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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: 1824

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: 4366
Views: 291026

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: 3086

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...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:45 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Looking for sariputta sutta
Replies: 8
Views: 1837

Re: Looking for sariputta sutta

An Excellent Man is Not Credulous The man who is not credulous, who knows the uncreate, who has cut off rebirth, who has destroyed all results, and expelled all desires, he is truly an excellent man. (Dhp v 97) Or maybe you're thinking of the Venerable Sāriputta's Lion's Roar in the Mahāparnibbāna ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 84540

Re: Dhamma book written by arahat?

On cultivating the Pāramī for Buddhahood see the link in my signature to the Buddhist Chronicles
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recommended Dhamma Talks
Replies: 5
Views: 1386

Re: Recommended Dhamma Talks

I don't know about that, but his voice is very clear, unhurried, and gentle — a good sign of someone who has a stable mind.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Contradictions in Religion
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Re: Contradictions in Religion

He who sees others’ faults, and is ever irritable — the defilements of such a one multiply. He is far from the destruction of defilements. Dhp v 253 Should one see a wise man, who, like a revealer of treasure, points out faults and reproves; let one associate with such a wise person; it will be bett...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recommended Dhamma Talks
Replies: 5
Views: 1386

Recommended Dhamma Talks

Take a look at some of the talks by Ajahn Jayasaro on DhammaTube: They are short, but very useful talks — just straight Dhamma teaching. You will also find a series of his talks on the Biography of Ajahn Chah. I know Ajahn Jayasaro from my stay at Wat Pah Nanachat, when Ajahn Pasanno was the abbot. ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 33
Views: 5171

Re: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta

If someone makes a courageous effort to save a life , perhaps the fruit of that kamma is having one's own life saved in a future life, whereas standing by and doing nothing might result in being left to “suffer one's fate” in the future? The Tsunami, lightning storm, or a meteor shower is just the p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 33
Views: 5171

Re: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta

There is no room for blind chance or moral impotency in Buddhism. All that we can say is that only a Buddha can say when and how causes wll give their effects. Four Points to Bear in Mind (about Dependent Origination) Relationship of Cause to Effect The fourth aspect of Dependent Origination is the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Humility and gratitude
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Re: Humility and gratitude

“Dveme, bhikkhave, puggalā dullabhā lokasmiṃ. Katame dve? Yo ca pubbakārī, yo ca kataññū katavedī. Ime kho, bhikkhave, dve puggalā dullabhā lokasmi”nti. These two individuals, monks, are rare in the world. Which two? One who is the first to do something for others, and one who is appreciative and g...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta
Replies: 33
Views: 5171

Re: MN Session 7 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta

DarkDream wrote:Modern science of today can explain alot of deformities with genetics and so on. There is absolutely no need to posit such things.
Then why do some people get faulty genes while others do not?
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Major Causes of Contention
Replies: 5
Views: 1318

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: 4366
Views: 291026

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: 1550

Re: Buddhas Son

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Walshe's Dictionary
Replies: 3
Views: 991

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: 6108
Views: 463160

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: 6108
Views: 463160

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: 1046

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 ...