Sunday, August 26, 2007

Results Are In

Well, I guess they were in a while back, but I was not able to check on the Internet (and thus brag about it on my weblog). Anyhow, the work paid off, and I've officially passed my first Nak Dham exam, as per this screenshot (in Thai):

Mae Kong Dham Search Results for 'Yuttadhammo'

I'd feel proud, but that would be decidedly un-monkish. So, off to practice instead (and study for the next level of Nak Dham).


  1. Congratulations, Bhante! :)

  2. cloudy sunshine3:20 PM

    Dear Phra Noah,
    I would say it is definitely of much higher importance to you to dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to breaking the first three fetters and to secure your progress towards liberation. Anything else is not really worth mentioning for an idealistic monk like you. Most of your activities on the net seem not really conducive to this task. Even being a monk does not save one when one fails this very crucial lesson. Tell me: when you die, can you take your robe and bowl along? There are already enough scholastic monks of Pali and Buddhist doctrine, yet where are the noble disciples? Certainly, studying is important, using the computer is all right, yet I hope you do not fall short of the noble goal in the final sense. If you could return to Canada as a noble disciple ("saint"), would this not be a great blessing for yourself and your country?
    Wishing you relentless energy and good success,
    Cloudy Sunshine

  3. :) Where there's praise there's blame. Thank you Gabor for your kind "mudita" or sympathetic joy.

    Cloudy Sunshine, it never fails to make me tired in the mind to hear more about why I shouldn't be doing the things I do, even when they centre around spreading the Buddha's teaching in whatever meager way I am able. I'm also always puzzled, as I could never bring myself to go around giving advice and criticism where I have no place; yet so many seem to see fit to do so on this, my personal weblog. I tend to wonder why they couldn't just find it in themselves to say something nice like "hey, good for you, getting something good" and surf on. Well, I can only take it as yet another reason to look inward and see where I still have work to do, be happy that I am following the Buddha's path, however slowly, and that I am able to share what I have learned with others. I am sorry you don't see how learning the Dhamma and Pali language is conducive to breaking the three lower fetters. The wisest and most ardent meditators I know and have looked at in the past have also been ardent scholars, often moreso than those who don't see fit to practice. It is most often arrogance that leads one to think that simply practicing according to one's own belief will lead to freedom, and that teaching according to that belief will lead others thereto.

    Anyway, thank you for what must certainly have been good intentions for my welfare; may you too be free from suffering. :)

    PS No, monks don't do yoga; we keep in shape by walking three or four hours a day (or six to eight on retreat). And it's not a skirt, it's a lower robe.