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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 10, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Prediabetes
Replies: 33
Views: 525

Re: Prediabetes

Venerable Hammalawa Saddhātissa used to control his diabetes with Bitter Gourd blended as a juice.

If you find that unpalatable, it is much easier to eat if fried (but less effective).
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue May 08, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Isn't Asking for Money a Violation of Vinaya?
Replies: 14
Views: 275

Re: Isn't Asking for Money a Violation of Vinaya?

Even if it is freely offered, accepting money is a violation of the Vinaya rule, let alone asking for it. Donations can be offered to a charitable trust that runs a temple, or to a personal attendant (a lay person) who looks after his needs for travel, etc., inviting him in this way: “Venerable Sir,...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is more important: Saving a life or not breaking a patimokkha rule?
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: What is more important: Saving a life or not breaking a patimokkha rule?

The Vibhaṅga does not discuss the issue of bhikkhus who intentionally make active contact with women for purposes other than lust or affection — e.g., helping a woman who has fallen into a raging river — but the Commentary does. It introduces the concept of anāmasa, things carrying a Dukkaṭa penalt...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 941

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

boundless wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:26 pm
What about people who do not believe in rebirth or think that "no rebirth" is the "more likely scenario" and lead a "good" life? Do they accumulate "mixed" kamma, i.e. "good" from deeds and "bad" from views?
See the Apaṇṇaka Sutta — The Incontrovertible Discourse
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: May someone tell me who this is?
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: May someone tell me who this is?

Amulets are a scam. It is not the Buddha's teaching that such trinkets can bring good luck. If you treat the image of the Buddha or other saints with reverence that is the wholesome kamma of reverence, which brings good results, but no magic is involved. If you want to get good results, make good ef...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between God's plan and Kamma?
Replies: 56
Views: 848

Re: What is the difference between God's plan and Kamma?

Buddhists don't know what kamma they did in the past, but we reflect on the law of kamma to come to terms with misfortune. Pious Moslems (and Christians) reflect that it is God's Plan . Looked at in this way, the concepts are very similar. Both are ways of rejecting blind chance as being an unsatisf...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: RIP Stephen Hawking
Replies: 33
Views: 1143

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking's Ashes to be Interred in Westminster Abbey alongside Darwin and Isaac Newton.

Ironic for a well-known Atheist to be honoured by the Christian church in this way.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Does negative thinking matter?
Replies: 37
Views: 746

Re: Does negative thinking matter?

Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, you find it’s easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which changes how p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: RIP Stephen Hawking
Replies: 33
Views: 1143

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

I think you're being pedantic



Stephen Hawking talking about Brian Cox.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 13
Views: 1248

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

Virgo wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:52 pm
Venerable sir, a bar does not appear on the right to scroll down for this Sutta, although it does for the other ones that have the necessary length for one.
Thanks, but please use my forum for feedback. Posts here may be missed for some days.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 13
Views: 1248

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

Added the Gotamī Sutta — A Discourse to Gotamī

Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī requests the going-forth and eventually obtains it by accepting the eight weighty rules after the intervention of Ānanda on her behalf.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a nice copy of the Jataka Tales.
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Looking for a nice copy of the Jataka Tales.

Sacred Buddhist Texts is very dated now (Published in 1895), but is the only comprehensive translation of the Jātaka Commentaries that I know of.

You can find An Index and very brief summaries in the Dictionary of Pali Proper Names.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Now foreigners can ordain and train in Malaysia
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: Now foreigners can ordain and train in Malaysia

I can heartily recommend it. Aggacitta Bhikkhu studied Pāḷi thoroughly at Wat Tamao in Lampang, Thailand, and was the able interpreter for Sayādaw U Paṇḍita on his three-month retreat taught at Barre Mass. The published edition of the talks given by the Sayādaw in that retreat can be seen in my foru...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 13
Views: 1248

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

I added a couple more discourses today: The Sīha Sutta Sīha Sutta , a discourse that shows that the Buddha ate meat, and that a Stream-winner (General Sīha) can purchase meat. The Sedaka Sutta protect yourself from dukkha by practising mindfulness, and protect others from dukkha by practising patien...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: add moderator to foes
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: add moderator to foes

Behave more moderately. Don't be so pushy. :stirthepot:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away
Replies: 8
Views: 644

Re: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away

185. The Blessed One further exhorted the monks, saying, “Behold, monks, I exhort you, saying, all compounded things must decay (vayadhammā saṅkhārā). Strive with diligence (appamādena sampādetha). The final demise of the Tathāgata will take place before long. Three months from now the Tathāgata wi...