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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 32
Views: 760

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

I have gone for alms in London for many years, but it is quite unlike traditional alms-round in Asia. When staying at the Burmese Vihāra in Wembley, the Indian Vihāra in Southall, and the Sri Lankan Vihāra in Ilford, I went for alms to various local houses, ate my meal in the house, and then returne...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?
Replies: 30
Views: 607

Re: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

One person's vipāka is the manifestation of his or her past kamma. Being abused is vipāka; abusing others is kamma. All beings inherit their own kamma, they do not inherit the kamma of others. Book of Ones “It is impossible, monks, it cannot happen that bodily misconduct could give a desirable, enjo...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi method new york
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Mahasi method new york

Give the Bergen Street NY centre a call on Tel: (718) 622-8019 to get up-to-date information. Such centres often cater primarily for the Burmese community, but I lived for several years with Sayādaw U Paññāthia who is still listed as one of the monks there. His English is plenty good enough to teach...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 10, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Prediabetes
Replies: 33
Views: 761

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: 380

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: 251

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: 1182

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 (Archive)
Topic: May someone tell me who this is?
Replies: 6
Views: 316

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: 1124

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 (Archive)
Topic: RIP Stephen Hawking
Replies: 33
Views: 1332

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.