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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhist Books for Recycling
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Buddhist Books for Recycling

The books may all be gone by tomorrow. Someone from the Freecycle website has asked to pick them up. I cannot now offer all of them, but if you want one, please let me know at once.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhist Books for Recycling
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Buddhist Books for Recycling

I am clearing out my cupboards and have a number of books that I am unlikely to ever read. I access most material online, and only need a few reference works like Bhikkhu Bodhi's Translations. I don't want the hassle of packaging and posting them - it takes too much time to queue at the Post Office,...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi method new york
Replies: 6
Views: 99

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: 629

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: 344

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: 208

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: 1003

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: 293

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: 990

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: 1271

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: 846

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...