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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Major Causes of Contention
Replies: 5
Views: 1261

Major Causes of Contention

Mahāviyūha Sutta Major Causes of Contention Those who, adhering to their views, dispute “this only is the truth,” either bring blame upon themselves or obtain praise thereby. The result of the praise is trifling and not enough to bring about tranquillity. I say there are two results of dispute [vic...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4359
Views: 274430

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

In my opinion a Buddhist shouldn't be a strict vegetarian or vegan. To take such a stance would just be attachment to views. The Āmagandha Sutta makes it clear. To be a vegetarian for reasons of health or frugality makes more sense than for reasons of ethics. If you lived near a farm where the farme...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhas Son
Replies: 6
Views: 1502

Re: Buddhas Son

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Walshe's Dictionary
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Walshe's Dictionary

The Pali Text Society's dictionary is available online.

Add A Search Engine to your browser. This is for Opera, but I expect Firefox Users can tell you how to do the same for Firefox.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 440898

Re: Buddhist Rebirth Refuted?

Importance of the Doctrine (of Dependent Origination) by Mahāsī Sayādaw Beyond Reasoning and Speculation When the Buddha was first considering whether or not to teach, he thought, “This truth that I have realised is very profound. Though it is sublime and conducive to inner peace, it is hard to und...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 440898

Re: Buddhist Rebirth Refuted?

Two monks were arguing. One maintained that it was vital to believe in rebirth to be a Buddhist, the other maintained that it was unnecessary, that one could understand the Dhamma only in the present moment. The first went and asked the abbot whether it was essential to believe in rebirth. The abbot...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma and vipaka different from "action" and "result"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1001

Re: Kamma and vipaka different from "action" and "result"?

Kamma should not be translated as “action” either. It is intention that the Buddha called kamma. “Cetanāhaṃ bhikkhave kammaṃ vadāmi.” If someone is behaving like a fool, calling him a fool may not be abusive speech if the intention is to correct his foolish behaviour. The Buddha also used such kind ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:34 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to greet a Novice monk?
Replies: 20
Views: 3117

Re: How to greet a Novice monk?

Right. Anyone can be our teacher if we have the right attitude, so we should not disregard the young novice or treat him like a child. I couldn't find the reference to check it, but if I recall correctly, the Buddha said that there are four things that should be treated with respect, in spite of the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Cardinal directions
Replies: 1
Views: 786

Re: Cardinal directions

Paying homage to the six directions — East, South, West, North, Nadir, and Zenith — comes from the Sigalovada Sutta.

In the practice of loving-kindness, then the intermediate directions are also included. They are not symbolic of anything in that context — they are just directions.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Punabbhava for beginners, relevent suttas etc, help?
Replies: 10
Views: 1649

Re: Punabbhava for beginners, relevent suttas etc, help?

1) Not another being, nor the same one either. “Whatever kamma I shall do, for good or for ill, of that I will be the heir.” You will not inherit my kamma, and I will not inherit yours. You may have heard the expression, “The boy is the father of the man.” What we do in childhood and youth, conditio...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus
Replies: 44
Views: 6409

Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

I disagree. Ven Dhammika's review is very poor — it is far too long for a start. To be frank, it is hardly any better than a rant. Not that the book doesn't deserve to be criticised, but if it is so bad I wonder why Ven Dhammika even bothered?
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Too large avatars
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: Too large avatars

I agree, there should be a size limit of 100x100 pixels. That is plenty big enough. Buddhists should have small egos, and small avatars.

You can turn avatars off in the User Control Panel, Board Preferences, Edit Display Options.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Online Pali Canon?
Replies: 36
Views: 5077

Re: Online Pali Canon?

Well, his avatar is apparently reading the Pali texts :reading:

BTW. I added a few chapters to the Wikpitaka. It was surprisingly easy to join and start contributing. Let me know if I made any errors.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Online Pali Canon?
Replies: 36
Views: 5077

Re: Online Pali Canon?

AlaskanDhamma wrote:Ok so I know the idea of an online Pali Canon would take forever, but I'm just curious about it.
It is already available — the Pali text, the Commentaries and the Subcommentaries, and in many different scripts.

Tipitaka.org
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna

Non-returners are so called because they never return to the human realm. They are reborn in the Pure Abodes where they attain Arahantship.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Looking for a sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: Looking for a sutta

Perhaps you're thinking of the Sivaka Sutta "There are, revered Gotama, some ascetics and brahmans who have this doctrine and view: 'Whatever a person experiences, be it pleasure, pain or neither-pain-nor-pleasure, all that is caused by previous action.' Now, what does the revered Gotama say about t...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to greet a Novice monk?
Replies: 20
Views: 3117

Re: How to greet a Novice monk?

Ajahn Chah even calls mosquitoes as “Ajahn Mosquito."
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Re: Hi

I personally believe the Buddha was too much a genius to fall into almost childish notions of being born as devas, or insects and so on. For me such beliefs were later popularizations which unfortunately obscured the really revolutionary message the Buddha was getting at. To me the idea of kamma an...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: The nature of the seven post Insight lives of a sotapanna

Stream-winners cannot be reborn in the lower realms — animal, hungry ghosts, jealous gods, or in hell. They can be reborn in the human realm, or in any of the deva and brahma realms, except for the Suddhāvasa Pure Abodes, where only Non-returners are reborn. They will, of course, become Non-returner...