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by BKh
Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?
Replies: 15
Views: 205

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. I guess I see it as gambling on the market, not investing in a business. Once you are picking things like money market accounts, you really are making a decision on how much yo...
by BKh
Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it breaking of Vinaya if a monastery set up an endowment fund?
Replies: 15
Views: 205

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

without incurring significant risk. I agree with everything you said, but I think this point is the key (although in any case not a Vinaya issue). I once donated what was for me at the time a large amount to a monastery that I later found out was investing money they had saved. Because I got more i...
by BKh
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:02 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?
Replies: 54
Views: 690

Re: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?

People have been making crazy accusations for as long as this monk has been popular. If you are not aware how stagnant the popular religion has become in Sri Lanka, it's hard to imagine what a threat to the establishment he is. If he doesn't do enough traditional things they accuse him of rejecting ...
by BKh
Mon May 24, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One's enemy
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: One's enemy

I've heard it said that one's enemy is one's best teacher. I'm not sure you have heard the Buddha say that, though. This is very much a Vajrayana concept. I'm not saying it's wrong. Or that you can't learn things from bad situations. But anything in the Suttas is going to be a step or two away from...
by BKh
Fri May 07, 2021 2:46 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: How can we help (our) kids from buddhism?
Replies: 18
Views: 738

Re: How can we help (our) kids from buddhism?

This website has lots of Dhamma material specifically for kids. Two podcasts for kids. Youtube videos, events, etc. https://www.serenecolombo.org/ Kids have an unbelievable ability to understand the Dhamma. Any teaching is useful and appropriate if taught correctly. They are naturally very concerned...
by BKh
Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Medical card and life insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: Medical card and life insurance

A monk is not a bread-winner, so no need for that. I had never thought about it before, but sometimes the head monk in a monastery, especially in the west, is indeed the main motivation for lay people to donate to a monastery. Not a beautiful truth, but a truth none the less. So having a large payo...
by BKh
Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing
Replies: 134
Views: 4852

Re: Ajahn Pannobhasa is disrobing

At least he opened the dhamma to Trump supporters, conspiracy theorists, and various supremacists. That's useful. No, it's not useful. Because it will only lead to twisting of the meaning of the Dhamma. That demographic is not interested in truth. They are interested in reinforcing their own delusi...
by BKh
Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Texts with diacritics
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Texts with diacritics

Yes, you can rely on that (the mistakes and different readings are rare).
Actually I believe that the texts linked to on Accesstoinsight are from the Sri Lankan BJT edition and the digitized text is overwhelmed with typos. As in, it's better than nothing, but not much. Don't rely on it at all.
by BKh
Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Requesting Sri Lanka Ordination information
Replies: 37
Views: 2354

Re: Requesting Sri Lanka Ordination information

I've seen there are a lot of Mahamevnawa monestaries, big organization, seems like an easy way to ordain. Time in training there to take high ordination is much longer than most other places. Also, if you have the desire to wander around, that is not the organization for you. Regarding staying in l...
by BKh
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:51 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SuttaCentral 2021: we are live!
Replies: 21
Views: 1207

Re: SuttaCentral 2021: we are live!

Could someone kindly tell me how I would go about finding, say, the Pali text of MN 2? Well, from the home page you could click on the cards suttaPitaka>Majjhima>MajjhimaNikaya (that's the tricky bit, there are Chinese agamas)>First Fifty>chapter on root of all things Then click on MN2. You will se...
by BKh
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SuttaCentral 2021: we are live!
Replies: 21
Views: 1207

Re: SuttaCentral 2021: we are live!

They did not like when I gave ATI links when I make a post and some of the members insist that I should use Sutta central links. For others reading this thread, I have never, ever, seen anyone care what site you linked to from the forum, as long as it was sutta. And no one gets banned for simply po...
by BKh
Tue Mar 16, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Requesting Sri Lanka Ordination information
Replies: 37
Views: 2354

Re: Requesting Sri Lanka Ordination information

Don't listen to people who tell you not to ordain in Sri Lanka.
by BKh
Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Source for the Pāli Canon in English
Replies: 63
Views: 3534

Re: Source for the Pāli Canon in English

Is it safe to assume the any publication in English by the Pāli Text Society is a sound translation? As many people have told you, age matters. They still publish many of the first generation translations. These may be necessary for scholarly and historical purposes, but they are not what you shoul...
by BKh
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Source for the Pāli Canon in English
Replies: 63
Views: 3534

Re: Source for the Pāli Canon in English

but hopefully a favored one. No Has anyone read this particular volume? Yes. You know that the reason you are finding all of these books is because people take public domain books and try and make a buck off of unsuspecting people. It's a good business model. Very little work for pure money if peop...
by BKh
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Source for the Pāli Canon in English
Replies: 63
Views: 3534

Re: Source for the Pāli Canon in English

What do you all think of Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt? Online it says that this is the best 39 of 547 tales of the Buddha's former lives. Are there versions with all 547 tales included? Again, I'm going to generally recommend that you stay away from things over 100 years old. However, with the ...