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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 1001

Re: Humour - wrong speach?

Always remember that kamma is intention. If some people don't get it and take offence at satire that is their bad kamma, not yours. The target of the How to beat your wife skit, is the wicked teaching that says it is acceptable to beat your wife. Of course, if humour pokes fun at others in a cruel a...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Upcara Samadhi and its powers
Replies: 16
Views: 1175

Re: Upcara Samadhi and its powers

I have read on many Buddhist posts about upcara samadhi also known as access concentration which is near to first jhana and the experiences of various meditators in it. Read about the Vipassanā Jhānas that arise from access concentration. The concentrated state of mind that is free from the five hi...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 14
Views: 1435

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

Is it only practical to note all day only during retreat? I just do not have time to schedule a 10 day retreat unfortunately and was wondering if there were any venues as to how I could note all day. Was wondering if i should just find time to note? Obviously I will set aside 1-2 hour for formal no...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 14
Views: 1435

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

It is not practical to note precisely throughout the entire day while engaged in a typical lay life. If you're doing a job that entails discursive thinking then just pay attention to doing that job well. If you're laying bricks, working in a factory, cutting grass, or doing any kind of work that is ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 1001

Re: Humour - wrong speach?

The Buddha said: “Having slain mother and father and two warrior kings, and having destroyed a country together with its chancellor, a Saint goes ungrieving .” (Dhammapada verse 294) “Having slain mother and father and two brahmin kings, and having destroyed the perilous path, a Saint goes ungrievin...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why three times ?
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: Why three times ?

It is not social convention. The Buddha did not always ask three times, or wait until he was asked three times before replying. It the case of Tālapuṭa it was clearly intended to prepare him for the painful truth: “Are you sure that you want to know the truth about this.” In the case of the Buddha's...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 1001

Re: Humour - wrong speech?

salayatananirodha wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:46 pm
Satire can be a powerful tool to ridicule wicked practices: How to Beat Your Wife
even so, this seems like dishonesty; several people in the comments say they didn't immediately know it's satire
Sarchasm = the enormous gap between those who get it and those who do not.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Humour - wrong speach?
Replies: 22
Views: 1001

Re: Humour - wrong speech?

It is very often wrong speech. It can obviously be lying, harsh speech, or slander. At the very least, it is likely to be idle chatter, but it does depend on the intention. See the Talaputa Sutta . The Buddha used humour to make a point about Dhamma. For example, using the wrong meditation method is...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buying some suttas
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Buying some suttas

You might find his translation of the Numerical Discourses more useful.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help Understanding This Pali Chant?
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Help Understanding This Pali Chant?

The deviation in the rejoicing of the devas is twofold: The monks elide the passage: "‘Etaṃ Bhagavatā Bārāṇasiyaṃ Isipatane Migadāye anuttaraṃ ­Dhamma­cakkaṃ pavattitaṃ, appaṭivattiyaṃ samaṇena vā brāhmaṇena vā devena vā mārena vā brahmunā vā kenaci vā lokasmin’ti.”" Then they insert each of the Bra...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help Understanding This Pali Chant?
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Help Understanding This Pali Chant?

There are variations in the stock passage. As you noted, "byādhipi dukkho" is skipped. In the Satipatthāna Sutta the passage is: 387. “Katamañca, bhikkhave, dukkhaṃ ariyasaccaṃ? Jātipi dukkhā, jarāpi dukkhā, maraṇampi dukkhaṃ, sokaparidevadukkhadomanassupāyāsāpi dukkhā, appiyehi sampayogopi dukkho, ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 52
Views: 2588

Re: Right Speech

The Buddha sometimes used speech that was displeasing to others, if it was beneficial. See, for example, the Soṇa Sutta . Speech that the Tathāgata knows to be true, correct, beneficial, but harsh and displeasing to others, he knows the right time to say it. When Devadatta went to the Buddha and sug...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: how to meet buddhist singles
Replies: 40
Views: 5957

Re: how to meet buddhist singles

You can find lots of Buddhist singles in the Book of Ones.

Alternatively, visit any Buddhist monastery. You will find lots of committed Buddhist singles there. Meeting them may lead to something unexpected.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 1548

Re: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

So nirvana = cessation of consciousness. :anjali: I don't think so. What I understood is that it is the cessation of feeling and perception. One who is enjoying a cessation experience in this very life is not unconscious like someone who is in a coma or dead. They are fully conscious of the object ...