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by D1W1
Thu May 14, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gay and Buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 1704

Gay and Buddhism

Hi all, First of all, I don't mean to offend anyone. I just want to discuss this topic open mindedly and respectfully. As far as I am aware, in the Buddhist monastic vinaya, gay people are not allowed to be ordained. But does anyone know what is the reason? Is it because gay people cannot attain enl...
by D1W1
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On finding spouse in Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: On finding spouse in Buddhism

Everyone can become your spouse as long as both of you can reach agreement. The link is very long yet the above quotes half a sentence. The sentence that was quoted from says: Sama-saddha: having compatible faith; they uphold the same religion, revere the same objects of worship, concepts, beliefs ...
by D1W1
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On finding spouse in Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: On finding spouse in Buddhism

here share the same lines of interest-they are equally firm in all these or can reach agreement on them Sorry for coming back a bit late. Everyone can become your spouse as long as both of you can reach agreement. But how does this correspond to associate with the wise? Associate with wise means s/...
by D1W1
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On finding spouse in Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: On finding spouse in Buddhism

I just edited the post. The post was incomplete.
by D1W1
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On finding spouse in Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 350

On finding spouse in Buddhism

Hi all, Buddha encourages us to follow five precepts and earning a living through right livelihood. Some Suttas talk about the responsibility of wife or husband, AFAIK. But did Buddha talked about how do you choose a spouse, according to Buddhism? Someone has a girlfriend or a fiancee that works in ...
by D1W1
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Music and right livelihood

What comes to mind is, teaching music instrument such as piano, violin, etc can increase attachment and pleasure for sound, in eight precepts Buddha advised us to refrain from them. Do professional musicians really enjoy music? I know several professional musicians. From what I've seen, professiona...
by D1W1
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Music and right livelihood

...And so, being heedless and negligent themselves, they’ve encouraged others to be heedless and negligent. When their body breaks up, after death, they’re reborn in the hell called ‘Laughter’. So attanā matto pamatto pare madetvā pamādetvā kāyassa bhedā paraṃ maraṇā pahāso nāma nirayo tattha upapa...
by D1W1
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Music and right livelihood

Agree. But as a lay person you can enjoy sensual pleasures even if you are a Sotapanna. Perhaps you have to worry about this only if you want to become and Anagami. If that is your goal you better of becoming a monk. Thanks for your reply, but in Talaputta Sutta Buddha says actor goes to hell. Why ...
by D1W1
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Music and right livelihood

I know it's a different thing between playing music and an actor. But this sutta sounds a bit too much IMO. Does everything arousing people's lobha, dosa and moha? What does not arousing LDM? You even arousing your wife and kids LDM.
by D1W1
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Music and right livelihood

Buddhist lay people are expected to observe eight precepts only once a month on Uposatha days. But the whole teaching is to reduce sensual pleasure, attachment. Aren't we trying to diminishing pleasure even outside Uposatha days? So how can this be part of practice? Agree. But as a lay person you c...
by D1W1
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Music and right livelihood

Music is a higher form of being. I think teaching piano would be a lovely way to earn a living. Can you elaborate that? :namaste: Well, you seem to be questioning the attachment issues with music. I’m a construction worker, home builder. There are times when crafting something ie: cutting and fitti...
by D1W1
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Music and right livelihood

thepea wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:41 am
Music is a higher form of being.
I think teaching piano would be a lovely way to earn a living.
Can you elaborate that? :namaste:
by D1W1
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Music and right livelihood

SarathW wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:23 am
Buddhist lay people are expected to observe eight precepts only once a month on Uposatha days.
But the whole teaching is to reduce sensual pleasure, attachment. Aren't we trying to diminishing pleasure even outside Uposatha days? So how can this be part of practice?
by D1W1
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Music and right livelihood

Hi guys I have a qualification in music education and I am about put that education into practice. For lay people right livelihood is not doing business in weapon, human being, meat, intoxicant and poison. Clearly music is not one of them. What comes to mind is, teaching music instrument such as pia...
by D1W1
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 35
Views: 3044

Re: Sex only for procreation

Sex with sex toys is basically masturbation. Is masturbation sexual misconduct? I believe only for monks and a minor one. As lay practitioners, it seems to me, that the precepts and Buddhist ethics in general, are training rules . They help us not to harm others and ourselves, develop wholesome sta...