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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 15, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anuttara SammāSambodhi vs Nibbana
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Anuttara SammāSambodhi vs Nibbana

The Arahant has the tenth of the Ten Special Powers of a Tathāgata — a Fully Enlightened Buddha. Some Arahants have the other powers to some extent, but none to the fullest extent of a Buddha.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue May 14, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Oral tradition V Writing
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: Oral tradition V Writing

The oral tradition is more reliable than writing, that is why the Buddha used it. Think for one minute, would a fully enlightened Buddha who wished to preserve his teachings for as long as possible not use the most reliable method available? Writing was certainly known in his time. Those who are ign...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue May 14, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anuttara SammāSambodhi vs Nibbana
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Anuttara SammāSambodhi vs Nibbana

They are different things. Anuttara Sammāsambodhi = Incomparable Perfect Enlightenment. Only a Sammāsambuddha like Gotama Buddha realises this. It is called Awakening because it dispels ignorance and delusion by realising the truth regarding the mental and material processes, causes and effect, and ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue May 14, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi instructions and the interview process
Replies: 15
Views: 2782

Re: Mahasi instructions and the interview process

This video by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu is helpful to explain the purpose of the mental noting.

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat May 11, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others
Replies: 46
Views: 1452

Re: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others

Just the other day I was listening to a dhamma talk by a respected monk and he said the Buddha is always in first jhana no matter what. I shook my head and disqualified that teacher. Don't be so quick to judge. There is much truth in the statement. The Buddha Never Neglected Jhāna Hemavata asked wh...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 06, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'
Replies: 5
Views: 596

Re: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'

Blood Pressure tests should be done when relaxed. It is recommended to sit and rest for five minutes before starting the test. Test both arms. For more accurate results, test twice and average the readings. Blood Pressure varies throughout the day. It will be lower in the morning after a good rest, ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 06, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Should nuns and monks be political?
Replies: 54
Views: 2133

Re: Should nuns and monks be political?

Monks and nuns should be mindful, and teach the practice of mindfulness. It is OK to advise others how to live in harmony with others, and how to work for the greater good of society. Politics looks outwards at society in general and at the behaviour of other people in particular. It thinks that suf...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 06, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 3146

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

Not-self (anatta) is not a theory. It is a description of reality, an explanation of how rebirth is possible according to the doctrine of dependent origination. See Four Points to Bear in Mind about Dependent Origination. Mind and matter are governed by laws of cause and effect. The so-called self i...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 06, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Edit past posts
Replies: 12
Views: 651

Re: Edit past posts

No time limit is fine for mature people.

If people don't behave like responsible adults, their editing/posting rights should be removed.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 1329

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

The Dhamma is timeless (akāliko). As soon as one stops clinging to something, suffering caused by that clinging ceases. To abandon all clinging is difficult, but any wise person can abandon at least some of it. Abandon a little to have a little less suffering; abandon a lot to have a lot less suffer...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 64
Views: 7583

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

Kamma just means action - it's the fruit of the action which you should be concerned about. In other words thoughts are just thoughts you can choose to act upon them or not. Are you sure about that? Urr, yes. You say so yourself below. Perhaps I should have gone into more detail but I have a beginn...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 2983

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

One key passage on this topic is at the end of the Sangārava Sutta: M.ii.213. 485. Evaṃ vutte, saṅgāravo māṇavo Bhagavantaṃ etadavoca — “Aṭṭhitavataṃ bhoto Gotamassa padhānaṃ ahosi, sappurisavataṃ bhoto Gotamassa padhānaṃ ahosi; yathā taṃ arahato sammāsambuddhassa. Kiṃ nu kho, bho Gotama, atthi devā...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.
Replies: 13
Views: 1018

Re: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.

Six ways of killing that result in defeat: The Vibhaṅga defines taking life as “cutting off the life faculty,” and the Commentary’s discussion of this point shows clearly that this means interrupting the continuity of life before it would reach its “timely” end through the exhaustion of the victim’s...