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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Incest.
Replies: 7
Views: 231

Re: Incest.

See the origin of the Sakyan race for Okāka.

Not that this support incest. The quote above from the dīghanikāya clearly warns against it.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Hindi chanting book
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Hindi chanting book

I suspect that you could compile your own from Tipitaka.org if you know your way around the Tipiṭaka.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 1696

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

What is matter? Never mind. What is mind? No matter. Is this a very old Simpsons quote? Awesome! It is much older than the Simpsons. Allegedly, first made by George Berkley . Debating such issues is immaterial. Practise insight meditation to gain analytical knowledge of mind and matter (nāmarūpapar...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 1696

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

What is matter? Never mind.
What is mind? No matter.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 356

Re: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?

The Vinaya rules were laid down only when they were needed, so the first rule of sexual intercourse was based on events that occurred before the second, third, and fourth offences of defeat. Similarly, the event of Seyyasaka masturbating presumably occurred before the event of Udāyin engaging in lus...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: BBC article on ex-monk
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: BBC article on ex-monk

Anyone know anything about Wat prae tam ma ram and what kind of meditation they teach?
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?
Replies: 25
Views: 938

Re: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?

This quote comes under Pācittiya 74 on giving a bhikkhu a blow out of anger. Non-offences. According to the Vibhaṅga, there is no offence for a bhikkhu who, trapped in a difficult situation, gives a blow “desiring freedom.” The Commentary’s discussion of this point shows that it includes what we at ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?
Replies: 25
Views: 938

Re: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?

Buddhism is pragmatic. If a bhikkhu is being held against his will or threatened with death or injury he is allowed to give his assailant a blow in order to escape. That would likely be a strong blow, and might (perhaps) result in the death of his assailant, but if there is no intention to kill, the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong translations in English version of Ledi Sayadaw's Nibbana Dipani (The Manual of Nibbana)
Replies: 19
Views: 508

Re: Wrong translations in English version of Ledi Sayadaw's Nibbana Dipani (The Manual of Nibbana)

I have uploaded several Unpublished Works by the late Venerable Ledi Sayādaw to my website. They are in Open Document (OpenOffice/LibreOffice) format if anyone wants to read them.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong translations in English version of Ledi Sayadaw's Nibbana Dipani (The Manual of Nibbana)
Replies: 19
Views: 508

Re: Wrong translations in English version of Ledi Sayadaw's Nibbana Dipani (The Manual of Nibbana)

I see that I stopped work on my edition of this book in September 2016 after getting about half way through a first draft. I don't even know the name of the translator. The task is probably best undertaken by someone who knows both Burmese and Pali. My Burmese is not nearly good enough for translati...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1333

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

The Buddhist path avoids the two extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification. Epicureanism is therefore incompatible with the Buddha’s teaching. The Buddhist Kāma Sutta is quite different to the Hindu Karma Sutra: Translation “One who desires sensual pleasures, having succeeded in his aims...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What happends if i drink alcohol?
Replies: 19
Views: 597

Re: What happends if i drink alcohol?

From A Talk on Intoxicants and Gambling In the Book of the Eights of the Gradual Sayings, the Buddha teaches: “Monks, drinking intoxicants, if done frequently or habitually, leads to rebirth in hell, rebirth as an animal or as a hungry ghost. At the very least, the result of this evil deed when born...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 1673

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

I've never claimed that I don't need teachers. I only seek teachers...I'm just confused about why it would allegedly be harmful to practice more than one meditation style (practicing Vipassana at one point in the day and Transcendental Meditation at another point) If you do not follow the teacher's...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 1673

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

If you follow any kind of training it is important to follow the teacher's instructions, otherwise it will be hard/impossible for them to gauge your progress and give appropriate advice to ensure progress. Correctness of the Method People come to practise mindfulness meditation in your centre with f...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Some Challenges I'm Having with Theravada
Replies: 26
Views: 625

Re: Some Challenges I'm Having with Theravada

The short form is summed up in a single phrase my wife said to me with regards to my interests in Buddhism when she has grown up in it her whole life: "I want to live and enjoy the present, not spending all my time obsessed with what the next life will bring." Unfortunately this seems to be what pe...