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by dharmacorps
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Need some further clarification of wrong livelihood
Replies: 6
Views: 76

Re: Need some further clarification of wrong livelihood

I'm not so sure. You'd be working with poisons (which is a whole matter in and of itself), and you would be a messenger of ordering someone to kill. For example, someone calls the exterminator, and asks (basically) the exterminator to kill insects/pests in their household. You then pass along that o...
by dharmacorps
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?
Replies: 13
Views: 270

Re: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?

Its about time and place (i.e. finding the right moment) when discussing issues like this. As mentioned it also depends on how well you know the person. If you don't know them that well, then that moment may be hard to find. If you know them better there is more opportunity.
by dharmacorps
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Is Buddhism strictly monogamous?
Replies: 12
Views: 355

Re: Is Buddhism strictly monogamous?

The ideal in the Suttas does seem to be monogamy. The Buddha praised monogamy and loyalty to a partner. I live in an area where polyamory is common. My observation is it leads to more suffering and dissatisfaction than monogamy. I have also observed that it is particularly negative for the women inv...
by dharmacorps
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The only solution to translation problems is to learn Pali?
Replies: 32
Views: 576

Re: The only solution to translation problems is to learn Pali?

I think learning some pali can be helpful but there is no need to learn the language. I try to read as many translations as I can, especially of suttas that have some different interpretations. Often that helps me clear up any questions I have. What I do find interesting about translation is that th...
by dharmacorps
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A question about 'the fire clinging to it's fuel'
Replies: 19
Views: 489

Re: A question about 'the fire clinging to it's fuel'

I think you are understanding right. What might help is to review that the perception of fire at the time of the Buddha was that fire "clung" to it's fuel. So extinguishment meant the process of burning stopped because of release of the clinging--stopping the process. We don't usually think of fire ...
by dharmacorps
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Healing power of Buddhist Chanting
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: The Healing power of Buddhist Chanting

This is confounding what causes a medical condition with spiritual practice and trying to interweave the two is a great way to drive yourself insane. (Said as a person with medical conditions). Dhamma practice is good in all forms because it is meritorious and we all have bad kamma apart from specif...
by dharmacorps
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 18
Views: 369

Re: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path

The main researcher to google is John Teasdale, a British psychologist. He based the technique on some teachings by Ajahn Sumedho.
by dharmacorps
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 18
Views: 369

Re: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path

Some aspects of CBT overlap quite well with Buddhist practice. Of interest, CBT and Mindfulness based CBT have the highest success rates of any kind of therapy. My wife is a therapist and practices mindfulness based CBT and somatic therapy.
by dharmacorps
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using Buddha's name commercially
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Using Buddha's name commercially

pilgrim wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:38 am

Lo Han = Arahant
Jai = Vegetarian
Literally Arahant's Vegetarian dish
Interesting! I wonder why it is translated as Buddha's Delight, at least in the US.
by dharmacorps
Wed May 29, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up

Interesting idea. I have the opposite feeling--when I read New Yorker cartoons, I feel sad. :rofl:
by dharmacorps
Tue May 28, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have you listened to any good dhamma podcasts recently?
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Have you listened to any good dhamma podcasts recently?

Amaravati has a podcast of dhamma talks: Ajahn Amaro and Sumedho have talks on there. Mostly Ajahn Amaro has new talks these days.
by dharmacorps
Tue May 28, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Early 40's, wanting to have baby
Replies: 17
Views: 497

Re: Early 40's, wanting to have baby

It strikes me as a intensely personal decision which involves many factors (social, health, mental, financial, etc). Asking for advice about this on an internet forum may not be terribly helpful, since we don't know you or your situation personally :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Mon May 27, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using Buddha's name commercially
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Using Buddha's name commercially

I think I've only seen Lo hon Jai (Buddha's delight) in Chinese restaraunts-- usually an assembly of miscellaneous vegetables in my experience.
by dharmacorps
Sun May 26, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta quotes to support the idea to live is good
Replies: 21
Views: 523

Re: Sutta quotes to support the idea to live is good

Wouldn't the obvious answer be that the point of life is to become an arahant? If one doesn't reach the goal, the cycle will never end, so best to practice in this life. Just my immediate reaction I think this is probably the general set of answers in the canon. It may be cold comfort for lay peopl...
by dharmacorps
Sun May 26, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What about drinking Kombucha?
Replies: 21
Views: 418

Re: What about drinking Kombucha?

true-- when I was drinking I couldn't even get a buzz off standard American style beer. I have not discovered great alternatives to soy sauce, but I don't see the reason to ever drink Kombucha. You're only ever going to use a sprinkling of soy sauce, but people drink a lot of kombucha. A lot of peop...