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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Quotes that can fit in facebook profile bio?
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: Dhamma Quotes that can fit in facebook profile bio?

Do not believe something just because it is cited in a text. (A.i.188) = 67 chars Do not believe something solely on the grounds of logical reasoning. (A.i.188) = 78 chars. Do not believe something just because you like the idea. (A.i.188) = 66 chars All living-beings are sustained by food. (A.v.50...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New moderator: Sam Vara!
Replies: 32
Views: 526

Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Please accept my sincere commiserations. :stirthepot:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: how is idle speech defined for lay followers
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: how is idle speech defined for lay followers

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:17 pm
what is a shaggy dog story @_@
If you don't know, then you don't need to know, but it's always useful to know about GIYF.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: how is idle speech defined for lay followers
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: how is idle speech defined for lay followers

The commentaries describe it as talk without benefit. It is one of the ten unwholesome kammas (dasākusalakammapaṭhā) that can lead to the lower realms. Ledi Sayādaw, in his Maggaṅga Dīpani describes it thus: Abstinence from Frivolous Talk There are certain plays and novels that are of no benefit; th...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed and karma
Replies: 27
Views: 501

Re: Greed and karma

I understood “intention is kamma” as “intention is action” in the sense of intention being the root of all action (“intending, one acts”), kind of like “birth is dukkha”, and so intention and kamma/action being equivalent in a sense. Is it wrong understanding? It seems more of a semantic question, ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed and karma
Replies: 27
Views: 501

Re: Greed and karma

Kamma means action. I recently saw Gombrich make this mistake in a video, so you're in good company. However, kamma means intention or volition, not action. Kamma can be made at the mental level alone with covetousness, ill-will, and wrong-view, or with generosity, loving-kindness, and entertaining...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Authenticity of Jātaka
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: Authenticity of Jātaka

This forum believes in the reincarnation of past members with new identities.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: cult of vipassanā?
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: cult of vipassanā?

Dhammabodhi wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:52 am
What you perceive as cultish behaviour is a few over-zealous practitioners who haven't understood Goenkaji's message
q.v. Family Guy on Buddhism

Christopher Titmuss makes some valid points.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: question about gītassara sutta!
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: question about gītassara sutta!

The Thais, oddly enough, have chosen to name one of their styles of chanting after the very thing one isn't supposed to do. That is incorrect. The sarabhañña style (intonation) is allowable: Tena kho pana samayena bhikkhū sarabhaññe kukkuccāyanti. Bhagavato etamatthaṃ ārocesuṃ. “Anujānāmi, bhikkhav...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: question about gītassara sutta!
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: question about gītassara sutta!

What do you think about the following? I don't like that one either. This Burmese Sayādaw chants clearly, and his videos are linked to from the Paritta Sutta pages on my site. There are also audio versions by other sayādaws, e.g. by Sayādaw U Vicittassāra (the first Tipiṭakadhāra Sayādaw and chief ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: question about gītassara sutta!
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: question about gītassara sutta!

This one cited on Sutta Central is an example of what is wrong with a long drawn out intonation. Although the Pali can be understood, the singing is distracting. [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b24zifhs58s[/media] The chanting by Dambagolle Sudassi is excellent. [media]https://www.youtube.com...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: question about gītassara sutta!
Replies: 15
Views: 317

Re: question about gītassara sutta!

The key point is that the meaning of the text gets lost. The example given above is not a problem in my view as the Pāḷi is clearly recognisable as such. Sarabhañña intoning, a particular mode of reciting Vin I.196; II.108, 316; J II.109; DhA I.154 Here are some examples that I reference to show wha...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Desiring the unhapiness of some beings.
Replies: 18
Views: 363

Re: Desiring the unhappiness of some beings.

Try practising compassion (karuṇā) instead of loving-kindness (metta). Evil-doers are already very unhappy, and much more in need of compassion that those who usually do good deeds. “Thus, Kālāmas, that noble disciple with a mind thus free from enmity and ill-will, undefiled and purified, gains four...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Books by Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: Books by Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 49
Views: 11604

Re: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw
Replies: 34
Views: 5379

Re: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Books by Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw
Replies: 53
Views: 15620

Re: Books by Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names
Replies: 21
Views: 4550

Re: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names

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