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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 155
Views: 1411

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Part of the risk associated with wandering off the ancestral territory of the Dhamma , is the obligation to keep up with what's current and true in worldly matters... The Twitter update of June 4th says that the Lancet retracted the paper because the results could not be independently peer-reviewed...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 155
Views: 1411

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Similarly, have you been told that Donald Trump told people to drink bleach or fish tank cleaner? One can watch his comments oneself , one does not have to rely on hearsay, and make up stories about telling people to drink bleach or use fish tank cleaner, just because some people did do that follow...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 155
Views: 1411

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

It is not a monk’s duty to get involved in politics, but it is our duty to speak Dhamma, and to speak about ethics and morality. I comment on videos about Donald Trump’s latest outbreak of foot-in-mouth disease for two main reasons, and one minor reason: To oppose lies, racism, hate speech, and dang...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: I think even small lie will take to hell...
Replies: 9
Views: 176

Re: I think even small lie will take to hell...

One cannot simplistically lump all evil deeds together and say that even a small evil has the same result as a major evil deed. The Buddha advised not telling a lie even for a joke, but the Buddha’s teaching encourages analysis. Even the same evil deed done by two different individuals gives vastly ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rāhula
Replies: 20
Views: 289

Re: Rāhula

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such thing in dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 178

Re: Is there such thing in dhamma?

The greater the attachment the greater the suffering. The pleasure from meditation focuses on the qualities of the Triple Gem, or loving-kindness/compassion, etc., are not difficult to achieve for an ordinary person with faith, but the pleasure is superior to sensual pleasures. By all means cultivat...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun May 31, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 22
Views: 4774

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat May 30, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: shocked to see sariputta is a reincarnation of Hindu god Krishna
Replies: 17
Views: 317

Re: shocked to see sariputta is a reincarnation of Hindu god Krishna

I am sure that most of the great Arahants have been various devas in previous lives, but only during the Buddha's time did they become enlightened. So, if Vāsudeva was later reborn as Sāriputta, another deva now has the job of convincing Hindus to worship him. The king of this or that heaven is just...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat May 30, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What the Buddha Taught
Replies: 58
Views: 900

Re: What the Buddha Taught

I think the best way has not been mentioned yet. Studying at the feet of a teacher. The Caṅkī Sutta describes the process of awakening to the truth. Intellectual understanding to attain mundane right view comes after learning the Dhamma, bearing it in mind, and reflecting on the meaning. “When he ha...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 29, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: shocked to see sariputta is a reincarnation of Hindu god Krishna
Replies: 17
Views: 317

Re: shocked to see sariputta is a reincarnation of Hindu god Krishna

The Jātaka Commentary mention several of Sāriputta's Previous Lives, but none mention the Hindu god Krishna.

Always give your sources if you can. There is a lot more misinformation out there than there is information.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 29, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: bahusaccena
Replies: 10
Views: 162

Re: bahusaccena

Do you know if "learning" is therefore an acceptable translation; and if so, how we would know that it is appropriate here rather than "much truth", which would seem distinctly odd? :anjali: Yes. It is clearly an acceptable translation. To know whether it is appropriate or not we should study the C...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 29, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: bahusaccena
Replies: 10
Views: 162

Re: bahusaccena

The translation by Venerable Nārada is very similar “Not by mere morality and austerities, nor by much learning, nor by developing concentration, nor by secluded lodging, (thinking) ‘I enjoy the bliss of renunciation not resorted to by ordinary people,’ should you rest content without reaching the e...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 28, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 22
Views: 4774

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

Uposatha Sutta (27/5/2020) Sakka Sutta (23/5/2020) Abhabba Sutta (21/5/2020) Kula Sutta (21/5/2020) Bala Sutta (2) (20/5/2020) Nālanda Sutta (18/5/2020) Ānanda Sutta (16/5/2020) Kula Sutta (15/5/2020) Khettūpama Sutta (13/5/2020) Asibandhakaputta Sutta (12/5/2020) Isidatta Sutta (11/5/2020) Sīvaka ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 27, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhist time measurements
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: Buddhist time measurements

I have just uploaded a translation of the Uposatha Sutta given to Visākhā, where the lifespans of the deities in the sensual realm are given. The highest of these realms is the Paranimittavassavati Deva Loka, with a life span that calculates to 9.2 Billion years. The Rūpa and Arūpa realms last even ...