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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: DN16: How to explain this WRONG explanation about earthquakes?
Replies: 79
Views: 724

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: 175

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...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did mogollana actually travel to hell to save his mother?
Replies: 7
Views: 175

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

I think there is a misunderstanding here. Moggallāna apparently rescued Sāriputta's mother from a previous life.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 4135

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

Sumedho is pointing back to yourself , and you just don't get it. This is a typical problem of sectarians. Our teacher is an Arahant and knows everything, all others are wrong. They do not understand what he is saying. Just do the practice, don't bother to study the texts. However, without a knowle...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 4135

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

Why don't take your concerns directly to this monk, instead of gossiping? Or, would that be a heretic behavior? The question at the very start of the video does exactly that, but I do not think Ajahn Sumedho answered the question satisfactorily by referring to viññāṇaṃ anidassanaṃ anantaṃ sabbato p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 4135

Re: Hieratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

Very interesting for example is the fact that discourses considered to be important today, like the Satipaṭṭhāna (MN 10) and the Mahānidāna (DN 15), are, according to scripture, said to have been given among the Kurus--lands quite outside of the Buddha's typical wandering range. An interesting theo...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 4135

Re: Hieratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

I think that perhaps "heretic" is the wrong word to use. I'm not sure if it is a Buddhist concept. It is OK to use the well-known English word, which has two meanings according to WordWeb: 1) A person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church 2) A person wh...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Theravadan Shikantaza?
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Re: Theravadan Shikantaza?

The practise of bare awareness is taught in the Mahāsi Tradition. “Mālukyaputta! As phenomena are seen, heard, sensed, or known, just let them be as they are seen, heard, thought of, or known at that moment. When you see, you just see it; when you hear, you just hear it; when you sense, you just sen...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Robes Made From Recycled Plastic
Replies: 44
Views: 5712

Re: Robes Made From Recycled Plastic

It also seems monks are within their rights to sow robes made of discarded clothes, but it should be done for the reasons offered in the many suttas about this topic rather than the rather shallow act of being a conservationist. :stirthepot: Perhaps if we could sow robes made of discarded clothes w...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 55
Views: 23136

Re: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala

Observing the Uposatha

In the Uposatha Sutta of the Gradual Sayings, Book of Threes, the Buddha teaches his leading female lay disciple, Visākhā, about the three kinds of Uposatha Observance, while dwelling at the monastery donated by her.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it appropriate to ask a Bhikkhu for a blessing?
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: Is it appropriate to ask a Bhikkhu for a blessing?

Is it appropriate to ask a Bhikkhu for a blessing? I was thinking of writing to a Bhikkhu-Teacher with some questions, and was wondering if is appropriate to ask for his blessing (and how should it be worded, if appropriate)? Also, would it be appropriate to include a check donation in with the let...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pull between differnt methods
Replies: 4
Views: 2322

Re: Pull between differnt methods

This video may be helpful:

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 16547

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

It is not even worth debating. There are no reliable sources to backup these beliefs, and it is not connected with the goal. “Those things, Gotamī, regarding which you know, ‘These things lead to passion (sarāgāya), not to dispassion (virāgāya); to bondage (saṃyogāya), not to freedom from bondage (v...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names editions
Replies: 7
Views: 2924

Re: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names editions

I have the Motilal edition printed in 2002. The binding is not strong. If you buy that, apply a protective cover with sticky-back plastic or whatever before it gets damaged.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names editions
Replies: 7
Views: 2924

Re: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names editions

You can download a copy of the DPPN from the home page and save it to read when you're offline. Being able to search has significant benefits over a hard copy, e.g. a Search for Ojadīpa will find several references. One can search the offline edition using Windows Explorer, but it is a bit slower th...