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American Buddhist Forest Tradition

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American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby mirco » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:08 am

Finally, an all-american theravadan forest tradition can now be found in the US.

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Most Venerable Vimalaramsi Mahathera is the founder
of the American Buddhist Forest Tradition.

There is a monks and nuns monastery:


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"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:34 pm

The first ?

Abhayagiri was established in 1995.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby Modus.Ponens » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:04 pm

And I heard that Vilamaramsi says he can cure aids, so beware.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby Mr. G » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:07 pm

Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby Moggalana » Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:06 pm

Let it come. Let it be. Let it go.

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby Mr. G » Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:49 pm

Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby mirco » Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:59 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby mirco » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:09 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby bodom » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:46 pm

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: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby mirco » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:17 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby bodom » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:03 pm

Thats ok, im not all that interested in what he meant by the statement as I don't follow his teachings. Maybe you can ask him since you seem to be a follower of his.

: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: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:49 am

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby mirco » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:43 am

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby pilgrim » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:52 am

Bhavana Society's monastery in W. Virginia was established in 1982. I think that would make it one of the earliest, if not the earliest Theravadin forest monastery. Ven Vimalaramsi's bio says he ordained in Thailand. One funny thing there is that it says "I stayed at the Theravadan temple in Malaysia, and still have over 1000 Malaysian students in varying degrees of deep meditation. I returned to the United States in 1998 and have taught all across the country." Many people here remember the Ven, but they are certainly not in any degree of meditation. :thinking:

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

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Re: American Buddhist Forest Tradition

Postby pilgrim » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:51 pm

I actually met the Ven more than a decade ago when he was in Malaysia. He initially had another name, which I forget, before adopting the present name. He was a popular teacher for the student groups. I have no doubt over his ordination status but the website's 4-part description of his bio seems rather over the top. But it was written by his student nun, who for some reason wears purple robes.

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