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by baratgab
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262079

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

I think it may have been better in Buddhist terms for her to turn a blind eye to what someone elses lunch was and concentrate on becoming enlightened for the benefit of all cows, sheep, frogs, butterflies, and nematodes. Yes, I think we can say this with confidence. What I just wanted to avoid is t...
by baratgab
Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262079

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

So if you had been there baratgab how would you have explained to the young woman who was angry, why the monk or nun had meat in their bowl? Or do you think that the young woman was right to become angry with the nun ? I am not sure about any of your questions. I feel that every party had its reaso...
by baratgab
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262079

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

... A few months back I heard a slightly raised voice and hectoring tone, both unusual in a monastic setting and realised that a young woman was lecturing one of the senior Nuns because she had meat in her bowl....the young woman then stormed off and I gather that she then left the individual retre...
by baratgab
Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262079

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

Hi Baratgab, Thanks for the response. I am a vegetarian and was asking as you probably figured out, not to challenge you or question your vegetarian diet, but to see how it could be done. I too, have considered the monastic life in the past and one of the things that led me to my decision to be upa...
by baratgab
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Real food for thought...
Replies: 13
Views: 1118

Re: Real food for thought...

On this topic I can recommend the documentary called What a Way to Go: The Life at the End of Empire. I think that all in all it gives a fair presentation of the issues; with interviews from several writers.
by baratgab
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262079

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

Hi baratgab, I copied and pasted the above excerpts from a couple of posts of yours in other threads. Given your wish to ordain and your vegan diet and wish to remain vegan, how would you do that in regard to the three-fold rule? I congratulate your wish to ordain, but I am curious how it can be do...
by baratgab
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262079

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

Thank you for that very informative post, baratgab! :anjali: I will look into it! (in the meantime I should deal with my addiction to strong-tasting foods - nearly emptied out the kimchi jar at lunch today - I am sure neither the colleagues nor my wife (nor my innards) are going to be amused.) http...
by baratgab
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262079

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

Thank you for writing that Mukunda. That was just a poorly-informed view of mine. I've checked some info and you are of course correct. Another claim I will check out is that meat is the best (if not only) source of certain necessary amino-acids and iron. ... Plants contain all of the essential ami...
by baratgab
Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism based on fear/hope?
Replies: 57
Views: 5976

Re: Buddhism based on fear/hope?

Dan74 brings up a good point, though we use the word "suffering" as a translation of dukkha most of us realise that this is a pretty poor translation and a better translation is unsatisfactoriness. I really don't think a lot of people are going to be too fearful of lifetimes of unsatisfactoriness, ...
by baratgab
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism based on fear/hope?
Replies: 57
Views: 5976

Re: Buddhism based on fear/hope?

I like to answer questions directly, but for goodness sake, this was thirteen overlapping questions! :lol:

No, no fear, thank you. And yes, please, I would like to ordain, because I can't see what else could or should I do. :smile:
by baratgab
Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Meditate, don't be negligent, lest you may later regret it!
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Re: Meditate, don't be negligent, lest you may later regret it!

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by baratgab
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thinking and Clinging
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Re: Thinking and Clinging

... I'm wondering if anyone can point me towards what I could look for so that I may see what it is I'm clinging to that makes my mind go off on a tangent, because as I understand it the only way to let go is to understand what it is you're holding on to. ... I can point towards you . :smile: What ...
by baratgab
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The order of the five precepts
Replies: 13
Views: 1855

Re: The order of the five precepts

I was thinking about the five precepts earlier today, and I'm wondering if they might be ordered the way they are due to the severity of breaking them, in a very general sense. Obviously there are situations where speaking a falsehood would be worse than taking what is not given, so my theory is fa...
by baratgab
Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Girl Scouts
Replies: 56
Views: 5332

Re: Girl Scouts

Those who aquaint themselves with Dr Dawkin's stance on the status of non human beings should also aquaint themselves with his prominent and vigorous role in promoting a new facility for vivisection experiments on Primates , a campaign which was successful and which led to the facility opening last...
by baratgab
Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Girl Scouts
Replies: 56
Views: 5332

Re: Girl Scouts

... She has also started asking questions about Christianity before we even brought it up. It disturbed us greatly. So, we know someone has been talking to her about it, we think it might just be her friends, they all go to church on Sunday and talk about. So, we think they have asked her questions...
by baratgab
Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks bashed in monastery attack
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: Monks bashed in monastery attack

Poor perpetrators. It must be like hell to live with a mind like that. :(
by baratgab
Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: mind needs some BIOS update
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: mind needs some BIOS update

i bet this is a software bug!! While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.now Draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it. Confirmed. :tongue: Also, I noticed that I can't...
by baratgab
Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262079

Re: Diet classifications from omnivore to fruitarian

Oh yes ... The most accurate term for as creature that feeds on dead bodies is 'carrion eater' not 'carnivore', btw. I think "scavenging" is considered as one of the subsets of the carnivorous behavior; the other is predation. :smile: But of course it is quite true that what most humans do is techn...
by baratgab
Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Practicing with no sangha
Replies: 20
Views: 2844

Re: Practicing with no sangha

As a side question, how do I obtain the knowledge needed to practice, from where? - I have no problems with watching, listening or reading about guidance. I don't use much source nowadays, so I can only recommend a few sites, but I consider them as a good source of information, and more importantly...
by baratgab
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: A Glimmer of Light
Replies: 25
Views: 2632

Re: A Glimmer of Light

Only problem I have is, if these 'states of mind', these 'insights' are fleeting, how are we to gain any kind of long term benefits? Aren't we supposed to realise all this 'bad stuff' is wrong, and that it's all this 'right 'stuff' we should be trying to attain? It's difficult to explain because ho...