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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Oct 24, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Full moon October 21st - Homage to the Triple Gem
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Full moon October 21st - Homage to the Triple Gem

Bhante, yes, indeed, in Burmese calendars, Uposatha days are often one day before those of the Forest Sangha traditions. Thank you. That is reassuring. I seem to be steering the middle-way between the Burmese and Thai calendars, so I will continue what I am doing, which is to follow the Astronomica...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What reincarnates?
Replies: 77
Views: 1545

Re: What reincarnates?

Rājā āha “Bhante nāgasena, yo uppajjati, so eva so, udāhu añño”ti? Thero āha “Na ca so, na ca añño”ti. According to the PTS dictionary: Uppajjati (p. 151) [ud + pajjati of pad] to come out, to arise, to be produced, to be born or reborn, to come into existence. If we translate King Milinda’s questi...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What reincarnates?
Replies: 77
Views: 1545

Re: What reincarnates?

Without doubt it does belong to the official Pāḷi Canon. The Milinda Pañha was included in the Khuddakanikāya at the Sixth Buddhist Council. “Why?” you may ask, “because it was clearly composed several centuries after the Buddha attained parinibbāna.” The answer is, “Because it is a reliable guide t...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 22, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Full moon October 21st - Homage to the Triple Gem
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Full moon October 21st - Homage to the Triple Gem

The full-moon day on my calendar often comes one day before that on the Forest Saṅgha’s calendar. Maybe someone with a thorough knowledge of the Vinaya could explain how it is calculated? According to Time and Date website, the full-moon was on the 20th October. In London, UK on 20th October @ 15:56...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What reincarnates?
Replies: 77
Views: 1545

Re: What reincarnates?

The Long Journey 1. “He who is reborn, Nāgasena, is he the same per­son or another?” “Neither the same nor another.” “Give me an illustration.” “In the case of a pot of milk that turns first to curds, then to butter, then to ghee; it would not be right to say that the ghee, butter and curds were th...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw
Replies: 42
Views: 11686

Re: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw

I have finally added a first edition of A Manual of Not-self Looking at the document properties of this publication is very revealing. Apparently, I first created it in 2004, which would have been with PagePlus 10, then edited it in PagePlus X5, X6, and X7, which were released in 2010, 2011, and 201...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: So whats 'wrong' with Mahayana?
Replies: 54
Views: 1320

Re: So whats 'wrong' with Mahayana?

One should study and understand about the four great references . “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 discipline, this the doctrine of the teacher." The words...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about karma
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Re: Question about karma

Read the Sīvaka Sutta . Some feelings, Sīvaka, arise that are caused by bile. This is something that one can know for oneself, Sīvaka, and it is agreed upon as true in the world. Those recluses and priests, Sīvaka, who hold the view: ‘Whatever an individual experiences, whether pleasant, painful, or...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw
Replies: 42
Views: 11686

Re: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw

Added a first edition of A Guide to Good Conduct for Youths (Sukumāra Dīpanī). I have had these files for over thirty years, but until now had not got around to publishing it. If anyone can tell me more about when the original Burmese edition was published and/or who the translator was, I will updat...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sleeping on the floor (the ninth precept)
Replies: 30
Views: 9442

Re: Sleeping on the floor (the ninth precept)

I have slept on the floor for years, and find it much more comfortable than a bed with a sprung mattress. In the Mahāsi Centre, we had beds, but only hardwood planks and a woven straw mattress.

I use three Zabutons, which also serve as meditation mats when needed.
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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Oct 06, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw
Replies: 42
Views: 11686

Re: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw

I have now updated all of the Venerable Ledi Sayādaw’s book, apart from Manuals of Buddhism.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Oct 03, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw
Replies: 42
Views: 11686

Re: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw

EmptyShadow wrote: Sun Oct 03, 2021 9:37 pm Is there any English translation of Venerable Ledi Sayādaw's Puññovāda Dīpanī?
Not that I know of.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw
Replies: 42
Views: 11686

Re: Books by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw

Mirror Site

The URL of my Mirror Site has changed. It is now at aimwell.org.uk thanks to Petar Kabashki.

I have now started the process of updating the books by the Venerable Ledi Sayādaw.

I have so far updated books 1-5, and added E-reader versions in both epub and mobi formats.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Sep 30, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: monk forbidden to cut tree
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Re: monk forbidden to cut tree

Is it true ? Especially tree taller than an average man height . What are the reason . One can use allowable modes of speech (kappiya vihāra), to get a tree cut down. When speaking to a lay-person who visits the monastery: Allowable: “This tree attracts lots of nesting birds, which disturbs those p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Never lying down dhutanga
Replies: 13
Views: 512

Re: Never lying down dhutanga

The sitter’s practice is undertaken with one of the following statements: “I refuse lying down” or “I undertake the sitter’s practice.” The sitter can get up in any one of three watches of the night and walk up and down: for lying down is the only posture not allowed. These are the directions. This...