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by Garrib
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2303

Re: One Question

How can I uproot greed from my mind?
by Garrib
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sperm Donation
Replies: 12
Views: 740

Re: Sperm Donation

Is donating sperm also dāna? It can be, though I doubt it would count as such if the semen were being donated merely for the purpose of impregnating someone. The Vinaya Piṭaka lists ten motives for masturbation on the part of males, of which three or four might be viewed as instances of dāna. 1. Fo...
by Garrib
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Buddhas
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: In Praise of Buddhas

From the Atanatiya Sutta, DN. 32 - translation by Bhikkhu Anandajoti: The Seven Buddhas May you revere Vipassī, the glorious Visionary, may you revere Sikhī, who has pity on all beings. May you revere Vessabhū, the austere one, cleansed (of corruptions), may you revere Kakusandha, who has crushed Mā...
by Garrib
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 37
Views: 9384

Re: Adolf Hitler

But my overall stance is "Why go there?". Because when people sink into the depths of boredom and meaninglessness they always find solace in antagonism. It is one of those rare acts that can truly reflect back to you that you actually exist (anyone see Joker yet). In the case of Ruhe (and most peop...
by Garrib
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4354

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

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by Garrib
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4354

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

It might be unsafe if you were in a relationship where your partner expected sexual activity to continue, or where people attempt to be celibate when they are not able to maintain it, or to mask other uncomfortable feelings around sex, such as fear or disappointment. I take your point - not everyon...
by Garrib
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4354

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

There is also the realistic aspect of this, which is that most of us are not ready for celibacy and forcing it would cause more craving and aversion, more trouble than benefit. We practice with what we have right now and I find it worthwhile to look carefully at my motivation. If it is aversion and...
by Garrib
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4354

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

It has to be abandoned at some point along the path - if not now, then when? When it can be safely abandoned? Can you define when it would be "safe" to become celibate? When would it be unsafe? How do you move from an unsafe situation into a safe one? Surely, people have done it - it is possible.
by Garrib
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4354

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

It has to be abandoned at some point along the path - if not now, then when?
by Garrib
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 615
Views: 35019

Re: Monastics and suicide

I have just learned of Bikkhu Samahita’s passing. I have read the comments and I feel that as Dhamma practitioners we are missing something very important. Bikkhu Samahita was not only a monk he was also clearly an Ajahn or Dhamma teacher of the highest calibre: in that capacity his modern means of...
by Garrib
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 45
Views: 2112

Re: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma

Even if you assume we are not in the age of the "good Dhamma", and even if you conclude that this means attainment is impossible (I do not believe this by the way), wouldn't the quality of future rebirths give sufficient cause to practice as best as you possibly can? In other words, there is still n...
by Garrib
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1759

Re: Theories are useless

I think sometimes being overly theoretical can be a problem, especially when the theory in question is a)irrelevant, b)fundamentally flawed, or c) does not result in meaningful behavior change (which may not really be the theory's fault - we might need to take responsibility). However, I would cauti...
by Garrib
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 615
Views: 35019

Re: Monastics and suicide

I addressed this earlier, an arahant has no future births. They can do as they please, I imagine an arahant would be of perfect balanced mind always. But why with their limitless compassion would they choose this route given the sensitivity of this to those left behind? I’m discussing non arahants ...