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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: 36
Views: 2767

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: 36
Views: 2767

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: 53
Views: 3184

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: 53
Views: 3184

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.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?
Replies: 53
Views: 3184

Re: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?

Is your signature a vain threat of kammic retribution or is it true that liars go to hell?
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?
Replies: 53
Views: 3184

Re: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?

Disparaging the Noble Ones creates obstructive kamma that precludes any further progress on the path until one asks for forgiveness. This is not a threat. It is a warning. Preparatory Stage An additional rule is not to speak with contempt, in jest, or with malice to or about any of the noble ones wh...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?
Replies: 53
Views: 3184

Re: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?

3. Some Facts A Meditator Should Know There are many fake lights of wisdom practice spreading actively in the world and this is a cause for concern. The following information was gathered from a Burmese meditation teacher. Some time ago in a certain town in Burma, there was a prominent monk who tau...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Writing during the time of the Buddha
Replies: 9
Views: 699

Re: Writing during the time of the Buddha

Lekha Suttaṃ (A.i.283) Writing “Monks, three kinds of individuals can be found in the world. What three? An individual who is like writing carved in stone. An individual who is like writing scratched on the ground. An individual who is like writing traced in the water.¹ “What, monks, is the individ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 69014

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

One can choose to engage in fruitless debate, or one can choose to meditate, observing mental and physical phenomena to understand their dependent arising. As the Mahāsi Sayādaw said in his Discourse on Dependent Origination: “The third aspect of Dependent Origination is the absence of striving (avy...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 53
Views: 14588

Re: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala

Disentangling the Tangle

A shorter version of the Visuddhimagga. :reading:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

If we want to establish Buddhism in the West we have to give up attachments. Let those who wish use Bhante, let those who wish use Bhikkhu, let those who wish use Ajahn, let those who wish use Venerable, let those who wish use Sayādaw, etc. I have heard other expressions, e.g. sir or mate, but I usu...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Very Last Feast Of The Crocodiles
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: The Very Last Feast Of The Crocodiles

Ūmībhaya Sutta — The Peril of Waves “There are four perils, monks, to be anticipated  by one who enters the water. What four? The peril of waves, the peril of crocodiles, the peril of whirlpools, and the peril of fierce fish. ... “And what, monks, is the peril of crocodiles? Herein, monks, one who ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 53
Views: 14588

Re: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala

The War on Error was updated on 9/11/18 with a new section on The Right to Cause Offence

Perhaps someone could start a thread discussing the value of patience?
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw
Replies: 55
Views: 18709

Re: Books by Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw

A number of the books are now available in Epub Format for those who prefer to read on hand-held devices.