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by binocular
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 11
Views: 145

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

What question exactly would you like to ask?
by binocular
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 29
Views: 298

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

your first post and binocular's second post. Look, i'll be honest that is how i interpreted them. I might be wrong. So what was the intention behind that post? (especially about eating cow placenta). My post where I ask about the venerable's argument and ask about seedless fruit? I wouldn't take an...
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 29
Views: 298

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

Eggs are an animal product, and animals are made to suffer in order to produce those products.
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 29
Views: 298

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

I don't think the bhante is arguing against buying an egg sandwich at the shop. But when breaking an egg there is really no way of being sure. There was a lot but the main argument was from the karaniya metta sutta. Specifically the following line. Bhūtā va sambhavesī va Those born and to-be-born T...
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 29
Views: 298

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

I see some unkind responses here so I feel compelled to say something before Sarath. The talk is essentially about purity of sila and removing even the slightest opening for it to get broken. I think this is a valid argument. At least here in Sri Lanka. Yes, the carton says unfertilized but there i...
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 95
Views: 1180

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

I think that the vast majority of buddhists are not practicing just for the end of suffering....I think that the vast majority also have an ulterior motive.....and for many it is learning some "higher truth". I have no problem with this but I do think that they should realise that these ulterior mo...
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!
Replies: 38
Views: 842

Re: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!

SarathW wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:22 pm
If only 2000 out of 7 billion people can become a Sotapanna, might as well given up following the Path for many people.
On what do you base this assessment?

Why should 2000 out of 7 billion make for a low probability?

In some cases, that's the probability of finding a job.
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 29
Views: 298

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:05 am
Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Ven. Walpola Gotama argues that eating unfertlise eggs is unwholesome.
What is his argument for that?

Does he say something similar for seedless fruit?
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 32
Views: 551

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

Kim OHara wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:13 pm
Or perhaps Catholics in different communities behave differently.
Sure. I've noticed that Catholics in countries where Catholicism is the traditional majority religion are quite different from the Catholics in countries where it is not.

Anyway, :focus:
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 18
Views: 185

Re: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

So bino, what you are saying is that a good Theravadin cannot help a dying non-Buddhist and may even harm? Wonder what percentage of lay & monastic Theravadins agree? You'll just have to ask them directly. To the best of my knowledge, according to Theravada doctrine, one cannot actually do anything...
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are feelings & perceptions acts of kamma?
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: Are feelings & perceptions acts of kamma?

Per MN 61, can feeling & perception in themselves lead to harming oneself? Seems straight-forward enough. Suppose, for example, a newbie Buddhist, eager to keep the precepts, one day slips up and has a beer, and then feels crappy and thinks, "Oh, I'm such a bad Buddhist, I'll never get this right, ...
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 29
Views: 298

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:05 am
However, he agree it is ok to eat a dead animal.
Apart from hyenas and a some other select predators and parasites that begin to eat while the other being is still alive, most beings that eat meat eat dead animals (or humans).
by binocular
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 32
Views: 551

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

Sam Vara wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:41 pm
Yes, I've lived among large numbers of devout Catholics. Never noticed it, nor is it any part of doctrine or even popular culture. You might be imagining it.
You might have a blind spot.
by binocular
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 32
Views: 551

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

Even this literalist interpretation would not work, as anyone so judging would thereby be sinning, How would they be sinning?? That's why there is no tradition of Catholics judging others after absolution, and Christianity as a whole placing emphasis on personal recognition of one's own sin. Clearl...
by binocular
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 18
Views: 185

Re: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

Whether religious or non-religious, if no one close to the dying is available, what Xtian would object to: In the sky above, imagine that you are seeing Jesus and the Saints in the form of beings of light. These beings of great beauty, unconditional love, boundless joy, amazing peace, profound powe...