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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 783
Views: 27882

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

As for the feat of the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw I did not find much material about his feat of being able to flawlessly remember and recall the whole Tipitaka at random. The written word right in front of your face does not stop you making glaring errors. Your reasoning powers are at fault, and the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 783
Views: 27882

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

There seems to be another issue with the alleged feat by Ven. Sayadaw. In most Buddhist web sites the feat is written as having taken placed in May 1954. However, in the GWR book the feat took place in May, 1974. On my website too , I have the correct date of 1954. The Chaṭṭhasaṅgāyana was held fro...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where should I ordain between India and Thailand?
Replies: 21
Views: 2088

Re: Where should I ordain between India and Thailand?

The goal of all religions is the same which is Nibbana. I follow both Hinduism and Buddhism. They are very similar. But you are right that we should practice more and read less. Because even if we know a lot but don't practice, then it is of no use. Buddha taught a direct path to Nibbana which I'm ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where should I ordain between India and Thailand?
Replies: 21
Views: 2088

Re: Where should I ordain between India and Thailand?

If you want to ordain between India and Thailand, ordain in Burma. :stirthepot: If Sanskrit is not difficult for you then Pali will not be difficult to learn either. That is what you need to study the texts. However, the important point is to find a suitable teacher and a monastery first. Thailand w...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why do I keep hearing that Mindfulness is a Form of Meditation?
Replies: 11
Views: 3567

Re: Why do I keep hearing that Mindfulness is a Form of Meditation?

Not only is mindfulness a form of meditation, it is the only form that leads to the attainment of the four paths. Other methods may lead to absorption and mystic powers, but without the application of right-mindfulness they cannot lead on to the goal. 373. “This is the only way, monks, for the purif...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 7385

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

There is plenty of evidence in the Tipiṭaka that the Buddha used his psychic powers for travelling to distant places. The reason that his alleged visit to Sri Lanka should be rejected is that it is not mentioned in the Tipiṭaka, its Commentaries, or Subcommentaries. It is only mentioned in later wor...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 7385

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

Other Books

Whatever it says in Other Books, whether that be ancient Pali books, or books by contemporary authors, should be compared with reliable sources. If it agrees with them; it should be accepted. If not, it should be rejected.
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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 7385

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

If some claim is not supported by the Dhamma/Vinaya, it should be rejected. This is from the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta: 188. “In the first place, monks, a monk may say thus: ‘From the mouth of the Blessed One himself have I heard, from his own mouth have I learned it. This is the Dhamma, this the discip...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 7385

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

He took about six months to walk from Rājagaha to Kusinārā. He gave many teachings on the way. After his Enlightenment he went out of his way to meet Upaka because it would benefit him. After the first sixty monks became Arahants he sent them off telling them to travel alone and spread the teaching....
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 7385

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

There is nothing ridiculous about the Buddha flying to distant places using his psychic powers. He used his powers whenever he needed to, which makes it hard to categorically refute the claims that he visited Sri Lanka. The only evidence that he did not, is the lack of reliable sources showing that ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 7385

Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

I see no reason to believe that he did. I found this article from the Sunday Times, which refers to the account in the Mahāvaṃsa, which is not in the Tipiṭka or its Commentaries, but among the Other Books. Sri Lankan children are taught in school about the Buddha's visit to Sri Pāda, so they take it...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: If you are a monk. Do you eat anything after noon?
Replies: 15
Views: 12142

Re: If you are a monk. Do you eat anything after noon?

If monks are famished in the afternoon, for some reason (being sick, dāyakas bring alms too late, etc.), they can make use of the five tonics: Sappi = Ghee Navanītaṃ = Butter (not cheese) Telaṃ = Oil Madhu = Honey Phāṇitaṃ = Sugar (cane sugar, palm sugar, jaggery, molasses, boiled sweets without nut...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: buying/using gun
Replies: 59
Views: 4580

Re: buying/using gun

If you believe that a gun provides a deterrent, then buy a gun, but do not buy any bullets, or buy only blank cartridges. That way, you won't be able to kill anyone if you panic.

However, for a Buddhist it is more appropriate to rely on loving-kindness and mindfulness for protection.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Vitamin D
Replies: 29
Views: 12013

Re: Vitamin D

I am taking 2000IU daily on the advice of one of my supporters (a consultant).

Dr John Campbell (PhD) constantly promotes Vitamin D to boost immunity.