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  Rathavinīta Sutta — A Relay of Chariots
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 08-11-2017, 02:07 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added the Rathavinīta Sutta — A relay of chariots, a discourse between Puṇṇa Mantāṇiputta and Sāriputta on the seven stages of purification.

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  Potaliya Sutta — A Discourse to Potaliya
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 08-09-2017, 05:16 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

In A Discourse to Potaliya the Buddha teaches a wanderer how a householder’s affairs are cut off in the discipline of the noble ones. 

The wanderer Potaliya is angry when the Buddha refers to him as a householder, but soon calms down and listens to the Buddha's teaching, taking refuge at the end of the discourse.

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  Sattajaṭila Sutta — The Seven Matted-hair Ascetics
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 08-05-2017, 09:29 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

The Sattajaṭila Sutta relates what happens when King Pasenadi of Kosala is attending on the Buddha. A group of different types of ascetics pass by, the king pays respects to them, and then asks the Buddha if they are Arahants. 

The Buddha explains that is difficult for a householder like the king to know that.

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  Nakhasikhā Sutta — The Tip of a Fingernail
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 08-05-2017, 09:26 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added the Nakhasikhā Sutta, on the simile of the dust on the top of a fingernail. 

There are several discourses that use this simile, comparing how much suffering remains for a Stream-winner compared to the suffering that remains for worldlings, or how few beings gain rebirth in the fortunate realms of existence.

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  The Khuddakapāṭha — The Short Passages
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 08-04-2017, 07:37 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

The Khuddakapāṭha is the first book of the Khuddakanikāya. It is thought to be a later compilation of earlier texts. 

It is also known as “The Novice's Training,” as it includes several verses and protection discourses that a newly ordained novice would need to memorise.

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  Maṇicūḷaka Sutta — A Discourse to Maṇicūlaka
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 08-02-2017, 01:24 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have added A Discourse to Maṇicūḷaka

The village headman approaches the Blessed One and asks him if monks are allowed to accept money.

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  Mālukyaputta Sutta — A Discourse to Mālukyaputta
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 08-01-2017, 09:27 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have added A Discourse to Mālukyaputta to my site.

This discourse to an elderly monk on how to practise bare awareness was frequently taught by the late Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw to his meditation students. It is an extremely effective method to dispel defilements and gain concentration quickly, as long is it is practised with sufficient diligence. 

The same method was taught to Bāhiya Dārucīriya, who was the disciple singled out by the Buddha as being the one to gain higher knowledge (abhiññā) faster than any other. 

Quote:“Etadaggaṃ, bhikkhave, mama sāvakānaṃ bhikkhūnaṃ khippābhiññānaṃ yadidaṃ Bāhiyo Dārucīriyo.

I also use this teaching as the basis of my booklet on The Shortest Route to Nibbāna

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  Kathāvatthu Sutta — Topics for Discussion
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-28-2017, 09:28 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added Kathāvatthu Suttaṃ — Topics for Discussion.

How to tell if someone is fit to discuss with or not.

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  Mahācattārīsaka Sutta — The Great Forty
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-24-2017, 11:45 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

This discourse The Great Forty explains the distinction between wrong-view, mundane right-view, and supramundane right-view. 

It goes on to explain the other path factors and their dependence on right-view, which is the forerunner of all wholesome states. 

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  Loṇakapalla Sutta — A Ladle of Salt
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-21-2017, 07:05 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have added the discourse on A Ladle of Salt

This brief but important discourse from the Book of Threes (A.i.249) explains how the same kamma gives different effects to different individuals. 

It is an encouragement to do wholesome kamma to mitigate the effects of past unwholesome kamma.

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