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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is suffering?
Replies: 10
Views: 735

Re: What is suffering?

I do not feel like I am suffering, even when others would expect me to. Any insight or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Maybe I am just too optimistic!? Thanks :heart: The first noble truth is subtle and difficult to realise. It does not mean just physical and mental pain, but existence itsel...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is Nibbana the sole purpose of Buddhism?
Replies: 11
Views: 801

Re: Is Nibbana the sole purpose of Buddhism?

If you can transcend the ego, and put an end to personality-view for ever, you will reach nibbāna. It is then only a matter of time before you attain the final cessation of suffering.

Don't try to be a better person. Just try to understand better how the idea of a person arises.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mani mantra in Theravada
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Mani mantra in Theravada

Many Buddhists do use Om or Buddho mantras, but I would not say that it's a Buddhist practice, and in my opinion it obstructs the clear knowing of the current object that is presently being observed. If you're enjoying the sound of Om, then you're not paying attention to the movements and intentions...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Origin of Swejin Nikaya
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: Origin of Swejin Nikaya

Did you find this reference?

This is a Burmese Temple.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?
Replies: 42
Views: 6834

Re: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?

BasementBuddhist wrote:if we aren't celibate we need to be meditating when we are having sex.
Work when you work; play when you play.

Having sex and meditation are incompatible. While striving to enjoy sensual pleasures you cannot also be striving to abandon them.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is changing your mind same as lying?
Replies: 8
Views: 583

Re: Is changing your mind same as lying?

The best is to try and dodge the question and if it turns out to be impossible then have the courage to be direct. Easier said than done of course. I find that it is much easier to be direct than it is to find a way to say no that is both honest and not hurtful. Perhaps the classic example from the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta and insight meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Re: Metta and insight meditation

In the Mahāsi tradition, the four protections are used to support insight practice. If your mind is clear, then you can practice satipaṭṭhāna vipassanā, i.e. the four foundations of mindfulness. If it is defiled by anger, then practice metta until it is clear again. If it is defiled by lust, then do...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?
Replies: 42
Views: 6834

Re: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?

From what I gather do you think it is even useful for lay people to practice 15 minutes a day if that's all they can do with work, family, etc? The Buddha said that to practice loving-kindness meditation even for a pull of cow's udder is beneficial, so what can we say regarding fifteen minutes? How...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is changing your mind same as lying?
Replies: 8
Views: 583

Re: Is changing your mind same as lying?

Breaking a promise is not telling lies, unless your promise was insincere and you never intended to follow through.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 3429

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

If a nun is raped and conceives as a result of the rape, what happens to her? Whatever she does, whether she aborts or keeps the child, she will have to disrobe. Something like that can never befall a monk. If she conceives before ordaining, she does not have to disrobe. Kumāra Kassapa was the son ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pirith Chanting/Noola Threads
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Pirith Chanting/Noola Threads

Do we need a canonical explanation when 100% of Buddhist followers have faith in a practise, of course in Sri Lanka. I wish to know whether Sri Lankans are the only lot who have faith in a pirith nula. Yes. I think we do. The Four Great References should be used to determine whether some teaching o...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 5 Faculties of Faith Followers
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: 5 Faculties of Faith Followers

How could we measure such a thing? It is said in the Kīṭāgiri Sutta that the Faith-follower has developed the five spiritual faculties — faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom — but to what extent is hard to say. The controlling faculty of faith (saddhindriya) overpowers doubt (viciki...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pirith Chanting/Noola Threads
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Pirith Chanting/Noola Threads

Pirith Nula is not found anywhere in the Buddhist texts. I suspect that it is a tradition imported to Sri Lanka from Indian Brahmin priests. Dhamma Exhortations “Dhammo have rakkhati dhammacārī, Dhammo suciṇṇo sukhamāvahati, Esānisaṃso dhamme suciṇṇe, Na duggati gacchati dhammacārī.” (Mahādhammapāla...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati

iti or ’ti both mean thus, so itipi means "Thus indeed," ti is also use to close a quotation as in Bhagavā’ti. Manussānmaṃ refers to human beings. Sattha deva-manussānaṃ means that the Buddha is the teacher of both gods and men. Sugato also means "well-spoken" besides "well-gone," or "fortunate." As...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 10502

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Yesterday I quoted "Om mani padme hum" for 2000x times. I meditated a total of six hours. I asked I willingly want to suffer in Hell for eternity, if I can't quit. Now I'm smoking again, despite everything. That is not the right method. The only way is to observe your body, feelings, thoughts, and ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 10502

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Nicotine is such a perfect tool of devil. The problem is not nicotine, but craving. Many who stop smoking become addicted to sweets or something else. Patches and e-cigarettes do not begin to address the root cause, though they do have some health benefits over cigarettes. Direct your efforts to kn...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Resources
Replies: 84
Views: 26145

Re: Pali Resources

If you want to edit the Pali/English dictionary it is a Unicode text file that can be edited in Notepad. If you installed the program in C:\Tipitaka\ as I recommend, you will find the dictionary here: C:\Tipitaka\Chattha Sangayana Tipitaka 4.0\Reference\en\pali-english-dictionary.txt The Pali word i...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 3429

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

Sexual feelings are aroused in a person with hormones developed by sight sound smell and mostly touch and even by taste. The development of such hormones are scientifically explained. It is the victim hence who is mostly responsible for being raped. This view is obnoxious. I am a monk for nearly 40...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Finding food
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Re: Finding food

If a monk is walking somewhere that has naturally growing banana trees on land that isn't owned by anyone and there is a fallen banana on the ground is he allowed to pick it up and eat it? No. However, if there is a shortage of food, he may pick it up, take it to where there is a lay person, and ha...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The place of doubt in practice
Replies: 164
Views: 5313

Re: The place of doubt in practice

Sayādaw U Paṇḍita wrote:The Pāli word for this Seventh Army is vicikicchā, which means more than simple doubt. It is the exhaustion of mind that comes about through conjecture.
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