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  Lekha Sutta - Writing
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-16-2017, 07:58 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have added the Lekha Sutta

It describes three kinds of individuals, one like writing on stone, one like writing on the ground, one like writing in water.

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  Kīṭagiri Sutta, Majjhimanikāya Sutta 70
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-14-2017, 07:47 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have just added the Kīṭagiri Sutta, an important discourse from the Middle-length Sayings, Sutta 70, which was given to a group of shameless monks dwelling at Kīṭagiri, who were the followers of Assaji and Punabbasu, known collectively as Assaji-Punabbasukā.

Their bad reputation as corrupters of families was causing great harm to their lay supporters as well as themselves. The Buddha went there to admonish them by teaching this discourse, but they would not change their ways. They were banished from the place and later left the Saṅgha. 

The discourse contains teachings on the benefits of eating only one meal a day, on the kinds of feelings to be abandoned and those to be acquired, the gradual training the seven kinds of individuals, two kinds of which are Arahants with nothing further to do, and the other five kinds in need of further training.

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  Jīvaka Sutta, Aṅguttaranikāya
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-10-2017, 08:58 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - Replies (1)

Another discourse to Jīvaka is found in the Book of Eights in the Gradual Sayings or Numerical Discourses. 

The topic is how one becomes a lay disciple, a virtuous lay disciple, and how one practises for one's own benefit and the benefit of others.

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  Jīvaka Sutta, Majjhimanikāya
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-10-2017, 08:56 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

This important discourse from the Middle-length discourses, the Jīvaka Sutta, is on the topic of the eating of meat by the monks.

It is clear that the Buddha and his disciples ate meat, fish, fowl, and eggs when they were offered. In those days it was regarded as a superior food, and presumably was not as easily available to the poor as it is nowadays, but there was clearly a market for meat.

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  Cūḷadukkhakkhandha Sutta
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-08-2017, 06:41 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have added the Cūḷadukkhakkhandha Suttaṃ — the Lesser Discourse on the Mass of Suffering to my collection of Selected Discourses.

This is the fourteenth discourse in the Majjhimanikāya. It covers two important topics: the suffering involved in the pursuit of sensual pleasures, and the wrong view of the Nigaṇṭhā that past evil kamma can be annihilated by ascetic practices.

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  Hello from Spain
Posted by: Adán - 07-04-2017, 02:25 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (1)

Hello,

My name is Adán. I am from Tenerife, Spain. English is not my first language, I don´t even have a good level. I've just known that Bhante Pesala, who I have been following in Dhamma Wheel, has opened this forum. I am very happy. At last a serious buddhist forum.

I am a solitary buddhist. I try to practice at home and in my daily life. My intention here is to follow the posts and learn, and ask questions if I can. I hope this site serves me as a help.

My avatar is an old man with a handful of leaves, I love this simile of Buddha´s teachings.

Thank you Bhante

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  Dhammika Sutta
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 07-04-2017, 12:44 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have just added the Dhammika Sutta to my website. 

This discourse on the right conduct for a disciple is from the Suttanipāta.

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  Cūḷakammavibhaṅga Sutta
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 06-30-2017, 09:41 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have just added a translation of this important discourse on the law of kamma. 

The Lesser Discourse on the Analysis of Kamma

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  Conditional Relations
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 06-28-2017, 06:04 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

I have added a translation for Conditional Relations

These are just the first sections of the first of five books from the Abhidhamma Piṭaka. It is often recited in Burma, and some devotees memorise these sections for recitation.

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  Cyber Bullying and the First Precept
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 06-17-2017, 04:32 PM - Forum: Theravāda Buddhism - No Replies

A young woman has recently been convicted of "Involuntary Manslaughter," for urging a former boyfriend to kill himself. She may face up to twenty years for the crime, but what offence is this according to the Buddha's teaching?

The first precept of abstaining from killing living beings is broken if:

  1. One does it oneself
  2. One urges another to do it
  3. One condones it
  4. One speaks in praise of it.
The Vinaya rule of defeat for monks is broken if one urges another to commit suicide by speaking in praise of death. It is the same offence as murder. No doubt the kammic consequences are different, but the first precept is definitely broken, even though the act of killing is done by the victim. It is intention that the Buddha called kamma. 

This is what Ajahn Thanissaro says in the Buddhist Monastic Code:

Intention and perception. The Vibhaṅga defines intentionally as “having made the decision knowingly, consciously, and purposefully.” According to the Commentary, having made the decision refers to the moment when one “crushes” one’s indecisiveness by taking an act. Knowingly means being aware that, “This is a living being.” Consciously means being aware that one’s action is depriving the living being of life. Purposefully means that one’s purpose is murderous. Whether one is motivated by compassion, hatred, or indifference is irrelevant as far as the offence is concerned. 

So, if you see any instances of cyber-bullying couched in terms like “Why don't you kill yourself?” do report it. In most cases, the victim is unlikely to act on it, but sometimes that does happen. If someone urges another to kill themselves, and it is not done in jest, but with ill-will, and if the victim does commit suicide, then the unwholesome kamma of killing a human being is completed and the first precept is broken. As the Venerable Ledi Sayādaw says in his Manual of the Path Factors

Five Factors of Killing Living Beings
  1. The being must be alive.
  2. One must know that it is alive.
  3. One must intend to cause its death.
  4. An action must be done to cause death.
  5. Its death must follow from that action.

If all five factors are fulfilled, the first precept is violated and should be taken again.

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