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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Online Pali Canon?
Replies: 36
Views: 7088

Re: Online Pali Canon?

AlaskanDhamma wrote:Ok so I know the idea of an online Pali Canon would take forever, but I'm just curious about it.
It is already available — the Pali text, the Commentaries and the Subcommentaries, and in many different scripts.

Tipitaka.org
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna
Replies: 5
Views: 1575

Re: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna

Non-returners are so called because they never return to the human realm. They are reborn in the Pure Abodes where they attain Arahantship.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Looking for a sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 1189

Re: Looking for a sutta

Perhaps you're thinking of the Sivaka Sutta "There are, revered Gotama, some ascetics and brahmans who have this doctrine and view: 'Whatever a person experiences, be it pleasure, pain or neither-pain-nor-pleasure, all that is caused by previous action.' Now, what does the revered Gotama say about t...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to greet a Novice monk?
Replies: 20
Views: 3856

Re: How to greet a Novice monk?

Ajahn Chah even calls mosquitoes as “Ajahn Mosquito."
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi
Replies: 6
Views: 1399

Re: Hi

I personally believe the Buddha was too much a genius to fall into almost childish notions of being born as devas, or insects and so on. For me such beliefs were later popularizations which unfortunately obscured the really revolutionary message the Buddha was getting at. To me the idea of kamma an...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna
Replies: 5
Views: 1575

Re: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna

Stream-winners cannot be reborn in the lower realms — animal, hungry ghosts, jealous gods, or in hell. They can be reborn in the human realm, or in any of the deva and brahma realms, except for the Suddhāvasa Pure Abodes, where only Non-returners are reborn. They will, of course, become Non-returner...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: trsanslation of sila?!
Replies: 5
Views: 1782

Re: trsanslation of sila?!

The Pali Text of the Kimathana Sutta begins with: “Kimatthiyāni, bhante, kusalāni sīlāni kimānisaṃsānī”ti? “Avippaṭisāratthāni kho, Ānanda, kusalāni sīlāni avippaṭisārānisaṃsānī”ti. So, yes, “skilful” is the translation of “kusalāni” and “virtues” is the translation of “sīlāni.” CSCD Pali Tipitaka
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Importance of Pilgrimage
Replies: 11
Views: 1488

Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Some people use their head too much and don't trust their heart. Don't under-estimate the benefits of wholesome practices like reverence — it is one of the ten wholesome deeds: charity (dāna), morality (sīla), mental culture (bhāvanā), reverence (appacāyana), service (veyyavacca), sharing of merit (...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Just War
Replies: 25
Views: 4708

Just War

In two weeks time I will go to a local school to discuss with Sixth Formers the topic of a Just War. Here are some of the starter questions: Is there such a thing as a Just War? What should be the rules of a Just War? Was World War II a Just War? Is a Just War possible with today's weapons? Is viole...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mara
Replies: 13
Views: 2942

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: 2230

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: 16165

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: 7175

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: 15372

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...