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by waterchan
Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: is a fetus a human?
Replies: 54
Views: 3066

Re: is a fetus a human?

An embryo is definitely not a human because you can chuck it in the freezer and preserve it for many years.

Can you do that to a fetus, though? Hmm...

Ice ice ice baby...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Tathagata have uncondtional sympathy for all beings?
Replies: 12
Views: 685

Re: Does the Tathagata have uncondtional sympathy for all beings?

Coyote wrote: even to the point of cutting bad people off.
From that sutta:
"If a tamable person doesn't submit either to a mild training or to a harsh training or to a mild & harsh training, then I kill him, Kesi."
And they say the Buddha didn't have a sense of humor. :tongue:
by waterchan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If anicca is anicca?
Replies: 27
Views: 1517

Re: If anicca is anicca?

This was asked by a student in a class I was attending back in 1999. He asked, "if everything is impermanent, then impermanence is also impermanent." .... I believe the stock phrase in the suttas is "All conditioned phenomena are impermanent." Impermanence is not a "conditioned phenomena" or a "thi...
by waterchan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Kusinara sites now in doubt.
Replies: 36
Views: 2235

Re: Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Kusinara sites now in doubt.

diptych4 wrote:The sites of the Buddha's birth (Lumbini) hometown (Kapilavastu) and death (Kusinara) have now been seriously called into question...
I never cared much about those sites anyway. Their historical authenticity, or proposed lack thereof, makes not one iota of difference to my practice.
by waterchan
Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Triratna
Replies: 15
Views: 1355

Re: Triratna

There's this thread about the Triratna Buddhist Order.

And according to Wikipedia they had a few controversies, though none in recent years.

Sounds a bit cultish to me.
by waterchan
Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma is an amoral teaching?
Replies: 64
Views: 3982

Re: Kamma is an amoral teaching?

I think I remember reading somewhere that the Buddha said that refraining from unethical actions, even for completely selfish reasons, is still better than engaging in them. Can't recall where atm, but it makes sense to say abstinence from unethical action will always be better than non-abstinence ...
by waterchan
Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do you think I'm crazy for thinking about monastic life at 16?
Replies: 24
Views: 2390

Re: Do you think I'm crazy for thinking about monastic life at 16?

What do you think? What do you think, and why do you think it? Have you had a taste of the monastic life, perhaps by going on an extended retreat for a month or more? Or do you merely picture it as ideal in your head? When I started thinking about being a monk I thought I was going crazy. After res...
by waterchan
Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are plants intelligent? A new book says Yes
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Are plants intelligent? A new book says Yes

Herbie wrote:Hmh ... are books intelligent?
No, they're processed dead plants :(

But seriously, they've been going on about this plant sentience thing this since the 80's. The science behind it is rather sketchy. I wouldn't worry about it.
by waterchan
Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are plants intelligent? A new book says Yes
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Research Shows Plants Are Sentient

They said this back in the 80's as well. But the science behind it is still rather sketchy.
by waterchan
Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How to deal with intense mind racing?
Replies: 20
Views: 1209

Re: How to deal with intense mind racing?

You might try this audio guided meditation from Ajahn Sucitto. http://www.cittaviveka.org/index.php/teaching/audio-talks/259-ajahn-sucitto-guided-meditation-utilise-the-questioning-mind :thumbsup: Guided meditations are the best way to meditate when your mind is really racing uncontrollably. What r...
by waterchan
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Format And Software For Digitizing Dhamma?
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Re: Best Format And Software For Digitizing Dhamma?

PDF is the most suitable format and the industry standard for searchable, read-only professional documents. It guarantees that the document will have the same appearance across all platforms that have a PDF reader installed. Most current word processing software can save to PDF format, but Acrobat i...
by waterchan
Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's suicide
Replies: 104
Views: 5323

Re: The Buddha's suicide

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:. . .
Bhante, what is the classical view on the Buddha's "suicide"?
by waterchan
Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's after the end
Replies: 25
Views: 2107

Re: What's after the end

Mawkish1983 wrote:
waterchan wrote:He went "poof".
Erm, that can have a different meaning.
He went poof for good.
by waterchan
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha's suicide
Replies: 104
Views: 5323

Re: The Buddha's suicide

It was a helpful tip to those who don't wish to waste their time arguing about nothing of any benefit. If someone makes a silly comment about Buddha being crochety only a crochety old man would take the bait. I repeat, refute it. If no less a scholar than Vallee-Poussin refers to the Buddha's 'volu...
by waterchan
Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's after the end
Replies: 25
Views: 2107

Re: What's after the end

starphlo wrote: After Buddha's enlightenment and subsequent death, where did he go?
He went "poof". That's probably as close as we can get with words.
by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can lay people follow the Vinaya rules?
Replies: 17
Views: 1543

Re: Can lay people follow the Vinaya rules?

SarathW wrote: When you answer please try to discuss your point by quoting a Vinaya reference code etc.
Your question is "Can the lay follow the Vinaya rules?" To my knowledge there is nothing in the Vinaya forbidding a layperson from following the Vinaya. So I can't quote a Vinaya rule that does not exist.
by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are the Police in the USA out of control?
Replies: 54
Views: 3327

Re: Are the Police in the USA out of control?

With every pro gun person I have talked to, the main issue on their mind is protection from the government. Those countries you listed don't have nearly as much power as the united states does; america could be argued to have the most powerful military in the world. All under control of a questiona...
by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Buddhism and raising children, how?
Replies: 26
Views: 2788

Re: Buddhism and raising children, how?

Now with my ignorant thoughts...as my head clearly isn't in the right place, I'm terrified he isn't going to follow a more noble path. ^ What she said. I think you should let your children be children, at the very least until their spiritual faculties are mature enough. Also, I don't think you have...
by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are the Police in the USA out of control?
Replies: 54
Views: 3327

Re: Are the Police in the USA out of control?

Why is gun control only such a sensitive issue in the United States ? Why isn't it such a sensitive, big issue in other safe, developed gun-strict countries like Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Canada...? Why are so many people in the United States so attached to their guns?
by waterchan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are the Police in the USA out of control?
Replies: 54
Views: 3327

Re: Are the Police in the USA out of control?

You want to give you meaningless stats like you and waterchan have given?? fine here ya go and here's another . You want me to keep throwing garbage stats out??? That game gets kinda boring.. So the only two sources you can muster up are an obviously pro-gun website and a site named "Info Wars"? Th...