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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Upasakajanalankara
Replies: 26
Views: 6030

Re: Upasakajanalankara

I don't know, but I suspect that Venerable Saddhātissa's "Buddhist Ethics" was based to some extent at least on the Upasakajanalankara. I say that because if he was editing and researching the Pali text it would be a natural progression to translate it or write a exegesis. You can read more about it...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vicāraṇaṃ
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

Re: vicāraṇaṃ

Another translation by Venerable Hammalawa Saddhātissa (Curzon Press). What binds and ties down the world? What caues the wandering? What is it that you abandon in order to find nibbāna? That which ties you down, said the Buddha, is the desire for pleasure. The wandering is applied thought. And the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Spontaneous generation?
Replies: 8
Views: 2623

Re: Spontaneous generation?

thereductor wrote:I am most interested in the part about "certain human beings". The notion of spontaneous generation is familiar enough, but I became curious with reference to humans just a week or two ago.
I presume that this refers to human forms created by psychic powers, e.g. by Cūlapanthaka
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Fake monks at Bodh Gaya
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: Fake monks at Bodh Gaya

If ignorant Buddhists give money to monks to "make merit" then I guess they deserve what they get — demerit. What a pity though that their devotion is misdirected! How could giving what is not allowable for monks be a meritorious deed? In my opinion, giving money to bhikkhus or sāmaṇeras is the deme...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did my Kamma make me write this?
Replies: 17
Views: 2654

Re: Did my Kamma make me write this?

ah, so is it then that Buddhism does not teach anihilationism or eternalism because "we" do not actually exist? See the Buddha's discourse on not-self. “What do you think, monks? “Is material form permanent or impermanent (anicca)?” “impermanent, Venerable sir.” “Is that which is impermanent pleasa...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Spontaneous generation?
Replies: 8
Views: 2623

Re: Spontaneous generation?

The term Spontaneous Rebirth Opapātika ) appears in many places in the Pāli Canon. There is no such weapon as the Pāli Cannon. :) Belief in spontaneous rebirth is one of the ten elements of mundane right view , which is a stock phrase repeated many times in the Dīghanikāya. That giving alms is whole...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did my Kamma make me write this?
Replies: 17
Views: 2654

Re: Did my Kamma make me write this?

I just read the link and it really is confusing how right view is not anihilationism and also not eternalism. Doesn't something either cease to exist, or continue to exist? Indeed, as long as we hold fast to self-view, and perceive the mental and physical process as a permanent self, it is confusin...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did my Kamma make me write this?
Replies: 17
Views: 2654

Re: Did my Kamma make me write this?

Is it fair to say, then, that spiritual inclination has nothing to do with Kamma? Some people start exploring at an early age, others don't ever care. Why is this? No, quite the contrary. Spiritual inclination has everything to do with kamma, but spiritual potential won't come to maturity without p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did my Kamma make me write this?
Replies: 17
Views: 2654

Re: Did my Kamma make me write this?

Strictly speaking, kamma is the cause, vipāka is the effect, but in general use kamma is used to mean the result or the latent predisposition to a certain kind of behaviour. Intentional action (kamma), when repeated becomes habit, and habit builds character. It is much easier to follow the well-beat...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Describe Meditation in one sentence
Replies: 27
Views: 4336

Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

“Be mindful of each and every mental and physical phenomenon throughout the entire day, without a break.” (Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka)
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Too many desires
Replies: 11
Views: 1865

Re: Too many desires

Health is the highest gain. Contentment is the greatest wealth.
The trustworthy are the best kinsmen. Nibbāna is the highest bliss. (Dhp v 204)
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Emptiness and the true self
Replies: 20
Views: 3728

Re: Emptiness and the true self

But who is the experiencer or the silent witness who is aware of everything? And what is emptiness? Emptiness means the absence of any experiencer — any person or being, self or soul. There is only the experience. There is walking, but no one who walks; there is talking, but no one who talks; there...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 25, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Noting and labeling practice
Replies: 11
Views: 2163

Re: Noting and labeling practice

In This Very Life is highly recommended for vipassanā meditators, but the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw's Practical Insight Meditation is more suitable for the basic instructions. Unless you are doing a manual labouring or factory job, it is unlikely that you will have much chance to note mindfully in de...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Exact days of Uposatha?
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: Exact days of Uposatha?

This is a puzzle I have to work out every year when I publish My Calendar If one follows the astronomical date and time precisely, there will sometimes be 16 days between Uposatha days, but there should be either 14 or 15 days. If the full moon in the UK is at 07:12 am on the 15th January should we ...