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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Strong Mantra's for evil thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Strong Mantra's for evil thoughts

“Sabbe sattā kammassakā, kammadāyādā, kammayonī, kamma­bandhū kammappaṭisaraṇā yaṃ kammaṃ karissanti kalyāṇaṃ vā pāpakaṃ vā tassa dāyādā bhavissanti.”
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 31
Views: 427

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

In recent months, I have added a number of translations of Selected Discourses to my website. If you want to discuss any of them, please join my forums and discuss there as I rarely visit Dhamma Wheel now. Abhiṇhapaccavekkhitabbaṭhāna Sutta Ekanipāta, Selected Chapters Bīja Sutta Caṅkī Sutta Cūḷaduk...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!! 2.0
Replies: 70
Views: 1798

Re: Joke!!! 2.0

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Books by Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw
Replies: 52
Views: 15349

Re: Books by Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw

A minor update to the Sallekha Sutta to improve translations of "appasutta" and "sandiṭṭhiparāmāsa"
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 48
Views: 11336

Re: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala

The War on Error was updated on 11th September with a new section.

The Dhamma is Very Profound
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Existentialism/Postmodernism/etc. vs Realism
Replies: 165
Views: 4191

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: 2586

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: 258321

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: 2008

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: 398

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: 291

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: 398

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: 291

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: 1444

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: 2008

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: 258321

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: 219

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: 1444

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...