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  Sukhumāla Sutta — Delicate
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 12-17-2017, 09:03 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Sukhumāla Sutta — Delicate

The Buddha describes three sights that led to his renunciation of the life of extreme delicacy and comfort that he enjoyed as a Bodhisatta.

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  Andha Sutta — The Blind
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 12-10-2017, 12:14 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Andha Sutta — The Blind

Three kinds of individuals found in the world: the blind, the one-eyed, and the two-eyed.

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  Gūthabhāṇī Sutta — A Speaker of Excrement
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 12-10-2017, 12:12 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - Replies (3)

Gūthabhāṇī Sutta — A Speaker of Excrement

Three kinds of individuals found in the world: A speaker of excrement, a speaker of flowers, and a speaker of honey.

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  Jāṇussoṇi Sutta — Offerings to the Departed
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 11-29-2017, 10:12 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added Jāṇussoṇi Sutta — Offerings to the Departed.

The Brahmin Jāṇussoṇi asks the Buddha if there is any benefit in making offerings and performing rites for the departed.

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  Divine abiding
Posted by: jeffR - 11-27-2017, 02:46 PM - Forum: Theravāda Buddhism - Replies (4)

Bhante,
As taught in meditation centers and in many books, the Brahmaviharas are things we wish on others; e.g. in Metta meditation we offer metta to our selves, friends & relatives, associates and all beings.  We are encouraged to be compassionate (karuna) towards others.

In reading the suttas, the Brahmaviharas are expressed more as a state of mind, an abode where the mind rests.  This is different from an emotion or expression we offer to others, but a divine state of mind.

Is there a conflict here?  or does the 'practice' of expressing metta and karuna towards others actually assist in developing a state of being (mind) that is divine?

Thank you,
Jeff

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  Puṇṇovāda Sutta — An Admonition to Puṇṇa
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 11-26-2017, 02:02 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Puṇṇovāda Sutta —An Admonition to Puṇṇa

Venerable Puṇṇa asks the Buddha for a brief admonishment before setting off for his home district of Sunāparanta. The Buddha queries him to see if he has the necessary qualities to live in that hostile region.

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  Greetings from Ohio
Posted by: Bag of Bones - 11-25-2017, 07:44 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (2)

Greetings Dhamma Friends _/\_
I am solitary lay practitioner living in Central Ohio, USA. 

I started to really get into Buddhism about 3 years ago and mostly through a lot of the usual Mahayana sources. With exposure to Pai Canon I was drawn more into Theravada as I came to see that only Theravadan Buddhism offered something unique in its straightforward approach to transcending suffering. A lot of what's in Mahayana is interchangeable with any other form of mysticism, and I came to the conclusion that release from samsara is what interest me most, not just vague feelings of Unity and interconnectedness.

I came to this forum to hopefully learn more about Insight meditation practice in the Mahasi tradition. I am about to start reading 'In This Very Life', and thought this might be good place to ask questions.

My daily practice now is 25 minutes of breath meditation or Metta, some chanting and Dhamma study. I also work on my morality by the 5 precepts.
Thank you _/\_

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  Vesālī Sutta — A Discourse at Vesālī
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 11-11-2017, 01:18 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added the Vesālī Sutta — A discourse at Vesālī.

A large number of monks commit suicide, or murder one another, due to disgust with the human body. This is also the introductory story to the third offence of defeat for monks — killing a human being.

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  PDF problems
Posted by: Adán - 11-06-2017, 07:42 PM - Forum: Site Feedback - Replies (4)

Hello Bhante,

I can´t download the pdf "Dhamma Discourses" by Sayādaw U Kuṇḍalābhivaṃsa.

http://www.aimwell.org/other.html

I also tried it from the mirror site.

Thank you

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  Vāsijaṭa Sutta — The Adze Handle
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 11-06-2017, 08:07 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have added the Vāsijaṭa Sutta — The Adze Handle.

The Buddha gives similes of hatching eggs, wearing away the handle of an adze, and the rotting of a ship's rigging to describe the progress of purification through mental development.

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