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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Existentialism/Postmodernism/etc. vs Realism
Replies: 165
Views: 3956

Re: Existentialism/Postmodernism/etc. vs Realism

It is pretty obvious that you're all just going around in circles. The purpose of the Dhamma is to slow down and put a stop to saṃsāra. What is the point of a coming to a Buddhist forum just to argue the toss? Avijjāya tv·eva asesa·virāga·nirodhā saṅkhāra·nirodho; With the complete passionless cessa...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery
Replies: 14
Views: 2493

Re: Aussie Buddhists - 6 min documentery

Hugging mothers is an offense then, but less serious than using a urinal, or chewing noisily (both forbidden in the patimokkha rules). All three offences are of the same grade — offences of wrong-doing (dukkaṭa). Chewing noisily is no offence if it is unintentional. Standing up to use a urinal is n...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4229
Views: 255042

Re: the great vegetarian debate

In fact, it is pretty obvious that the Buddha ate meat, and allowed his monks to do so too.

See the story of General Sīha offering meat as alms, which was the occasion for the laying down of the Vinaya rule about meat-eating.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Spanking Children in Buddhism
Replies: 69
Views: 1855

Re: Spanking Children in Buddhism

The Bodnariu Family are now reunited with their children. Such cases are not unique to Norway, although that has, I believe, a strict "No spanking" policy. Here in the UK, children sometimes get taken away without due cause, but it is much more common to hear cases of children being killed when they...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is unvirtuous Sangha an immeasurable field of merit?
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Is unvirtuous Sangha an immeasurable field of merit?

There is a nice story in the Vinaya texts of a certain monk who, while walking for alms, saw a billy goat bowing his head down, and thought, “He is paying homage to me.” He soon realised that he was mistaken!
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: suffering is inseparable from nirvana?
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: suffering is inseparable from nirvana?

How can we realize nirvana when it is an unconditioned state, but everything we experience is necessarily conditioned? It is true. Everything we have ever experienced is conditioned, but nibbāna is unconditioned (asaṅkhataṃ). Nevertheless, it exists and can be realised by fully understanding condit...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is unvirtuous Sangha an immeasurable field of merit?
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Is unvirtuous Sangha an immeasurable field of merit?

An explanation can also be found in the Venerable Ledi Sayādaw's Dhamma Dīpanī where he explains about Saṅghikadāna.

In offering or paying homage to a less than perfect individual monk, one should reflect on the Simile of the Good House
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: suffering is inseparable from nirvana?
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: suffering is inseparable from nirvana?

We can say that there can be no realisation of nibbāna (3rd Noble Truth) without thoroughly understanding suffering (1st Noble Truth), and abandoning its cause of craving (2nd Noble Truth). The way to do this is by cultivating the Path (4th Noble Truth).
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1354

Re: What is "mind"?

Is the forum that you have created open to lay practitioners? The forum is open to anyone who wants to learn what the Buddha taught from the Theravāda perspective. Meditators who are not interested in practising the Mahāsi method would be better off posting elsewhere to discuss the Goenka method, P...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Spanking Children in Buddhism
Replies: 69
Views: 1855

Re: Spanking Children in Buddhism

Someone who's never had children might not be accurately making that conclusion. If I could contact a Buddhist parenting organization located in an Asian country, that would be really great. Someone who had twenty children might not draw an accurate conclusion either. I meet a lot of parents, and o...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4229
Views: 255042

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Thank you, Bhikkhu, for the clarification. If we aren't dependent on alms for food, are we condoning the slaughter of animals by purchasing food from the slaughter of animals? In buying that food, aren't we providing the money they need to continue slaughtering more animals? Are you condoning the u...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Great Theravada Locations
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Great Theravada Locations

Chanmyay Yeikthā is another good place to practice Mahāsi style vipassanā meditation. I spent many happy months at the Hmawbi branch centre and another long period at the Sayādaw's root centre in Kaba-Aye, Rangoon.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1354

Re: What is "mind"?

Some of the discussions have seemed truly focused on the Path, and they have been quite helpful. Other discussions seem questionable, seemingly adding to confusion, delusion, conflict and agitation, not fostering learning, peace, unity or Liberation. Yes, for a long time I have been urging others t...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4229
Views: 255042

Re: the great vegetarian debate

But he did teach the 3-fold rule, the intention of which was to reduce the additional slaughter of animals for food. No; the rule would have no affect on the slaughter of animals for food. People who are willing to slaughter an animal to offer alms to a monk are also willing to slaughter it to eat ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Spanking Children in Buddhism
Replies: 69
Views: 1855

Re: Spanking Children in Buddhism

One will catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Skilled parents never spank their children. The Buddha prescribed various punishments for monks who broke the rules, but none of them involve physical beatings, locking up, or withdrawing of food. A monk who has committed a serious offence such...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Experience with Vipassana
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Re: Experience with Vipassana

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1354

Re: What is "mind"?

Don't turn into a Berkeleyan on us, (or Homer Simpson)...we need some stability around here! :heart: I think we need some pragmatism around here. All this hair-splitting does not help to remove suffering. Buddhism is neither a religion, nor a philosophical system. It is a practical path leading to ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1354

Re: What is "mind"?

What is mind? No matter!
What is matter? Never mind!
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Meaning for these terms ?
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Meaning for these terms ?

What it says is: An Exposition of the Dhammacakka Sutta “Dveme, bhikkhave, antā pabbajitena na sevitabbā. Katame dve? Yo cāyaṃ kāmesu kāmasukhal­likānuyogo hīno gammo pothujjaniko anariyo anatthasaṃhito, yo cāyaṃ atta­kilam­athānuyogo dukkho anariyo anattha­saṃhito. Ete kho, bhikkhave, ubho ante anu...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Spanking Children in Buddhism
Replies: 69
Views: 1855

Re: Spanking Children in Buddhism

I don't think that a teaching supporting the king on punishing criminals can be used to justify spanking children, nor even to condone cruel punishments. The law of the land is not the business of monks. There is a rule against punishing novices by beating them being an offence of wrong-doing. The B...