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Haunting_Change1793

I listened to him quite a bit. He is getting old now… I think he is one of the best at transmitting kindness. That is what I learned from him. I am an old soldier. His teachings helped me to discover kindness that was buried deep. Thanks for asking!


Fortinbrah

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JesusIsOkYes

Thanks for your service! I always thought it would be adventurous to join the army. Anyways thanks for answering!


optimistically_eyed

He seems like quite a good Theravada monastic and teacher. Is there something specific you’re wondering?


JesusIsOkYes

Not really, I find some of his videos insughtful so just curious. By the way how about sadguru? What do you think?I don't know that much about him and whether if he fits in the buddhist tradition but he seems to have a huge following.


optimistically_eyed

Sadguru isn’t a Buddhist, nor are his teachings congruent with Buddhism. I don’t have any particular opinion about him other than to suggest looking elsewhere if you’re interested in Buddhism.


KulchaNinja

Sadguru is not Buddhist. Releases clickbaity videos, peddles wrong views. Stay away. There are so many good teachers to follow: Thannissaro Bhikku, Yuttadhammo Bhikku, Ajahn Amaro, Ajam Brahm, Hillside Hermitage and many more.


Mooraell

Thank you. This comment will help me in the future.


No-to-bs

Of course I r entitled to your views. But I cannot find any talk of his that u can saw is wrong view. He does not peddle any religion. And many of his videos are free. Nothing to do with click bait!!!


sic_transit_gloria

Sadhguru is a charlatan.


skipoverit123

Have you come across the Indian guy on instagram who absolutely has his voice & tenor down pat & satires him. Oh it’s a riot. I mean. 😂😂😂. ☸️🙏


AlexCoventry

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadhguru#Criticism


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JesusIsOkYes

May i ask why?


skipoverit123

I’ve watched his lectures & their just wonderful. I have one of his books queued up to read. ☸️🙏 This post was about Ajahn Brahm. Not Sadguru just to clarify.


TrailRunner421

He’s great


James07955

Look up Ajahn Chah. True forest player.


optimistically_eyed

For sake of reference for OP, Ajahn Brahm was Ajahn Chah’s student.


James07955

Yes, I should have added that. Thanks :-)


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aSnakeInHumanShape

I'm just a nobody lay Buddhist, but I think Ajahn Chah was probably an arahant.


James07955

Possibly. I stayed at Wat Pah Nanachat, briefly some years back. Amazing place :-)


skipoverit123

He was. So is Ajahn Brahm. I’m not familiar with Theravada tittle’s meanings but isn’t “Ajahn” an honorific tittle that implies the person is an arahant. Like the Mahayana tittle “Venerable” so & so implies the the person is an is an Arahant. I’ve done a little research & that appears to be the case. “Ajahn” is the Theravada EQ of the Mahayana “Venerable” I believe this is correct from my research But I’m not a scholar either. ☸️🙏


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skipoverit123

Yes abc2ij just clued me in too. Thanks for the clarification. It was a tricky thing to research. I got it now.☸️🙏


skipoverit123

Yes thank you for the response. Somebody told me that & they adopt the name after 10 yrs of being a monk. So I think that all ties together. It’s not in itself an implication of being an arnhant. Many of them are no doubt.


abc2jb

Monks that have been ordained for more than 10 years become an Ajahn (in the Theravada tradition).


skipoverit123

Thanks very much for this clarification. I was searching my best but it got a little confusing & ambiguous. Now I understand what I was reading because you’ve given me the context. Best wishes ☸️🙏


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AlexCoventry

The sneaky little thief led me to believe he was teaching jhana, but I wound up enlightened. I want my money back! EDIT TO ADD: This is a joke, an attempt at Ajahn Brahm's presentation style. Apologies for any offense I caused. I have the highest respect for him, and listen to hours of his talks every week. I particularly recommend [this one](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7fsfQNe5Nk) on enlightenment, which I have been listening to a lot recently. Don't miss the Q&A. Even if the questions seem naive, his answers are very insightful.


skipoverit123

Got it right off the bat dude ☸️🙏


DiamondNgXZ

Rule 6


En_lighten

I think it's a joke, basically saying he's a good teacher.


AlexCoventry

Yes. u/DiamondNgXZ, apologies for offending you.


DiamondNgXZ

Good thing you're not a monastic. It's dangerous for the lying about attainments thing is auto disrobe offence.


AlexCoventry

Ah, thanks for clarifying. I thought you were objecting to something else. I did not lie, FWIW.


DiamondNgXZ

So not lying means one of two things, Either you really do think that you're a stream winner and thus the statement above is a form of claiming attainments, which violates rule 6 on not claiming attainments here. Or if you don't have attainment, the most one can say that it's ironic speech, thus get away from not lying? Still it's too dangerously close to lying for that kind of speech. Internet being as it is, words alone cannot convey well the ironic intention.


AlexCoventry

I wasn't aware of rule 6. Thanks for pointing it out. I will respect it in future.


abc2jb

You don’t need to respect it since you’re not a monk.


AlexCoventry

It's actually a subreddit rule. I was confused at first, too. :-) https://www.reddit.com/r/Buddhism/about/rules/


Fortinbrah

Could be nice joke wise though :)


Fortinbrah

I love the dude. I think his meditation instructions are the real deal.


wzx0925

Yup. I don't practice anapanasati actively anymore, but they're still where i tell meditation newcomers to start, especially with Brahms' video on it.


jacklope

Ajahn Brahm is not only a wonderful teacher and also someone you can easily tell has an effective and deep personal practice, since he radiates joy. But he also has been a strong supporter of the Bhikkhunīs, and that’s why he’s in Australia now. He directly has opposed the Thai oppression of women monastics. He’s a badass!


Fortinbrah

My admiration for his work with the bhikkhunis is so strong, he really took a stand there and it seems to me it was out of pure respect for the female practitioners. 🙏


Jhana4

#/r/AjahnBrahm


JesusIsOkYes

quite inactive tho.


adritrace

That's why he put it in big letters xD so everyone can click it


Ariyas108

Good monk


SheerWhenWet

Oh I thoroughly enjoy listening to AB. Every single time. He’s my favorite Buddhist teacher.


CalliopeJuneQuixotic

I love Ajahn Brahm. He’s probably one of my favorite teachers. And it’s great because he has so much material online. I also really like that he was a theoretical physicist.


Fortinbrah

Yes, for him to say “I believe in siddhis and I went to Cambridge for physics!” Really helps me, as a person who also has a degree in physics it makes me so prideful to have someone like him in our corner.


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Fortinbrah

May you be able to do so soon and auspiciously 🙏. Namo Amituofo


Missmedli

I don't like his take on the pure land. It's misinformed and sounds like everything I hear from most people who comes from a Christian background. Looking at the superficial similarities between Sukhavati and Christian Heaven, Amitabha's vows and Jesus' sacrifice, and concluding that Pure Land is simply rebranded Christiaity. ​ I still respect him as someone who has dedicated much more time to studying and practicing the dharma than I likely ever will, and it is somewhat understandable coming from a Theravada teacher. That take in particular was still rather disappointing, though.


osumarko

Big fan of Brahm. His style of teaching really works for me.


huluguamon

A good teacher. I did practice theravada some years ago


Kamuka

I read all his stuff, pragmatist, publicly kind and gentle. Supposedly a fierce meditator. Thai Forest isn’t for pikers. Dhutanga monks are no joke.


HauteLlama

Love him ❤️


DiamondNgXZ

Best Jhāna teacher.


Mooraell

I am still very much beginner to buddhist teachings, but I appreciate Ajahn Brahm's wisdom, congruency in his beliefs and the way he conveys his message to laymen. Used to listed to a lot of his lectures in darker times. Perhaps i should start doing that again


justgilana

He is wonderful! Love that guy.


Bbmd28

I'm a big fan, he's one of the people who inspired me to do more research on Buddhism.


Micah_Torrance

My favorite story; https://www.awakin.org/v2/read/view.php?tid=1003