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by dharmacorps
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: CBD Oil
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: CBD Oil

Until there is some standardized test for products containing cbd, anyone keeping the precepts should probably be wary of cbd. Much of it is admixed with THC (psychoactive substance in marijuana). Sometimes, substantial amounts. If they legalize cannabinoids, then one benefit will be that people wil...
by dharmacorps
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intrusive Thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 222

Re: Intrusive Thoughts

Sometimes I have heard it recommended that those struggling with schizophrenia/psychosis focus on chanting, parittas, and also especially practice generosity and giving. Sometimes this can help make the practice advance, even in those who cannot meditate due to their condition. Something to consider...
by dharmacorps
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the 5th precept. How it leads to suffering
Replies: 11
Views: 575

Re: Breaking the 5th precept. How it leads to suffering

It sounds like you have earnest interest in practicing meditation and following the precepts which is great. You may need to delve deeper into your relationship with substances though-- I experienced the same problems myself but with alcohol. I would recommend going to a 12 step group (Marijuana ano...
by dharmacorps
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What life is like in pure abode?
Replies: 9
Views: 310

Re: What life is like in pure abode?

Hard to describe the pure abodes, because by definition, nobody ever "comes back" from them. Even the Buddha never was reborn in the pure abodes. He did speak to what they were like because he attained knowledge of them after his enlightenment, but it was a curious situation where it was the only re...
by dharmacorps
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neutering animals.
Replies: 15
Views: 222

Re: Neutering animals.

It's quite possible that "pet ownership" in the way we know it simply didn't happen in the Buddha's time. I think this is definitely true-- the idea of a "companion animal" in the way we think of it may not have existed. But I do think people have always had animals they feed/care for/play with tha...
by dharmacorps
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neutering animals.
Replies: 15
Views: 222

Re: Neutering animals.

Keeping pets is not discouraged in the canon that I am aware of. Keeping agricultural or farming animals is discussed more I believe. Neutered animals live longer typically, so I am not sure there is an argument that is sutta based against keeping pets or neutering them. It would be up to personal d...
by dharmacorps
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)
Replies: 14
Views: 204

Re: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)

What is called a near death experience may not be the same "experience" as rebirth. If you saw what was on "the other end" (i.e. your next birth), you'd actually be dead and reborn. Near death experiences may not tell us what we think they do.
by dharmacorps
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 20
Views: 584

Re: Really Confused...!

OP, I understand your confusion. I experienced the same when I researched and tried to practice Tibetan Buddhism. Nothing against it-- it just wasn't a match for my temperment. I find the Pali canon very practical and accessible though.
by dharmacorps
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Slaughterhouse workers
Replies: 52
Views: 1298

Re: Slaughterhouse workers

No it's not, but as lay people if you follow 5 precepts you are called a virtuous lay follower, meat eater or not :) It's always about intention... there is a big difference between intending to eat meat, and intending to kill an animal. Dont forget, billions of insects die from the mass production...
by dharmacorps
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Slaughterhouse workers
Replies: 52
Views: 1298

Re: Slaughterhouse workers

Compassion is skillful, even though yes it is a feeling. If you put limits on your compassion, you put limits on your mind, so yes it figures that we should have compassion for all beings. This includes slaughterhouse workers, vegetarians, meat eaters, etc. The most common distinction I see made dir...
by dharmacorps
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Slaughterhouse workers
Replies: 52
Views: 1298

Re: Slaughterhouse workers

It is good that vegetarians (and anybody) have compassion for animals. But they do not own feelings of compassion for animals. Anyone of any diet can have compassion for animals. To think they have exclusive rights to that sentiment could only be conceit.
by dharmacorps
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can you become enlightened without meditating?Does meditation make your memory worse?
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Can you become enlightened without meditating?Does meditation make your memory worse?

I've been doing breath meditation for 15+ years and I've never heard anyone suggest it makes memory worse. Interesting worry, but nothing with substance I don't think. I've heard many say it improves memory though.
by dharmacorps
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1346

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

I've always assumed 'I' myself will not experience an afterlife because according to Buddhist thought there is 'no-self'. I've always interpreted the Buddhist view on life-after-death as being a series of mental events involving the energy accrued from intentional effects? That's an elegant system ...
by dharmacorps
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1346

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

If you really don't care, why post about it on a Buddhist forum? To kill some time? I'm interested in Buddhism but looking further into it I find the concept of Karma and rebirth untenable. Epicureanism is slightly reminiscent of Buddhism with the supernormal aspects stripped away. OK, so you don't...