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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 15, 2024 5:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada monks taking bodhisattva precepts
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: Theravada monks taking bodhisattva precepts

In terms of Theravada you can only take said vows in front of a living Buddha. You can take them anywhere you like; in front of a monk, at a stupa, or in front of your own shrine. What you cannot do is guarantee that you will succeed in your aspiration unless you make the vow at the feet of an Omni...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 12, 2024 8:54 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada monks taking bodhisattva precepts
Replies: 10
Views: 541

Re: Theravada monks taking bodhisattva precepts

See the Wikipedia entry for Balangoda Ānanda Maitreyya Mahāthera, who some believe was a Bodhisatta.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 12, 2024 8:51 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada
Replies: 23
Views: 8193

Re: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada

Please refer to The Great Chronicle of the Buddhas , by Bhaddanta Vicittasārābhivaṃsa, Sayādaw U Vicittisāra . The Chronicles are the Commentary on the Cariyapiṭaka of the Khuddakanikāya, which summarises the lives of some Bodhisattas who would later become Siddhattha Gotama Buddha, e.g. Vessantarac...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jun 07, 2024 11:52 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Did king Suddhodana attained arahatship ?
Replies: 8
Views: 502

Re: Did king Suddhodana attained arahatship ?

According to the Dictionary of Pali Proper Names King Suddhodana became a Non-returner (anāgāmī) after hearing the Mahādhammapāla Jātaka (DhA.i.99; J.iv.55), and when he was about to die, the Buddha came from Vesāli to see him and teach him, and Suddhodana became an Arahant and died as a lay Arahant...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Jun 03, 2024 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 31
Views: 15694

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 10, 2024 10:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Brown recluse spider
Replies: 33
Views: 1265

Re: Brown recluse spider

Try playing a recording of the Khandha Parittaṃ.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 03, 2024 8:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Non-monetary ways to make Dana?
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: Non-monetary ways to make Dana?

See A Manual of Donation by the late Venerable Ledi Sayādaw.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri May 03, 2024 7:39 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 31
Views: 15694

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Mar 27, 2024 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The vinaya should be updated
Replies: 23
Views: 3695

Re: The vinaya should be updated

Tea is not banned in Burma, but it is treated as food, not life-time medicine. Green Tea is prohibited for use as a medicine, for the reason that you stated. Infusion of leaves are permitted, provided the leaves are not used as edible food, e.g. black tea should be allowed, but not green tea or cabb...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Mar 15, 2024 9:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Best Evidence for Afterlife - BICS ESSAY COMPETITION - $ 500,000 Prize
Replies: 136
Views: 15806

Re: Best Evidence for Afterlife - BICS ESSAY COMPETITION - $ 500,000 Prize

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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 27, 2024 10:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: retreat opportunities 2023?
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: retreat opportunities 2023?

Sāsanarakkha is worth considering.

U Aggacitta was the interpreter for Sayādaw U Paṇḍita during his 3-month retreat at Barre, Mass.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 24, 2024 4:41 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How does an animal obtain a human rebirth?
Replies: 14
Views: 1527

Re: How does an animal obtain a human rebirth?

LionsRoar wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2024 12:02 amMy real question is that if one is born in the "animal womb", how can you escape that without the ability to make good or bad kamma consciously?
It is very difficult for an animal to gain a human rebirth.

See The Simile of the One-eyed Turtle.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 24, 2024 8:59 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pāli keyboard
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Pāli keyboard

You could use Velthuis encoding to work around that issue. It is fairly easy to read and does not have a steep learning curve.

aa ii uu = ā ī ū
.d .h .l .m .n .r .s .t = ḍ ḥ ḷ ṃ ṇ ṛ ṣ ṭ
"n = ṅ
~n = ñ

AA = Ā etc.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 15, 2024 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Remaining Focused on the Breath
Replies: 16
Views: 1200

Re: Remaining Focused on the Breath

A Manual of Respiration by the late Venerable Ledi Sayādaw may be helpful. Note that it is not the best method for everyone, as it is rather difficult: In the matter of tranquillity meditation: of the forty meditation exercises that are prescribed, mindfulness of respiration is the easiest to estab...