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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hi
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: hi

Well, you got as far as joining this forum so you cannot be fully unenlightened.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: any fast way of burning up karma?
Replies: 21
Views: 332

Re: any fast way of burning up karma?

Read the description in the Visuddhimagga on the practice of loving-kindness (metta) from page 291 onwards. It deals with how to get rid of anger/hate. To start with, he should review the danger in hate and the advantage in patience. 2. Why? Because hate has to be abandoned and patience attained in ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: your home altar/shrine
Replies: 193
Views: 74301

Re: your home altar/shrine

This is my current shrine.
34B Shrine.jpg
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Next Emperor
Replies: 8
Views: 491

Re: The Next Emperor

In ancient times World-turning Monarchs lived by Dhamma. When the lineage of that noble practice was broken, the life-span of human beings declined, and all manner of wickedness increased.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Next Emperor
Replies: 8
Views: 491

The Next Emperor

As the Emperor was getting old, and had no children, he called together the children of all his courtiers and gave them each a seed. He told them, “Whoever grows the best flower will be the next Emperor.” The children all took their seeds home, planted them, and watched over them carefully. The son ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

Use whatever free time you have to practise. If you have one hour, walk for 20 minutes noting each part of the steps in detail, then sit for 40 minutes noting the rising/falling movements. During the day, practise during quiet moments. I meditate regularly when going out for alms, sitting on the bus...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?
Replies: 24
Views: 504

Re: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?

1. Manussacutiniraya Suttaṃ (S.v.474) Deceased Human Beings Reborn in Hell Then the Blessed One picked up a small amount of dust on the tip of his fingernail and said to the monks: “What do you think, monks, which is greater? This small amount of dust on my fingernail, or the great earth?” “Venerab...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 553

Re: Humour - wrong speach?

Always remember that kamma is intention. If some people don't get it and take offence at satire that is their bad kamma, not yours. The target of the How to beat your wife skit, is the wicked teaching that says it is acceptable to beat your wife. Of course, if humour pokes fun at others in a cruel a...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Upcara Samadhi and its powers
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: Upcara Samadhi and its powers

I have read on many Buddhist posts about upcara samadhi also known as access concentration which is near to first jhana and the experiences of various meditators in it. Read about the Vipassanā Jhānas that arise from access concentration. The concentrated state of mind that is free from the five hi...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

Is it only practical to note all day only during retreat? I just do not have time to schedule a 10 day retreat unfortunately and was wondering if there were any venues as to how I could note all day. Was wondering if i should just find time to note? Obviously I will set aside 1-2 hour for formal no...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

It is not practical to note precisely throughout the entire day while engaged in a typical lay life. If you're doing a job that entails discursive thinking then just pay attention to doing that job well. If you're laying bricks, working in a factory, cutting grass, or doing any kind of work that is ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 553

Re: Humour - wrong speach?

The Buddha said: “Having slain mother and father and two warrior kings, and having destroyed a country together with its chancellor, a Saint goes ungrieving .” (Dhammapada verse 294) “Having slain mother and father and two brahmin kings, and having destroyed the perilous path, a Saint goes ungrievin...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why three times ?
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: Why three times ?

It is not social convention. The Buddha did not always ask three times, or wait until he was asked three times before replying. It the case of Tālapuṭa it was clearly intended to prepare him for the painful truth: “Are you sure that you want to know the truth about this.” In the case of the Buddha's...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 553

Re: Humour - wrong speech?

salayatananirodha wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:46 pm
Satire can be a powerful tool to ridicule wicked practices: How to Beat Your Wife
even so, this seems like dishonesty; several people in the comments say they didn't immediately know it's satire
Sarchasm = the enormous gap between those who get it and those who do not.