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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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  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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