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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Controversies in the nikaya
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Re: Controversies in the nikaya

Ask yourself if you're looking for controversy or peace of mind and understanding.

There are no end of previous threads on these controversial topics and little benefit in discussing them, or looking for any more.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha on devas, petas etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Buddha on devas, petas etc.

I don't think you are going to find a list of of the many types of petas, nāgas, asuras, devas, brahmas, gandhabbas, etc., and if you did you would not convince anyone of their existence by showing scriptural evidence. The different kinds of beings are scattered all of the Pali Canon. Moggallāna des...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 4610

Re: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept

The link you quoted says that "nabhi" means navel in Pali. So if that is the word used in the canon, how is a non-Pali speaker (like me) supposed to know that is a euphemism when reading a translation that says "navel"? You don't need to be a Pāli scholar, you just need to know biology, and apply s...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 4610

Re: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept

Of course the Pāli canon has a different view of how this happens. It says that a man got a woman pregnant by rubbing his thumb on her navel. Don't be silly. "Navel" ( nābhi ) is obviously just a euphemism for another part of a woman's body. On, second thoughts, maybe he did just do that, then she ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha on devas, petas etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Buddha on devas, petas etc.

There are so many discourses in the main nikāyas. The first book of the Saṃyuttanikāya is all discourses with devas.

http://www.aimwell.org/tuvataka.html

http://www.aimwell.org/sakkapanha.html

http://www.aimwell.org/purabheda.html

Then there's the Mangala Sutta taught to a deva, and many others.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Universally acknowledged masters -- Theravada or otherwise -- of the 20th century?
Replies: 16
Views: 1005

Re: Universally acknowledged masters -- Theravada or otherwise -- of the 20th century?

Women can also be masters of the Dhamma.

Achaan Naeb

The talk on Achaan Naeb also mentions Sun Lun Sayādaw and Ajahn Buddhadasa.
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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The image of Buddha
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: The image of Buddha

Buddha Images 186. Images and pictures of the Buddha are just imitations of the physique of the Buddha. 187. Burmese sculptors make Buddha’s images in Burmese style; likewise Chinese and Indian sculptors carve in their own styles. The real intention is to make people think of the Buddha and adore h...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?
Replies: 66
Views: 3771

Re: Can you follow Buddha's teachings and still dislike people?

Dislike (dosa) is not removed until the stage of Non-returning, so we will have to follow the Buddha's teaching for a long time while still disliking some people or at least some things that they do. It could be argued that Stream-winners would no longer dislike people, since they have eradicated se...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Chanting Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Chanting Meditation

Take a look at Phra Yuttadhammo's video explaining the importance of mental noting. It might help you to understand why I don't think mantras are part of orthodox Theravāda practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gacWdRZdAzs The only case that I know of where the Buddha taught a mantra was in the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Introductory resources
Replies: 43
Views: 27531

Re: Introductory resources

CedarTree wrote:Check out Bhikkhu Pesala material, he is being modest great resource ;)
Thanks, but Will already quoted my website above, and links appear in my signature in every post. The Books page is probably the best place to start if you're looking for sources.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Kusinara sites now in doubt.
Replies: 36
Views: 2872

Re: Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Kusinara sites now in doubt.

It will matter for the tourist industry. Expect a Nepalese court-attack in particular. Every other documentary on the Buddha is polluted by comments by Nepalis saying that the Buddha was born in Nepal, not India. I thought we already knew that. Not that it matters much where the bodhisatta was born.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Introductory resources
Replies: 43
Views: 27531

Re: Introductory resources

The Demise of Wisdom Books UK Since their website has been down for months, I assumed it was just being rebuilt, but the company has closed down since last August. Today, I decided to go to Stanley Road after my almsround to see what had happened to it, and found that the premises are available for...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does what I am looking for exist?
Replies: 14
Views: 1213

Re: Does what I am looking for exist?

There are some who teach unskilful means and call it skilful means. The Buddha's recommendation is to go to a forest, to the root of a tree, or to an empty place where one can develop concentration far away from the madding crowd. Lay people cannot always do that, of course, but they should go to ob...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali terminology for eye contact in Methuna Sutta?
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Pali terminology for eye contact in Methuna Sutta?

In the phrase above, I understand the meanings of cakkhunā, upanijjhāyati and pekkhati, but can you clarify what the word cakkhuṃ conveys? Also, in the fuller: api ca kho mātugāmassa cakkhunā cakkhuṃ upanijjhāyati pekkhati what is the meaning of mātugāmassa ? Cakkhuṃ means the eye (accusative case)...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhavacana
Replies: 52
Views: 1878

Re: Buddhavacana

One knows what is the word of the Buddha by its consistency with the Canon as a whole. In brief, as the Buddha taught to Gotamī: ‘These things lead to dispassion, not to passion; to liberation, not to bondage; to relinquishment, not to accumulation; to having few wishes, not to having many wishes; ...