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by D1W1
Thu May 16, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others
Replies: 46
Views: 1530

Re: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others

budo wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 5:55 am


Just the other day I was listening to a dhamma talk by a respected monk and he said the Buddha is always in first jhana no matter what.

People who are in the first jhana are experiencing joy or piti in Pali language. Maybe that was what he meant.
by D1W1
Thu May 16, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Intent
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Karma and Intent

:namaste: Suppose you do a good deed, let's say give money to the needy. Let's say you do that not because you care about the poor but because you want to accrue good karma. Now we have two problems: 1) You've done a good deed. A poor man is happy, thanks to you. 2) You're selfish because of that v...
by D1W1
Wed May 15, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism the final hurdle?
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: Is Buddhism the final hurdle?

:namaste: We crave worldly things (money, fame, power, etc.). This craving causes stress. We abandon these cravings. Buddhism also says craving must be avoided. So we feel we're on the right track. But then new cravings arise - for jhana, nirvana, peace, joy, you name it. These cravings, although s...
by D1W1
Wed May 15, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Husband and responsibility
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Husband and responsibility

Hi guys, Traditionally, it's believed that a husband has to fulfill all household needs and/or daily expenses. I can find nothing about this in sigalovada sutta or other sutta. In today's world, things are different, life expects more from us. It's more common to see both husbands and wives are the ...
by D1W1
Wed May 08, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Making wish in Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 405

Re: Making wish in Buddhism

Therefore my understanding is making wish is unnecessary. But I think it's quite humane to make a wish, there are teachers say you need to make a kind of wish or aspiration on what you do, you need a goal, basically. There's nothing wrong with a nice friendly gesture. One just needs to know the lim...
by D1W1
Tue May 07, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Making wish in Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 405

Re: Making wish in Buddhism

D1W1 wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 10:34 am
Since there is contradiction, do you think making wish is necessary?
Can you answer this?
by D1W1
Tue May 07, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Making wish in Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 405

Making wish in Buddhism

Hi all, In other religion it's seen to be normal to include your wish in the prayer. There are also many Buddhists include their wish when they're performing wholesome deeds, for example, you wish to be reborn in happy states, etc. In numerous occasions, Buddha said in the Sutta, if you make a cause...
by D1W1
Sat May 04, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right livelihood or harmlessness
Replies: 14
Views: 532

Re: Right livelihood or harmlessness

It sounds like you are going down the Jain route Why does any occupation that is listed in right livelihood is considered middle way but when the harm arises from performing an occupation outside prohibition is considered right livelihood? Middle way is a path that is neither self-mortification nor...
by D1W1
Fri May 03, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Noble eightfold path and Buddhist precept
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Noble eightfold path and Buddhist precept

Hi all, Straight to the question. What is the connection between noble eighfold path and Buddhist precepts, meditation, wisdom and/or action through body, speech and mind? I've read somewhere more or less it says right livelihood is connected with bodily conduct or five precepts, right mindfulness i...
by D1W1
Fri May 03, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right livelihood or harmlessness
Replies: 14
Views: 532

Re: Right livelihood or harmlessness

I would think it's a question of intention. If one uses the toxic flame-retardant in order to have more profits, while a healthier option is available, that's bad intention. If one sells cars, for instance, and cars can kill and pollute the environment, is that wrong livelihood? I don't think so, b...
by D1W1
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Re: Birth control

As lay people who have a wife/husband and do not practice celibacy, how can you properly practice "safe sex" without have to worry about unwanted pregnancy? Don't be a Buddhist. Or at least, don't be serious about Buddhism. Or engage in sex only with someone who will take care of contraception them...
by D1W1
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Birth control

Hi all, It's believed that neither sperm nor ovum is a living being, but when a sperm fertilized the egg, a new being has been created. Therefore, any contraception that prevents fertilization is considered acceptable. But you do not have many choices when it comes to these types of contraception, n...
by D1W1
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right livelihood or harmlessness
Replies: 14
Views: 532

Right livelihood or harmlessness

Hi guys, What is considered right livelihood for lay followers are: Not doing business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison. (https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dha ... index.html) But if we take a look at the bigger picture, there ...
by D1W1
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The "three rules" of eating meat
Replies: 57
Views: 1719

Re: The "three rules" of eating meat

Without the commentary, do you think it applies to lay people as well? No. In the Vinaya Piṭaka the prohibition against accepting unallowable meat is a rule for monastics, not householders. As for the Jīvaka Sutta, the context also implies that it is concerned with the practice of monastics; it has...
by D1W1
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The "three rules" of eating meat
Replies: 57
Views: 1719

Re: The "three rules" of eating meat

Even for a wedding party it's not specifically slaughtered for you, unless you're living in a 2nd world country. Fyi, the average beef you eat has already been dry or wet aged for months otherwise it would be extremely hard to eat. The freshest animal life is usually seafood as it starts to stink f...