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by pilgrim
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 15
Views: 241

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

Why not? Some texts are ambiguous and the Commentaries gives you a perspective of the early Buddhists. For eg what would one do with this verse without Buddhaghosa explaining what they mean. Dhammapada Verse 295: Having killed mother, father, the two brahmin kings and having destroyed the hindrances...
by pilgrim
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Pa Auk Sayadaw
Replies: 8
Views: 260

Re: Pa Auk Sayadaw

Among the Buddhist meditation circles in Asia, he is regarded as one of the most important teachers if not the pre-eminent living master today.
by pilgrim
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: samatha retreats/teachers
Replies: 18
Views: 445

Re: samatha retreats/teachers

Pa Auk sayadaw in Burma. His students also teach in monasteries in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia
by pilgrim
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Information about Abhidhamma
Replies: 19
Views: 396

Re: Information about Abhidhamma

This is very informative and deserves a larger audience.
by pilgrim
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest monasteries in North America
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Thai forest monasteries in North America

There two monasteries call themselves Forest Monasteries.
Dhammasala Forest Monastery
http://dhammasala.org/wp/

Sarasota Forest Monastery
http://www.sarasotaforestmonastery.org/about/
by pilgrim
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1092

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

On a related matter, I think many monks on alms round in the west will receive fruits like whole apples and oranges. How do they deal with this, in view of the Vinaya injunction against consuming live fruits with seeds? Are monks allowed to peel or cut these fruits up themselves?
by pilgrim
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1092

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

This was written recently for you and others. It is about the legality of alms in the USA and probably other Western countries as well. https://subhuti.withmetta.net/2018/07/12/is-collecting-alms-pindapata-legal/ Great to see you here Bhante. I've been enjoying your writings since the early days of...
by pilgrim
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known

When someone tells you not to disclose who gave you this information, it is another way of saying I can't defend what I tell you so don't tell anyone it was me who told you.
by pilgrim
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1092

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

The Thai and western monks at the Sarasota Forest Monastery in Florida have a daily alms round.
http://www.sarasotaforestmonastery.org/ ... s-round-1/
by pilgrim
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1092

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

Bhikkhu Subhuti, an American monk has lived without money for 17 years and for the last 6 months have lived off alms in Hawaii. He writes regularly on his experiences on his blog. Here, he talks about his initial experiences in Hawaii and his pindacara experiences. "This past Tuesday, someone came u...
by pilgrim
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Touching Money
Replies: 31
Views: 517

Re: Touching Money

Thanks Robert. Could you cite the sutta please? and would you know the Pali word translated as money here?
by pilgrim
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Touching Money
Replies: 31
Views: 517

Re: Touching Money

I thought that the Buddha made the rule against touching gold and silver because that was the currency of that time. But the story of the monk requesting for the kahapana indicates that money already existed then. So why did the Buddha make that rule only against gold and silver ?
by pilgrim
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Excellent testimonial by a bhikkhuni
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Excellent testimonial by a bhikkhuni

Most articles regarding ordination are about bhikkhus. This video is an excellent testimonial by a bhikkhuni, the Ven Munissara and I thought it should be here to facilitate anyone searching for such info. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk9J-wciYYI&feature=player_embedded Meta search tags: Nuns ord...
by pilgrim
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Sankhara and Avijja cease when Nama-rupa ceases?
Replies: 25
Views: 455

Re: Will Sankhara and Avijja cease when Nama-rupa ceases?

Logically, it is the other way round. When Avijja ceases, consciouness ceases. Hence nama-rupa ceases.
by pilgrim
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vedana best translated as feeling emotion or sensation ?
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: Vedana best translated as feeling emotion or sensation ?

In many suttas (AN 8.83 Kim Mulaka sutta), the Buddha says Vedana-samosarana sabbe dhamma - Everything that arises in the mind is accompanied by sensation. So it doesn't matter which sense door contact arises. All contact will give rise to sensations, but some so weak that we don't notice them in ev...