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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ahu Sutta - It Was
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: Ahu Sutta - It Was

The Ahu Sutta is called the Paccavekkhaṇa Suttaṃ in the Chatthasangayana edition. This is the whole verse: “Ahu pubbe tadā nāhu, nāhu pubbe tadā ahu. Na cāhu na ca bhavissati, na cetarahi vijjatī”ti. Regarding the last two lines, the Commentary says: Na cāhu na ca bhavissati, na cetarahi vijjatī ti ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Zazen and Vipassana
Replies: 15
Views: 4605

Re: Zazen and Vipassana

If my understanding is correct, the etymology of Zen derives from the Pāli word jhāna. So, I guess Zen means Samatha rather than Vipassanā. IMO the instruction to “just sit” is dumb. It disregards all of the detailed instructions given in the Satipatthāna Sutta. Using the right method and acquiring ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Apostasy: A Buddhist View and Response
Replies: 26
Views: 3777

Re: Apostasy: A Buddhist View and Response

Neither in this case nor others did the Buddha suggest that apostates be punished; nor did he say that apostates would go to hell simply because of their apostasy. from: http://www.BuddhismAtoZ.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Buddhism A to Z. by Ven. Dhammika, 2007. By his own m...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anybody else read Satipatthana Vipassana by M. Sayadaw?
Replies: 15
Views: 2706

Re: Anybody else read Satipatthana Vipassana by M. Sayadaw?

There are two factors of jhāna called vitakka and vicāra. Vitakka is initial application, while vicāra is sustained application of the mind to the meditation object. With Satipatthāna Vipassanā meditation, the object is constantly changing, but these factors are still present. The noting or labellin...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddharupa
Replies: 9
Views: 1330

Re: Buddharupa

You might consider printing a poster instead. It is much cheaper, easier to carry around, and to store. Just find any image that you like and have it professionally printed at A0 or A1 size. Add some dowel sticks and strings so that it will hang straight, and roll up neatly.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anybody else read Satipatthana Vipassana by M. Sayadaw?
Replies: 15
Views: 2706

Re: Anybody else read Satipatthana Vipassana by M. Sayadaw?

You can find Practical Insight Meditation on my website, along with many other valuable publications of the Mahāsī Sayādaw's teachings. While working on computers and commuicating with people for your work, it is not feasible to be mindful of the realities at all times. You must work in the conceptu...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memory Loss
Replies: 12
Views: 2173

Re: Memory Loss

When I was reborn I lost all memory of my previous lives. I guess I must have done some practice before to get the opportunity to meet the Buddhasāsana, although I was born in a non-Buddhist country without any Buddhists in my family or among my childhood friends.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Word search
Replies: 4
Views: 948

Re: Word search

Another method, which is sometimes helpful, is to search for English words, e.g.

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What happened to mettanet.org?
Replies: 2
Views: 843

Re: What happened to mettanet.org?

You can find an alternative Tipitaka on Mahindrama.com
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Abortion.
Replies: 78
Views: 7896

Re: Buddhism and Abortion.

This case is certainly controversial. For monks, there is no doubt that we cannot recommend abortion (an offence of defeat for monks). However, excommunicating the doctors and others who procure an abortion is very uncompassionate, though I have to agree with the Catholic POV that killing the foetus...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Details of wrong view
Replies: 18
Views: 2560

Re: Details of wrong view

Spontaneous rebirth refers to rebirth in the heavens, in hell, or as hungry ghosts. Mother and father have a special relationship to us. Killing one's mother or father (like killing an Arahant) is an evil deed with definite result — rebirth in hell after death (see the story of Ajātasattu ). Killing...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka
Replies: 10
Views: 1938

Re: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka

The spelling is “Canon” not “cannon.” See The Four Great References in the Mahāparnibbāna Sutta. It is clear that the reputation of the monk or monks who are the source of the teaching is irrelevant, and should not be taken as proof of its authenticity. Any teaching should be compared with the Dhamm...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4402
Views: 321086

Re: some very specific vegetarian questions

1. Pāṇātipātīsuttaṃ 264. “Catūhi, bhikkhave, dhammehi samannāgato yathābhataṃ nikkhitto evaṃ niraye. Katamehi catūhi? Attanā ca pāṇātipātī hoti, parañca pāṇātipāte samādapeti, pāṇātipāte ca samanuñño hoti, pāṇātipātassa ca vaṇṇaṃ bhāsati — imehi kho, bhikkhave, catūhi dhammehi samannāgato yathābhat...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: meditation when sleepy
Replies: 6
Views: 3191

Re: meditation when sleepy

Always do some walking meditation before sitting, especially if you know you're feeling sleepy. The Benefits of Walking Meditation Both Venerable Moggallāna and Venerable Ānanda gained Arahantship on the back of doing walking practice for long periods — seven days and nights in the case of Venerable...