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by manas
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Animals and kamma
Replies: 22
Views: 543

Re: Animals and kamma

If animals can make bad kamma, it logically follows they must also be able to make good kamma (for example, when a family dog is being watchful and protective of the family members, or raises the alarm when a stranger approaches, it's being of service to those humans). If there's kamma in killing an...
by manas
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha can't tell "yes I will"?
Replies: 18
Views: 626

Re: Why Buddha can't tell "yes I will"?

It does seem that even today, 'silence means consent', ie, if you make no objection to a statement, the intention behind that statement holds?
by manas
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Boys in cave: the meditation perspective
Replies: 26
Views: 1179

Re: Boys in cave: the meditation perspective

Like so many around the world, I was relieved at the success of the rescue, and it's great to hear that the Coach was able to help them cope in the cave, using meditative techniques. However, since to my knowledge NO-ONE in the entire world will say this,WHAT WAS HE THINKING, bringing them in there ...
by manas
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?
Replies: 41
Views: 1164

Re: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?

You will find more detail in the Early Buddhism sub-forum. Wander over and :reading: for a while. :smile: As for myself, I'm willing to go along with the consensus on the history of the texts but I don't think the details matter too much because I think the core messages are close enough to the ori...
by manas
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 2068

Re: Sex before marriage

...................... Sometimes you misunderstand what i have written, Doodoot. OF COURSE the Buddha lived before Christ, do you think I'm stupid? dont cast aspersions. I was talking about OURSELVES, having grown up in a culture influenced by the hang-ups around sex, that the Church (or in your ca...
by manas
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Strong aversion against blue veins
Replies: 15
Views: 1435

Re: Strong aversion against blue veins

I'm worried that in a new relationship I would "find" something else that upsets me (e.g. body hair, wrinkles, etc.) Even the airbrushed, 'perfect' models we see on TV, Internet etc have 'flaws' that we are not privy to. NO-ONE's body is completely without flaws, and in the end we all end up lookin...
by manas
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 2068

Re: Sex before marriage

Why would a practising Buddhist have sex without commitment? The same reason a lay Buddhist might eat a piece of chocolate cake: because it is pleasant, and so long as it does not harm anyone (the Buddha's guidelines on this seem very reasonable) and is legal according to the laws of the Land, it's...
by manas
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sexual intercourse with other woman with the consent of wife
Replies: 58
Views: 3893

Re: Sexual intercourse with other woman with the consent of wife

Hi guys, There is a true story where a couple just got married. Soon after marriage, the wife is diagnosed with certain illness by the doctor. To make it short, because of the illness, the wife is not allowed to have sexual intercourse. The husband, however, got permission from his wife that, if ne...
by manas
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 2068

Re: Sex before marriage

Would folks agree, that the sum and substance of the Buddha's advice might be something like: don't have sex with anyone who is already with someone else, or is vulnerable and cannot give free and informed consent (such as underage persons), or where the laws of the Land you happen to reside in proh...
by manas
Sat May 26, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 42
Views: 2038

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

In fact, the Western God ultimately is sourced in the Biblical Old Testament, which is a book that does not exactly exemplify a turning away from evil (despite its lip-service to moral law). The problem with Theism: "Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how ...
by manas
Tue May 15, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: VIDEO: White woman calls police on Blacks having a BBQ at the lake.
Replies: 44
Views: 1842

Re: VIDEO: White woman calls police on Blacks having a BBQ at the lake.

rename it to woman harassed for enforcing park policy? It's fashionable atm to demonize white folks at the slightest suspicion of racism, even when all the facts are not known, just as mere accusations of sexual assault (often a decade or so after the alleged event), are destroying the careers of m...
by manas
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Has anyone notice no aid from Islamic country for non Muslims ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1943

Re: Has anyone notice no aid from Islamic country for non Muslims ?

Today, Muslim countries are becoming more Muslim because of what the West has done, militarily, to Muslim nations. Since it is Western ideology causing many of these problems, why do you think a Western approach will solve them? Often Western charity has strings attached. If Western countries & peo...
by manas
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: keep liberalism out of buddhism
Replies: 126
Views: 4422

Re: keep liberalism out of buddhism

In an age and culture in which women and girls were in effect the property of the men in their lives, the Buddha not only accepted women as disciples capable of enlightenment, but even ordained them. If the masculine pronoun is mostly used in the Pali suttas, it's most probably for the sake of conve...
by manas
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 80
Views: 4185

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

I don't see why someone can't participate in both Forums at once. Sectarianism gives me spiritual indigestion. I'm more interested in improving myself, than in clinging to the notion that "Only this Path is correct, all others are false (or misleading, incomplete, distorted etc). I'm leaning more n...
by manas
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 80
Views: 4185

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

There are much more profound critiques out there regarding Lamaism but thank you. There sure are. As I mentioned in an earlier post, all of them were written in the 19th century when there was virtually no genuine knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism. The very word "Lamaism" is rooted in that period of al...