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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: abhinibbatti
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Re: abhinibbatti

A tip on adding a Pali Dictionary Search to the hotclick popup menu in Opera. I suspect that Firefox users can do something similar. The search can also be used to find English words in the dictionary to back-translate to Pāli. I wonder why you find the offered translations of "rebirth" or "becoming...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ariyan aspirations and the lay follower
Replies: 30
Views: 4639

Re: Ariyan aspirations and the lay follower

Check out the Bodhipakkhiya Dīpanī by the late Venerable Ledi Sayādaw, especially the section on the Four Iddhipādas, and The Simile of the Wealthy Man.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Would a sotapanna necessarily know s/he was a sotapanna?
Replies: 12
Views: 3194

Re: Would a sotapanna necessarily know s/he was a sotapanna?

The first disciple to attain Stream-winning was Kondaññā the wise, Aññakondañña. When the bodhisatta was born, Kondañña was one of several astrologers who was invited to the palace to examine the new-born infant. Although the youngest of the astrologers, he was the most skilled in his craft, and was...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:27 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Translation?
Replies: 6
Views: 977

Re: Translation?

Paṭhavī-dhātu = the earth element
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Translation?
Replies: 6
Views: 977

Re: Translation?

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:42 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Kamma and child prostitution -- blaming the victim?
Replies: 35
Views: 6048

Re: Kamma and child prostitution -- blaming the victim?

Other Aspects of Dependent Origination The fourth aspect of Dependent Origination is the one-to-one correspondence between cause and effect (evaṃ dhammatā). Every cause leads only to the relevant effect; it has nothing to do with any irrelevant effects. In other words, every cause is the sufficient...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 21. Kakacūpama Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Re: MN 21. Kakacūpama Sutta

Suvaco = easy to admonish (meek, humble) can be understood by contrast to the opposite dubacco = difficult to admonish as described in Sanghādisesa Sikkhāpada 12 The Commentary defines difficult to admonish as "impossible to speak to" and adds that a bhikkhu difficult to admonish is one who cannot s...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The never-ending capacity of religion making people stupid
Replies: 51
Views: 6057

Re: The never-ending capacity of religion making people stupid

Visākhā

Visākhā had ten sons and ten daughters, each of whom had a similar number of children, and so on down to the fourth generation. Before her death, at the age of one hundred and twenty, she had eighty four thousand and twenty direct lineal descendants, all living.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anybody else read Satipatthana Vipassana by M. Sayadaw?
Replies: 15
Views: 2751

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

rowyourboat wrote:Now if you just add jhana to it... :thumbsup:
It already has jhāna in it — read the earlier post and the linked articles.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 32
Views: 9558

Re: Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I would suggest following the advice given in the Sallekha Sutta: “Other people may believe in a living soul or an ego-entity, but we will hold the right view that there are only mind and matter. We will practise effacement. It is hard to avoid the two extremes of eternalism and annihilationism. I f...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dabba Sutta
Replies: 1
Views: 569

Re: Dabba Sutta

Venerable Ānanda apparently had a similar spontaneous cremation: The DPPN says: The Pāli Canon makes no mention of Ānanda’s death. Fa Hsien (Giles trans. 44. The story also occurs in DhA.ii.99ff., with several variations in detail), however, relates what was probably an old tradition. When Ānanda wa...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ahu Sutta - It Was
Replies: 7
Views: 1324

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: 4837

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 ...