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by BKh
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Hello I'm interested in information preferably in the sutras regarding multiple ordinations with different teachers.
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Hello I'm interested in information preferably in the sutras regarding multiple ordinations with different teachers.

So you asked your question in terms of the Suttas. In the time of the suttas there was no concept of different ordination with different teachers. Why would there be if the Buddha is your teacher? Ordination is a Vinaya matter. But still, there is no concept of this because your preceptor/teacher fo...
by BKh
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What sutta actually equates 8 spokes of a Dhamma Wheel with noble eight fold path?
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: What sutta actually equates 8 spokes of a Dhamma Wheel with noble eight fold path?

I'm not aware of any in the Pali root texts. Could it be a later Mahayana thing?

Side note... Have you ever considered including a list of all the abbreviations you use in your signature. That way we wouldn't have to install a frankkAbbr.dat package every time we want to read your posts. ;-)
by BKh
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The Cost of Ordination
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: The Cost of Ordination

In Sri Lanka, a visa for foreign monks is free This is not true. It may have been true at one time in the past but it is not true at the moment(July 2019). It's possible in the past that individual officers may have waived the fee, but now everything is computerized so it can't happen. Immigration ...
by BKh
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: As described in the Suttas: Why would a butcher sit at a crossroad to cut a cow into pieces?
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: As described in the Suttas: Why would a butcher sit at a crossroad to cut a cow into pieces?

It's a great question. In my mind I always visualized him sitting in the middle of no where by himself, at an intersection. But that actually makes no sense. I think folks are quite right that it is probably more just a shop of some kind in a commercial area. In India today butchers are much more ou...
by BKh
Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Translation error in MN 10
Replies: 23
Views: 650

Re: Translation error in MN 10

Are personal pronouns like 'I', 'me', 'my' not used in Sinhala, showing respect to anatta ? Linguisticaly Sinhala is what's known as a super-drop language. If, through context, the meaning can be understood it is perfectly acceptable in spoken Sinhala to drop subjects, objects, etc. It's not consid...
by BKh
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are the ways in which a monk can disrobe or be disrobed?
Replies: 18
Views: 896

Re: What are the ways in which a monk can disrobe or be disrobed?

So, I think this should serve as a warning to people who have the idea to ordain and start wandering in the forest without proper training. There are many stories about monks getting ordained without even a basic knowledge of vinaya and have found themselves in sanghadisesa or worse parajika. In sho...
by BKh
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 1005

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

I think you may be missing part of the subtlety of this topic. I think the question may be posed in such a way that it is hard to have a discussion about the topic. This notion of "elites" that I think you are referring to has more to do with opinions in a modern worldview. Personally I don't belie...
by BKh
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: FYI: Monks DO NOT get a free visa when entering Sri Lanka
Replies: 1
Views: 2775

FYI: Monks DO NOT get a free visa when entering Sri Lanka

I've seen many people say that monks entering Sri Lanka do not have to pay for a visa. This is no longer true. They must either get the visa on line in advance or have someone traveling with them pay for it at the airport. Although possible, it is not easy to have a supporter enter the airport and m...
by BKh
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Script Converter
Replies: 16
Views: 929

Re: Script Converter

Hello! Just used your tool in a real world situation and it worked perfectly. A suggestion for a future feature... I often need to use the original script and the transliteration in a tri-linear situation, as would, I suspect, many others. If there was a way to output the original and transliterate...
by BKh
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Majjhimānikāyasutta about afterlife
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: Majjhimānikāyasutta about afterlife

I believe you are looking for the Payasi Sutta, DN 23

https://suttacentral.net/dn23/en/sujato
by BKh
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Script Converter
Replies: 16
Views: 929

Re: Script Converter

It will convert any of the scripts to any of the others. Just click on the dropdown menu at the top right and select one of the romanised schemes (there are several to choose from). This is Lanna converted to IAST: Ahh! got it. This is great. One suggestion 18-12-12 06_30_01-Aksharamukha.png The pl...
by BKh
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Script Converter
Replies: 16
Views: 929

Re: Script Converter

I've been working on a nifty tool to converter between 60+ Indic scripts including Brahmi, Kharoshthi, Devanagari, Khmer, Sinhala and other romanization formats. I'm afraid I'm missing something. I put some Sinhala in the top part (නමෝ), it auto detects as Sinhala, but when I click the double arrow...
by BKh
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the yardstick to determine a monk as Theravada?
Replies: 39
Views: 2583

Re: What is the yardstick to determine a monk as Theravada?

My understanding is Bhikkhu Bodhi got some affiliation with Mahayana but he still a Theravada monk? He has lived in several Mahayana monasteries in the US for quite some time. The first was lead by a Mahayana monk who wanted Bhante Bodhi to teach Pali suttas to the lay people there. At the second M...
by BKh
Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Wisdom Publications sale: 40% off of all their books
Replies: 6
Views: 1724

Re: Wisdom Publications sale: 40% off of all their books

It's also good to remember that when you buy the digital version not only are they DRM free (you can use them on any device) but they come with three formats: epub, mobi, and PDF. This is only true when you buy them through the Wisdom website.
by BKh
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2127

Re: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018

And the choices are made out of biases. Speaking of which... translating "sankharas" as "choices"? Really? Well, yes, I'm still using Ven. Bodhi versions too. Haven't found anything more precise yet. :reading: I agree choices sounds odd. But honestly "volitional formations" is not normal English. T...