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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Introductory resources
Replies: 43
Views: 25430

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: 2615

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: 25430

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: 1082

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: 337

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: 1552

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; ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Right intention... Wrong habits.
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: Right intention... Wrong habits.

Drinking is fine, just as long as it's non-alcoholic. :toast:

One who imbibes the Dhamma dwells in bliss.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali terminology for eye contact in Methuna Sutta?
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Pali terminology for eye contact in Methuna Sutta?

The Pāḷi phrase in question is: cakkhunā cakkhuṃ upanijjhāyati pekkhati . The essential meaning is to make eye-contact with sexual desire and delight. The Buddha's advice to Ānanda given in the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta is as follows: “Kathaṃ mayaṃ, bhante, mātugāme paṭipajjāmā”ti? “Adassanaṃ, Ānandā”ti...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is suffering?
Replies: 10
Views: 812

Re: What is suffering?

I do not feel like I am suffering, even when others would expect me to. Any insight or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Maybe I am just too optimistic!? Thanks :heart: The first noble truth is subtle and difficult to realise. It does not mean just physical and mental pain, but existence itsel...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is Nibbana the sole purpose of Buddhism?
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Is Nibbana the sole purpose of Buddhism?

If you can transcend the ego, and put an end to personality-view for ever, you will reach nibbāna. It is then only a matter of time before you attain the final cessation of suffering.

Don't try to be a better person. Just try to understand better how the idea of a person arises.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mani mantra in Theravada
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: Mani mantra in Theravada

Many Buddhists do use Om or Buddho mantras, but I would not say that it's a Buddhist practice, and in my opinion it obstructs the clear knowing of the current object that is presently being observed. If you're enjoying the sound of Om, then you're not paying attention to the movements and intentions...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Origin of Swejin Nikaya
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: Origin of Swejin Nikaya

Did you find this reference?

This is a Burmese Temple.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?
Replies: 42
Views: 7151

Re: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?

BasementBuddhist wrote:if we aren't celibate we need to be meditating when we are having sex.
Work when you work; play when you play.

Having sex and meditation are incompatible. While striving to enjoy sensual pleasures you cannot also be striving to abandon them.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is changing your mind same as lying?
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Is changing your mind same as lying?

The best is to try and dodge the question and if it turns out to be impossible then have the courage to be direct. Easier said than done of course. I find that it is much easier to be direct than it is to find a way to say no that is both honest and not hurtful. Perhaps the classic example from the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta and insight meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 646

Re: Metta and insight meditation

In the Mahāsi tradition, the four protections are used to support insight practice. If your mind is clear, then you can practice satipaṭṭhāna vipassanā, i.e. the four foundations of mindfulness. If it is defiled by anger, then practice metta until it is clear again. If it is defiled by lust, then do...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?
Replies: 42
Views: 7151

Re: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?

From what I gather do you think it is even useful for lay people to practice 15 minutes a day if that's all they can do with work, family, etc? The Buddha said that to practice loving-kindness meditation even for a pull of cow's udder is beneficial, so what can we say regarding fifteen minutes? How...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is changing your mind same as lying?
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Is changing your mind same as lying?

Breaking a promise is not telling lies, unless your promise was insincere and you never intended to follow through.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 4001

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

If a nun is raped and conceives as a result of the rape, what happens to her? Whatever she does, whether she aborts or keeps the child, she will have to disrobe. Something like that can never befall a monk. If she conceives before ordaining, she does not have to disrobe. Kumāra Kassapa was the son ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pirith Chanting/Noola Threads
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Pirith Chanting/Noola Threads

Do we need a canonical explanation when 100% of Buddhist followers have faith in a practise, of course in Sri Lanka. I wish to know whether Sri Lankans are the only lot who have faith in a pirith nula. Yes. I think we do. The Four Great References should be used to determine whether some teaching o...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 5 Faculties of Faith Followers
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: 5 Faculties of Faith Followers

How could we measure such a thing? It is said in the Kīṭāgiri Sutta that the Faith-follower has developed the five spiritual faculties — faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom — but to what extent is hard to say. The controlling faculty of faith (saddhindriya) overpowers doubt (viciki...