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Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby Dhammakamo » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:25 am

Good day to everyone in this forum.

First and foremost, I am a Singaporean who got my higher ordination in Thailand 3 months ago, and am currently residing in Songkhla.

Due to a huge gap in communication, I am slower than the rest of the monks in every aspect except for meditation. My teacher has been very patient and helpful in finding English books and Chanting Text for me.

So far, he had brought me to Indonesia to look at how the monastic life there differs to that of Thailand, it was a very good experience. I just returned from Singapore a week ago to settle some personal stuff and of course to obtain English Books from the monasteries, bookstores and, etc.

As we all know, the Vassa(rains retreat) is around the corner and I will be delighted if any kind Bhantes will recommend me a proper retreat or monastery for that 3 months. To be honest, most of the monks ordained because of the typical Thai tradition, not because they are interested in learning the Dhamma. There are tons of books (in thai) here yet they spend most of their time gossiping and sleeping. What they do is only memorise the chants so as to prove who is better, yet they don't bother to find out what they're chanting about.

Sad to say, the monk living next to me will bother me even when I'm meditating. To me, the rains retreat is an important occassion and I really wish to spend those 3 months in a proper environment, with people who can speak my language, companions that are there to really learn the Dhamma and improve on their meditation, and not those who get ordained just because of the tradition.

I do have a feeling that one of the Monasteries in Indonesia atop the mountains will be a good place, as I have spent a night there. Laymen/women go for retreats there and are expected to observe the 8 precepts, and maintain silence. One of the Thai monks(who can speak mandarin/english) that I went with to Indonesia will be spending his vassa there this year. But it would be good if any bhantes here can recommend me an environment conducive for studying and meditation in Thailand as Indonesia will be a little expensive for me to travel to again (yes I do have some savings, I need them to buy english-books and travel).

Another question is that my teacher is a very good teacher and has taught me a lot, through him, I have picked up a bit of Thai and taught him English, we do not have problem communicating. I do not know how to request for his permission to spend my Vassa somewhere else, and I am afraid of telling him my reasons as I have confided in him before about other thai monks. He had talked to them nicely but those monks started gossiping and picking on me even more.

I hope my questions will be answered.

Bhikku Dhammakamo
"When an evil-man, seeing you practise goodness, comes and maticiously insults you, you should patiently endure it and not feel angry with him, for the evil-man is insulting himself by trying to insult you" - The Buddha

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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby plwk » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:39 am

:namaste: Bhante

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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby Ytrog » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:11 am

Welcome Bhante :anjali:

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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby pilgrim » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:38 am

Welcome
As you are in Songkhla, there are two famous meditation monasteries near you;
Wat Tham Sua in Krabi
Suan Mokh in Nakorn Sri Thammarat

Also take a look at this document
http://www.retreat-infos.de/page106/page106.html

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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:43 am

Greetings bhante,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel, and I hope things go well for you.

:anjali:

Metta,
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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby zavk » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:51 pm

Hello and welcome bhante.
With metta,
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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby Atrey » Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:02 pm

Welcome bhante!

Wishing you all the best in you noble intention
:anjali:

With metta,
Atrey

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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby bodom » Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:16 pm

Welcome Bhante!

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Postby buddhis8 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:57 am

Welcome Bhante - I hope you can visit us in Taiwan some time.

:anjali:

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Postby Ben » Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:02 am

Hi Bhante and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Wishing you all the best regarding your vassa plans and your discussions with your preceptor.
With Metta

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Postby shjohnk » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:22 am

Welcome Bhante! Thank you for your noble example!

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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby bodom » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:36 am

Welcome Bhante!

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Greetings all - Bhikku from Thailand / Singapore

Postby Dhammakamo » Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:49 am

Thanks for all the wishes. I apologise for this late reply because I've been spending time on my books and mind. Anyway my teacher did not allow me to spend my vassa elsewhere. All is going well for me here. May all of you and your families be well.

Metta
Dhammakamo Bhikkhu
"When an evil-man, seeing you practise goodness, comes and maticiously insults you, you should patiently endure it and not feel angry with him, for the evil-man is insulting himself by trying to insult you" - The Buddha


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