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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do the modernist hell-deniers interpret AN 3.36?
Replies: 82
Views: 1617

Re: How do the modernist hell-deniers interpret AN 3.36?

One is called a Buddhist if one has the right view about one’s volitional actions being one’s own real possession that one cannot disown. More specifically, this understanding covers the following ten matters: That giving alms is wholesome kamma. That making offer­ings is wholesome kamma. That givin...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 28, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Undertake to observe other than Buddha precepts
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Undertake to observe other than Buddha precepts

Taking the precepts is easy, keeping them is the hard part.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bojjhanga and day of birth
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Bojjhanga and day of birth

Probably something to do with Burmese astrology . I am Thursday born, so my name as a monk should begin with "pa." Thursday: Rat Those born on Thursdays are known to identify with the rat. While this may not sound ideal, the rat is actually one of the most adaptable creatures on the planet. Rats are...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can Mara be real?
Replies: 65
Views: 1331

Re: Can Mara be real?

Mara tries to prevent ppl to realize a scientific world. Believing in superstition make ppl easier to control so he will try every possible way. Or, perhaps Māra tries every possibly way to make people believe that hell does not really exist, so it makes no difference if you do evil deeds. See the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Fundamentally different concepts
Replies: 9
Views: 182

Re: Fundamentally different concepts

yogaṃ karoti = to make an effort, to strive after

In Burma, a yogi is the term used for one engaged in earnest meditation.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can Mara be real?
Replies: 65
Views: 1331

Re: Can Mara be real?

Maybe wait until your next life before writing any books about rebirth. :stirthepot:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the Buddha images and statues where he looks human and follows his own vinaya rules?
Replies: 11
Views: 388

Re: Where are the Buddha images and statues where he looks human and follows his own vinaya rules?

I doubt whether one would get a close shave by grabbing one's hair and cutting it off with a sword, but who cares?

Instead of cutting off one's hair, one should cut off one's defilements.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the sutta and vinaya defn. of Brahmacariya exactly?
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: What is the sutta and vinaya defn. of Brahmacariya exactly?

One should refer to the Methuna Sutta in the Book of Sevens. This is quoted from the Visuddhimagga: “Here, brahman, some ascetic or brahman claims to lead the life of purity rightly; for he does not [52] enter into actual sexual intercourse with women. Yet he agrees to massage, manipulation, bathing...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The Sūrangama Sūtra
Replies: 11
Views: 268

Re: The Sūrangama Sūtra

No. It is a later work from the Mahāyāna tradition.

See the thread on Introductory Sources for the Theravāda Tradition
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Abhidhamma Chanting
Replies: 5
Views: 634

Re: Abhidhamma Chanting

Patthāna Chanting by Burmese Sayādaw U Nandamañjusā.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uncertainty risk gambling and emotion
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

Re: Uncertainty risk gambling and emotion

When in Burma, I knew a monk who bought lottery tickets. I advised him: “The chances of winning the lottery are very low. If you give dāna, even to an animal, you are guaranteed to get at least 1,000 times in return.” If you want to take a calculated risk to make a profit in this current existence, ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long can you focus before your mind wanders?
Replies: 15
Views: 7331

Re: How long can you focus before your mind wanders?

What was the question in the poll? ;)
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: DN16: How to explain this WRONG explanation about earthquakes?
Replies: 105
Views: 25672

Re: DN16: How to explain this explanation about earthquakes?

If you take the stance that the explanation is wrong, then your mind is closed. That is not the right approach to improve one's understanding of the texts. 171. “There are eight root causes, eight conditions, Ānanda, for the appearance of a mighty earthquake. What eight? This great earth, Ānanda, is...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did mogollana actually travel to hell to save his mother?
Replies: 7
Views: 885

Re: Did mogollana actually travel to hell to save his mother?

Sāriputta’s mom attained stream entry? Yes, but his mother from a previous life was reborn as a peta, and that peta was seen by Moggallāna, who shared merits for her benefit. The Commentaries give more details. The Buddha returned to Sāvatthi after his last Rains Retreat (vassa) in Beḷuvagāma. Sāri...