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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Meaning for these terms ?
Replies: 8
Views: 837

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: 5425

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 (Archive)
Topic: Most User Friendly Piece Of Writing On Dependent Origination?
Replies: 22
Views: 1938

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 (Archive)
Topic: Head shaving
Replies: 12
Views: 820

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 (Archive)
Topic: Most User Friendly Piece Of Writing On Dependent Origination?
Replies: 22
Views: 1938

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: 837

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: 460

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: 648

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: 654

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: 5192

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: 5192

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: 654

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.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Universally acknowledged masters -- Theravada or otherwise -- of the 20th century?
Replies: 16
Views: 1267

Re: Universally acknowledged masters -- Theravada or otherwise -- of the 20th century?

Women can also be masters of the Dhamma.

Achaan Naeb

The talk on Achaan Naeb also mentions Sun Lun Sayādaw and Ajahn Buddhadasa.
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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The image of Buddha
Replies: 6
Views: 766

Re: The image of Buddha

Buddha Images 186. Images and pictures of the Buddha are just imitations of the physique of the Buddha. 187. Burmese sculptors make Buddha’s images in Burmese style; likewise Chinese and Indian sculptors carve in their own styles. The real intention is to make people think of the Buddha and adore h...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?
Replies: 66
Views: 4591

Re: Can you follow Buddha's teachings and still dislike people?

Dislike (dosa) is not removed until the stage of Non-returning, so we will have to follow the Buddha's teaching for a long time while still disliking some people or at least some things that they do. It could be argued that Stream-winners would no longer dislike people, since they have eradicated se...