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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")
Replies: 79
Views: 1873

Re: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")

Seems like even the mahasi method is struggling to maintain pure concise teaching. It seems clear that most of not all theravaden branches are struggling to maintain the essence of dhamma, and few will do the work. It seems to me that maintaining standards is always going to be a struggle. Swimming...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")
Replies: 79
Views: 1873

Re: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")

Correctness of the Method People come to practise mindfulness meditation in your centre with full confidence in you. So it is vital that meditation instructors should teach, instruct and guide the meditators precisely and fully to enable them to attain concentration and insight. You must instruct t...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A monastics thoughts of the path of the bodisattva
Replies: 19
Views: 1132

Re: A monastics thoughts of the path of the bodisattva

Please see The Great Chronicles of the Buddhas (The Commentary on the Cariyāpiṭaka) by Sayādaw U Vicittasārābhivaṃsa.

I think the Sayādaw knew rather more about the Theravāda teachings than most of us.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 524
Views: 12866

Re: Monastics and suicide

This topic has been discussed to death in several threads. It might be best to read some of the previous threads first, before continuing here.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Working in a supermarket... wrong livelihood
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: Working in a supermarket... wrong livelihood

It is not wrong-livelihood to work in a supermarket, or even to serve wine in a restaurant, unless one earns a commission for selling more. See the Vaṇijjā Suttaṃ on wrong-livelihood for Buddhists. There is a previous topic that discusses this at some length. Check your intention. One can break prec...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks go traveling ?
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: Can monks go traveling ?

Monks can go anywhere they need to, as long as they follow the Noble Eightfold Path. On Sight-seeing “Having seen a form one loses mindfulness. Getting involved in the attraction of it, one feels the onset of desire that tries to imbibe it.” “A multitude of passions such as covetousness and vexation...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In which language Buddha was conversing ?
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: In which language Buddha was conversing ?

Read the article about Pali on Wikipedia.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why it is called wheel of Brahma ?
Replies: 19
Views: 640

Re: Why it is called wheel of Brahma ?

As the footnote says: Comy.: The Wheel of Brahma (brahmacakka) is the supreme, best, most excellent wheel, the Wheel of the Dhamma (dhammacakka). This has two aspects: the knowledge of penetration (pativedhañana) and the knowledge of teaching (desanañana). The knowledge of penetration, by which the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the tāvatiṃsā or gods of the Thirty-Three?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: What is the tāvatiṃsā or gods of the Thirty-Three?

See The Questions of Sakka

Sakka is the king of Tāvatiṃsa, and as a Stream-winner is regarded as the guardian of the religion. The Burmese New Year (Thingyan) celebrates Sakka's supposed descent to earth.

It is the second of the six Kāmavacara Celestial Realms.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is offering alcohol, drugs and smokes etc to a friend or another person, making demerits for your self?
Replies: 34
Views: 1304

Re: Is offering alcohol, drugs and smokes etc to a friend or another person, making demerits for your self?

Negative kamma can be made in the mind only with lustful, angry, or deluded thoughts. There is no offence against the Vinaya that can be committed by mind only.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 63
Views: 2416

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

It is an offence of formal meeting to touch a woman with lustful intent. It is an offence of wrong-doing to touch a woman with affection. The behaviour of the Dalai Lama seems to be an offence under this rule, but not knowing his mind with my mind, I am not qualified to say that he has affection in...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is simple anapanasati sufficient for Enlightenment?
Replies: 25
Views: 625

Re: Is simple anapanasati sufficient for Enlightenment?

form wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:40 pm
Bhante, how do u define insight?
Rightly understanding the three characteristics: impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and not-self.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is simple anapanasati sufficient for Enlightenment?
Replies: 25
Views: 625

Re: Is simple anapanasati sufficient for Enlightenment?

But doesn't anapanasati necessarily entail mindfulness of the five aggregates? We begin focusing on our breath and then we allow our attention to be drawn to impulses arising from these aggregates and are mindful of them as they vanish. Ānāpānassati does not necessarily lead to insight. It is a med...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Suttas about castes
Replies: 10
Views: 602

Re: Suttas about castes

“Here, brahmin youth, a certain woman or man is obdurate and conceited — he or she does not pay homage to those deserving homage, does not stand up, does not offer a seat, does not step aside from a path, does not show honour, respect, reverence, or worship to one who deserves it. Due to that kamma,...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is simple anapanasati sufficient for Enlightenment?
Replies: 25
Views: 625

Re: Is simple anapanasati sufficient for Enlightenment?

Now, Paṇḍitārāma Sayādaw has become perhaps the foremost and most successful among many Myanmar Sayādaws teaching vipassanā who have won world-wide renown. When Sayādaw came to the Kuala Lumpur monastery where I was, I took the opportunity to put Mary Shimoda’s questions to Sayādaw. Firstly, “Did th...