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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: May a bhikkhu wear a wrist-watch?
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: May a bhikkhu wear a wrist-watch?

If you meditate seriously you will realise that you do not need a watch, an iPhone, or a mobile. I have an alarm clock, but it stays on my desk when I go out. It is just a reminder that I need to get up. These days I don't even need to go out for alms, otherwise I need to keep a check on the time t...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: May a bhikkhu wear a wrist-watch?
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: May a bhikkhu wear a wrist-watch?

I think it comes under the heading of wearing jewellery; certainly a Rolex would.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?
Replies: 54
Views: 3677

Re: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?

Have you come across the sutta where some monks commit suicide or have themselves killed because they practiced the foulness of the body meditation and they were so disgusted by their bodies that decided to get rid of it? It could be a good candidate for a mistake. What do you think? No, he gave th...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Law of atraction and kamma
Replies: 13
Views: 872

Re: Law of atraction and kamma

The classic case of the law of attraction is found in the story of Roja the Malla, a childhood friend of the Venerable Ānanda who was indifferent towards the Buddha.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 40
Views: 1746

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

The Commentary to the Dīghanikāya (DA.ii.413) states: Tattha visākhā upāsikā vīsavassasataṃ jīvati, tathā pokkharasāti brāhmaṇo, brahmāyu brāhmaṇo, selo brāhmaṇo, bāvariyabrāhmaṇo, ānandatthero, mahākassapattheroti. Anuruddhatthero pana vassasatañceva paṇṇāsañca vassāni, bākulatthero vassasatañceva ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Householder Rejection of Monastics
Replies: 55
Views: 1326

Re: Householder Rejection of Monastics

I was going to quote some sources, but it seems that Robert K already quoted them both. This screenshot from the CST4 Tipṭaka shows numerous references to the Abhidhamma in the Mūla (root texts; not Commentaries) of the Suttanta and Vinaya Piṭaka. Many from the Milindapañha can be set aside, as that...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Householder Rejection of Monastics
Replies: 55
Views: 1326

Re: Householder Rejection of Monastics

This question is answered in depth in the Dhamma Dīpanī. Should One Avoid Shameless and Immoral Monks? Should those who know the truth about shameless and immoral monks refrain from associating with and paying respect to them? Does this agree with the verse in the Maṅgala Sutta that advises one to a...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: selling ice cream and right livelihood
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: selling ice cream and right livelihood

mario92 wrote: Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:55 pm Namaste i want to ask these questions regarding selling ice cream: Is it right livelihood? does it lead to being fat in the future (according to kamma)? Is it good to advertise ice cream?
Selling ice-cream is cool. 8-)
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Heretic
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: Heretic

Bhikkhu Bodhi, in his translation of the Titthāyatanādi Suttaṃ refers to the Titthi as sectarians, and in his notes describes them as the holders of the 62 views expounded in the Brahmajāla Suttaṃ. To me, a sect is a group that splits off from Buddhism. We could refer to the Mahāyāna or Pure Land sc...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Venerable Ananda discourse needed
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Re: Venerable Ananda discourse needed

Apparently, Venerable Ānanda became a Stream-winner after listening to the Ānanda Sutta (A.iii.118) given by Puṇṇa Mantāṇiputta. “Taṃ kiṃ maññasi, āvuso Ānanda, ‘Rūpaṃ niccaṃ vā aniccaṃ vā”’ti? ‘Aniccaṃ, āvuso’. Vedanā.. Saññā.. Saṅkhārā.. Viññāṇaṃ niccaṃ vā aniccaṃ vā’ti? ‘Aniccaṃ, āvuso’. Tasmātih...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: forex trading and buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 1217

Re: forex trading and buddhism

There is also the consideration that by choosing to invest in McDonalds you are profiting from the trade in meat, which would be a wrong livelihood (as would buying shares in weapons or alcohol manufactures or retailers). Businesses ((A.iii.208)) 177. “These five businesses, monks, should not be eng...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is slavery bad
Replies: 38
Views: 1018

Re: is slavery bad

Doesn't seem as though the slave class were prohibited from ordaining in ancient India, which is the time period being discussed in this thread. They were not allowed to ordain, unless permitted by their owner. In the examination of a candidate before ordination one of the questions is: “Are you a ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules
Replies: 23
Views: 879

Re: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules

You see monks holding a large fan in front of them when they are chanting in groups in public ceremony, those fans prevent them from accidentally looking at beautiful sexy women in front of them. Some women may be wearing low cut dress with cleavage showing. Those smooth lovely skin irresistible I ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retreats Food
Replies: 7
Views: 2505

Re: Retreats Food

Ben wrote: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:13 amMost of the 'new students' go nuts over the food.
When deprived of all other sensory stimulus even porridge and nuts seem delicious.

A less expensive (and vegan) alternative to honey is soft brown sugar, which is just regular cane sugar with added molasses. One can also use jageree.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules
Replies: 23
Views: 879

Re: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules

The grey area would be asking a kappiya or an attendant to hold the money on the monk's behalf in a bank account or even cash if not so much. There is no grey area in the rule itself. If the bhikkhu instructs the donor to give the money to a lay attendant, it is to be forfeited. If the donor asks i...