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Recieved alcohol as gift

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Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Digity » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:01 pm

I received a Christmas gift recently of wine. I think this friend knows I don't drink anymore, but I didn't outright state it or anything. This person has a history of being pretty senseless, though. If you suspect someone doesn't drink it's probably not a good idea to gift them booze. I'm wondering what to do with the stuff now? Give it to family members? Is that a bad thing? Use it in cooking? The very odd occasion I do cook with wine. Dispose of it? Might be awkward explaining though if he asks how it was.

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Nicolas » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:04 pm

Dump it into the sink or toilet. If he asks, tell him you don't drink and you threw it away, meaning no disrespect.

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Disciple » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:08 pm

You can give it away to someone who doesn't have a drinking problem.

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Mkoll » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:15 pm

If you cook with wine occasionally and have no problems with that, I see no reason why there's a problem in keeping it and using it for cooking.

Maybe find a tactful way to tell your friend you don't drink so the same thing won't happen next year.
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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Digity » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:35 pm

I could give it to my sister. I just wonder if it's a bad thing to give something like this to someone else as a Buddhist.

I do buy wine on rare occasion, since my family requests a bottle or red/white wine when we host family dinners on special occasions.

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Mkoll » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:41 pm

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Digity » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:57 pm

I guess you guys don't see a problem with giving/using it for others to drink. It seems like a bit of a gray area to me. I don't mean to encourage others to drink, though.

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

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Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby StaceyH » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:55 pm

Drinking alcohol isn't a sin, just something that will interfere with the path, as far as my understanding goes.
So, if there are legal drinkers who aren't on this path as yet, I don't think giving them it would be wrong.
I also cook with wine, though admittedly, I don't use it often.

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:39 am

Greetings,

I agree with Stacey.

Regift it to a non-alcoholic who would otherwise buy wine... then you've saved them a little cash.

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby SarathW » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:49 am

“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:17 am

Greetings Sarath,

Your first two points suggest to me that you didn't fully understand what was said.

(Happy to accept the third point...)

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:18 am

Greetings Nicholas,

Nice suttas. Very apt.

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby StaceyH » Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:12 pm

Perhaps learning how to make vinegar out of it would be the most useful thing as was suggested before.
That way there is no waste of time, effort and whatever the intention of the original gift giver, something useful would arise.


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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Digity » Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:36 pm

Yeah, making wine vinegar actually sounds fun. I might just give that a try. What are your thoughts on cooking with wine? For example, adding 1/2 cup to a recipe. Personally, I don't have a big problem, but not sure 100% what the Buddha would have thought.

What am I suppose to do in the future when my family asks me to pick up a bottle of wine for family get-togethers? I feel like complying isn't in the spirit of the Dhamma, but at the same time I'd feel awkward to refuse the request.

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby Digity » Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:09 am

I started making the vinegar a few days ago. Thanks for the idea Bhante!

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Re: Recieved alcohol as gift

Postby theY » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:39 pm

You can cook it as sauce of lamb, beef, etc.

Because alcohol will leave out wine, while you cook it on a fire.
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