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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 52
Views: 730

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

From the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta The Twin Sal Trees The Blessed One proceeded with a great company of monks to the Sal Grove of the Mallas at Kusinārā, on the other side of the river Hiraññavati, and on arriving there he addressed the Venerable Ānanda, saying, “Spread for me, Ānanda, a bed facing nort...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: UNESCO Declares Myanmar’s Ancient Buddhist Temple City Bagan a World Heritage Site
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: UNESCO Declares Myanmar’s Ancient Buddhist Temple City Bagan a World Heritage Site

Amazing how devout and religious those so-called “pagans” were to build so many pagodas and temples in Pagan.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the consciousness experience nibbana ?
Replies: 57
Views: 721

Re: Does the consciousness experience nibbana ?

The types of consciousness known as path (maggacitta) and fruition consciousness (phalacitta) have nibbāna as their object. Some quotes from the Debate of King Milinda on nibbāna. 8. “Is cessation nibbāna?” “Yes, O king. All foolish worldlings take pleas­ure in the senses and their objects; they fin...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: is a monk allowed to handle a check?
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: is a monk allowed to handle a check?

A monk or nun accepting a cheque for the Trust or his Kappiya fund would not be running errands for lay people. He or she is performing a service for the Sangha.

Refer to the Buddhist Monastic Code for the rule about picking up money.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: B.sujato translates 'metta' as 'love'. That's horrible, and it's wrong.

The blog reminds me of this passage from the Mahāsi Sayādaw's discourse on the Vammika Sutta. Although it is on the topic of metta, it is lacking in good-will. Translation is not an exact science, but an art. In his discourse on the Vammika Sutta , the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw relates the following ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: is a monk allowed to handle a check?
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: is a monk allowed to handle a check?

On a side-note. A monk is allowed to handle money or gold and silver, indeed he is obliged to, in this case: A lay person drops or leaves some money or other valuables (e.g. a mobile phone or jewellery) in the vihāra or in the monastery compound. A monk must pick it up, and keep it in a safe place, ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: is a monk allowed to handle a check?
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: is a monk allowed to handle a check?

A monk can accept a cheque for the organisation that supports him or the community, or for a kappiya fund. A kappiya ("one who makes allowable) is a lay steward or Trustee who looks after the funds. If the monks require anything, they can tell the kappiya or supporting Trust what they need. They can...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: STED "I'm the owner of my actions": kamma-s-saka: It's karma, sucka!
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: STED "I'm the owner of my actions": kamma-s-saka: It's karma, sucka!

Get yourself a copy of the CST4 Tipitaka and do a search. I found these entries for variations of kammassak* in the Suttanta Piṭaka: 2 times in Uparipaṇṇāsa, Majjhimanikāya 7 times in Pañcakanipāta, Aṅguttaranikāya 4 times in Dasakanipāta, Aṅguttaranikāya 1 time in Jātaka 2, Khuddakanikāya 2 times i...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding something someone has lost
Replies: 14
Views: 344

Re: Finding something someone has lost

Punishment by the law, whatever religion it is based on, does not wave off the result of kamma. Whether one gets caught, tried, and convicted or acquitted, the result of kamma will run its course. Getting caught and convicted might encourage genuine contrition, and a change of heart, leading to the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding something someone has lost
Replies: 14
Views: 344

Re: Finding something someone has lost

It is also theft in the UK.

Finders Keepers
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What is size limit for attachments?
Replies: 27
Views: 2487

Re: What is size limit for attachments?

The forum limit is still 500K for PDF files.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 31, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Let's play a game: Russian doll, ditch the books, cel phone, paper and pencil
Replies: 13
Views: 472

Re: Let's play a game: Russian doll, ditch the books, cel phone, paper and pencil

Too much thinking is bad for you. Just memorize one verse.

“Blind is this world. Few are those who see clearly.
As birds escape from a net, few go to a blissful state.” (Dhp v 174)

Contemplate on the inevitability of death, and the uncertainty of life to remove attachment.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 16, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dealing with death and grief.
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: Dealing with death and grief.

They usually offer alms or do other meritorious deeds in memory of the departed, and share the merit with them. See the Tirokudda Kanda

The Salla Sutta is a very helpful reflection for dealing with grief.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 15, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Abortion sources
Replies: 23
Views: 2843

Re: Abortion sources

Bumping up this topic, with the reminder of the intent of this thread: In addition to sources already cited, anything from the canon related to the birth process & the termination in the womb of that entity; also any teachings on kammic results of such. “Here, brahmin youth, a certain woman or man ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 15, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anuttara SammāSambodhi vs Nibbana
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Anuttara SammāSambodhi vs Nibbana

He was able to attain supreme enlightenment due to having developed the Perfections (pāramī) for 91 aeons.