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by Dhammanando
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 684
Views: 45521

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

The pronunciation of the Middle Indic Prākrit called Pāli cannot be inferred from modern Sinhala pronunciation any more than Classical Latin's pronunciation can be inferred from modern Romanian pronunciation. Quite right! It is from how they are pronounced by modern Englishmen —not Romanians— that ...
by Dhammanando
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 723

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

StormBorn wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:57 pm

Do you have any clue for why BS wants a new translation?
He states his reasons here...

http://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/tra ... ikayas/341
by Dhammanando
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 26
Views: 1807

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:01 pm

Tomorrow I'll post instructions
Apologies for the delay. The instruction file is on my laptop, whose battery is unfortunately flat and whose power cable is not working. I'll post the guide next week when the new cable comes.
by Dhammanando
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 26
Views: 1807

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Attached is the file for 31-day memorising of the Dhammapada. Tomorrow I'll post instructions on the method.
Dhammapada.pdf
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by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 26
Views: 1807

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

im interested in the dhammapada:) I'm personally shooting for the Dhammapada. I know a mnemonic technique that will help you, but may I first enquire how much time per day you are able and willing to devote to it? There are about fifteen-and-a-half thousand syllables in the Pali text of the Dhammap...
by Dhammanando
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Self and Control
Replies: 16
Views: 544

Re: The Self and Control

But seriously, again, do you have a goeloe? What the hell is a goeloe? (I googled it, nothing came up.) It sounds like it might be a Welsh version of a gostak. :) "Suppose someone to assert: The gostak distims the doshes. You do not know what this means; nor do I. But if we assume that it is Englis...
by Dhammanando
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control and Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 792

Re: Birth control and Buddhism

Can you refer me to any source that says this kind of contraception is acceptable? As there wasn't any such means of birth control in the Buddha's day unsurprisingly there are no canonical teachings on the subject. So all we have are personal opinions ( attanomati ). Mine, as already stated, is tha...
by Dhammanando
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?
Replies: 23
Views: 617

Re: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?

But I would still be curious if the term "tenfold path" as such is found in the Suttas. I don't believe that it is. Not in the suttas, but just once in the commentaries we find the eightfold path + right knowledge and right liberation referred to as the "tenfold path" ( dasaṅgikamagga ). It's in th...
by Dhammanando
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control and Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 792

Re: Birth control and Buddhism

If we can be a good Theravadin non-vegetarian Buddhist then why we can't be a good lay person who uses contraception, is there any difference? As I've already said, as far as abstention from killing is concerned there's nothing morally problematic about contraceptives, i.e., methods employed to pre...
by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 51
Views: 1236

Re: Jambudipa

I could explain in length hoping you'd understand. However, I think its better if I can guide you to understand the problem yourself. Excuse me for having to answer a question with another question! There’s really no need to apologise, for I didn’t ask you any question at all. I cited a Sinhalese c...
by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 51
Views: 1236

Re: Jambudipa

The entire Buddha history including the Askoka empire is from Sri Lankan Chronicles. The historians used the Sri Lankan ones to build a history for India. None of Indian history is based on Indian works. That's not so. In their reconstruction of the history of Indian Buddhism modern historians use ...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever state flatly...
Replies: 29
Views: 1067

Re: Did the Buddha ever state flatly...

[...] What we call ‘desire’ in English corresponds to so many different things in Pali that any statement to the effect that “the arahant has ended desire” cannot be accepted without considerable qualification. The things corresponding to ‘desire’ in the Buddha’s teaching can be broadly divided int...
by Dhammanando
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?
Replies: 191
Views: 39459

Re: The Satipatthana Sutta a forgery?

New to the conversation. What is the status of the Maha Satipatthana, which mirrors most of the Satipatthana, and is used widely in Burma and American meditation centers? Despite its slightly misleading title, this thread is actually about the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta. It's concerned with the thesis ...
by Dhammanando
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever state flatly...
Replies: 29
Views: 1067

Re: Did the Buddha ever state flatly...

But with the Buddha he extinguished all desire and aversion and went on to eat, drink, sleep, presumably avoid unnecessary painful situations (he didn't lie in the sun until he was blistered and near death, for example), teach others, invent rules, etc. So, without using textual gymnastics and pick...
by Dhammanando
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control and Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 792

Re: Birth control and Buddhism

It's not to abort the developing of fertilized egg because nothing to abort. AFAIK, birth control pills work in three ways, stopping sperm and egg from meeting, stopping the ovulation and they thin the inner lining of the uterus in case the first and second method fail. Other form of birth control ...