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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Robes Made From Recycled Plastic
Replies: 15
Views: 229

Re: Robes Made From Recycled Plastic

It also seems monks are within their rights to sow robes made of discarded clothes, but it should be done for the reasons offered in the many suttas about this topic rather than the rather shallow act of being a conservationist. :stirthepot: Perhaps if we could sow robes made of discarded clothes w...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 55
Views: 19396

Re: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala

Observing the Uposatha

In the Uposatha Sutta of the Gradual Sayings, Book of Threes, the Buddha teaches his leading female lay disciple, Visākhā, about the three kinds of Uposatha Observance, while dwelling at the monastery donated by her.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it appropriate to ask a Bhikkhu for a blessing?
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Is it appropriate to ask a Bhikkhu for a blessing?

Is it appropriate to ask a Bhikkhu for a blessing? I was thinking of writing to a Bhikkhu-Teacher with some questions, and was wondering if is appropriate to ask for his blessing (and how should it be worded, if appropriate)? Also, would it be appropriate to include a check donation in with the let...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pull between differnt methods
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: Pull between differnt methods

This video may be helpful:

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 9514

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

It is not even worth debating. There are no reliable sources to backup these beliefs, and it is not connected with the goal. “Those things, Gotamī, regarding which you know, ‘These things lead to passion (sarāgāya), not to dispassion (virāgāya); to bondage (saṃyogāya), not to freedom from bondage (v...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names editions
Replies: 7
Views: 324

Re: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names editions

I have the Motilal edition printed in 2002. The binding is not strong. If you buy that, apply a protective cover with sticky-back plastic or whatever before it gets damaged.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names editions
Replies: 7
Views: 324

Re: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names editions

You can download a copy of the DPPN from the home page and save it to read when you're offline. Being able to search has significant benefits over a hard copy, e.g. a Search for Ojadīpa will find several references. One can search the offline edition using Windows Explorer, but it is a bit slower th...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 9514

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

My impression, bhante, is that the three visits of Gotama Buddha to Sri Lanka, along with those by the past Buddhas Kassapa, Koṇāgamana and Kakusandha, are universally accepted by traditionally-minded Asian scholar monks. The source of these visits is not limited to the Sinhalese vaṃsa texts but al...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 783
Views: 31942

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

To put the record straight, I have not been rude to you. I just pointed out your error, but even then I think you did not correct yourself and admit that you misread the earlier post. As for the feat of the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw I did not find much material about his feat of being able to flawles...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it possible to ordain in the Mahasi Sayadaw Tradition as a westerner?
Replies: 7
Views: 3760

Re: Is it possible to ordain in the Mahasi Sayadaw Tradition as a westerner?

I have not practised with the Pa Auk Sayādaw, and have no wish to. Some Facts a Meditator Should Know Criticisms of the pure vipassanā method are not uncommon. Several well-known monks have stated that it is not the right method because it does not develop absorption first, but proceeds directly to ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it possible to ordain in the Mahasi Sayadaw Tradition as a westerner?
Replies: 7
Views: 3760

Re: Is it possible to ordain in the Mahasi Sayadaw Tradition as a westerner?

smashpotato wrote: Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:20 amProbably the most well known one for westerners would be Pa Auk in Burma, but there are many others.
The Pa Auk Sayādaw does not teach the Mahāsi method.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Abortion
Replies: 119
Views: 23218

Re: Abortion

Ānanda Suttaṃ (S.iv.400) A Discourse to Ānanda on the Self 419. On one occasion the wanderer Vacchagotta approached the Blessed One, and having approached he exchanged friendly greetings. Having engaged in polite conversation he sat down at one side. Sitting at one said, the wanderer Vacchagotta sa...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 783
Views: 31942

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

To understand what faith or confidence (saddhā) means in the Buddhist context, one should study a few key passages:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ethical Trading as Right Livelihood
Replies: 16
Views: 1795

Re: Ethical Trading as Right Livelihood

Gambling, in the context of the Siṅgāla Sutta has six disadvantages: “There are these six dangers of addiction (anuyoga)⁶ to gambling that causes heedlessness. Winning begets enmity, the loser grieves over his loss, there is immediate loss of wealth, his word is not trusted in a court of law, he is ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ethical Trading as Right Livelihood
Replies: 16
Views: 1795

Ethical Trading as Right Livelihood

I found various previous old threads on Forex trading, Bitcoin, etc., and a reference to the Dighajanu (Vyagghapajja) Sutta . In particular, I was looking for a Sutta that compares trading and farming, saying that the former involves little work, while the latter involves much work. A Lay Buddhist s...