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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 08, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Killing a yakkha not parajika offence
Replies: 39
Views: 1537

Re: Killing a yakkha not parajika offence

Killing a human being or a human foetus is an offence of defeat (pārājika). Killing a yakkha is a weighty offence (thullaccaya) Killing an animal is an offence to be confessed (pācittiya) In the origin story a monk was an exorcist. In performing the exorcism he killed the demon (yakkha). Tena kho p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 06, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Happy Vesākha Pūjā - 2563 (2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 368

Re: Happy Vesākha Pūjā - 2563 (2020)

Here, in the UK, I think it is tomorrow, 7th May.
Ajahn Amaro will give a talk tomorrow.

I will be fasting to try and lose some weight. If you're on lock-down, it is a great opportunity to do more practice.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 06, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is traveling to a certain country to visit a few of its monasteries the wisest choice?
Replies: 11
Views: 595

Re: Is traveling to a certain country to visit a few of its monasteries the wisest choice?

I was very fortunate; I did not have to look for somewhere to stay. My preceptor, the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw, was invited to the UK to teach, so I ordained at Oakenholt Buddhist Centre (now a care home). Naturally, when I first went to Burma, I stayed at Mahāsi Yeikthā, and later at Chanmyay Yeikt...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 04, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Supati Uju-pati Naya-pati Samici-pati
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Supati Uju-pati Naya-pati Samici-pati

PTS Dictionary Translations
  • Suppaṭipanna = well conducted
  • Ujupaṭipanna = living uprightly
  • Ñāyapaṭipanna = walking in the right path
  • Sāmīcipaṭipanna correct in life
In the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, ñāyassa adhigamāya is usually translated as “attaining the right method.”
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon May 04, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Reason for visiing the monastery. East vs West
Replies: 18
Views: 1183

Re: Reason for visiing the monastery. East vs West

When I was very young I used to listen to records of the stories of Enid Blyton about Noddy and Big Ears. Noddy was smart. When building a house he suggested building the roof first so that they would not get wet while building the walls. It is a good plan. If your morality is not well established y...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun May 03, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 206
Views: 3835

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

The Mingun Sayādaw U Vicittasārābhivaṃsa was also the author of the Great Chronicles of the Buddha.

His Wikipedia page could do with some updating if anyone has the necessary references.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat May 02, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ganthadhura and Vipassanadhura?
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Gantha dhara and Vipassana dhara?

The correct spelling is Ganthadhura and Vipassanādhura. See dhura in the PTS dictionary. The meaning is a burden or duty. The reference given there is to the Dhammapada Commentary on verse 1 about Cakkhupāla: Bhante, imasmiṃ sāsane kati dhurānī”ti? “Ganthadhuraṃ, vipassanādhuranti dveyeva dhurāni bh...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 01, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where to buy Majjhima Nikaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Where to buy Majjhima Nikaya?

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon is available as a paperback for £10.65.

The Numerical Discourses is available in hardback for £41.25.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Being Harmed By Other's Spell
Replies: 12
Views: 550

Re: Being Harmed By Other's Spell

Try playing or reciting some Paritta Suttas before you sit for meditation. Otherwise, keep doing loving-kindness.

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it bad karma if I provide meat to my child?
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: Is it bad karma if I provide meat to my child?

Bhante, in which text does Buddha says this ? And how bad is the kamma ? Does imposing meat diet on others resulted in similar degree of bad kamma as compare to vegetarian ? How bad any kamma is depends on the intention behind it. It is not bad kamma to discourage children from eating an excess of ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: friend from sri lanka told me this story
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: friend from sri lanka told me this story

I found nothing relevant in the Visuddhimagga, which often refers to such stories.

The simile of having patience like an elephant enduring arrows in battle is found in the Nāga Vagga of the Dhammapada.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it bad karma if I provide meat to my child?
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: Is it bad karma if I provide meat to my child?

Not unless you slaughter the animal yourself, or ask someone else to do it for you. Most Buddhists are not vegetarians. It is a blameless life-style choice, but if one tries to impose vegetarianism on others, then one will make bad kamma. Vegetarianism is good for health, good for the environment, p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Eating time
Replies: 28
Views: 1081

Re: Eating time

The eight precepts observed by lay followers are usually undertaken on the Uposatha days of the Full Moon or New Moon, sometimes also on the Quarter Moon days. While the Five Precepts are obligatory on someone who claims to be an ardent follower, the eight precepts are an additional undertaking, usu...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Buddhaguṇas
Replies: 14
Views: 987

Re: The Buddhaguṇas

The Mahāsīhanāda Sutta would be a good place to start. The Ten Powers of a Tathāgata are not fully shared by any other Arahants.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma of disseminating wrong dhamma
Replies: 25
Views: 807

Re: Kamma of disseminating wrong dhamma

The Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw deals with these discrepancies in the definitions of dukkha in his Discourse on the Wheel of Dhamma.