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by pitakele
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Layperson's sexual morality
Replies: 10
Views: 212

Re: Layperson's sexual morality

Is sexual morality for the upasaka basically not to defile virgins and take other men's wives? To my understanding, the essence of 'restraining from sexual misconduct' is not engaging in sexual activities which harm oneself or others. Meaning that if an upasaka can support several wives and/or conc...
by pitakele
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Savatthi/Shravasti: need advice
Replies: 9
Views: 173

Re: Savatthi/Shravasti: need advice

I visited Shravasti on one occasion for a few days in March, 2007. I stayed at Navajetavana Arama opposite the main gates of the historic Jetavana. The head monk was very kind in providing a room & food. However, it was quite noisy due to bus loads of Sri Lankan pilgrims arriving every day and I sha...
by pitakele
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 7 lives after stream entry
Replies: 188
Views: 2302

Re: 7 lives after stream entry

From Anguttara Nikaya ‘‘Chayimāni, bhikkhave, abhabbaṭṭhānāni. Katamāni cha? Abhabbo diṭṭhisampanno puggalo satthari agāravo viharituṃ appatisso, abhabbo diṭṭhisampanno puggalo dhamme agāravo viharituṃ appatisso, abhabbo diṭṭhisampanno puggalo saṅghe agāravo viharituṃ appatisso, abhabbo diṭṭhisampan...
by pitakele
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 7 lives after stream entry
Replies: 188
Views: 2302

Re: 7 lives after stream entry

From the Ratana Sutta Ye ariyasaccāni vibhāvayanti, Gambhīrapaññena sudesitāni; Kiñcāpi te honti bhusaṃ pamattā, Na te bhavaṃ aṭṭhamam ādiyanti; Idampi saṃghe ratanaṁ paṇītaṃ, Etena saccena suvatthi hotu. Those who clearly distinguish the noble truths, which have been well preached by the one with g...
by pitakele
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha allow people to bow down to him?
Replies: 16
Views: 312

Re: Why did the Buddha allow people to bow down to him?

Why did the Buddha allow people to bow down to him? Maybe the answer is similar to the reason Sri Lankans & other nationalities bow down (touch the feet) of those they respect, e.g. parents, teachers, elders. In the Mahāmangala Sutta, gārava is listed as a blessing and elsewhere in the suttas it is...
by pitakele
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1599

Re: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018

mikenz66 wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:56 pm
The https://suttacentral.net/ translation of the Pali Vinaya is fairly complete....
Thank you for the update! Much appreciated ✳️
by pitakele
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1599

Re: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018

Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:49 pm
So kinda like accesstoinsight 2.0.
How about vinaya and abhidhamma?
Afaik, the ATI translations are far from exhaustive. It would be good if there were complete free translations of the Vinaya & Abhidhamma also.
by pitakele
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1599

Re: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018

Not to belittle such a laborious activity, but what was wrong with the translations of Bikkhu Bodhi and Maurice Walshe? Ven. Sujāto's main motivation (I think) was to provide a complete free translation of the suttas to accompany the Pali texts on Sutta Central - in other words, to promulgate the D...
by pitakele
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 103
Views: 3201

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

Volovsky wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:17 am
I have found it myself:
Thank you. Did this also include the textual reference for the dukkata rule?
by pitakele
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 103
Views: 3201

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

Volovsky wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:45 pm
Where is it written (that suicide is a dukkata)?
Mahāvagga or Cūlavagga - when I have time I'll find the reference.

Edit: Not so easy to find the source, although it is somewhere in my hand written Vinaya summary from the past. Maybe someone else can recollect the location...
by pitakele
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 103
Views: 3201

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

Nwad wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:09 pm
Sottapana can not kill an Arya. Suicide is a murder.
Interesting point in the Vinaya is that murder is pārājika (defeat), whereas suicide is dukkata (offence of wrong doing). Always wondered how a dead person can confess an offence 😊
by pitakele
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 3576

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

I think I'm right in saying that nicotine is a physical addiction, and that there are physical withdrawal symptoms when you stop. I'd assumed that craving ( tanha ) can be both physical ( bodily ) and mental, given that tanha literally means "thirst". I would suggest that the physical withdrawal sy...
by pitakele
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 3576

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Nicotine is addictive, and it seems very unlikely that anyone would continue with such an unhealthy habit if there was no craving involved. I have never smoked, so am not aware of the pleasurable feelings or hankering nicotine may induce. However, another viewpoint is that an individual* may experi...
by pitakele
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 3576

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

That smoking is the very definition of craving is pretty obvious. Why did Ajahn Mun and other Thai forest monks continue smoking then? To my understanding, there is no way to definitely know there is craving in the mind of someone imbibing tobacco, betel etc. unless one possesses cetopariyāyañāṇa (...