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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)
Replies: 64
Views: 11771

Re: A Manual of the Excellent Man

First puzzlement - is it a typo on pages 2-3 re: Sila, where it says that it manifests only as verbal purity? It does not mention bodily purity, whereas the first part of the comments does mention bodily purity. The online edition has only "verbal purity" too. Also, is the Sayadaw transla...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambedkarites
Replies: 28
Views: 4991

Re: Ambedkarites

The Ambedkarites are those Buddhists (usually from the Dalit - untouchable caste of India) who follow the teachings of Dr. Ambedkar and converted to Buddhism. I received an e-mail from an Ambedkarite asking me for "proof" that the Buddha taught re-birth and in the 31 planes of existence. ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monk for a Month?
Replies: 56
Views: 12355

Re: Monk for a Month?

Temporary ordination is common in Burma. Temporary monks are known as Dullabha = difficult to get. That is because human rebirth is difficult to get (rare), to meet the Buddha sāsana is rare, and to ordain as a bhikkhu in that sāsana is rare. The custom in Burma is for many men (and some women) to e...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Re: Theravada holidays

In Burma, is widely celebrated

The Fullmoon Day of Maha Samaya Day is in June.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mara
Replies: 13
Views: 2431

Re: Mara

What is mind? No matter!
What is matter? Never mind!

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Just War
Replies: 25
Views: 4067

Just War

In two weeks time I will go to a local school to discuss with Sixth Formers the topic of a Just War. Here are some of the starter questions: ⋅ Is there such a thing as a Just War? ⋅ What should be the rules of a Just War? ⋅ Was World War II a Just War? ⋅ Is a ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Importance of Pilgrimage
Replies: 11
Views: 966

Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Some people use their head too much and don't trust their heart. Don't under-estimate the benefits of wholesome practices like reverence — it is one of the ten wholesome deeds: charity (dāna), morality (sīla), mental culture (bhāvanā), reverence (appacāyana), service (veyyavacca), sharing of merit (...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: trsanslation of sila?!
Replies: 5
Views: 1282

Re: trsanslation of sila?!

The Pali Text of the Kimathana Sutta begins with: “Kimatthiyāni, bhante, kusalāni sīlāni kimānisaṃsānī”ti? “Avippaṭisāratthāni kho, Ānanda, kusalāni sīlāni avippaṭisārānisaṃsānī”ti. So, yes, “skilful” is the translation of “kusalāni” and “virtues” is the translation of “sīlāni.” CSCD Pali Tipitaka
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

Re: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna

Stream-winners cannot be reborn in the lower realms — animal, hungry ghosts, jealous gods, or in hell. They can be reborn in the human realm, or in any of the deva and brahma realms, except for the Suddhāvasa Pure Abodes, where only Non-returners are reborn. They will, of course, become Non-returner...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi
Replies: 6
Views: 1049

Re: Hi

I personally believe the Buddha was too much a genius to fall into almost childish notions of being born as devas, or insects and so on. For me such beliefs were later popularizations which unfortunately obscured the really revolutionary message the Buddha was getting at. To me the idea of kamma an...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to greet a Novice monk?
Replies: 20
Views: 2976

Re: How to greet a Novice monk?

Ajahn Chah even calls mosquitoes as “Ajahn Mosquito."
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Looking for a sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Re: Looking for a sutta

Perhaps you're thinking of the Sivaka Sutta "There are, revered Gotama, some ascetics and brahmans who have this doctrine and view: 'Whatever a person experiences, be it pleasure, pain or neither-pain-nor-pleasure, all that is caused by previous action.' Now, what does the revered Gotama say ab...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

Re: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna

Non-returners are so called because they never return to the human realm. They are reborn in the Pure Abodes where they attain Arahantship.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Online Pali Canon?
Replies: 36
Views: 4503

Re: Online Pali Canon?

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Online Pali Canon?
Replies: 36
Views: 4503

Re: Online Pali Canon?

Well, his avatar is apparently reading the Pali texts :reading:

BTW. I added a few chapters to the . It was surprisingly easy to join and start contributing. Let me know if I made any errors.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Too large avatars
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

Re: Too large avatars

I agree, there should be a size limit of 100x100 pixels. That is plenty big enough. Buddhists should have small egos, and small avatars.

You can turn avatars off in the , Board Preferences, Edit Display Options.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus
Replies: 44
Views: 6110

Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

I disagree. Ven Dhammika's review is very poor — it is far too long for a start. To be frank, it is hardly any better than a rant. Not that the book doesn't deserve to be criticised, but if it is so bad I wonder why Ven Dhammika even bothered?
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Chanting Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: Chanting Meditation

Take a look at Phra Yuttadhammo's video explaining the importance of mental noting. It might help you to understand why I don't think mantras are part of orthodox Theravāda practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gacWdRZdAzs The only case that I know of where the Buddha taught a mantra was in the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?
Replies: 66
Views: 1703

Re: Can you follow Buddha's teachings and still dislike people?

Dislike (dosa) is not removed until the stage of Non-returning, so we will have to follow the Buddha's teaching for a long time while still disliking some people or at least some things that they do. It could be argued that Stream-winners would no longer dislike people, since they have eradicated se...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The image of Buddha
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: The image of Buddha

Buddha Images 186. Images and pictures of the Buddha are just imitations of the physique of the Buddha. 187. Burmese sculptors make Buddha’s images in Burmese style; likewise Chinese and Indian sculptors carve in their own styles. The real intention is to make people think of the Buddha and adore h...

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