“Wicked One, I will not become fully extinguished until I have monk disciples … nun disciples … layman disciples … laywoman disciples who are competent, educated, assured, learned.
Not until my spiritual life is successful and prosperous, extensive, popular, widespread, and well proclaimed wherever there are gods and humans.’”
Just a quick message, if you are a Buddhist and care about the longevity of the teachings, then you may know that the Buddha linked the thriving of the four-fold assembly(them being learned, wise, etc) to the length and quality of the Buddhasasana’s existence.
That being said, the Theravada Bhikkhuni order is a vital part of the Dhamma lasting long, so they deserve our support to practice without much worry and grow wise. This is what the generosity of the laity does, allows the monastic to practice well and in turn share their wisdom and the Dhamma with the people, growing the four-fold assembly.
Its no secret that Bhikkhunis and Bhikkhuni monasteries are not as well supported as the Bhikkhu ones, for a variety of reasons, so those of us who wish to see the fourfold assembly thrive should try and take care of all the monastics as much as possible, because both thriving Bhikkhus and thriving Bhikhuis are needed for the continued survival and growth of the Dhamma, especially here in the west where we place a high value on equality.
I am honored to know, and to learn from, many good Bhikkhunis. As many of you know, I am very keen on growing the Dhamma in America, so lets all do our part to support and help the Bhikkhuni order grow for the benefit of all beings who will be able to learn the Dhamma and work towards their own freedom.
Its been a while since I did a nomad monk update, which I usually do during a transition period. A few weeks back I left the secluded mountain top farm in West Virginia and I’m currently in New Jersey, mostly doing some housekeeping things( had a visit with my PCP, blood work, dental, vaccinations, etc etc) .
In terms of where I’ll be next, nothing is set in stone but I have some irons in the fire. I’m currently thinking about where I’ll be for the Vassa, that is unknown as of yet. One thing that I definitely plan on doing, if external conditions allow it, is to do a Colorado visit for a week or so, I need to start going out there to make more connections and scope the place out.
I’m open to do zoom events and as things start to open up, to travel to share Dhamma as well, I’m still trying to make up for the monastery visits I had planned in 2020 to spend time with senior monastics at a variety of monasteries and learn from them, hopefully that will start to become reality as things open up.
All in all, I am rather enjoying the nomadic life, It’s not very worry some(although I do worry about being too much of a burden on any one particular support), its quite freeing and not being too burdened is wonderful, not getting too comfortable in any one place because I’ll be moving on, as it says in the Metta sutta, “with few duties, living lightly”
at Empty Cloud ‘s Vesak yesterday I got to listen to a talk from Ajahn Passano, and one story of Ajahn Chah that the Ajahn gave stood out for me, both as a rare Chah story I’ve not heard, and also for how “Chah” it is(yes I’m a Ajahn Chah fanboy, so what ?:P).
As far as I remember the story was about a monk who had previously been blissing out by himself in caves and other solitary places, but then he came to Ajahn Chah’s monastery. Ajahn Chah being the master Dhamma troll he was, pushed the monks buttons and had him doing work and all kinds of things where the monk got agitated and yearned for his peaceful cave.
He came to Ajahn Chah to tell him he was leaving, and Ajahn Chah said ” you can leave and go be peaceful in your cave if you like, or you can stay here and learn to be peaceful anywhere”. The monk stayed.
Both Ajahn Brahm and Ajahn Sumedho have similar stories in dealing with Ajahn Chah. The simile of the Wheelbarrow stands out.
This tells us many things, but most important it gives you an idea of what the practice is about, externally peaceful conditions are nice, but the practice is about being able to be at peace despite external conditions. As Ajahn Chah says, everything is teaching us, everything is training, everything is the practice. A nice peaceful cave can be as much a crutch as a help. So remember as you practice, if your peace depends on external conditions, you have no peace.
for those unaware, patreon is a website where people can help donate to people who create things. Various Buddhist organizations also use it as a vehicle for donations.
Patreon is not used as a way to support me directly like regular Dana. donating via patreon is specifically and only for helping Maggasekha with the various fees ( for instance this website is 120+ a year, my audio clyp page is similar) related to doing video and audio Dhamma.
much of what is donated via venmo and paypal has gone to these fees in the past, and if you don’t have patreon but still wish to help with the fees spoken of above, you can donate to these two for that. I’ve also updated the dana page with this information.
Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/maggasekha
Due to my recent issues with youtube banning my channel twice, I’ve decided to start uploading to other video sharing websites. I’ve had accounts on places like vimeo, bitchute, and other websites for years, but never got to doing any uploading on them, but now is as good a time as any to start.
if you use bitchute you can check out my channel and first video here, it’s not a new video, just an upload of my first video of the Journey into Homelessness series. :
For my Colorado friends, I’m planning a trip this summer or fall. The idea of moving to Colorado has been something I’ve mentioned on here before. Over the last year the number of people from Colorado I’ve come to know has greatly increased, as well as offers of a bed to stay in when I visit.
When I come to Colorado will depend on whether I can do Vassa in California, that is pending. But all my friends who are in Colorado, if you would like to be able to help me tour around and get to know Colorado, that would be appreciated. I already have a few people willing to do so, but its a big job for only one or two people.
The idea for the next few years is for me to visit Colorado a few weeks a year to get to know the state and it’s people, and to make connections with Buddhist organizations and people there. in the next 3-5 years the Idea is to move out there and start building up a base of support enough to rent a small house and go from there, building up the Maggasekha organization and bringing EBT Dhamma to Colorado.When I do come to Colorado this year I will be fully vaccinated, and that combined with things opening up should make it a fairly safe endeavor.
I started up a mailchimp email list/ mini newsletter for those who wish to keep in touch with my comes and goings, especially in the next few years as I start to make my moves towards settling in Colorado and creating the organization.
you can join it by clicking on the “MS ORG Newsletter” link at the top of the page.
Here are the episodes for the SOTP Podcast, in numerical order with both Youtube and CLYP links.
Student of the Path(SOTP) Podcast : #3 “What is Buddhism” – Part 2
CLYP Audio : https://clyp.it/c/podcast3
Student of The Path(SOTP) Podcast: #2 : “What is Buddhism” – Part 1
1 : Student Of The Path Podcast : 10 Minute Dhamma : Podcast Introduction
CLYP Audio : https://clyp.it/c/podcast1
So my youtube channel is still shut down, waiting on the appeal to go through, until such time I’m going to look into using alternative programs.
For Tomorrows 8:30am Morning Monastery Experience, i’m going to try Facebook Live
If my youtube Channel is not up by tomorrow night for Dhammapalooza, I’m going to try twitch : https://www.twitch.tv/maggasekha/