This month’s forum at the World Buddhist University will be led by Australian monk Dhammadarsa Bhikkhu.
At the WFB hq, Suk 24
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Sunday September 11th
Noble Ethics. Theravada Buddhists, believe a Stream Enterer has perfect morality and basic morality is defined by the Five Precepts. These ideas do not match the sutta that says there was a Stream Enterer with a drinking problem. I present a solution.
About the Speaker :
He was born in England in 1965, but migrated to Australia when he was only one and a half years old. He did most of his primary and secondary schooling in Sydney, New South Wales. In 1975, at the the age of 10, his family did the Transcendental Meditation [TM] course and this was his first introduction to meditation. This is classed as a Samatha, or Calm practice in Buddhism. He took up Yoga during his high school studies in Sydney. In 1980 his family moved to Brisbane, Queensland where he completed the last year of his secondary education. During this time, he took up Judo and came into contact with Zen meditation.
Ven. Dhammadarsa became interested in Buddhism in 1985, when he moved to Melbourne, Victoria. There He studied Tai Chi, which would also be classed as a Samatha, or Calm practice in Buddhism. In 1986 he took ordination as a Thai Theravada Buddhist monk in Australia. This was probably the first Bhikkhu ordination in Australia. Shortly after ordination He started Buddhist Samatha meditation as taught in Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen, Bangkok. In 1988 He first started Buddhist Vipassana meditation, at which time He spent three years in retreat in Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. In 1993 he met Buddhadaasa Bhikkhu, who encouraged him to focus on the words of the Buddha, which he did and which clarified greatly the Buddha’s teaching for him. In 1994 he returned to Australia and left the monkhood until 2008 when he reordained, to dedicate the rest of his days to the study and practise of Dhamma.
3rd floor, WFB Headquarters Bldg., in Benjasiri Park, Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok. All are welcome to join the programme free of charge. For more information, please [try] call 02-258-0369 to -0373, fax 02-258-0372, or see http://www.worldbuddhistuniversity.com
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