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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What happened to mettanet.org?
Replies: 2
Views: 870

Re: What happened to mettanet.org?

You can find an alternative Tipitaka on Mahindrama.com
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Abortion.
Replies: 78
Views: 8048

Re: Buddhism and Abortion.

This case is certainly controversial. For monks, there is no doubt that we cannot recommend abortion (an offence of defeat for monks). However, excommunicating the doctors and others who procure an abortion is very uncompassionate, though I have to agree with the Catholic POV that killing the foetus...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:16 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Details of wrong view
Replies: 18
Views: 2651

Re: Details of wrong view

Spontaneous rebirth refers to rebirth in the heavens, in hell, or as hungry ghosts. Mother and father have a special relationship to us. Killing one's mother or father (like killing an Arahant) is an evil deed with definite result — rebirth in hell after death (see the story of Ajātasattu ). Killing...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka
Replies: 10
Views: 1985

Re: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka

The spelling is “Canon” not “cannon.” See The Four Great References in the Mahāparnibbāna Sutta. It is clear that the reputation of the monk or monks who are the source of the teaching is irrelevant, and should not be taken as proof of its authenticity. Any teaching should be compared with the Dhamm...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4714
Views: 340378

Re: some very specific vegetarian questions

1. Pāṇātipātīsuttaṃ 264. “Catūhi, bhikkhave, dhammehi samannāgato yathābhataṃ nikkhitto evaṃ niraye. Katamehi catūhi? Attanā ca pāṇātipātī hoti, parañca pāṇātipāte samādapeti, pāṇātipāte ca samanuñño hoti, pāṇātipātassa ca vaṇṇaṃ bhāsati — imehi kho, bhikkhave, catūhi dhammehi samannāgato yathābhat...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: meditation when sleepy
Replies: 6
Views: 3234

Re: meditation when sleepy

Always do some walking meditation before sitting, especially if you know you're feeling sleepy. The Benefits of Walking Meditation Both Venerable Moggallāna and Venerable Ānanda gained Arahantship on the back of doing walking practice for long periods — seven days and nights in the case of Venerable...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Looking for sariputta sutta
Replies: 8
Views: 1968

Re: Looking for sariputta sutta

An Excellent Man is Not Credulous The man who is not credulous, who knows the uncreate, who has cut off rebirth, who has destroyed all results, and expelled all desires, he is truly an excellent man. (Dhp v 97) Or maybe you're thinking of the Venerable Sāriputta's Lion's Roar in the Mahāparnibbāna ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 92161

Re: Dhamma book written by arahat?

On cultivating the Pāramī for Buddhahood see the link in my signature to the Buddhist Chronicles
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recommended Dhamma Talks
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

Re: Recommended Dhamma Talks

I don't know about that, but his voice is very clear, unhurried, and gentle — a good sign of someone who has a stable mind.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Contradictions in Religion
Replies: 2
Views: 777

Re: Contradictions in Religion

He who sees others’ faults, and is ever irritable — the defilements of such a one multiply. He is far from the destruction of defilements. Dhp v 253 Should one see a wise man, who, like a revealer of treasure, points out faults and reproves; let one associate with such a wise person; it will be bett...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recommended Dhamma Talks
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

Recommended Dhamma Talks

Take a look at some of the talks by Ajahn Jayasaro on DhammaTube: They are short, but very useful talks — just straight Dhamma teaching. You will also find a series of his talks on the Biography of Ajahn Chah. I know Ajahn Jayasaro from my stay at Wat Pah Nanachat, when Ajahn Pasanno was the abbot. ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 33
Views: 5917

Re: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta

If someone makes a courageous effort to save a life , perhaps the fruit of that kamma is having one's own life saved in a future life, whereas standing by and doing nothing might result in being left to “suffer one's fate” in the future? The Tsunami, lightning storm, or a meteor shower is just the p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 33
Views: 5917

Re: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta

There is no room for blind chance or moral impotency in Buddhism. All that we can say is that only a Buddha can say when and how causes wll give their effects. Four Points to Bear in Mind (about Dependent Origination) Relationship of Cause to Effect The fourth aspect of Dependent Origination is the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Humility and gratitude
Replies: 2
Views: 846

Re: Humility and gratitude

“Dveme, bhikkhave, puggalā dullabhā lokasmiṃ. Katame dve? Yo ca pubbakārī, yo ca kataññū katavedī. Ime kho, bhikkhave, dve puggalā dullabhā lokasmi”nti. These two individuals, monks, are rare in the world. Which two? One who is the first to do something for others, and one who is appreciative and g...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 33
Views: 5917

Re: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta

DarkDream wrote:Modern science of today can explain alot of deformities with genetics and so on. There is absolutely no need to posit such things.
Then why do some people get faulty genes while others do not?