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by Garrib
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: promoting dhamma by website
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: promoting dhamma by website

If I want to promote dhamma by online website with my own intepretation.. will it mislead or no consequence as its responsiblity of practitioners to test and see for themselves? how do i know if im eligible to spread my intepretation of dhamma in future? should I pass debate with senior monk who ca...
by Garrib
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is slavery bad
Replies: 38
Views: 667

Re: is slavery bad

...and yes, slavery is bad. It is wrong livelihood, and generally goes hand in hand with beatings/killings, theft, and various kinds of sexual misconduct. If anyone tells you slavery is not bad, RUN!
by Garrib
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is slavery bad
Replies: 38
Views: 667

Re: is slavery bad

SarathW wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:03 am
I think as per Vinaya, monks are not allowed to accept slaves as a gift.
That seems like a no brainer!
by Garrib
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: People are ...?
Replies: 64
Views: 1905

Re: People are ...?

People have the potential to be good and to reach the end of suffering.
by Garrib
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is there someone who has a satisfying lay life
Replies: 25
Views: 507

Re: is there someone who has a satisfying lay life

I'm sorry you're struggling. Do you have a teacher to speak to? It sounds to me like you are practicing to gain, instead of practicing to let go. That seems to be the cause at least part of your suffering. Eg the wish to move forward, to be rewarded for your generosity, to enjoy the benefits of a n...
by Garrib
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 485
Views: 9917

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Coëmgenu This is a bit disingenuous. Elsewhere on the forum you state things to the effect that good Buddhists must obey the state's laws, even if they are unjust. If people were to "steal" from "the billionaires" via legal reform, it wouldn't be stealing, it would be legal, and opposing it would b...
by Garrib
Sat May 09, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AI: What is a sentient being?
Replies: 49
Views: 1647

Re: AI: What is a sentient being?

AI probably already has, and IMO definitely will, be able to pass some version of the turing test with flying colors - meaning computers will be able to convince people that they are in fact sentient beings, when in reality they are mindless, feelingless, consciousnessless, non-living, etc...
by Garrib
Wed May 06, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Says The Will is Empty
Replies: 17
Views: 760

Re: Ajahn Brahm Says The Will is Empty

"Ajahn Brahm Says The Will is Empty" Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. If you don't want to do anything, then its empty. If you do want to do something, then its not. Saying its always empty is like claiming all thoughts are intrusive thoughts: i.e. patently false. Perhaps he means "empty" in th...
by Garrib
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2831

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: 975

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: 442

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: 38
Views: 10370

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: 5215

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: 5215

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: 5215

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...