Ajahn Brahm’s response to the UNDV ban

Here’s a video, courtesy of Jake Mitra, from Ajahn Brahm concerning the ban of the paper that I published in the previous post. This is now updated to give the full talk.

For those of you who are new to this issue, you should know that this is not the first time there have been such problems.

4 thoughts on “Ajahn Brahm’s response to the UNDV ban

  1. Ajahn Brahm is so right that because his paper is banned, now everybody in the Buddhist world wants to read about it. Like the two Chinese words for crisis “wei Ji” (‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’) try to convey, adversity creates new opportunity. Now more people will get to be alerted on the issue by reading his banned paper.

  2. Dear Bhante,

    And it is not the second time, either. Ajahn had a similar experience in 2012, when his paper was accepted and then the invitation to present it was withdrawn.

    With respects,


  3. with due respect, did I hear correctly from the above video @ 41.28 ajahn brahm said the buddha was said to commit suicide by eating the pork? omg, is it true? doesn’t seem to make sense to me. how could that be possible when buddha was already fully-awakened & on the “other shore” though his body was living in “this shore” possibly bearing his last kamma. it showed the buddha’s supra-mundane detachment of his body & mind. it showed buddha’s graceful supra-mundane selflessness & compassion for cunda’s future welfare. Does that make sense?

  4. To make more sense of my above comment, I should add the buddha’s words from palicanon mahaparinibbanasutta-last days of the Buddha(dn16)-under “relieving cunda’s remorse”:-
    “There are two offerings of food which are of equal fruition, of equal outcome, exceeding in grandeur the fruition and result of any other offerings of food. Which two? The one partaken of by the Tathagata before becoming fully enlightened in unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment; and the one partaken of by the Tathagata before passing into the state of Nibbana in which no element of clinging remains. By his deed the worthy Cunda has accumulated merit which makes for long life, beauty, well being, glory, heavenly rebirth, and sovereignty.”‘ Thus, Ananda, the remorse of Cunda the metalworker should be dispelled.” Hopefully this sounds convincing &confirmed that the buddha was not committing suicide although he knew the pork would make him ill.

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