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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?
Replies: 13
Views: 129

Re: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?

Trading is not gambling. Gambling is betting on the outcome of sports events, the play of cards, the throw of a dice, etc. Trading in certain kinds of goods such as alcohol, weapons, poisons, etc., is a wrong livelihood. Investing in businesses that engage in wrong livelihood is also wrong livelihoo...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?
Replies: 13
Views: 129

Re: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?

Merit is just another word for wholesome kamma. It is volition that the Buddha calls kamma. If the investment fund manager is (most likely) motivated by greed, that will be their kamma. Any dividends on the investment will be paid to the current account for the temple fund, which should be managed b...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?
Replies: 53
Views: 627

Re: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?

Sects is a major hurdle for Buddhists :sage:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intuition verses logical reasoning in dhamma penetration
Replies: 20
Views: 390

Re: Intuition verses logical reasoning in dhamma penetration

Perhaps the reason why there is so much discussion on these forums is because people rely too much on logical reasoning. If people really wished to arrive at right understanding, they would practise more and discuss less. In A Discourse on Dependent Origination: When the Buddha was first considering...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 01, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Walking meditation
Replies: 17
Views: 316

Re: Walking meditation

Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka used to say: “The slower you walk, the quicker you will get to nibbāna.” Insight depends on deep concentration, not superficial concentration. Slowing down and noting the movements in detail aids deep concentration. See The Benefits of Walking Meditation by the late Sayādaw...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun May 30, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachers
Replies: 35
Views: 639

Re: Teachers

Extract from the Caṅkī Sutta “In that way, good Gotama, there is the protection of the truth; in that way there is guarding of the truth; in that way we accept that the truth is protected. How then, good Gotama, is there awakening to the truth? We ask the good Gotama about awakening to the truth.” “...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat May 29, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Looking for teachers of Mahasi Sayadaw technique in America
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Looking for teachers of Mahasi Sayadaw technique in America

Most of your questions have been answered already.

Do some serious reading of Discourses by the late Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 27, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic life and fond of work?
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: Monastic life and fond of work?

There are two main duties for monks: the burden of study or the burden of insight. I don't think it wise to criticise Bhikkhu Analayo as he seems to have done both. We also have a duty to maintain our requisites by mending robes, dwelling-places, and so forth. “Being fond of work” refers to making o...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 27, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vesākha - The Anniversary of the Buddha’s Birth and Enlightenment.
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Vesākha - The Anniversary of the Buddha’s Birth and Enlightenment.

Tradition says that the Buddha’s birth, Enlightenment and death (parinibbāna),¹ took place on the full-moon day of Vesākha. ¹ However, see the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta, wherein the Buddha tells Māra, “Three months from now I will attain parinibbāna. — Appossukko tvaṃ, pāpima, hohi, na ciraṃ Tathāgatass...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu May 27, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vesali Sutta - question.
Replies: 9
Views: 1253

Re: Vesali Sutta - question.

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote: Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:07 pmThe householder Vesākha attained Stream-winning, then Once-returning, then Non-returning after listening to the Dhamma.
Spelling correction: That should be Visākha; Vesākha is the month of April/May.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 26, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Happy Vesak Day!!! 2021 - 2565
Replies: 12
Views: 270

Re: Happy Vesak Day!!! 2021 - 2564

Wikipedia gives 26th May 2021 as B.E. 2565

The Forest Sangha year planner gives 2021 as 2564, but presumably that means that January was in 2564 and that the new Buddhist year of 2565 begins in May?
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun May 23, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why many buddist vihara , temple or association do not have a proper building ?
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Why many buddist vihara , temple or association do not have a proper building ?

Even the Thai Forest Sangha did not have it handed to them on a plate. The English Sangha Trust has a long history going back way before Ajahn Sumedho arrived at the Hampstead Vihāra, and when that was sold to purchase Chithurst House it was far from looking like a monastery. The early members of th...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun May 23, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How likely the Buddha make an error ?
Replies: 27
Views: 477

Re: How likely the Buddha make an error ?

The Buddha did not make an error by instructing the monks to practise asubha kammaṭṭhāna. Looking into their past kamma, he knew that those sixty monks were destined to die that day and that nothing could be done to avert it. Recollection of the repulsiveness of the body enabled them to be well-prep...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed May 05, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fake Speech
Replies: 16
Views: 341

Re: Fake Speech

Recluses of other sects used to bless donors with the words "Long life to you." The monks were scrupulous and doubted if it was truthful to say this when anyone can die at any moment, so they remained silent. The people were displeased, and spread it about that the monks were unfriendly. The Buddha ...