Ask A Real Monk Anything

Let's keep it simple and sweet.

I'm a real Buddhist monk I've got a lot of experience with spirituality and living at Buddhist monasteries in Asia and around the world.

I'm here to answer any questions that people have about the spiritual or paranormal or whatever side of Buddhism.

From the side of a real Buddhist monk.

Ask me anything.

And just to get it out of the way... I don't think I'm better than anyone here.

I'm just here to help.

Peace

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro
  2. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What's that red garment over your shoulder? A warmer wrap you can put on when needed?

      How much of your clothing is symbolic?

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hi. There's a thread at the moment about reincarnation

    [...]

    and we're talking about the nature of the 'ego', or sense of self. I wondered if you have anything from Buddhism which you've found useful. Or any other insights of your own. Thx.

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      Reincarnation is quite a subtle subject.

      But you can for example tell those people that there's a real Buddhist monk in this threat and then they can come and ask their questions.

      What kind of Buddhist denomination are you in?

      Well I'm ordained in the theravata tradition and I'm Dhamma Teacher In a tradition of Myanmar.

      I'm out turkey hunting and the spring season is wrapping up. Only hens show up to.my calls and decoys. How can I get a mature tom?
      Thanks

      Just put down the gun and don't hurt those beings.

      Any thoughts on Jesus travelling out east and spending time with monks?
      Anything you can share about similar abilities (healing, manifestation, hovering, etc.)

      What texts would you recommend to read?

      It's very possible that that's what happened and that's how Christianity started.

      That's very possible.

      Well Buddhism is more concerned with like freedom rather than special abilities but as you go farther and farther along on the path of freedom you may find out that you have some special abilities but you have to be very serious about doing what the teacher say and that's not about pretending to have abilities or fantasizing about abilities.

      I recommend the book, No Mud No Lotus The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh.

      Very easy and accessible read.

      Can also look up his name on YouTube. So many talks

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Any thoughts on Jesus travelling out east and spending time with monks?
        Anything you can share about similar abilities (healing, manifestation, hovering, etc.)

        What texts would you recommend to read?

        thank you anon.
        Much appreciated

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Just put down the gun and don't hurt those beings.
        That's not gonna put food on the table.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >they can come and ask their questions.
        I did... but maybe I should have looked at your picture first. Doesn't matter, I saw this

        Varrapanyo isn't it? What do you have to say regarding the accusations that you are a charlatan and a fraud?

        Also what do you make of this?:
        >just a couple years ago, immediately prior to presenting himself as a monk (I have no idea about the nature of his ordination), he was an absolute nightmare among a number of Buddhist Discord channels. He went by “discotree,” and ran Dhammaland, if anyone was around for that.
        >He was making claims of awakening, harassing moderators, being banned from channels and rejoining them under new names in order to advertise his own Discord where he was selling his services as a teacher, and was a generally awful person at every turn. I wish I still had the gifs of him shirtless, clutching wads of money and screaming obscenities at moderators. He seemed like a literal crazy person with anger management problems.

        or this?:
        >In the past 24 hours, Bhante Varrapanyo has mass banned several members in his Discord channel who criticized him including moderators that have been with him for nearly half a decade.
        >He then said he needed $10,000, posting multiple links then asking for $20,000 and asked people to send him their crystals.
        >We reached out to the monastery he claims to be raising funds for, and they say they had no idea he was raising money, and that it might be for personal use. His fundraiser says nothing about personal use.

        Often on TikTok livestreams you will be either holding money or speaking about "chakras" and other non-Buddhist teachings. Why do you do that as "a real buddhist monk"? Do you follow the Vinaya? What happens with the donations you receive from your social media influencing?

        Your understanding of the texts is also poor, as per the discussions on SuttaCentral. Where have you been ordained and how long did you study before putting yourself forward as a Dhamma teacher?

        anyway.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What kind of Buddhist denomination are you in?

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm out turkey hunting and the spring season is wrapping up. Only hens show up to.my calls and decoys. How can I get a mature tom?
    Thanks

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Any thoughts on Jesus travelling out east and spending time with monks?
    Anything you can share about similar abilities (healing, manifestation, hovering, etc.)

    What texts would you recommend to read?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Inversion

      I'm not Buddhist but what I've understood that those special ability are side effects of enlightenment. If you wish them, it's a bondage so you'll never have them.

      The best healing ability is the aura the light that you'll emit (the inner fire) will interact with the aura of anyone around you and through synchronization will elevate their aura so their body will enter in a peace state or harmony and the healing will begin.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Varrapanyo isn't it? What do you have to say regarding the accusations that you are a charlatan and a fraud?

    Also what do you make of this?:
    >just a couple years ago, immediately prior to presenting himself as a monk (I have no idea about the nature of his ordination), he was an absolute nightmare among a number of Buddhist Discord channels. He went by “discotree,” and ran Dhammaland, if anyone was around for that.
    >He was making claims of awakening, harassing moderators, being banned from channels and rejoining them under new names in order to advertise his own Discord where he was selling his services as a teacher, and was a generally awful person at every turn. I wish I still had the gifs of him shirtless, clutching wads of money and screaming obscenities at moderators. He seemed like a literal crazy person with anger management problems.

    or this?:
    >In the past 24 hours, Bhante Varrapanyo has mass banned several members in his Discord channel who criticized him including moderators that have been with him for nearly half a decade.
    >He then said he needed $10,000, posting multiple links then asking for $20,000 and asked people to send him their crystals.
    >We reached out to the monastery he claims to be raising funds for, and they say they had no idea he was raising money, and that it might be for personal use. His fundraiser says nothing about personal use.

    Often on TikTok livestreams you will be either holding money or speaking about "chakras" and other non-Buddhist teachings. Why do you do that as "a real buddhist monk"? Do you follow the Vinaya? What happens with the donations you receive from your social media influencing?

    Your understanding of the texts is also poor, as per the discussions on SuttaCentral. Where have you been ordained and how long did you study before putting yourself forward as a Dhamma teacher?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      thread

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I think it's more likely they're the same AMA larp gay who constantly claims to be an initiate(freemason, gnostic etc.) that posts here all the time than it is that they're this specific charlatan.

      That said either way this thread is bullshit and their advice is watered down feel good bs.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not sure who is worse. Him or yougays for harassing him for so long and across multiple platforms.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you're actually the worst for b***hing about this
        you cant fake the funk or you get people pointing it out
        it'd be one thing if he were interested in methods of cultivation
        but he's not even interested in that
        just interested in trying to draw people to buddhism and be their shrink/life coach and telling them buddhism has all their answers in a typical vague way
        he's doing more of a disservice to buddhism than anything else by bothering to be here
        he was given the benefit of the doubt initially

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          And now you're harassing anons that question your motifs.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >buddhist discords
      >spiral into greed/bullying like everything else in the world
      That's it. I unironically support the devil at this point. Humanity deserves to suffer. Humanity is the most cowardly and selfish thing in the universe. How can they ever believe they are better than the devil?

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What types of siddhis have you experiences, and can you control them or do they show up randomly and need cultivation?

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      Usually that's not something that monks will talk about with laypeople.

      Also for a monk that actually experiences that they probably don't have a very strong self view. So it wouldn't make much sense to view the siddhis like that.

      It's kind of something that happens naturally not something that is specifically trained for.

      So if you want to develop that then you should try to practice seriously on the path of Buddhism.

      Generosity doing good deeds mindfulness listening to dhamma talks especially.

      More and more it's really good.

      Ajahn Brahm is a great source so many talks on YouTube.

      >Just put down the gun and don't hurt those beings.
      That's not gonna put food on the table.

      Sometimes we have ideas about the way that we need to do things and sometimes those ideas are wrong.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        But siddhis are the only paranormal aspect of your praxis, if you're not gonna talk about them don't say you're gonna answer questions about the paranormal. There's a bunch of people here who can already answer any questions about any school of buddhism, we want the rare shit.

        • 3 weeks ago
          MonkBro

          Well people have intellectual understandings of a lot of things but they don't have practical experience with it so they can actually speak about it practically they can only speak about it intellectually.

          If you have a very specific question then I can try to answer it very specifically from my own experience

          >>Pic related My Master Sayadaw Ashin Ottamathara

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >If you have a very specific question then I can try to answer it very specifically from my own experience
            I have a very specific question which I would like you to answer very specifically from your own experience. It is, could you answer the questions in this post?

            Varrapanyo isn't it? What do you have to say regarding the accusations that you are a charlatan and a fraud?

            Also what do you make of this?:
            >just a couple years ago, immediately prior to presenting himself as a monk (I have no idea about the nature of his ordination), he was an absolute nightmare among a number of Buddhist Discord channels. He went by “discotree,” and ran Dhammaland, if anyone was around for that.
            >He was making claims of awakening, harassing moderators, being banned from channels and rejoining them under new names in order to advertise his own Discord where he was selling his services as a teacher, and was a generally awful person at every turn. I wish I still had the gifs of him shirtless, clutching wads of money and screaming obscenities at moderators. He seemed like a literal crazy person with anger management problems.

            or this?:
            >In the past 24 hours, Bhante Varrapanyo has mass banned several members in his Discord channel who criticized him including moderators that have been with him for nearly half a decade.
            >He then said he needed $10,000, posting multiple links then asking for $20,000 and asked people to send him their crystals.
            >We reached out to the monastery he claims to be raising funds for, and they say they had no idea he was raising money, and that it might be for personal use. His fundraiser says nothing about personal use.

            Often on TikTok livestreams you will be either holding money or speaking about "chakras" and other non-Buddhist teachings. Why do you do that as "a real buddhist monk"? Do you follow the Vinaya? What happens with the donations you receive from your social media influencing?

            Your understanding of the texts is also poor, as per the discussions on SuttaCentral. Where have you been ordained and how long did you study before putting yourself forward as a Dhamma teacher?

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro

            Sure

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Nta but there's pictures of me with people too and I'm a racist piece of shit

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >If you have a very specific question then I can try to answer it very specifically from my own experience
            I already asked you about your experience with siddhis in a specific manner, if you're not gonna answer that don't bother. Daniel Ingram didn't seem to have any problems addressing that in detail and he's also been a buddhist monk.

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro

            I have not met a single person who has been successful following Daniel Ingram~

            But also be aware of that successful people in the path of Buddhism are very rare in general.

            But you will find much better chances of success if you follow Ajahn Brahm for example.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            A petty buddhist monk that opens a thread every month to get his ego dick sucked sounds like a better figure to follow~

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Gotcha, so either a larper or some guy who is starting the thread for himself instead of giving insight for others
            Fake and/or gay

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I was on your discord channel brah, you dont want to discuss anything really except trying to be some psychologist for randos

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How do i find a wife material gf

    Any knowledge on orgasms?

    Can you explain telepathy?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Monkussy entightenment.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why are you cosplaying the airbenders

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I love how its all shoe prints around you and no real foot prints.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    Yeah so please everyone ask the questions that you have and I'll do my best to answer.

    I also have a very well known YouTube channel where I teach and talk about meditation and other important topics.

    "Bhante Varrapanyo" on YouTube

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Answer my questions then monk bro
      Here i have more

      Why cant monks also work normal jobs but still be like monks

      What are you thoughts on women?

      • 3 weeks ago
        MonkBro

        It's possible but the monks mainly want to focus on renunciation and helping others and practicing meditation.

        So working a job to make money doesn't really go along with that.

        Being a monk means that you give up everything in your life that's about building a family and also give up everything in your life that's about making money.

        So you join the Buddhist community and you stay with them and you practice with them That's how you stay as a monk and learn as a monk etc.

        Women are human beings you know.

        So learn to love yourself and learn to be loving to others.

        And understand that other people are not your idea of them.
        Whether they are a woman or a black person or a child those people are not your idea of them they are who they are at that moment and mostly you don't know about who they are.

        So that puts one in a position of humbleness and hopefully open-heartedness to listen and also to share

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >a position of humbleness and hopefully open-heartedness to listen and also to share
          Could you share your answers to the questions in this post?

          Varrapanyo isn't it? What do you have to say regarding the accusations that you are a charlatan and a fraud?

          Also what do you make of this?:
          >just a couple years ago, immediately prior to presenting himself as a monk (I have no idea about the nature of his ordination), he was an absolute nightmare among a number of Buddhist Discord channels. He went by “discotree,” and ran Dhammaland, if anyone was around for that.
          >He was making claims of awakening, harassing moderators, being banned from channels and rejoining them under new names in order to advertise his own Discord where he was selling his services as a teacher, and was a generally awful person at every turn. I wish I still had the gifs of him shirtless, clutching wads of money and screaming obscenities at moderators. He seemed like a literal crazy person with anger management problems.

          or this?:
          >In the past 24 hours, Bhante Varrapanyo has mass banned several members in his Discord channel who criticized him including moderators that have been with him for nearly half a decade.
          >He then said he needed $10,000, posting multiple links then asking for $20,000 and asked people to send him their crystals.
          >We reached out to the monastery he claims to be raising funds for, and they say they had no idea he was raising money, and that it might be for personal use. His fundraiser says nothing about personal use.

          Often on TikTok livestreams you will be either holding money or speaking about "chakras" and other non-Buddhist teachings. Why do you do that as "a real buddhist monk"? Do you follow the Vinaya? What happens with the donations you receive from your social media influencing?

          Your understanding of the texts is also poor, as per the discussions on SuttaCentral. Where have you been ordained and how long did you study before putting yourself forward as a Dhamma teacher?

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro

            No because I can see the questioner.

            They aren't speaking in good faith.

            So if someone actually is in good faith and has some specific questions they want to ask of course I can answer those.

            But if you want to ask about me personally like if you're very interested in me personally you should first check out my YouTube channel and see who I am and what I do.

            "Bhante Varrapanyo" on YouTube.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Utter bullshit. Answer the questions. Not answering would be a pathological level of entitlement.

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro
          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You're just a narcissist. You feel there's nothing wrong with you, and any criticism doesn't need to be addressed because there can't possibly be anything wrong with you.

            This is from the reincarnation thread I mentioned eaerlier, and it's you:

            >a handy ontological basis for 'spiritual bypassing', which is the pursuit of the "real" self without doing the necessary work to heal and integrate the neuroses of the ego. There are plenty of unintegrated wannabe teachers out there who I wouldn't trust to walk my dog, let alone shepherd my soul.
            > it also leaves the huge possibility of a vast internal sewer of unprocessed shit, hidden beneath a veneer of spiritual growth.

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro

            Well I'm in a good position because firstly I'm a well-known person within the Buddhist community so I have a lot of good well-minded people to give me feedback and I have a lot of senior monks in the Western monastic community that are aware of me and that know that I'm teaching and encourage me to do so.

            Secondly I have direct relationship with a high teacher that I keep in touch with regularly so through that I'm able to really be humbled by living in community and learning from those who are more experienced than me and being guided by those who are more experienced than me daily and in my life as a whole.

            So this notion that I'm just kind of like on my own going wild and doing all these different things without feedback and without guidance doesn't really make any sense at all.

            But of course some people don't want to hear that and that's okay.

            I don't take refuge in random people's opinions or what people post on Reddit I take refuge in the Sangha.

            And if you're not a Buddhist or you're not interested in following the path then shut up or help or get out of the way.

            That's it.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You're losing it, aren't you? You can't stand the thought that people can actually see you.

            I'm interested in truth. You have no relationship with it. Answer the questions.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            He answered some of the questions about the legitimacy of his ordination, he's ducking all the references to social media transgressions though.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            What kind of monk takes this kind of "selfies" and makes this kind of "memes?

            https://i.imgur.com/MXiMl0g.jpeg

            What a fricking homosexual.

            https://i.imgur.com/vH60qb2.jpeg

            People tend to have this weird idea about dominating and controlling others.

            And when they aren't able to do that in any meaningful way they try to harm.

            They try to cause harm and they think that that's helping because somehow that gives them a position to dominate or control or influence but it's only in a negative way so it's not really helping.

            I'm a Buddhist monk so I'm not involved with like Western people who are looking from the outside and making judgments about monks.

            That's completely up to their own personal life that's not about the Buddhist community and that certainly not about me.

            I don't rely on that I don't take refuge in that.

            And also it's a little bit silly to imagine that you can actually know someone that you've never met or you've never actually spent time with or isn't your friend for example.

            So you know just mind your own business and live your own life and mind your own affairs inside of your own mind.

            If you want to help then help through generosity and help through studying under your teacher and help through trying to do good and be generous and do good deeds but don't fixate on people in a negative way to give your life meaning.

            If you don't have anything nice to say then shut up don't say anything and go tend to your garden.

            It's pretty simple.

            https://i.imgur.com/VAyJaUt.jpeg

            Buddhism is such that you cannot really have success by following it from a book.

            That's the major point.

            From the Buddhist side you need a community you need lived experiences in community under the guidance of a teacher. Otherwise it's very likely that you will run in circles.

            And then eventually convince yourself that you're an authority or a stream enter when actually you're not.

            That's what usually happens for people who follow that book as like a source text or a guiding text.

            [...]
            I'm quite calm and peaceful and like I said in good relationship with the Buddhist community and with my community of followers and supporters etc.

            Maybe just mind your own business?

            the guy is clearly fricked in the head, just a nihilistic moron
            makes me sick tbh

            I'm beginning to suspect that OP and the poster accusing OP of being a fraud are the same person, trying to stir up some shit against some random youtube grifter.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah i know women are human beings

          How do i find one?

          Maybe you can explain the differences of men and women.

          Do you jerk off?

          Can you do telepathy?

          What do leftist think is the solution for solving their problems with racists and sexists?

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro

            Well you need to find yourself first. Once you learn how to be happy within yourself and with yourself people will naturally be attracted to you and interested in you.

            The difference between men and women is less important than finding out the difference between knowing how to be happy within yourself versus seeking outside for a happiness that you cannot find unless you find it within yourself.
            Look into childism.

            I think childism has a lot of answers for leftism.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            That sounds like a pre-emptive underpinning for pedophilia. Are you a pedo?

            >verification not required

  13. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    Blessings ~

    And thanks for having me here on EerieWeb

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What is the point of that body contemplation that goes like "this body has hair, this body has idk what else, etc"?

    Have you read about the 6R of bhante vimalaramsi?

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      It's probably about learning to detach from the body and stop seeing the body as a source of pleasure and see the body as a source of pain.

      And that doesn't mean you attack the body but rather you learn how to detach from the body.

      And what are the six R's.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >What is the point of that body contemplation that goes like "this body has hair, this body has idk what else, etc"?
      That's part of mindfulness and the goal is too reduce lust, by looking honestly at the body.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm beginning to suspect that OP and the poster accusing OP of being a fraud are the same person, trying to stir up some shit against some random youtube grifter.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do you feel more whole and happy now as a Buddhist? Are you more at peace?

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      Yeah of course very much at peace.

      And a very meaningful and enriching and interesting life so I couldn't ask for more I wouldn't ask for more I don't think about not being a monk I don't feel like there's things that I want to do that I can't do as a monk.

      So it's beautiful and wonderful I'm very happy A lot of the time and I have a great platform for helping people and helping myself more and more

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What do you think of the book the mind illuminated? I'm following that to develop concentration

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      Not a good source.

      Not correct.

      It is very unlikely that you will have success following that book as a methodology of practice.

      I know that's not nice to hear but that's the reality from my side.

      It is much better if you just go to YouTube and you start listening to talks from Ajahn Brahm, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ajahn Sumedho etc

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Not a good source.
        >
        >Not correct.
        why?

        • 3 weeks ago
          MonkBro

          Buddhism is such that you cannot really have success by following it from a book.

          That's the major point.

          From the Buddhist side you need a community you need lived experiences in community under the guidance of a teacher. Otherwise it's very likely that you will run in circles.

          And then eventually convince yourself that you're an authority or a stream enter when actually you're not.

          That's what usually happens for people who follow that book as like a source text or a guiding text.

          You're losing it, aren't you? You can't stand the thought that people can actually see you.

          I'm interested in truth. You have no relationship with it. Answer the questions.

          I'm quite calm and peaceful and like I said in good relationship with the Buddhist community and with my community of followers and supporters etc.

          Maybe just mind your own business?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It is my business when a fraud comes on here pretending to be something they're not and leeching on people to feed their own ego.

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro

            You're in a position to say who a fraud is because you don't have experience.

            Just because you have ideas in your mind doesn't mean that those ideas are important or real.

            And just because people believe appearances doesn't mean that that's important to you or important to me.

            So focusing on getting people to believe in appearances is not something I recommend anyone do.

            I think it's a massive waste of time.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Then answer the questions. Stop deflecting. Avoiding answering questions with deflection is a classic Narcissist trait.

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro

            Oh my goodness what am I going to do now You've gotten me trapped in a box maybe I'll just write this message and then click send and I won't feel stressed in my body about it.

            I think that will be just fine let's try that.

            What are your feelings on Krishnamurti?

            I don't think he's a very high teacher I think he's more like a intellectually high teacher and I'm sure he's very good otherwise but I don't see his tradition as being a good place to make long-term progress.

            Maybe look up Jim Newman on YouTube I like him a lot

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            nta from 37953042 but that was totally a shit answer

  18. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    People tend to have this weird idea about dominating and controlling others.

    And when they aren't able to do that in any meaningful way they try to harm.

    They try to cause harm and they think that that's helping because somehow that gives them a position to dominate or control or influence but it's only in a negative way so it's not really helping.

    I'm a Buddhist monk so I'm not involved with like Western people who are looking from the outside and making judgments about monks.

    That's completely up to their own personal life that's not about the Buddhist community and that certainly not about me.

    I don't rely on that I don't take refuge in that.

    And also it's a little bit silly to imagine that you can actually know someone that you've never met or you've never actually spent time with or isn't your friend for example.

    So you know just mind your own business and live your own life and mind your own affairs inside of your own mind.

    If you want to help then help through generosity and help through studying under your teacher and help through trying to do good and be generous and do good deeds but don't fixate on people in a negative way to give your life meaning.

    If you don't have anything nice to say then shut up don't say anything and go tend to your garden.

    It's pretty simple.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No offense Buddhist bro but I simply think Christianity is true and the Lord Jesus has brought me inner stillness and peace of mind. An earnest look into Christianity just might change your life again. God bless.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    It's like for me this isn't an ego trip like my life is a monk isn't about my ego it's about sacrifice and also it's about helping other people.

    So I don't really care if like someone doesn't like me or someone doesn't agree with me or someone believes that I'm a bad person well you know you need to work on yourself You need to deal with your own mind.

    So having a stalker and having people make up all these strange ideas about me or my life I don't know what to tell them you know and then they get off on getting a reaction out of me why?

    Why is it so important to you What I'm doing with my life?

    I'm running a monastery in the south of Italy and that's important to me of course but it seems to be less important to me than someone who you don't know being like seen in a negative light by other people.

    So that's kind of a weird thing that you should look at within yourself.

    I'm busy.

    I'm busy following my teacher.

    I'm busy following precepts.

    I'm busy doing good deeds and practicing meditation more and more.

    so I think other people should also get busy doing like that and you know fixating on celebrities or fixating on people that you don't know or people that you have a negative view about probably isn't going to help anything.

    Just my two cents

    Never underestimate your own capacity to be delusional.

    Of course I apply that to myself.

    But I'm also a part of a community I have a master I keep in touch with well-known monks and teachers and I've been doing that for years and years You know I've devoted my entire life to that.

    Because I recognize how delusional I am How greedy I am how much tension or aggressiveness is in me so I became a monk so that I would be supported to live this life in the right way and to go down the right path.

    So of course I don't want someone to show up and kill me You know I don't want that to happen or to try and hurt people that I care about but also I can't control that either.

    So I have to learn Detachment

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Dude I'm not the other anon, but at least just deny the accusations they made about the money and social media shit.
      You refusing to even respond directly to what they said is just making you seem less trustworthy.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If I wanted to drop everything, leave my old life behind, and join a monastery could I do so from a position of poverty? Do I need to pay money or my living expenses? Should I expect to be put to work in a manual labor capacity until I reach a higher level in the monkhood?

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ever been locked up

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      Definitely not thank Buddha.

      Dude I'm not the other anon, but at least just deny the accusations they made about the money and social media shit.
      You refusing to even respond directly to what they said is just making you seem less trustworthy.

      I don't care who you are man.

      Why would I care who an anonymous person is that doesn't actually care about me Who isn't a Buddhist who isn't involved in meditation why would I care about what they think about what random people have said other anonymous people have said on Reddit or some other place?

      Why would that be important?

      I'm not here to defend myself just like I'm not here to prove myself in any way.

      I don't have anything to prove I don't have anything to defend I'm just sitting on the ground on the top floor of the monastery that I run in southern Italy.

      And I'll be leaving here tomorrow.

      So that's what it is why would I care about what random people say online.

      If they weren't anonymous then maybe that would be interesting to me but otherwise I don't care at all.

      What random people say.

      What kind of monk would I be What kind of life would I be living if I was focused on what random people are saying online about their idea of me people that I don't even know people that I don't even think have ever met me.

      People that I don't even think really care very deeply about Buddhism or monastic life or me.

      So I don't know that's my logic in it

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Definitely not thank Buddha.

        >I don't care who you are man.
        >If they weren't anonymous then maybe that would be interesting to me but otherwise I don't care at all.

        you realize you wear orange for solidarity with those imprisoned.

        here you are with us saying how much you dont care about 'random people' by qualifying who you "care" for. i could imagine what you think of prisoners.

        • 3 weeks ago
          MonkBro

          I have a lot of compassion for people who are in prison of course.

          at a certain point I will try to go into prisons and teach for sure

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I don't have anything to prove I don't have anything to defend I'm just sitting on the ground on the top floor of the monastery that I run in southern Italy.
        Why would you say this unless you were trying to prove something about your legitimacy?
        Why would you post multiple wall of text posts ranting solely about how you have no reason to care about anonymous accusations unless you cared about them?

        The answer is most likely because this is a LARP and you're posing as some internet monk as a means of getting people on /x/ to dislike said internet monk.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    You know for people say oh my God Monk bro You're posting pictures of yourself You're pretending to be a monk.

    Well I am a monk.

    And these pictures are my life that I'm living.

    The picture is just are what they are they are a aspect of my life and I'm sharing them.

    That's all.

    So try to be as generous as you can.

    That's what I'm trying to do.

    But I'm not trying to convince people of anything You know I'm not trying to get people to believe in me.

    I'm just trying to help untie knots.

    And break down barriers.

    And I'm very well known to be good at that.

    Which is why I have the support of monastics around the world to teach and the support of my teacher to be a teacher in our tradition.

    And like an anonymous person going around and saying that someone is a fraud that doesn't mean anything.

    And that people believe in that doesn't mean anything it just means that people believe in appearances which we all know that they do.

    So you shouldn't focus on trying to get people to believe in appearances You should focus on trying to find a real teacher that you can talk to about what you're doing in your life and get recommendations on what you should do moving forward.

    And you should be much more serious about it than you are.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What are your feelings on Krishnamurti?

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    So you just travel and everyone loves you and you love them huh?

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      It's a little bit like that and it's getting more seriously like that.

      Patience.

      It was a heck of a lot of horribleness to get to this point.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >It was a heck of a lot of horribleness to get to this point.
        Like what?

        • 3 weeks ago
          MonkBro

          Facing the depth of suffering within myself and not avoiding it.

  25. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    No greater question than a question without any answer.

    All life opens up.

    "What is this?"

    No more ego games~

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How much time do you meditate a day? Have you done 10 hours sittings?

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      No I've never done formal 10-hour sitting meditation but I don't discriminate between my daily life and meditation at this point.

      That's kind of what being a monk is about.

      And the more you develop that the more seriously that will be true.

      But the general fixation on meditation that most Western people have is not realistic in terms of developing on the path.

      Meditation or Bhavana is just a part of the path.

      So when you see the Western meditator or the western spiritual people even if they practice meditation seriously if that's all that they're really doing it's very unlikely they're going to be successful.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        what else is needed?

        • 3 weeks ago
          MonkBro

          Well the biggest thing is seriousness.

          So it's like to become a stream enterer.

          To become a Sotapana.

          You need to be about as serious as someone who wants to get into the NFL needs to be.

          And even if you are very serious there needs to be particular karmic affinities or conditions for that to be possible in this life.

          So if you want to try you need to be exceedingly serious and then you need to take refuge in the triple gem.

          So you don't just need to like listen to a teacher or have a teacher that you've talked to before You need to have a real teacher.

          You need to be in spiritual community.

          You need to be exceedingly generous You need to make all kinds of merit and then you need to follow all kinds of precepts and then you need to be mindful as much as you can imagine in daily life and then you need to practice meditation seriously and then you need to see what happens.

          Most people don't do anything seriously in their life besides trying to make money or like having egoic fantasies and those usually relate to aggression or domination and control.

          So that's kind of the situation.

          now if you want to be a Buddhist you can be a part of the Buddhist community but if you want to be a part of the Buddha community you need to be very very serious.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            So, lay people don't stand a chance

          • 3 weeks ago
            MonkBro

            In terms of becoming a stream enterer in this life it is very difficult but not impossible.

            Because you can be seriously concerned with the Buddha the Dhamma and the Sangha as a layperson but usually westerners are not doing that so for them it's a little bit unlikely that they will get to that point. It's much more likely that they will convince themselves that they've gotten to that point.

            But you shouldn't set up your whole path is like if you can become a stream enterer or not you should set up your whole path as concerning yourself with the Buddha the Dhamma and the sangha and you know doing your very best to practice generosity doing your very best to practice precepts and mindfulness and listen to dama talks regularly and then your life will be much improved for sure and for most people that's all they actually want but the western mind said is that we want to have our cake and eat it too and really it excludes us from the joy of community and we should try to change that you know

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >But you shouldn't set up your whole path is like if you can become a stream enterer or not you should set up your whole path as
            Bruh, the only reason I care about Buddhism is to reduce my suffering. If it impossible to enter the stream (or let alone become an arhat), what is the point?
            >but the western mind said is that we want to have our cake and eat it too
            How so? I don't get it

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I think he is stating something like the best way to practice is to not expect anything from your practice. It is pretty common advice for a lot of practices.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            one doesnt need a sangha when one cultivates alone

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >western people are too serious about meditation
            >but I'm so serious I make no distinction between meditation and other things
            it doesnt matter how serious one is, if you dont have a good method you're spinning your wheels in the mud
            you're not serious about spiritual cultivation
            you're serious about being monkbro

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Did you just try to gatekeep buddhism

        • 3 weeks ago
          MonkBro

          Try to visit a Buddhist temple first.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I don't need to
            This isn't Christianity where it's necessary to see a temple and get approved

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Most traditions require some form of teacher. This is especially true for the Theravada traditions which also require one to be a monastic to do most of their practices. Of course, every tradition does have some practices you can do by yourself.

            Not just to OP but to any pure land buddhists can you confess "sins" to amitabha? I've heard conflicting answers, some general buddhist saying buddhism doesn't have confession but then I've heard pure landers say (in passing) if you recite his name he listens to anything you say with compassion

            Pic is of a book that explains Shin Buddhist practice.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Oh great well let me ask the white skinhead on EerieWeb posting pictures of minorities like it was court ordered
            Fricking kidding me

  27. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    See we have this problem where basically no one is serious about how they're living their life.

    And then the moment that there's anything meaningful or serious that they come across they try to make it about themselves or they try to create some kind of ego game about it.

    This isn't civilization 5.

    Unless you've studied practiced showed up and researched and gotten involved with Buddhism you don't know your head from your ass when it comes to Buddhism You don't know anything about it.

    And this applies to so many things in life but everyone wants to be the big bad boss Everyone wants to be in control but they haven't even learned about how to control their behavior so that they have a peaceful life rather than a stressful life so that they have meaningful abundant wonderful relationships rather than stressed isolated relationship with their only with themselves.

    So it's kind of a little bit of a disaster but it's not a hopeless disaster it's a disaster in which we can turn to compost to create a wonderful contemplative and helpful life.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You're fricking stupid dude
      You know the Buddha didn't follow Buddhism right
      ?

      • 3 weeks ago
        MonkBro

        bump

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'm still pretty sure they're not the actual Varrapanyo. They're a shitty larper.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Either way if he had some good shit where is it. He gets melted every time he shows up and eventually just stops posting.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            He doesn't have good shit, just like the game gnostic and fake freemason AMA guys(who also might be him samegayging)
            This thread is for attention, and possibly to turn /x/ against this e-celeb monk guy they're larping as.

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's like Christians that think Jesus was Christian
    It didn't exist

  29. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    And it's like people know that they don't know about these things but they don't accept that within themselves they don't accept the situation that they are actually in and the situation that they know that they're actually in and then they act ridiculously.

    I can't tell you how many people have spoken and acted towards me in a way as if they knew what a monk was or knew what Buddhism was or knew what monk's lives were like or knew what the deeper points of the Buddhist teachings were like when they haven't done anything they haven't had any experiences actually related to that.

    So I'm not putting those people down and I'm not putting anyone else here down and saying you know that you're a beginner being a beginner is wonderful but being a kind of arrogant aggressive person related to your own ignorance like being arrogant about being ignorant is a complete disaster and somehow we need to talk about these cultural viruses or psychological viruses that we have where we speak authoritatively about things we have absolutely no experience with and then we make up all these stories that don't come from our experiences but come from our preferences and our judgments and our egoic views about things.

    It's not a good way to live life and it's certainly not a good way to help ourselves or to help others.

    And really for me the thing is that I just don't want people to try and hurt this body and mind I don't want people to try and hurt others.

    And somehow learning how to focus on generosity and doing actions of generosity more and more seems to fix this arrogance about ignorance that is so common in our society of America for example

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm level 7000 dude
      There's nothing you can do

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Mike Tyson vs Monks who would win and why?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      A monk with siddhis win

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can I join a monastery if I'm not a buddhist?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You can first try meditation retreats and even becoming a lay devotee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upāsaka

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Monkbro can a monk practice martial arts like say judo and still be accepted in a monastery? Are any monasteries okay with bringing a cat or dog along in this journey? Also whats your favorite meal nowadays?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Are any monasteries okay with bringing a cat or dog along in this journey?
      there's no rule about this so it's probably up to the abbot to decide

      >Monkbro can a monk practice martial arts like say judo and still be accepted in a monastery?
      this doesn't seem right, the daily task is really meditation and maintaining the monastery

  33. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >plot twist, OP actually was legit and was just acting like a narcissist to warn us of that common spiritual pitfall

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This homie opens a thread regularly to show us his new collection of selfies and play guru giving shit, disingenuous advice to people and gatekeeping the paranormal bits (if he's got any which i doubt at this point).

      Also he has the pettiness of a homosexual and Jimmy Fallon's aura, it all spells disaster.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yep, this. He’s already losing it in some comments while is quite revealing. I bet his plan to start his own cult Ina few months/ years. And what’s with all the odd looking selfies. Probably one of the most delusional x posters I have seen here. But since he packs in the acceptable package of Theravada Buddhism most people will be fooled.

  34. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What would you do if your monastery became filled with African Americans?
    Maybe you escaped to the monk life from a low-income area that was full of African Americans?

  35. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    recommend books on kundalini and chakra awakening

  36. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    Okay Monk bro live and in person here to answer your questions.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      plenty of valid questions here that you've missed "Monk Bro"

      Varrapanyo isn't it? What do you have to say regarding the accusations that you are a charlatan and a fraud?

      Also what do you make of this?:
      >just a couple years ago, immediately prior to presenting himself as a monk (I have no idea about the nature of his ordination), he was an absolute nightmare among a number of Buddhist Discord channels. He went by “discotree,” and ran Dhammaland, if anyone was around for that.
      >He was making claims of awakening, harassing moderators, being banned from channels and rejoining them under new names in order to advertise his own Discord where he was selling his services as a teacher, and was a generally awful person at every turn. I wish I still had the gifs of him shirtless, clutching wads of money and screaming obscenities at moderators. He seemed like a literal crazy person with anger management problems.

      or this?:
      >In the past 24 hours, Bhante Varrapanyo has mass banned several members in his Discord channel who criticized him including moderators that have been with him for nearly half a decade.
      >He then said he needed $10,000, posting multiple links then asking for $20,000 and asked people to send him their crystals.
      >We reached out to the monastery he claims to be raising funds for, and they say they had no idea he was raising money, and that it might be for personal use. His fundraiser says nothing about personal use.

      Often on TikTok livestreams you will be either holding money or speaking about "chakras" and other non-Buddhist teachings. Why do you do that as "a real buddhist monk"? Do you follow the Vinaya? What happens with the donations you receive from your social media influencing?

      Your understanding of the texts is also poor, as per the discussions on SuttaCentral. Where have you been ordained and how long did you study before putting yourself forward as a Dhamma teacher?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        He won't anwer. He's a delusional, attention seeking Narcissist and has nothing of value. Don't engage with him, make sure he doesn't bother coming back here.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Can you tell me how to make amends with the mountain spirit he blocked me.

  37. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How does one enter that lifestyle?
    How does one leave that lifestyle?

    • 3 weeks ago
      MonkBro

      Well you need to be serious enough to become a Buddhist and to become a meditator and then to become a monk.

      Then you need to find out that that's not what you want to do.

  38. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is Out-of-Body Experience Real?

  39. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why monks shave their hair? hair is like an antenna to captures most of the spiritual energy, are monks scared of this energy? are they scared of becoming gods?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I read that slaves were required to have cleanly shaven heads and the monks do so in solidarity

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No it's a desire to flex on the jains.
        "I'll die after you guys stop feeding ne delicious food" etc.

  40. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I used to like drawing/writing/video-editing but I injured both my wrists. What can I do for art that doesn't use my hands?

    Also why do humans like to make art? Is this temptation related to Mara?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Also why do humans like to make art? Is this temptation related to Mara?
      art is about emotions and clinging to them, and deluding oneself that they are worthy of being put on pedestal, but it's wrong see the famous sutta about the actor https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn42/sn42.002.than.html

  41. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is just his business as a con man, i don't know how many threads he has to open for people to realize he's a grifter, well, even worse, a tiktok and discord grifter lmao.

  42. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not just to OP but to any pure land buddhists can you confess "sins" to amitabha? I've heard conflicting answers, some general buddhist saying buddhism doesn't have confession but then I've heard pure landers say (in passing) if you recite his name he listens to anything you say with compassion

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They don't confess them to Amitabha. In the Chinese, Vietnamese, traditions you dedicate merit of whatever practice you do to rebirth. Shin specifically, in the Japanese context do not deicate any merit, they are like zen because they rely upon the other power of Buddha nature as it appears as Amitabha. These traditions do have acts of repentance but it is aimed at the purest quality of your mind. Usually, any Buddha can do but more it is about imagining them as a witness and it is the witnessing part that matters. Even imagining the people you are afraid of hurting will work. Although, simply reciting the sengemon such as below would work. Below is a a view that explains the general Far East Asian view.

      https://purelanders.com/2014/04/29/is-pure-land-repentance-practice-similar-to-asking-god-for-forgiveness/

      https://www.fgsitc.org/repentance/

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I mean like Zen in the sense that they both are oriented by a kinda meta-practice with spontaneous action. Ethics and what not arise from a similar spontaneity. Pic is of a book that explains Chinese Pure Land Buddhism in general, including practices and the hermeneutics.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >to any pure land buddhists can you confess "sins"
      confession is pretty much only in christianity where a guilt complex must be forced upon the follower to make hime follow ever moar

  43. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yo Amitahba get your ass down here and answer this nice young man's question

  44. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are there any buddhist monk girls? I realized I want almost nothing in life. I don't drink, I am happy with microwaved meal, I can sleep on any place that is dry and not completely cold, I can shower when there is rain, I dance when music plays and fart when my butt can hold it anymore. But there is something I yearn for. And that is the touch of a woman. Hug or a headpat from somebody I trust and hold dear. Is this the suffering I need to experience? How do I arise above my needs, how do I stop needing to feel the warm feminine embrace and hear their beautiful voices?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You're the personification of what zoomers call "the ick".

  45. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Ahem
    >Bald

    *Drops mic*

  46. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why is this world so boring and lacking, there's jack around here and everyone just wants to kill me all the time

    Along with why do I exist so people can just sap time out of me? Like wtf stupid shite is this, just be born, some rich dude hires me, and then fricks me in the ass my whole life, why didn't u guys ever stop this shite

  47. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    OP how would you suggest I develop patience? I'm always trying to push, go, do things, force a situation, be accomplishing things all the time. I feel like this is a real fetter for being a more rounded person, but at the same time I don't know how to effectively develop patience.

  48. 3 weeks ago
    David

    I am Buddha, I stepped through the fire to become Buddha. Here is the proof

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What is this?

  49. 3 weeks ago
    David

    The major and minor marks

  50. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    I'm still here after 24+ hours flying and in airport!

    Ask your questions paranormal monk bros!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How is your journey going?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Hey actually you know what would really prove you were a Buddhist
      If you got the traditional swastika tattooed on your forehead
      So everyone knew
      How hardcore of a Buddhist you are

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I literally grew a third eye and nobody talks to me.

  51. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    do you also ask children to suck your tongue?

  52. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    In earnest, I have something that has been bugging me about Buddhism or at least my ignorant view on it.

    It appears to me, the goal of a Buddhist is to end the cycle of suffering. But I ask, why? It seems that all suffering will eventually end due to the entropic nature of the universe. Should we not then suffer to live and live to suffer? If one suffers, one may then sort of enjoy*?

    *I have a word in Spanish that does not translate well: Gozar. It's more than to enjoy. It is sort of taking in everything in, experiencing, and reflecting all at the same time. My definition may differ to others considering the clandestine nature of the Latino Spanish language.

    Bless you, Mr. Monk

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >But I ask, why? It seems that all suffering will eventually end due to the entropic nature of the universe
      why not end it now?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Because once it's done it's, potentially (rubber band theory may say "nah"), done. It seems like a wasted opportunity not to enjoy/gozar existence before all becomes one: Entropic peace?
        Moreover, I don't like that line of thinking:
        >why not end it now?
        >You will die some day. Why not just KYS right now?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          From the Buddhist view, life leads to death and then rebirth and then redeath. It is a byproduct of dependent origination.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          ending suffering don't mean no more gozar (supongo también podría decirse vivir la experiencia). in the other post you said
          > Should we not then suffer to live and live to suffer? If one suffers, one may then sort of enjoy*?
          enjoyment does not need suffering to happen.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >It appears to me, the goal of a Buddhist is to end the cycle of suffering. But I ask, why? It seems that all suffering will eventually end due to the entropic nature of the universe. Should we not then suffer to live and live to suffer? If one suffers, one may then sort of enjoy*?
      The buddhist cosmology is that the universe expands and contracts over and over, that's why it's pointless to delay and it's pointless to try to get a good birth, because after heaven comes hell.
      staying in samsara just means you go up and down in the samsara hierarchy over and over and over. it literally never ends.

  53. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you're white though, you're just a person with no culture trying to leech from someone else's. why the frick would I care about what you have to say.

  54. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I saw this in a local business. Do you know what this means? Or what it might say?

  55. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm in the mood for a pizza tonight; can you make me one with everything?
    >badum tss
    Just trying to give you a chuckle, bhikku.

  56. 3 weeks ago
    That one random person you see everywhere.

    (How would you handle being locked up for many many lifetimes? Would you attempt to turn inward, or do you think you’d fracture?)

  57. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    energy vampire thread, sage and move on

  58. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    > real monk

    as opposed to fake mall buddhist monks ?? wtf dude

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      He's a real buddhist monk cause he traveled to an asian monastery and even adopted their scamming methods too, so he's doubly real for that.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      He's larping.
      He's using images from YouTube but he rotated them to make you think he just doesn't know about metadata.
      Clever, 7/10

  59. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    So are you in team hard jhana or soft jhana?

  60. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A) What should I expect from padmasana, or ardhi-padmasana? Should I seek the greater seat than the lesser? This, that I have and am expectant towards such?

    B) I find it difficult most times to recruit my cognitive resource towards full lotus (say, more than 10 minutes with Samatha stacked +1 will, and a five-minute cooldown, lately). Are black feet a danger? What should I expect in general, because I'm Buddhist, out of Buddhism?

    C) Why is it important to do what I read about (because I haven't been listening or practicing (meditation) for a long time, nothing to note, from feeling bored or not ready, in the general results of life, after breaking from a long time)? Because, '(inb4)' this way I feel thirsty for meditation (now I'm zooming to find all these siddhis, contemplations with yields or just the purification to, vipassana
    too, practices)?

    A) idk, non-sequitur, 'don't expect' just that one can do one
    B) hence, we'll try to manage around, with the time slot
    C) Maybe it's not, because I'm 'merely reading.'
    any recommendations?

    Well, actually, the question is more likely to answer with itself as 'what vehicle is better/more desirable?' Can you show me the car we refer to? (inb4 'just eat your food' 'nobody says that/ok, maybe')

  61. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    which forms and techniques of meditation do you believe "pull back the curtain"? like full blown jhana? have you seen any monasteries that you believe actually train and achieve projection of the astral form?

  62. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As much as popular sentiment embraces individualism and progressive thinking, and /x/files are into the bells and whistles of transcendence, monasticism is a tight structure designed to support a voluntarily RENUNCIANT and communal lifestyle.

    Varrapanyo here is evidently a junior monk who was possibly ordained at a easy-come-easy-go monastery in Thailand since he didn't find success in American temples. This means that he is relatively unrestricted and despite his claims to connections with a master, he has no solid connection to a community within which he has received training in Vinaya, which is especially important for a junior monk and protects the sangha from all the pitfalls associated with free-wandering.

    In such a time of training (i.e. the first 5 years of monkhood) it is important for monks to not go around advertising themselves in this manner, as it is a distraction, and I don't think I've ever heard of a junior monk being encouraged to do this, especially if their past internet use is so checkered. It would be seen as a slippery slope to returning to old habits. All the junior monks I've met who were remotely serious about their practice are highly encouraged to stay away from any kind of social media, and aren't even allowed to wander freely for extended periods of time. Again, it is a period of training. The ones who do have past "attachments" to internet use often are challenged to find new ways of using their free time,. i.e. the time not spent looking after the monastery, elders, and their personal requisites, and time not spent rigorously studying vinaya.

    By rule and principle monks shouldn't be soliciting "AMAs" as much as he does here. Monks offer teachings where requested, it is against the rules to do so when not requested. Monks are also discouraged from actively seeking the limelight, which this monk does openly.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      As a monk he is also expected to accept and honor criticism from laypeople, which is actually the origin of many of the vinaya's rules.

      One such rule is regarding donations, which a monk is not allowed to ask for. He says it's for his temple or whatever, but the money goes to him - why not just provide the information for the temple itself?

      Obviously he lives a comparatively lavish lifestyle as a junior monk, travelling around the world to stay at various places and go on different retreats and drink cappucinos (wis words!). That's extremely expensive, again no junior monk I know would be allowed to do that, let alone even have the funds for doing so, it would be considered "burdensome" and excessive, especially when a monk in training can get pretty dang extensive "retreat" time at their training monastery! But for some reason, this monk has to go from Florida to South Korea for a measly 20 day retreat?

      Westerners often don't understand how Asians donate to monks, not just out of faith but out of superstition and a sense of obligation. In the Suttas, donations are used for bare minimum needs. Monks were criticized for even showing basic hints of excess. But he is basically taking advantage of Asian superstitious attitudes and western ignorance to fund his excesses OPENLY. This stuff is ALL OVER the suttas as a DANGER to the sangha.

      End rant

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      As a monk he is also expected to accept and honor criticism from laypeople, which is actually the origin of many of the vinaya's rules.

      One such rule is regarding donations, which a monk is not allowed to ask for. He says it's for his temple or whatever, but the money goes to him - why not just provide the information for the temple itself?

      Obviously he lives a comparatively lavish lifestyle as a junior monk, travelling around the world to stay at various places and go on different retreats and drink cappucinos (wis words!). That's extremely expensive, again no junior monk I know would be allowed to do that, let alone even have the funds for doing so, it would be considered "burdensome" and excessive, especially when a monk in training can get pretty dang extensive "retreat" time at their training monastery! But for some reason, this monk has to go from Florida to South Korea for a measly 20 day retreat?

      Westerners often don't understand how Asians donate to monks, not just out of faith but out of superstition and a sense of obligation. In the Suttas, donations are used for bare minimum needs. Monks were criticized for even showing basic hints of excess. But he is basically taking advantage of Asian superstitious attitudes and western ignorance to fund his excesses OPENLY. This stuff is ALL OVER the suttas as a DANGER to the sangha.

      End rant

      well said anon

  63. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can you please guide me how to start Tummo meditation? What to do, what practices I need to handle at least on some level before?

  64. 3 weeks ago
    Inversion

    What did you see during your meditations?
    Can your enter DMT realm without taking any external substance?
    Can you explain us the seven layer of Jñāna and your own experience of it?

  65. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bamp

  66. 3 weeks ago
    MonkBro

    I'm still here! Ask your questions below!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I smoke a joint before bed most nights.
      Last night I had seizure like convulsions that would wave in and out (I almost had to put a sock in my mouth to prevent crushing my teeth).
      This has happened before while smoking the pot, but it's been a very long time. It has never happened without it.
      Someone suggested this might be an entity of sorts causing it and I'm toying with that idea because it seemed to milden when I did an invocation of the arch-angels at the four quarters. I've also been very stressed of late which I'm assuming might make me more vulnerable.
      If this is an entity, any idea what this could be and how I can effectively banish or manage it?

  67. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Do the drums of emptiness mean anything to you and where are they in the process of becoming a stream enterer

  68. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you allowed to smoke weed?

  69. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can you send me healing energies mister monk id appreciate it.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Buddhist monks aren't healers anon, specially not this one which is also a tiktoker, discord admin, x poster and grifter.

  70. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    I swear when I'm done with corporate and comfort lifestyle bullshit I'm gonna go on a spiritual journey once leaving everything anyways nice thread monkbro

  71. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    27:20
    Same guy?

  72. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How do you feel about the israeli infestation of theravada sanghas?

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