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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 24, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice
Replies: 5
Views: 69

Re: Some thoughts on anapanasati practice

What matters is does your practice make you a better person, does it lead to seeing clearly, does it remove defilements, are you being mindful? I think that is a good approach and this is what i have been taught to do. How does one measure these things? How does one measure whether one is becoming ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 22, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 48
Views: 735

The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravāda Buddhism

Bhaddanta Vicittasārābhivaṃsa The Great Chronicle of the Buddhas VII Chapter on Miscellany Edited and Translated by Professor U Ko Lay and U Tin Lwin, Yangon, Myanmar Veneration to the Exalted One, the Homage-worthy, the Perfectly Self-Enlightened One Miscellaneous Notes on the Perfections For the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 22, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 134
Views: 1860

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

Even "Theravada" does not guarantee Right View nowadays, not to speak of Mahayana. This is the more concerning thing. Right-view has never been guaranteed, not even for disciples of the Buddha while he was alive. Bhikkhus Sati , Ariṭṭha and others held wrong-views, which needed to be corr...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 22, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 134
Views: 1860

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

Is this skilful means, getting people closer to the Pure Land?

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat May 20, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we bridge the two vehicles?
Replies: 42
Views: 992

Re: Can we bridge the two vehicles?

It keeps amazing me how so many people (of different sects and groups) claim to be following the "true" teachings of the Buddha when we all know that the Buddha (if he ever lived) died hundreds of years before any of his teachings were recorded in writing and that it is AFAIK humanly impo...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 19, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we bridge the two vehicles?
Replies: 42
Views: 992

Re: Can we bridge the two vehicles?

Santi253 wrote:Would you teach meditation to a Mahayana Buddhist who had no interest in converting to Theravada Buddhism? If not, why not? :anjali:

I have taught meditation to Sikhs and non-Buddhists, so why not Mahāyana Buddhists. As long as they follow the instructions given, there is never a problem.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 19, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5291

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Sangha=group of monks Not in this context. Sangha = the ariyasaṅgha, the Noble Ones. Then the Blessed One addressed the Venerable Ānanda, saying, “It may be, Ānanda, that in some of you the thought may arise, ‘The word of the teacher has ended, we no longer have a teacher!’ However, Ānanda, you sho...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 18, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Dāna
Topic: Ordination Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 158

Re: Ordination Gift?

A jar of honey is a fairly safe bet, unless he is diabetic.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 18, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Gāmi/Gāmiñca & the "-ñca" suffix
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: Gāmi/Gāmiñca & the "-ñca" suffix

"ca" just means "and." When combined with a preceding niggahita, ṃ, then it becomes ñca. Kathamaṃ + ca > kathamañca = "and what" gāmi means "going" as in anāgāmi, one not coming back, a non-returner. asaṅ­kha­ta­gāmiñca maggaṃ = and the path going to the uncon...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 18, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: immeasurable beings five precepts
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: immeasurable beings five precepts

For someone who does not follow the five precepts, there is no evil that they cannot do, and no limit to the number of other living beings they can harm. Quite apart from the first precept, where the harm is obvious, e.g. spraying plants to get rid of aphids, or using rat poison, swatting bugs, etc....
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 17, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What is size limit for attachments?
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: What is size limit for attachments?

Most image viewers will let you change the image size and re-save the file at its smaller size. Around 600 pixels wide is big enough for most purposes here, and will become a file which is well under the upload limit. True, but if you want to retain the highest quality image without reducing the re...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue May 16, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What is size limit for attachments?
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: What is size limit for attachments?

You may need to remove some attachments. ;)
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue May 16, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What is size limit for attachments?
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: What is size limit for attachments?

The limit seems to be 0.5 Mbytes: 517 Kbytes was too large. Use the RIOT plugin for IrfanView to reduce images to the target size. JPG compresses well. For other file types, compress them with 7-Zip (I attach a nice free font, compressed in 7z format. Upload large files to DropBox and post a link, o...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue May 16, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Debate Of King Milinda
Replies: 35
Views: 3177

Re: The Debate Of King Milinda

My edition reads: 3. Then the king said, “Venerable sir, will you dis­cuss with me again?” “If your majesty will discuss as a scholar, yes; but if you will discuss as a king, no.” “How is it then that scholars discuss?” “When scholars discuss there is a summing up and an unravelling; one or other is...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 15, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we bridge the two vehicles?
Replies: 42
Views: 992

Re: Can we bridge the two vehicles?

There is only one Noble Eightfold Path, not two, or a hundred. There are hundreds or thousands of diverse schools, sects, and nikāyas. Each tradition has its own peculiarities, stuff that never was taught by the Buddha, but invented later. It serves no purpose to talk about bridging the gap between ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 15, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Continuing the practice behind the PC
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Continuing the practice behind the PC

Get up and walk more often. For health reasons it is very bad to sit for long periods without exercise. Many of us do it, but if you're getting neck and back pains, then it is likely that you sit far too long.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 15, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 134
Views: 1860

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

If one were to claim that Mahayana is superior to Theravada, that wouldn't really be true from a Mahayana perspective. This is because the Lotus Sutra teaches that all the Buddha's disciples, without exception, who "settle" on arahantship will ultimately attain full Buddhahood. This is no...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 15, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 134
Views: 1860

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

I am not asking that anyone believe the teachings of Mahayana Buddhism and neither would I ever want to do so on this forum. I am only asking, in a forum entitled "Connections to Other Paths," that the actual teachings of other paths are described fairly and accurately. May you be happy a...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun May 14, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 134
Views: 1860

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

The only thing I dislike about a forum like this is that, even though it's entitled "Connections to Other Paths," it's composed of certain people who seemingly aren't really interested in understanding what other paths actually teach, and would rather perpetuate their misunderstanding and...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat May 13, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: And, oh boy, does it shoot!
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: And, oh boy, does it shoot!

It makes me wonder what happens when Pope Francis canonises schoolchildren :stirthepot:

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