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by Digity
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

Exterminator is expensive. Still trying to deal with them with cheaper means. I don't kill other bugs but if you're burrowing through wood in my house then I don't see how you can just ignore that. Other bugs like spiders I leave alone.
by Digity
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

I decided to send the jury duty letter and not ignore it/ throw it away.
by Digity
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

I'm getting an exterminator. They've started to spread to other parts of my house and building nests in different locations. I wonder if I made a mistake not doing this sooner.
by Digity
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Ignoring jury duty request

Do you see anything morally wrong with being summoned for jury duty and just ignoring the summon even though that's technically not legal?
by Digity
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 56
Views: 8521

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

Buckwheat wrote: Drinking is not against my principles. It is against the Buddha's principles. When I turn down a drink, it's due to peer pressure from the Buddha. :thumbsup:
Peer pressure from Buddha! Lol! I'm going to remember that next time I feel pressure to drink in a social situation.
by Digity
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 56
Views: 8521

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

I still struggle with the whole not drinking, because it creates a lot of awkward social situations in my life. I just allow the situation to be awkward and don't drink. Still, you can sense that sort of strain and awkwardness with friends at times when they see I'm the only one not drinking at the ...
by Digity
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

Then calling an exterminator isn't any worse for the precepts than buying your meat from a store. I don't think buying meat breaks the precept. I feel bad about killing them, but I already put out the bait. I think if they weren't chewing through the wood in my house I would try a more humane appro...
by Digity
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

Here people were saying carpenter ants need to be exterminated:
https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=4578
by Digity
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

ieee23 wrote:
Digity wrote:I don't feel good about breaking the precepts.
Do you eat meat?
Yes
by Digity
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

ieee23 wrote:There was a thread about a week ago on termites. A lot of the same points would apply here.
Link?
by Digity
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

I bought trap bait that kills them. They're in the walls. My understanding is that you have to destroy the colony otherwise they'll keep expanding in the house, which could lead to structural damage. Before I saw the ants and would catch them and put them outside. However, now that I'm seeing the sa...
by Digity
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Carpenter ants eating wood in house

I have carpenter ants in my house that are eating the wood. I found sawdust piles in my bed room closet. Do I have to call a terminator?
by Digity
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?
Replies: 38
Views: 1011

Re: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?

The way Buddhism can be a snake for the mentally ill in my case was that like a lot of people I had the mind state of not being good enough. Someone suffering from feelings of low self worth shouldn't meditate most of the day. They should work on developing social skills and genuine self confidence...
by Digity
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?
Replies: 38
Views: 1011

Re: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?

Geez who isnt mentally troubled? At least by buddhist definitions. Maybe the enlightened, personally idk if i ever met one tho. We're all disordered to some degree. The "mentally disordered" are just those that are further down the spectrum. If you're too far down the spectrum maybe you can't turn ...
by Digity
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?
Replies: 38
Views: 1011

Re: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?

Depends on the severity of the mental disorder and the individual's proclivities. For example, a person with severe schizophrenia and a strong tendency toward delusions of grandeur is entering dangerous waters by wading into Buddhist doctrine. Naturally, the idea of becoming enlightened or becoming...
by Digity
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness
Replies: 31
Views: 1077

Re: Resistance/tightness in practicing loving kindness

Could you elucidate? Sure. One can easily make himself believe that (simply because of doing "such and such practice for X min/hours a day") he became kind, gentle, etc., and even tries to behave this way (to prove himself that this is so). But in certain circumstances he loses this mask and expres...
by Digity
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Regression
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Regression

Practice doesn't develop in a straight line. It's more like a wavy curve of ups and downs. You were on an upswing and now you're on a downswing. It's normal. You just need to adjust and tweak things to get back into your groove. The problem is when people hit these bumps in the road and just decide ...
by Digity
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Noticing a decline in practice
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: Noticing a decline in practice

Do you think a Buddhist shouldn't be friends with people who drink or hang out with them when they drink? If so, I'd have nearly zero friends in my life. Not sure I could handle that.
by Digity
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From renunciation to aversion
Replies: 17
Views: 343

Re: From renunciation to aversion

Part of the reason human life is conducive to practice is because things aren't perfect here. Human life is a big mix of good and bad. You feel aversion about seeing these horrific images of an animal dying, which is understandable. However, if you were living in a heavenly realm right now and was m...
by Digity
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is changing your mind same as lying?
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: Is changing your mind same as lying?

I think it was somewhat insincere. It was sort of in the heat of the moment I agreed to it... Perhaps useful to investigate what the attachment might have been that influenced the somewhat insincere agreement. (No need to reply, just something to consider if you think it might be useful.) I think i...