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by Anicca
Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bee a sweety, honey - please sign petition
Replies: 4
Views: 569

Bee a sweety, honey - please sign petition

<vow off> Breaking my vow of no posting to bee nice ... Dear Friend, Since 2006, U.S. honey bee populations have been in precipitous decline, with some estimates suggesting losses as high as 30% per year. While that's terrible, the problem is far greater than just the loss of a species. Without bees...
by Anicca
Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Gratitude

Thanks to all for the incredible experience DhammaWheel provides. The end of this quote is emphasised because it represents the experience here: Love, without desire to possess, knowing well that in the ultimate sense there is no possession and no possessor: this is the highest love. Love, without s...
by Anicca
Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to overcome love of debate?
Replies: 44
Views: 2952

Re: How to overcome love of debate?

Sometimes, Right Speech consists of closing your yap. From Ven. Thanissaro - Noble Conversation The first passage included here, in addition to listing the ten ideal topics, also lists topics that monks and serious meditators should avoid, ranging from politics and food to theories about the creati...
by Anicca
Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The middle way
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: The middle way

For as far I know about the teachings of the Buddha, there is a lot of emphasis given on the subject of "non-attachment" towards things (materialism) and people, about living in seclusion and about removing feelings like jealousy, anger, hatred, etc. But. How does a "lay-person" find the middle-way...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The middle way
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: The middle way

Hi, I have a question. How does a "lay-person" find the middle-way? Are there any people among you who are married (or single or maybe in a relationship) and who follow the teachings of the Buddha? What do the teachings of the Buddha mean to you? Why do you call yourself a "Buddhist"? How do you fo...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?
Replies: 182
Views: 11720

Re: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?

Jesus grounded his teaching in the idea of a permanent self ... Jesus taught morality, but he did not know the truth of nature I am not sure we know much of what Jesus actually taught - his 12 disciples were pretty thick and did not seem to get it - what we know as the Christian church was started ...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The stage of a Gotrabu
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: The stage of a Gotrabu

Did Siddharta Goutami reached the stage of an Arahant in his lifetime we heard about? There are three types of fully awakened beings - a Buddha, enlightened on his own and teaches, a Pacceka-buddha, enlightened by and for himself, who does not teach and an Arahant, who follows the teachings of a Bu...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The stage of a Gotrabu
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: The stage of a Gotrabu

The first stage of enlightenment is sotapanna: Stream winner. A person who has abandoned the first three of the fetters that bind the mind to the cycle of rebirth (see samyojana) and has thus entered the "stream" flowing inexorably to nibbana, ensuring that one will be reborn at most only seven more...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Just War and Buddhism
Replies: 184
Views: 9277

Re: Just War and Buddhism

The Buddha allows monks to dis-robe and re-robe. An example of social action, a monk may dis-robe, work for money for a hospital, school etc., spend that money, then re-robe. Once dis-robed, they are not bound by monk's rules - nor are they allowed the moniker of "monk". A lay-buddhist could set asi...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?
Replies: 33
Views: 2259

Re: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?

mr. gordo wrote:I guess I may have read in the past that having the wrong view would lead to the ghost realm or something to that effect. I forget the sutta for that though.
MN 57 Kukkuravatika Sutta
Now there are two destinations for one with wrong view, I say: hell or the animal womb.
metta
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Brushing teeth?
Replies: 2
Views: 1600

Re: Brushing teeth?

Yes. Tooth cleaning sticks were used at the time of Buddha - toothbrushes are allowed today. See: The Bhikkhus' Rules - A Guide for Laypeople Monastic Code Care of the teeth. Toothbrushes, dental floss, toothpaste, and tooth powders were unknown in the time of the Buddha. However, there is an allowa...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?
Replies: 33
Views: 2259

Re: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?

mr. gordo wrote:As you all know I'm a Vajrayana practitioner
Can you provide a brief description of what you practice?

metta
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?
Replies: 33
Views: 2259

Re: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?

mr. gordo wrote:
Anicca wrote:
mr. gordo wrote:Thanks anicca...I was hoping this sutta wouldn't be posted...lol. An educated guess perhaps?
Sorry - it is beyond my education to know or guess.
metta
:namaste:
My wish and hope would be that you go all the way to the cessation of suffering.
:anjali:

metta
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?
Replies: 33
Views: 2259

Re: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?

mr. gordo wrote:Thanks anicca...I was hoping this sutta wouldn't be posted...lol. An educated guess perhaps?
Sorry - it is beyond my education to know or guess.
metta
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?
Replies: 33
Views: 2259

Re: Where Will a Vajrayana Practitioner Be Reborn?

Scriptural references are appreciated. AN 4.77 Acintita Sutta ""There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? "The Buddha-range of the Buddhas is an unconjecturable that is not to be ...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Flooding in Australia, everyone okay?
Replies: 54
Views: 3993

Re: Flooding in Australia, everyone okay?

cooran wrote:with more to come
more and more to come ...
QUEENSLAND'S flooding crisis could last for a month
Thousands brace for rising water as Queensland flood disaster continues From: The Australian January 03, 2011 12:00AM

metta
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 88
Views: 7559

Re: Celebacy

It has more to do with being physically present and available on a daily basis to help them grow to maturity, and less to do with them being materially / financially looked after. Money can't buy a genuine hug, for instance. I completely agree. I would go further and say that abandoning a wife and/...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Help with a quote from Dr. Snyder's book
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Re: Help with a quote from Dr. Snyder's book

Can someone help me untangle this quote: Sure, read the sutta: Brahmajala Sutta I find it best to first read the sutta, ponder and contemplate to form your own understanding, then check out the commentaries of others you deem "wise" to compare your understanding to theirs. If your understanding mat...
by Anicca
Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Checking in from Asia
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Checking in from Asia

khlawng wrote:Have been lurking for a month before I decided to take the big step and I am glad I did.
I am glad you did also! Your posts have been valuable reading. Thank you!

metta
by Anicca
Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Human reborn as Human
Replies: 160
Views: 9533

Re: Human reborn as Human

It is as Chris posted - ....Or maybe we ought to realise that the Buddha was talking in a conventional manner to a particular group of people, in a particular time. Regarding the Kalamas Sutta "Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing, nor upon tradition, nor upon rum...