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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 291599

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Thank you, Bhikkhu, for the clarification. If we aren't dependent on alms for food, are we condoning the slaughter of animals by purchasing food from the slaughter of animals? In buying that food, aren't we providing the money they need to continue slaughtering more animals? Are you condoning the u...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Great Theravada Locations
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Great Theravada Locations

Chanmyay Yeikthā is another good place to practice Mahāsi style vipassanā meditation. I spent many happy months at the Hmawbi branch centre and another long period at the Sayādaw's root centre in Kaba-Aye, Rangoon.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 2556

Re: What is "mind"?

Some of the discussions have seemed truly focused on the Path, and they have been quite helpful. Other discussions seem questionable, seemingly adding to confusion, delusion, conflict and agitation, not fostering learning, peace, unity or Liberation. Yes, for a long time I have been urging others t...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 291599

Re: the great vegetarian debate

But he did teach the 3-fold rule, the intention of which was to reduce the additional slaughter of animals for food. No; the rule would have no affect on the slaughter of animals for food. People who are willing to slaughter an animal to offer alms to a monk are also willing to slaughter it to eat ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Spanking Children in Buddhism
Replies: 69
Views: 4287

Re: Spanking Children in Buddhism

One will catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Skilled parents never spank their children. The Buddha prescribed various punishments for monks who broke the rules, but none of them involve physical beatings, locking up, or withdrawing of food. A monk who has committed a serious offence such...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Experience with Vipassana
Replies: 6
Views: 1428

Re: Experience with Vipassana

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 2556

Re: What is "mind"?

Don't turn into a Berkeleyan on us, (or Homer Simpson)...we need some stability around here! :heart: I think we need some pragmatism around here. All this hair-splitting does not help to remove suffering. Buddhism is neither a religion, nor a philosophical system. It is a practical path leading to ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "mind"?
Replies: 41
Views: 2556

Re: What is "mind"?

What is mind? No matter!
What is matter? Never mind!
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Meaning for these terms ?
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Meaning for these terms ?

What it says is: An Exposition of the Dhammacakka Sutta “Dveme, bhikkhave, antā pabbajitena na sevitabbā. Katame dve? Yo cāyaṃ kāmesu kāmasukhal­likānuyogo hīno gammo pothujjaniko anariyo anatthasaṃhito, yo cāyaṃ atta­kilam­athānuyogo dukkho anariyo anattha­saṃhito. Ete kho, bhikkhave, ubho ante anu...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Spanking Children in Buddhism
Replies: 69
Views: 4287

Re: Spanking Children in Buddhism

I don't think that a teaching supporting the king on punishing criminals can be used to justify spanking children, nor even to condone cruel punishments. The law of the land is not the business of monks. There is a rule against punishing novices by beating them being an offence of wrong-doing. The B...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Most User Friendly Piece Of Writing On Dependent Origination?
Replies: 22
Views: 1514

Re: Most User Friendly Piece Of Writing On Dependent Origination?

In editing it, I did my best to make it clear, but it's not a simple subject, hence it is a long book, transcribed and translated from many weeks of lectures by the Sayādaw.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Head shaving
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Head shaving

In my opinion, cutting your hair and donating it could be very good for your spiritual practice.

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Most User Friendly Piece Of Writing On Dependent Origination?
Replies: 22
Views: 1514

Re: Most User Friendly Piece Of Writing On Dependent Origination?

If you want thorough, the Mahāsi Sayādaw's Discourse on Dependent Origination may be what you're looking for.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Meaning for these terms ?
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Meaning for these terms ?

James Tan wrote:Can anyone explain the meaning of these terms :

Cakkhu nana upasama abhibba sambodha ?
Correct spelling is crucial or it will be impossible to find the right word.

ñāṇa = knowledge.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The diffrence between MN 33 & PTS M i 220
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: The diffrence between MN 33 & PTS M i 220

Mūlapaṇṇāsa means the first (root) fifty suttas in five chapters of ten suttas.

33 is the Sutta number, 220 is the page number, M.i. means Majjhimanikāya, Volume I.
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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Controversies in the nikaya
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Controversies in the nikaya

Ask yourself if you're looking for controversy or peace of mind and understanding.

There are no end of previous threads on these controversial topics and little benefit in discussing them, or looking for any more.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha on devas, petas etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Re: Buddha on devas, petas etc.

I don't think you are going to find a list of of the many types of petas, nāgas, asuras, devas, brahmas, gandhabbas, etc., and if you did you would not convince anyone of their existence by showing scriptural evidence. The different kinds of beings are scattered all of the Pali Canon. Moggallāna des...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 4261

Re: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept

The link you quoted says that "nabhi" means navel in Pali. So if that is the word used in the canon, how is a non-Pali speaker (like me) supposed to know that is a euphemism when reading a translation that says "navel"? You don't need to be a Pāli scholar, you just need to know biology, and apply s...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 4261

Re: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept

Of course the Pāli canon has a different view of how this happens. It says that a man got a woman pregnant by rubbing his thumb on her navel. Don't be silly. "Navel" ( nābhi ) is obviously just a euphemism for another part of a woman's body. On, second thoughts, maybe he did just do that, then she ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha on devas, petas etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Re: Buddha on devas, petas etc.

There are so many discourses in the main nikāyas. The first book of the Saṃyuttanikāya is all discourses with devas.

http://www.aimwell.org/tuvataka.html

http://www.aimwell.org/sakkapanha.html

http://www.aimwell.org/purabheda.html

Then there's the Mangala Sutta taught to a deva, and many others.