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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules
Replies: 23
Views: 1161

Re: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules

The rule of money was said classed as minor rule and can be abolished . And was said not practical in many countries where almsround are difficult to practice . 11. The Minor and Lesser Precepts “It has been said by the Blessed One, ‘It is from higher knowledge, O monks, that I teach Dhamma.’¹ Yet ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma
Replies: 59
Views: 1830

Re: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma

Nicholas Weeks wrote: Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:02 am
rhinoceroshorn wrote: Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:00 am Sex is always unwholesome.
"Always"? Piffle and nonsense.
Yes, sexual relations are always unwholesome (akusala). However, it is only immoral or evil (pāpa), when done with inappropriate partners.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules
Replies: 23
Views: 1161

Re: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules

Dhamma is more important than Vinaya. Vinaya, interpreted differently or wrongly understood, has created divisions like Dhammayut and Mahānikāya, and many other nikāyas in each Buddhist country. The Kosambī dispute was started over a fine point of Vinaya. A Dhamma master used the latrine and forget ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View
Replies: 322
Views: 24857

Re: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View

What is Stable Morality? The moral conduct that culminates in the attainment of path consciousness is called stable morality. Morality is a supporting condition for the path. With the attainment of the path, morality becomes stable and irreversible. From this time onwards, a person will not kill an...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View
Replies: 322
Views: 24857

Re: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View

15. Impossible (A.i.26) 268. “It is impossible, monks, it cannot happen that one endowed with right-view¹ could regard any formation as permanent. That is not possible. However, it is possible, monks, that an ordinary person could regard any formation as permanent. That is possible.” 269. “It is im...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: about 3rd precept
Replies: 33
Views: 2907

Re: about 3rd precept

Note: Venerable. Your translation has not translated paññāya but says: Yathārūpāya cānanda, paññāya isidatto samannāgato ahosi tathārūpāya paññāya purāṇo samannāgato abhavissa, nayidha isidatto purāṇassa gatimpi aññassa. If Purāṇa were endowed with the kind of morality possessed by Isidatta, Ānanda...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: about 3rd precept
Replies: 33
Views: 2907

Re: about 3rd precept

So, what to conclude from that fact? The grandfather did not lead a celibate life, but progressed just as well as his son, who was celibate. So, if you really want to progress on the path, celibacy is not essential. “Here, Ānanda, a certain individual is very lustful. He knows the liberation of the...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: lifespan of other beings
Replies: 8
Views: 4335

Re: lifespan of other beings

The Uposatha Sutta given to Visākhā also gives the lifespans of the deities. This matches with the chart of the 31 Planes of Existence
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: about 3rd precept
Replies: 33
Views: 2907

Re: about 3rd precept

Do Not Judge Others.

Migasālā's father and grandfather both attained Tusita heaven and were declared as Once-returners by the Blessed One. One was celibate, the other was not.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 689
Views: 73126

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Greeting Bhante, I think it’s fair for monastics to talk about fair taxation. As you say, Ven. Sujato sadly sounded like he was calling for something else. I think it is OK for monastics to express an opinion on pretty much any topic, without being told that it is animal chatter. It all depends on ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 689
Views: 73126

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

To return to the underlying cause of the issues — the uneven distribution of wealth — here are some figures on tax bands in the US from 1952-53. The source is from someone who writes on American history. Taxable income after deductions 23 brackets consolidated to 13. Figures in 2015 dollars, adjuste...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 689
Views: 73126

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

due to the third factor of "condoning or permitting" Can you please advise if this factor is derived from Sutta, Vinaya &/or commentary? From Sutta. Pāṇātipātī Suttaṃ 264. “Catūhi, bhikkhave, dhammehi samannāgato yathābhataṃ nikkhitto evaṃ niraye. Katamehi catūhi? Attanā ca pāṇātipātī hoti, parañca...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 689
Views: 73126

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Killer of Mr Floyd appears in court on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Derek Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. The second-degree murder charge is one of unintentional murder, which is a contradiction in itself, but the law does not always align with Dhamma/...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravadin Resource guide
Replies: 81
Views: 123714

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

The Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana Tipiṭaka was updated in May 2020 with some corrections to the texts.