from one good family to another, dwelling under the Devas and of cause still will have to bear the suffering of birth, aging, sickness and death, some more times again.

And the Stream-Winner? Aside of no more conducting unconductive like the Faith-follower and Dhamma-follower still can, he/she carries useless the burden of suffering some more times.

And that is why the Buddha leaved, saying just one to them of the four types: "Don't be heedless! Strive for liberation, with Dhamma as your island!"
And "Seek for admirable friends and association with them!", to those who have not reached the path yet, but able to listen, Faith- and Dhamma-follower.

Mudita and Anumodana!
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 *sgift*

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa

http://sangham.net/index.php/page,s0404m2.mul2_latn.html#an09.23
3. Taṇhāmūlakasuttaṃ

23.dī. ni. 2.103 ‘‘Nava, bhikkhave, taṇhāmūlake dhamme desessāmi, taṃ suṇātha. Katame ca, bhikkhave, nava taṇhāmūlakā dhammā? Taṇhaṃ paṭicca pariyesanā, pariyesanaṃ paṭicca lābho, lābhaṃ paṭicca vinicchayo, vinicchayaṃ paṭicca chandarāgo, chandarāgaṃ paṭicca ajjhosānaṃ, ajjhosānaṃ paṭicca pariggaho, pariggahaṃ paṭicca macchariyaṃ, macchariyaṃ paṭicca ārakkho, ārakkhādhikaraṇaṃ daṇḍādānaṃ satthādānaṃ kalahaviggahavivādatuvaṃtuvaṃpesuññamusāvādā aneke pāpakā akusalā dhammā sambhavanti. Ime kho, bhikkhave, nava taṇhāmūlakā dhammā’’ti. Tatiyaṃ.



Originating from craving

“Bhikkhus, I will tell nine things originating from craving, listen attentively. Bhikkhus, what are the nine things originating from craving?
On account of craving there is a search. On account of a search there is gain. On account of gain there is discrimination. On account of discrimination there is interest and greed. On account of interest and greed there is attachment. On account of attachment there is seizing. On account of seizing there is selfishness. On account of selfishness a protection is sought. Seeking protection stick and weapon is taken and with quarrels, disputes, exchange of words, slandering, telling lies, various demeritorious things arise. Bhikkhus, these nine things originate from craving.



Entsprungen aus Verlangen

"Bhikkhus, ich werde Euch neun Dinge, aus Verlangen verursacht, mitteilen, hört aufmerksam zu. Bhikkus, was sind die vier Dinge, aus Verlangen verursacht?
Aufgrund von Verlangen, ist da Suche. Aufgrung von Suche, ist da Erlangen. Aufgrund von Erlangen, ist da Unterscheidung. Aufgrund von Unterscheidung, ist da Interesse/Lust und Begierde. Aufgrund von Interesse/Lust und Begierde, ist da Festhalten. Aufgrund von Festhalten, ist da Festhängen. Aufgrung von Festhängen, ist da Eigensinnigkeit/Geiz. Aufgrund von Eigensinnigkeit/Geiz, wird Schutz erwegt. Nach Schutz suchend, wird Stock und Waffe ergriffen, und mit Streit, Disputen, Austasch von Worten, Verunglimpfen, Unwahrheit erzählen, kommen die verschiedensten Ungeschickten Dinge auf. Bhikkhus, dies sind die neun Dinge, aus Verlangen Verursacht.
Quote from: English original: Ayya Uppalavanna, http://sangham.net/index.php?action=tpmod;dl=item136
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Monastic dwellings - [Klösterliche Unterkünfte] / Antw:Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu
« Last post by Johann on June 21, 2017, 12:39:35 PM »
It looks like as if the messages have not reached Bhante Paññobhāsa , at last not mental.

While not strictly against way and stand, but knowing also the danger of taking stand, even fighting one thesis with another, my person likes to continue to "go in between" and pick up certain things and possble comment them.

There are some respect worthy replies and of course allready frontiers. One thing, and that is most sad, is that Bhante does not a little argue with Dhamma, while others try, but uses philosophy to fight philosophy, view with view.


Interesting observations, but what/who exactly are you trying to fight with? And from Burma? Freedom of speech is still allowed. Political correctness in some places of the US could be over the top, but I haven't seen a single guy being stopped from accomplishments in science, arts, Buddhism, or whatever because of feminism. Are you having a hard time being a monk because of the feminism? Do you feel like a lesser man, human being? Were you "politically" corrected and that offended you? Would you want to bring time back into the certain style of society from the past? Different people fight for different subjects they feel it's needed: some for women's rights, some for racial, some for the animal... Before it gets into balance often the weight moves scales to the other side for a while... And maybe that's what you're doing too – trying to balance. But just curious, why THIS after 20 years in robes and why it's so offensive and worth fighting? Most religions went thru different transformations and branched out. In Christianity only Catholics still hold on to their male hierarchy. And what does that mean? Nothing. Just a thing in history which eventually will change. I, personally, am very thankful to feminism whatever hysterical it might be at moments. I still love to be a mother and cook and do other traditional things as well as meditate, but socially it's nice not be a commodity and not to be bound to certain radical traditions etc.

Quote from: pure answer of Bhante
I suspect you're not going to like this blog.


 
It doesn't matter even to me if I like or not. I don't look at things that way. I might not like, but I am curious. In my book, if someone was sitting for 20 years in the forest and meditating, they might have some interesting insights. So I asked questions. Yes, I am puzzled, but that's why I ask.

First, one having spend time alone in the forest, even only one year and instructed well in the Dhamma, has layed philosophy and views aside.

One should not think that a monk outomatical leaves the house into homelessness and alone dwelling monks, not engaged in improper livelihood are rare, very rare, would not have desire or idea to go back to the west only once.

Yet, some lasting sorrows for ones kind are still present, even for a no-returner.



If one takes on an extrem, even if just stategical, one nurishes that extreme and is quick in companion-ship of even radical and "bad" guys.

Its very sad to see such like here, somebody quoting Dhamma and such a post, while no reaction of Bhante:


"Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

"It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will."

— AN 5.198

Quote from: Epä Järjestys

Good sales pxxx!

Once my person openend a blog, vanaradari, not even as conservative like he might apoear now, but just "provoking". As he realiced that certain hindu inspired right-extremist started to follow and nurished on it their wrong views, he simply stopped.

When still a householder, my person started and runned a very successful hardrock-scene-bar in the conservative center of the capital, at a time where rock was death an Techno ruled. The have been later bestselling "no-techno" t-shirts.
At the beginning there have been groups who thought that it is an invitation to fight each other. Having then restricted the giving away of such t-shirts, people understood that fight is not supported at all, even a having a clear stand of what is simply foolish.
Its has been runned 10 years with not the slightest trouble, not even two friend arguing mag against each other, drug-free and visited by all generation and also heavy guys, Outsider and Hellsangels and police-officers private or to have just a nice break in smoot area.

That's not something everybody can do, should do. Of course it was soon destroyed after leaving, by this group and tendency Bhante argues, but because the heirs did not fully understood that walking on the edge.

Never stood between soldiers on the front, between fighting seeking crowds, never seen real blood and people hurting and killing others, if not walking untouchable, when such time comes, one might be really in troubles. Its seemingly out of effect doing such from a comfort zone, but its just a question of time that such kamma does not only make the practice harder but also slowly appears physical.

Bhante would do good seeking possible ways in Burma to walk on, because that what he sees far away already blocks possible path right around him.

Be well and possible turn to Dhamma and what should be your skill. No way to safe socialy and people in the west, since there is no more upanissaya.

"Run to the hills!"



When then reading further "AN EXAMPLE OF PC SCIENCE DENIAL: THE ISSUES", no need to go into the nonsensical philosophical and historical arguing, but simply look at the speech ans word Bhante uses, than that all is simply a shame. Use of words like a "homie" anywhere in a bar in a US-township or in a farmer village sunday talk at the villages pub.

That is really of no use for anyone.

Postmodern, feminism, pseudoliberalism has already created their right-extrem leaders naturally since to crowd need orientation and leading, and it just a matter of short time that the big show will go on again. So be sure that you are on a neutral place, with a mind not taking side, when it grows warm, the sooner one goes on to try to leave, and take on the path, the better. Don't turn around, you might be tempt to help what is not possible.

Just walk on, you might met people, seeing the fire you left in you behind coming after, and if they have needed foundation they might follow. Its follish to lead others into a fight, yet sitting still on a safe "place", better having some merits left.

If trying to help, never use the folk, the crowd, the poor, ensnared hardly. You will not like to see the hurting each other and be punished by their chefs.

Such political monks are those who destroy the Dhamma and right view in Asia, taking on either left or right, for the poor or rich... that is exact not the way.

The would be planty of work in the society Sangha and work to bend ones on view and that of the fellows, but that does not seems tasty, since seeking for supporters under lay people and liking to use the housing the Sangha provides. Right next, one likes to live in harmony.

You do not provide samples at all, being criticised and disrespecting Dhamma and Vinaya and critic. Itks rally meaningless to build on outsiders, yet not established faith in the Juwels and precepts.
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Some FAQ - thoughts as to understand and build up on this...

What is the purpose of using "Dhamma-Dana-Declaration"?

For the giver it should be an easy way to express his gift and intention in giving. Others than copyright-declerations or licences the focus here is not to primaly serve certain laws and look best after ones rights, but to focus on the act of giving, while not forgetting the origin and to possible make the deed ethical high and skillful. In short: to gain the most merits in sharing.

For the receiver it should protect him from wordily string as much as possible, give him all possible freedom to share the merits and by explaining and expression, helping him to develope right view and gratitude in regard of the gift.

Do "Dhamma-Dana-Declaration" work inside certain law systems and does it use its function?

Only indirect. Since Dhamma-Dana-Declarations" are only useable for gifts without purpose of commercial use or other wordily gains, there is naturally less space for conflicts. The use of DDD does not release a certain giver to prove if that what he gives is his own and/or given to him/here. "DDD" does also not work as a disclaimer system and respects the truth that both, giver and receiver are responsible for their deeds.

DDD is not meant as a legal system or even replaces such. It does not touch laws, but provides simply with declarations which are in accordiance with skilfull deeds according the law of nature. Naturally, by reading also the explainings and tips to understand clearly normaly one would not touch any law an possible violate it, since it is build up eternaly on what is given, and does not incl.claims of rights and demands.
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June 25, 2017, 01:27:24 PM
Schwupps und weg. Waffen und Nahrung geholt.

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June 03, 2017, 01:48:08 AM
Sehr ehrwürdiger Samanera Johann,

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Wie sehr ehrwürdiger Samanera Johann geschrieben hat, hatte ich am 10. Mai 2017 meinen  Geburtstag, an dem Tag  in diesem Jahr das Wesakfest gefeiert wurde.
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weil "keines" immer noch die bezugnahme auf eines hat!
 

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Namasakara Bhante.
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