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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did the Buddha disciples get to memorize everything?
Replies: 9
Views: 167

Re: How did the Buddha disciples get to memorize everything?

Venerable Ānanda was gifted with a photographic memories. I suspect that other monks had to practise recitation regularly. At the time it was the normal way to learn, that is to memorise by heart and recite. Like with most skills, with practice it becomes easier. Nowadays, lifelong monks may start l...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 411

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

There are four modes of progress:
  1. Slow and painful
  2. Slow but not painful
  3. Fast but painful
  4. Fast and not painful
Pain and suffering depends on how strong the craving is, speed depends on how well developed the five powers are: i.e. faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is the monastic suicide topic overrated?
Replies: 16
Views: 316

Re: Is the monastic suicide topic overrated?

I believe that you started your own Dhamma forum and it discontinued due to not enough discussions. :D I closed it due to too much spam: most newly registered users were spammers. I spent more time removing spammers than responding to the occasional genuine posts. A lot or little discussion is fine...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is the monastic suicide topic overrated?
Replies: 16
Views: 316

Re: Is the monastic suicide topic overrated?

Nearly all of the threads on this forum are overrated if the number of replies is how you're measuring their importance. Way too much time is wasted by all discussing useless things instead of learning Dhamma or practising meditation. Starting yet another topic to discuss another topic is a good exa...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Please Help me This Difficult Question !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: Please Help me This Difficult Question !!!

The Kūṭadanta Sutta of the Dīghanikāya also rates a series of actions as more meritorious than perpetual alms-giving: taking refuge, observing five precepts, etc., culminating in attaining Arahantship.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Casual tinder sex?
Replies: 24
Views: 690

Re: Casual tinder sex?

With casual sex via a dating app, how do you know that the person is not married or in a long term relationship? If they are, they probably won't mention it. Even if there is consent, if they are in a long-term relationship, the third precept is broken. In my opinion, ignorance is no defence in this...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Among the Twelve Nidānas, why does Avijjā lead to Saṅkhāra?
Replies: 18
Views: 329

Re: Among the Twelve Nidānas, why does Avijjā lead to Saṅkhāra?

Sensual pleasure is the source of happiness for most people. Nibbāna as the extinction of mind and matter is undesirable and the way to it appears arduous and painful. So people seek to gratify their desire through bodily, verbal, and mental action. Some of these actions may be ethical and others m...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What decides my choices and actions?
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: What decides my choices and actions?

This seems to be a question about free-will. Whether we decide to do good or evil at a particular time depends on conditions. If we cultivate a habit of stealing, whenever an opportunity to steal without getting caught presents itself we will steal. However, if we cultivate a habit of observing the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dhamma VS Vinaya - ist MILK an allowable drink or not?
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Dhamma VS Vinaya - ist MILK an allowable drink or not?

The relevant passage seems to be in paragraph 159. aṭṭha pānāni — ambapānaṃ, jambupānaṃ, cocapānaṃ, mocapānaṃ, madhupānaṃ, muddikapānaṃ, sālukapānaṃ, phārusakapānaṃ. Eight drinks: mango-juice, rose-apple-juice, cocoa-nut-juice, banana-juice, honey-juice, grape-juice, sāluka-juice, and a bitter flowe...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The path to the 6 th precept
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: The path to the 6 th precept

I think this is a question for your GP. Advice on the Internet might not be applicable to your case.

Does your doctor recommend porridge oats as a source of carbs instead of wheat-based products?
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts
Replies: 29
Views: 4444

Re: 8 Precepts

If you are trying to keep the 8 precepts at home, what do you sleep on? I just took delivery of three buckwheat husk filled zabutons. They are ideal for meditation cushions, and double-up to use as a mattress. They adjust to your body shape, and don't pollute the planet like foam cushions or spring...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?
Replies: 40
Views: 1087

Re: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?

The only difference between ear and eye consciousness is the object of consciousness, sounds and sights respectively. This is plainly wrong. You cannot hear through your eyes, nor see through your ears. The six types of consciousness are differentiated by their sense-bases as well as their objects.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")
Replies: 79
Views: 1652

Re: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")

Seems like even the mahasi method is struggling to maintain pure concise teaching. It seems clear that most of not all theravaden branches are struggling to maintain the essence of dhamma, and few will do the work. It seems to me that maintaining standards is always going to be a struggle. Swimming...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")
Replies: 79
Views: 1652

Re: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")

Correctness of the Method People come to practise mindfulness meditation in your centre with full confidence in you. So it is vital that meditation instructors should teach, instruct and guide the meditators precisely and fully to enable them to attain concentration and insight. You must instruct t...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A monastics thoughts of the path of the bodisattva
Replies: 19
Views: 985

Re: A monastics thoughts of the path of the bodisattva

Please see The Great Chronicles of the Buddhas (The Commentary on the Cariyāpiṭaka) by Sayādaw U Vicittasārābhivaṃsa.

I think the Sayādaw knew rather more about the Theravāda teachings than most of us.