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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mara
Replies: 13
Views: 2715

Re: Mara

What is mind? No matter!
What is matter? Never mind!

The Five Māras
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 2034

Re: Theravada holidays

In Burma, Mahāsamaya Day is widely celebrated

The Fullmoon Day of Maha Samaya Day is in June.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monk for a Month?
Replies: 56
Views: 15170

Re: Monk for a Month?

Temporary ordination is common in Burma. Temporary monks are known as Dullabha = difficult to get. That is because human rebirth is difficult to get (rare), to meet the Buddha sāsana is rare, and to ordain as a bhikkhu in that sāsana is rare. The custom in Burma is for many men (and some women) to e...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambedkarites
Replies: 28
Views: 6761

Re: Ambedkarites

The Ambedkarites are those Buddhists (usually from the Dalit - untouchable caste of India) who follow the teachings of Dr. Ambedkar and converted to Buddhism. I received an e-mail from an Ambedkarite asking me for "proof" that the Buddha taught re-birth and in the 31 planes of existence. He claimed...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)
Replies: 64
Views: 14103

Re: A Manual of the Excellent Man

First puzzlement - is it a typo on pages 2-3 re: Sila, where it says that it manifests only as verbal purity? It does not mention bodily purity, whereas the first part of the comments does mention bodily purity. The online edition has only "verbal purity" too. Also, is the Sayadaw translating or pa...