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January 11 2014

 Dear Yuri,You have more than made your point with comments on this post and some pervious posts as well. I think we now all understand that you object to my attitude towards certain aspects of traditional Theravada. Must be your old propagandaist habits coming out. I'm starting to feel I'm being nagged. In the future don't read the posts where deal with this issue, although I hope you will continue to read my posts on other matters. 



January 11 2014

 Looks great (although I can't see it in detail, do you have a pdf of it for dalowond?). I feel the official sheets are difficult because I notice my players constantly switching sides during play. A singe side sheet is optimal, or a sheet for social and one for combat might be a good alternate solution. 



January 11 2014

 This post has helped me think things thugroh 



January 11 2014

 Thanks from us, Beth those are great pictures. Especially of the csehee factory just loved that squeaky csehee curd nothing like that down here. I also like that new front porch wonder why we never thought of that before. And, for Lorie's sake a hand railing down the side would be nice. It is so hard to pull yourself up stairs when your lifters get too old to work properly. Anyway, we enjoyed the pictures. 



January 11 2014

 You get a lot of respect from me for writing these helpful arlietcs. 



January 11 2014

 Dear Paolo Roberto, I find your image of the book very apt, but not its interpretation. It is sikcnig one's finger into the wound, but not your own - into somebody else's wound. The author, as he states in personal info, does not belong to this tradition or any other Buddhist tradition but suggests to start a new one. As if this new one would be perfect and immune from impurities and corruption. Healing someone else's wound requires compassion, care and genuine kindness. I do not find this in the book. 



January 11 2014

 Dear FriendBhutan Happiness?I too have heard of the surplus of hanispeps in Bhutan. However there could be another view.Where I live in a suburb of Adelaide South Australia are many refugees from Bhutan ,escaping religious persecution. They are Hindus from southern Bhutan, my neighbour was in a refugee camp in Nepal for 14 years waiting for a country to accept him and his family. His father had been a Medical Doctor but he never had any opportunity for higher education.Peace and Happiness to allwesley 



January 11 2014

 Hello Bhante,I read this article of yours today with great ineetrst. Could you please provide some thoughts on the shift of returning to the Suttas as a guide for some Theravadan reform traditions? I am thinking mostly of the Mahamevnawa tradition in Sri Lanka which appears to espouse going back to the roots found in the Suttas.They also appear to be very successful and encouraging to lay people to engage in meditation practice. Do you think any changes have been made outside of any small reform movements? Thank you for writing this article; while it may be bitter medicine to say that some aspects of Buddhist culture are defunct, our problems must be identified and openly discussed so they can be resolved. 



January 11 2014

 The Broken Buddha book was mostly werttin back in 2001. Since that time a number of monks and monasteries have moved more toward a 'back to the suttas' approach with less emphasis on the Commentaries and less dogma. Many of these monks support full bhikkhuni ordination, for example and some have even acted as preceptors, such as Bhante Gunaratana and Ajahn Brahm. So things are starting to improve. Perhaps it is all because of the exposure Ven. Dhammika has done with Broken Buddha. I am sure there are other forces and causes at work, but the book may have had some part with Theravadins questioning long standing traditions. This 'modern movement' of getting back to early Buddhism and the Suttas is sometimes called,. 



January 11 2014

 We had fun, Art! Yours was probably the secnod golu I have visited in all my years here, and we were enthralled!Chox, you keep a golu? Now why didn't you say so earlier? 


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