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by Mukunda
Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha is fake
Replies: 74
Views: 12747

Re: Buddha is fake

I think fabianfred that we need to tailor our input to our likely audience, and folksy tales dont go down too well on Dhamma Wheel for the most part. Dont take it personally. And exactly what else is supposed to be put in a forum called "Dhammic Stories"? Is it so difficult for those who aren't int...
by Mukunda
Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Treating Fleas?
Replies: 82
Views: 5691

Re: Treating Fleas?

It's best to remember that poisons don't limit their actions to solely those creatures we want gone. :anjali: Hello Mukunda, Could you tell me please, which of these solutions will kill other beings - and which other beings? Thanks for your input. The solutions in the link seem very safe. I was ref...
by Mukunda
Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Treating Fleas?
Replies: 82
Views: 5691

Re: Treating Fleas?

But if my dog somehow gets heartworms (yes, she's on preventatives of course, but they're not 100%), I will not flinch at protecting my dog from those heartworms. And if I get some sort of parasite, same decision. I'm not suggesting it's okay to kill in those instances or that the resulting vipaka ...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Treating Fleas?
Replies: 82
Views: 5691

Re: Treating Fleas?

Where did the Buddha give exceptions to the 1st precept in regards to insects, or any other creature we may find inconvenient? :anjali: There is no reason to suppose the Buddha knew that mosquitoes were vectors for malaria. Having a small child running a high fever for days or weeks and with a stro...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Treating Fleas?
Replies: 82
Views: 5691

Re: Treating Fleas?

I don't know what most of you are talking about. I just want to offer appreciation to Chris for this information. I am willing to use flea bombs, but both my doggy and myself break out in severe rashes afterwards. I will try these solutions. 5 Solutions for Natural Flea Control http://www.care2.com...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Treating Fleas?
Replies: 82
Views: 5691

Re: Treating Fleas?

I haven't found any reasons in the suttas to believe we should not kill bugs. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/ud/ud.6.09.than.html Seems like a perfect opportunity to tell us all about why we should respect the lives of insects. But he didn't do it. Where did the Buddha give exceptions t...
by Mukunda
Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 405
Views: 10132

Re: Are white lies acceptable?

A white lie is not always about the speakers best interest as they see it. What would you do if a Nazi officer asked you in 1942 if you had any little girls called Anne Frank in your attic ? Respond with "Why on earth would you think such a thing?" Of course, if he really did ask the question as yo...
by Mukunda
Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 405
Views: 10132

Re: Are white lies acceptable?

I wonder if white lies are a form of attachment to rites and rituals, in this case 'social lubrication'. All too often, this is the case, and when we indulge in telling them, we reinforce delusion in ourselves and others. There seems to be an assumption that we MUST respond to every question put to...
by Mukunda
Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

As a former Vajrayana practitioner myself... I don't think I'm misreading that. "Former" implies you no longer practice. Willfully abandoning the practice is not in keeping with the Vajrayana vows. And leaving the Mahanyana for the Theravada (if this has happened) is not in keeping with the Bodhisa...
by Mukunda
Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

. PeterB...Thank you very much for your generous comments. Mukunda said : Actually, one with real understanding of Vajrayana would know that they don't just abandon the practice after being initiated into it, and one with a real understanding of Theravada would find no need for Vajrayana. Oh and yo...
by Mukunda
Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

Aloka frequently demonstrates knowledge of both Vajrayana and Theravada at depth level. She also manages to do so with a commendable evenness and positivity of tone. Would that more of us followed her example. Actually, one with real understanding of Vajrayana would know that they don't just abando...
by Mukunda
Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

Thanks Anicca. I just found the same sutta in my bhavana devotional book (which needless to say, has been closed and gathering dust for far too long). :embarassed:
:anjali:
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

I even know of native born Theravadins who pray to Saraswati, Ganesh, and other deities. When I asked them about it, they reminded me of a sutta (which I'm striving to find), where the Buddha instructed the devas to pay attention to and heed the prayers and offerings humans made to them. Hi Mukunda...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's the story behind your user name?
Replies: 61
Views: 3462

Re: What's the story behind your user name?

"Mukunda" is the dhamma name given to me when I took refuge and the precepts. Cool. What's the meaning of mukunda? It is derived from the word mukti, which means release from samsaric existence. The name Mukunda loosely translates to "one who shows the way to freedom". It was definitively more of a...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's the story behind your user name?
Replies: 61
Views: 3462

Re: What's the story behind your user name?

"Mukunda" is the dhamma name given to me when I took refuge and the precepts.
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

Maybe you're not familiar enough with the principles of the Theravada to see the comparisons yet. I actually had to understand what was taught in the Theravada prior being able to understand the principles of the Mahyana and Vajrayana. Buddhafields and a docetic buddha; both these ideas are straigh...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What a lay practitioner shouldn't do ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2845

Re: What a lay practitioner shouldn't do ?

I do have an urgent question concerning my cultivation practice to avoid mistakes -- What a lay practitioner shouldn't do in addition to observing the five precepts ? I just learned that we shouldn't use mantras(?) but can use some suttas for protection (?), we shouldn't chant melodiously but shoul...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

IMO Guru Yoga could quite easily be seen as an extension of the Theravadin meditation practice of recollecting the Buddha and his attributes and an extension of taking refuge. I don't know enough about Mahakala practice to really comment on it, but all of these practices can be seen as nothing more...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

To an extent, but this cannot be said for anything more than relatively minor complaints. It seems there are scientists and doctors who would disagree with you. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=placebo-effect-a-cure-in-the-mind" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; :anjali:...
by Mukunda
Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 79
Views: 4564

Re: Prayer

I've yet to find anything in the Mahayana that doesn't have some kind of tie to the Theravada. The core of Buddhadhamma is the same, regardless of vehicle. Really? So how does Guru Yoga or Mahakala practice have a tie to Theravada ? Please explain. While I am active in a Gelug center, I do not prac...