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Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

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Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby dhamma_newb » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:42 pm



blog where he writes about his experiences of being a Theravadin monk in America.
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Postby Viscid » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:59 pm

Pannobhasa is pretty awesome. If his initial posts are any indication, it's going to be a very entertaining blog. His appreciation of Christian writing from a Theravada perspective is refreshing.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby danieLion » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:12 pm

Thanks dhamma_newb, Viscid,

Where exactly does he currently reside?

Kind regards.

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby dhamma_newb » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:29 pm

The watched mind brings happiness.
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby dhamma_newb » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:51 am

Bump. :smile:
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Viscid » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:15 pm

If others haven't been reading his blog, he's written some pretty good posts. I recommend:

The Value of Discomfort
http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.ca/2012/0 ... mfort.html

A Strange Experience on the Street
http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.ca/2012/0 ... treet.html

A Sample of Modern Burmese Buddhist Poetry
http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.ca/2012/0 ... dhist.html
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Viscid » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:12 am

Paññobhāsa's still at it, even while living in Burma, and I continue to recommend his blog. Some good posts from the past year:


Recounting a recent alms round in a Burmese village.

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On his contempt for Abhidhamma


On him trying Ayahuasca


On Nirvana

and
Recounting/explaining his Drama in America

and his most recent post is:
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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby cooran » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:53 am

Hello all,

If an ordained monk expresses contempt for one third of the Tipitaka, shouldn't he disrobe or be disrobed?

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby pilgrim » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:11 am

The Ven certainly is a skilled writer. But going from the piece he wrote in "Let This be a Lesson", I am disappointed that a practising bhikkhu of several vassas would exercise such poor judgement and make a series of such unwise choices. While he could be complimented for his honesty, I think the article is written largely for self satisfaction, giving little importance and consideration to the integrity and reputation of the sangha.

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby robertk » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:28 am

Seems very open about his adventures and doubts, good for him.

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby Shaswata_Panja » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:09 am

I am really really thankful to this Bhikkhu...He really shows how difficult unbroken celibacy really is..He seems to have had several orgasms in his monastic life---I thought I was a pervert for having orgasms--------But anyways my goal is to increase the durating of unbroken celibacy as much as possible---Anybody here has been able to to be orgasm-less in the waking state for several months on end?

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby pilgrim » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:41 am

What's the point of renunciation again?
Yes, celibacy is never easy. But his erotic adventures as a monk exceeds that of many laypeople. Although technically he did not breach his celibacy, his erotic romps, ( during vassa, I might add) is a private failure and should remain as such. At the most, he could have written about this privately to his brother monks and reflected upon with hiri and otappa, not revealed in a public blog on the Internet and worse, become a subject of praise.

This indiscretion has affected my perception of the sangha, in a negative manner.

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

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"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Postby cooran » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:54 am

If lay people expected the Bhikkhus to strictly Observe the Vinaya , and did not give Dana to those who didn't, there may be changes.

Thank goodness that the monks I have known at Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage have been virtuous and strict about their observance - and expected the lay community to be as observant of the five and eight precepts, not just go through the motions.

The Forest Sangha Bhikkhus at Dhammagiri will not speak alone with women - another male must be present -this prevents gossip and any wrong-doing.

I have much respect for them.

With metta,
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---


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