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by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 792

Re: Sex before marriage

Did the Buddha explain in the suttas where he mentions sex with someone "under the protection of their parents" what this actually means? Surely the Buddha did not endorse a view akin to that of Islam/Christian Patriarchy where an unmarried woman is under her father's authority until she marries and...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhammakaya Movement
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Dhammakaya Movement

I know that Wat Phra Dhammakaya is controversial in Thailand, but what do people here think about the offshoot temples around the world? I know they teach the doctrine of the Dhammakaya, or Dhamma body, which is nibbana and the true self, but I read that the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand taught that...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is this considered a breach of the third precept?
Replies: 17
Views: 856

Re: Is this considered a breach of the third precept?

To get this thread back on track... What does "being under the protection of one's parents" mean in the modern age, particularly where the trend is for both men and women to move out as soon as they turn 18/leave school? Is a 19 year old woman living by herself and working considered "under the prot...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 792

Sex before marriage

My Thai friend and I were talking tonight, and he said that a couple living together before marriage is sexual misconduct. He said that for a couple who are not married to have sex, the consent of the parents must be obtained. How much of this is Buddhist teaching and how much of it is Thai culture?...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual offerings - questions
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Ritual offerings - questions

I understand that in the Theravada tradition, people make offerings of lights, incense, flowers etc to the Buddha. I have the appropriate chants in both Pāli and English for doing this. However, there are a few things that I'm not sure about. 1. When making the offerings, do you wave the lights etc ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue May 29, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 36
Views: 923

Reading Mahayana books

When I was at my local library last night before heading to Visakha Puja celebrations, I saw a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh's The Art of Living on display and picked it up. What is your view on reading books by authors of the Mahayana tradition, like Thich Nhat Hanh or others? Helpful? Not helpful? Confu...
by KiwiNFLFan
Thu May 17, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 376
Views: 51881

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

I see it's not an 'open and shut case'. Various arguments are being made on both sides. I agree we shouldn't download Photoshop or the latest series of Game of Thrones just because we don't want to pay (although what about if someone, e.g. a student, can't pay?) But what about if something isn't ava...
by KiwiNFLFan
Wed May 16, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 376
Views: 51881

Buddhists and copyright

What is the Buddhist view on copyright infringement? I know that the Second Precept says to refrain from 'taking that which is not given', but when you're copying a song or movie, you're not actually depriving the person of their property, but simply making another copy. I don't think we should do t...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon May 14, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is looking at pornography considered sexual misconduct?
Replies: 13
Views: 647

Is looking at pornography considered sexual misconduct?

Is it considered sexual misconduct for lay Buddhists to look at pornography? I think it would be sexual misconduct (and wrong livelihood) to perform in or produce it, but then lay Buddhists are permitted to eat meat (unless it was specially killed for them) while working in the meat industry is forb...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Breach of Refuge - is intention (cetana) required?
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Breach of Refuge - is intention (cetana) required?

On the Sunday of the Songkran festival, I formally took refuge and became a Buddhist. However, as I mentioned in the Nichiren Buddhism thread, I have friends who are Nichiren Buddhists and have attended their centre and taken part in their chanting. At the end of the chanting session, they have a nu...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 516

Re: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism

Thanks for the replies. Yes, I am more concerned with staying in the social circles of the SGI. I have found their particular interpretation of Buddhism to be quite far removed from other forms of Buddhism. Every month there is a study session where we study a magazine article with portions of the G...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 516

Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism

I started practicing Nichiren Buddhism (SGI) late last year, but this year got involved with Theravada Buddhism and took the Triple Refuge a couple of weeks ago. I feel that Theravada is the more authentic Buddhism (and SGI has been accused of not being really Buddhist), but I still have friends at ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Treatment of Dhamma Texts - especially on electronic devices
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: Treatment of Dhamma Texts - especially on electronic devices

I saw a post on Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Facebook page about how his iPad contains Dhamma texts and thus must be treated like a physical Dhamma text, which includes not putting it on the bed. Now Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Vajrayana Buddhist, but it led me to wondering - how do Theravada Buddhists treat D...
by KiwiNFLFan
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge necessary to identify as Buddhist?
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Refuge necessary to identify as Buddhist?

I have been exploring Buddhism for a number of months and have decided that I would like to take refuge. I will speak to one of the monks at the temple when I go on Sunday about it. However, the New Zealand census is due tomorrow, and one of the questions is about religion. While I haven't formally ...
by KiwiNFLFan
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pronunciation of 't'
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Pronunciation of 't'

I have some books on Pāli, and all of them seem to say that the letter 't' is pronounced like the English letter 't' in 'top' etc. However, the Pāli chanting book I got from a man I met at the local Thai Buddhist temple says that 't' is to be pronounced like 'th' in 'thumb'. Is this a Thai thing, or...