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by binocular
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 43
Views: 379

Re: Throwing food

I don't think it's bad kamma, but I do question why so much food is thrown away - presumably it is people buying too much in the first place. It would be interesting to know what foods get discarded in what amounts. There may be several groups of items there, with different reasons for being discar...
by binocular
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 43
Views: 379

Re: Throwing food

I agree, kamma is intention. The intention is to throw away the food, it's neither harmful nor beneficial, we do not produce the food in order to throw it away but rather because it's not sold. Does anyone see if the action is more neutral rather than bad? I think the question is whether one develo...
by binocular
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: High Blood Pressure
Replies: 26
Views: 317

Re: High Blood Pressure

Try also with more mundane solutions, such as reducing the intake of foods that increase blood pressure.
by binocular
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 119
Views: 11901

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Coëmgenu wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:43 am
One cannot grow a rose bush in a swamp.
And roses have thorns. To boot, on those thorns, there live dangerous bacteria.
by binocular
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making fermented drinks
Replies: 26
Views: 465

Re: Making fermented drinks

One thing I will say, I seem to have broken the precepts a few times during holidays when my sister brought desserts with alcohol in them and I'd eat them. I have this paranoid belief that she was trying to get me to consume alcohol, because she knows I don't, but maybe I'm just being paranoid...an...
by binocular
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making fermented drinks
Replies: 26
Views: 465

Re: Making fermented drinks

I'm not trying to justify small amounts of alcohol, it's just that I thought I heard somewhere that even regular foods can turn into small trace amounts as they digest. Yes, they do. Some animals eat some overripe fruits or drink nectar and get a high on them ( link 1 , link 2 ). There are also som...
by binocular
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 13
Views: 243

Re: Thought Experiment

This post looks like an invitation to engage in some pointless Western philosophical wrangling which misses the point of MN 95, so I'll politely decline it. Not at all. I'm not even qualified for " Western philosophical wrangling" (pointless or otherwise). I really just don't know what "experience"...
by binocular
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making fermented drinks
Replies: 26
Views: 465

Re: Making fermented drinks

Digity wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:09 am
Are some of you saying that even if a drink contains 0.05% percent alcohol, which is safe to serve even to a child, then you're breaking the precept if you drink it?
Of course.
which is safe to serve even to a child
What's the relevance of mentioning this?
by binocular
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 13
Views: 243

Re: Thought Experiment

One potentially useful response to this question is that we know what our experiences are, and we are able to know when our knowledge is based upon the conditions listed in the sutta you quote. That's extremely important, as it enables us to safeguard the truth by understanding the conditioned natu...
by binocular
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making fermented drinks
Replies: 26
Views: 465

Re: Making fermented drinks

...the intoxication is mild and barely noticeable, which, if repeated, can lead one to think that one isn't under the influence at all. Because essentially they are not. Oh, yes, "essentially". "Essentially", nothing is an intoxicant because there is nobody to become intoxicated ... If you are look...
by binocular
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self is an Illusion
Replies: 43
Views: 794

Re: Self is an Illusion

You have a point. Its likely he got the idea from Buddhism and incorporated it into his athiesm. His explantaion is a good way of explaining the non-self of the five aggregates to a non-Buddhist imo. The problem with such secular, non-Buddhist explanations of not-self is that they leave the listene...
by binocular
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anger: Ammianus Marcellinus
Replies: 12
Views: 137

Re: Anger: Ammianus Marcellinus

but ultimately, of course, we are still dealing with David Hume's distinction between reason and the passions it serves. Not necessarily. It's a distinction we tend to be culturally used to, but which is neither necessary nor universal. Emotions are condensed, generalized stances or views. Like ord...
by binocular
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 13
Views: 243

Re: Thought Experiment

I wonder about this too.
by binocular
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is the purpose of observing eight precept for lay ?
Replies: 6
Views: 136

Re: What is the purpose of observing eight precept for lay ?

What is the reason for lay people to observe eight precept ? Is there any specific sutta talk about observing eight precept ? I think that at least the first ten precepts are a conclusion that naturally follows from one's consideration of the Buddhist teachings. I think that even if one would never...
by binocular
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anger: Ammianus Marcellinus
Replies: 12
Views: 137

Re: Anger: Ammianus Marcellinus

I'm not sure who Marcellinus would regard as "philosophers" here, but it might well be the stoics. I don't think he counted himself as a stoic. I thought this little quote was interesting in light of the current thread about ignorance and the other defilements. He considers anger as a long-term pro...