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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Now foreigners can ordain and train in Malaysia
Replies: 12
Views: 892

Re: Now foreigners can ordain and train in Malaysia

I can heartily recommend it. Aggacitta Bhikkhu studied Pāḷi thoroughly at Wat Tamao in Lampang, Thailand, and was the able interpreter for Sayādaw U Paṇḍita on his three-month retreat taught at Barre Mass. The published edition of the talks given by the Sayādaw in that retreat can be seen in my foru...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

I added a couple more discourses today: The Sīha Sutta Sīha Sutta , a discourse that shows that the Buddha ate meat, and that a Stream-winner (General Sīha) can purchase meat. The Sedaka Sutta protect yourself from dukkha by practising mindfulness, and protect others from dukkha by practising patien...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: add moderator to foes
Replies: 11
Views: 534

Re: add moderator to foes

Behave more moderately. Don't be so pushy. :stirthepot:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Re: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away

185. The Blessed One further exhorted the monks, saying, “Behold, monks, I exhort you, saying, all compounded things must decay (vayadhammā saṅkhārā). Strive with diligence (appamādena sampādetha). The final demise of the Tathāgata will take place before long. Three months from now the Tathāgata wi...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Quotes that can fit in facebook profile bio?
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Dhamma Quotes that can fit in facebook profile bio?

Do not believe something just because it is cited in a text. (A.i.188) = 67 chars Do not believe something solely on the grounds of logical reasoning. (A.i.188) = 78 chars. Do not believe something just because you like the idea. (A.i.188) = 66 chars All living-beings are sustained by food. (A.v.50...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New moderator: Sam Vara!
Replies: 40
Views: 2417

Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Please accept my sincere commiserations. :stirthepot:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: how is idle speech defined for lay followers
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: how is idle speech defined for lay followers

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:17 pm
what is a shaggy dog story @_@
If you don't know, then you don't need to know, but it's always useful to know about GIYF.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: how is idle speech defined for lay followers
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: how is idle speech defined for lay followers

The commentaries describe it as talk without benefit. It is one of the ten unwholesome kammas (dasākusalakammapaṭhā) that can lead to the lower realms. Ledi Sayādaw, in his Maggaṅga Dīpani describes it thus: Abstinence from Frivolous Talk There are certain plays and novels that are of no benefit; th...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed and karma
Replies: 27
Views: 1000

Re: Greed and karma

I understood “intention is kamma” as “intention is action” in the sense of intention being the root of all action (“intending, one acts”), kind of like “birth is dukkha”, and so intention and kamma/action being equivalent in a sense. Is it wrong understanding? It seems more of a semantic question, ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed and karma
Replies: 27
Views: 1000

Re: Greed and karma

Kamma means action. I recently saw Gombrich make this mistake in a video, so you're in good company. However, kamma means intention or volition, not action. Kamma can be made at the mental level alone with covetousness, ill-will, and wrong-view, or with generosity, loving-kindness, and entertaining...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Authenticity of Jātaka
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: Authenticity of Jātaka

This forum believes in the reincarnation of past members with new identities.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: cult of vipassanā?
Replies: 5
Views: 697

Re: cult of vipassanā?

Dhammabodhi wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:52 am
What you perceive as cultish behaviour is a few over-zealous practitioners who haven't understood Goenkaji's message
q.v. Family Guy on Buddhism

Christopher Titmuss makes some valid points.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: question about gītassara sutta!
Replies: 15
Views: 835

Re: question about gītassara sutta!

The Thais, oddly enough, have chosen to name one of their styles of chanting after the very thing one isn't supposed to do. That is incorrect. The sarabhañña style (intonation) is allowable: Tena kho pana samayena bhikkhū sarabhaññe kukkuccāyanti. Bhagavato etamatthaṃ ārocesuṃ. “Anujānāmi, bhikkhav...