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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Buddha achieve enlightenment ???
Replies: 64
Views: 475

Re: How did Buddha achieve enlightenment ???

Ko Hla Myint,” the Sayādaw replied, “You have not studied the scriptures with the necessary attention to detail. It is true that the Buddha-to-be attained Knowledge of Former States of Being (dibbacakkhu abhiññā) and the Divine Eye of Omniscient Vision (dibbacakkhu abhiññā) in the first and second ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna and five precepts
Replies: 192
Views: 8122

Re: Sotapanna and five precepts

I agree it is probably bad to criticize very advanced meditators. I will do my best to abstain from doing it in the future. Sorry for all the bad words about Mahasi that I said. I am glad to hear that. It is customary to ask for forgiveness before beginning a meditation course, just in case one has...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How does Mahasi Sayadaw meditation method differ from what Buddha taught?
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: How does Mahasi Sayadaw meditation method differ from what Buddha taught?

The method was taught and made famous by the Mahāsi Sayādaw, so they call it the Mahāsi method, rather than simply Satipaṭṭhāna or Dhātumanasikāra or Catudhātuvavatthāna, but it's also often called Satipaṭṭhāna Vipassanā, or simply Vipassanā meditation. The Buddha taught many different meditation me...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Resources
Replies: 72
Views: 21443

Re: Pali Resources

I have added a brief review of the Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana Tipiṭaka Software to my Software Reviews site. I have updated my review with a tip on how to change the default font and font size. Each script support by the program has an *.xsl file in C:\Tipitaka\Chattha Sangayana Tipitaka 4.0\Xsl (or whereve...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Monks and Lay users
Replies: 10
Views: 660

Re: Monks and Lay users

dvemebhikkhave wrote:hiI tried to edit my profile name and.can't..anyone can help..


You can edit your forum signature.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about vinaya
Replies: 11
Views: 145

Re: Question about vinaya

From the Buddhist Monastic Code by Ajahn Thanissaro: A bhikkhu who kills a “non‑human being” — a yakkha, nāga, or peta — or a devata (this is in the Commentary) incurs a Thullaccaya . According to the Commentary, when a spirit possesses a human being or an animal, it can be exorcised in either of tw...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tattoo advice.
Replies: 9
Views: 175

Re: Tattoo advice.

Having become a Buddhist one should try to abandon external forms, and focus on inner moral and mental purity. The right way to honour the Buddha is to put his teachings into practice.

Tattoos are potentially harmful, and prove nothing about one's love or devotion to anyone.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna and five precepts
Replies: 192
Views: 8122

Re: Sotapanna and five precepts

Do you feel a sotapanna has perfect morality? A Stream-winner has achieved stable morality. Sarakāni was not a Stream-winner when he took to drink. He attained it later. The moral conduct that culminates in the attainment of path consciousness is called stable morality. Morality is a supporting con...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna and five precepts
Replies: 192
Views: 8122

Re: Sotapanna and five precepts

Sarakaani the Sakyan fulfilled the training at the time of death.' 8 Mirror of the Dhamma (Mahāparinibbāna Sutta) The noble disciple also possesses virtues beloved by the good, with their morality unbroken, intact, spotless, and unblemished, virtues that make men truly free, that are praised by the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the west in real danger?
Replies: 22
Views: 498

Re: Are Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the west in real danger?

One example is the debate between eating cheese in the afternoon, common and accepted in many Thai places, but not allowable in others and I would need to confess pc 37 here. If one thinks that it is allowable, when it's not, one commits an offence to be confessed. If one thinks it is not allowable...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the west in real danger?
Replies: 22
Views: 498

Re: Are Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the west in real danger?

As well as the 10 precepts, the novices have to observe the 75 sekhiya rules regarding the use of the robes, almsbowl, etc., so they have a lot more rules to observe than an eight-precept anagārika.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the west in real danger?
Replies: 22
Views: 498

Re: Are Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the west in real danger?

There is no rule against high 5s or shaking a woman's hand, restrictions like in Thailand where people can't touch you are cultural rather than vinaya as far as I've seen. In Thailand a woman has to use a cloth to give you something, not so in Sri Lanka. I think it's the monk who has to use a cloth...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 45
Views: 9386

Re: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala

Tomorrow, the full-moon day of Thursday 12th January is the anniversary of the Buddha's Parinibbāna. If you want to know why it is tomorrow, and not in May, read my Exposition of the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta . I updated it after fixing a few typos, and other minor edits. It still needs some more work, ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No Creator in Buddhism
Replies: 95
Views: 883

Re: No Creator in Buddhism

How can we confidently say these all are not created by anyone, does anyone have any thoughts? If they were, then we would have to ask "Who created the creator?" The Buddha taught the law of cause and effect. There are five natural laws (niyāma): ⋅ Climate (utu) ⋅ Seed...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Sati-sampajjanno - Practical advice on breaking away from thought runs
Replies: 10
Views: 166

Re: Sati-sampajjanno - Practical advice on breaking away from thought runs

Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Sorts of Thinking may be helpful. I guess that most planning is connected with attachment, and leads to our own affliction. If we reflect, "Do I really need to do this?" the answer will often be, "No. It's neither essential, nor useful." If it has a posi...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Information on Yasodharā
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: Information on Yasodharā

See the article on Rāhulamātā in the DPPN.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Replies: 24
Views: 1516

Re: Practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Although I practice and teach the Mahāsi method, I find that mindfulness of breathing is also very effective, especially if reading or writing, as it quickly concentrates my mind on the task in hand. The four elements contemplation is best when practised without other activities. OK while travelling...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"

The Pāli term used is "avijjākhandhena" which Bhikkhu Bodhi translates a mass of ignorance. The word khandha means a collection, lump, or aggregate.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada position on self-immolation
Replies: 41
Views: 1154

Re: Theravada position on self-immolation

Is there a way to know the Theravada position with certainty or is it liable to individual interpretation? Unless you can speak with the Buddha in person it's always going to be liable to individual interpretation. Even the most senior Saṅghanāyaka committee in Burma might have a different opinion ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are Parents Responsible for the Actions of their Children?
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Are Parents Responsible for the Actions of their Children?

This BBC news item on Japanese parents apologising for the actions of their children raises some interesting questions about kamma and social responsibility. In the ultimate sense, of course, parents are not accountable for the actions of their children, but they do bear responsibility to some degr...

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