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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 64
Views: 7064

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

Kamma just means action - it's the fruit of the action which you should be concerned about. In other words thoughts are just thoughts you can choose to act upon them or not. Are you sure about that? Urr, yes. You say so yourself below. Perhaps I should have gone into more detail but I have a beginn...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 67
Views: 1299

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

One key passage on this topic is at the end of the Sangārava Sutta: M.ii.213. 485. Evaṃ vutte, saṅgāravo māṇavo Bhagavantaṃ etadavoca — “Aṭṭhitavataṃ bhoto Gotamassa padhānaṃ ahosi, sappurisavataṃ bhoto Gotamassa padhānaṃ ahosi; yathā taṃ arahato sammāsambuddhassa. Kiṃ nu kho, bho Gotama, atthi devā...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.

Six ways of killing that result in defeat: The Vibhaṅga defines taking life as “cutting off the life faculty,” and the Commentary’s discussion of this point shows clearly that this means interrupting the continuity of life before it would reach its “timely” end through the exhaustion of the victim’s...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.

The mind of someone who is inclined to voyeurism is remote from attaining jhāna, let alone psychic powers. There is a story from the Commentaries about the Bodhisatta being a hermit with psychic powers. One day, he entered the palace for alms by flying through the sky. The queen got up suddenly and ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ledi Sayadaw claiming jhana not necessary for path/fruit?
Replies: 28
Views: 618

Re: Ledi Sayadaw claiming jhana not necessary for path/fruit?

I rarely post on Dhamma Wheel now due to the endless contentious disputes maintained by those with strong opinions. I sometimes comment when I see wrong views being promoted. The late Venerable Ledi Sayādaw is rightly revered nearly a century after his demise. He was one of the leading figures in th...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Consumption of alcohol containing products
Replies: 14
Views: 291

Re: Consumption of alcohol containing products

Intention is not a factor in this case. For monks, the precept is broken whether one knows or does not know before taking food containing alcohol. If it smells or tastes of alcohol, then it is unsuitable and should not be taken. It is a fallacy that most of the alcohol is destroyed by cooking. If yo...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 17
Views: 2873

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 17
Views: 2873

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

Added the Kevaṭṭa Sutta on the three kinds of mystic wonders. Added the Bhaddekaratta Sutta My translations are now available as collections from each nikāya as PDF files. Dīghanikāya — Selected discourses from the Long Discourses of the Buddha. Majjhimanikāya — Selected discourses from the Middle L...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 17
Views: 2873

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

Added the Aggivaccha Sutta

A Discourse on Fire to Vaccha. Answer to "Where does the Tathāgata go after death?" etc.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 17
Views: 2873

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

Added the Mahātaṇhasaṅkhaya Sutta.

This long discourse was to Bhikkhu Sāti who held a wrong-view regarding the transmigration of consciousness.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 4048

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-cigarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Both Non-Returners and Arahants are completely free from sensual desire, but if those famous forest monks were indeed highly attained Noble Ones it is possible that they continued smoking out of habit. See the story of Pilindavaccha . He was an Arahant who persisted in calling people as outcaste (va...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 4048

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

When I first became a Buddhist I learnt that “Craving is the cause of suffering.” It was quite obvious to me that I smoked cigarettes due to craving for nicotine. I therefore gave it up after about four weeks. Whether such addictive substances as betel or tobacco break the fifth precept is a moot po...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?
Replies: 54
Views: 3906

Re: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?

Some key points about this thread. The title chosen by Sarath W is typical . It is designed to court controversy, which seems to be the main purpose of this forum now. A better approach would be: "I am trying to practise the Mahāsi method: Can anyone offer some guidance?" If you're not interested in...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?
Replies: 54
Views: 3906

Re: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?

Quoting respected elders or the texts and commentaries is not violating the Terms of Service.

Disparaging specific traditions used to be at one time, but it seems to be fine nowadays.