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by Digity
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How being a Theravada buddhist monk is not nihilistic and life-denying?
Replies: 21
Views: 1631

Re: How being a Theravada buddhist monk is not nihilistic and life-denying?

sexual activity, intoxicating drinks and drugs, dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics, lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place, accepting gold and silver (money). If this is not life-denying, then what is ...
by Digity
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

Is Calm really a Buddhist app? Buddhism doesn’t own meditation, so it’s not like it’s a practice exclusive to Buddhism.
by Digity
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 1070

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

How do you explain all the suttas that refer to rebirth? Are they all doctored? The Buddha said none of it?

Children past lives: https://www.carolbowman.com/childrens-past-lives/

I'd look into Dr. Ian Stevenson's research into rebirth. It's pretty interesting.
by Digity
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 1070

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

Thanks for your answer! I understand your point, but I disagree with it. Even without any metaphysical contrivance, the Dhamma makes sense to me. The ending of suffering is enough reason to follow the path, at least for me. That being said, I'm not saying that everything beside that goal should be ...
by Digity
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 1070

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

I feel like the whole path doesn’t make sense without rebirth. If you only live once then what is there to escape really? It’s only once you have rebirth, becoming, karma...that you start to see a problem and a need to escape the cycle. With rebirth there is just a perpetual wandering in samsara, se...
by Digity
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual Path: Linear or non-linear?
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Gradual Path: Linear or non-linear?

I feel like there are two camps when it comes to the gradual path of practice. I think Zom is the most vocal about the practice being linear with meditation at the end of the path and dana/sila in the beginning. However, there are also those who say it's non-linear and that you can do sila, dana, me...
by Digity
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 51
Views: 1675

Re: lice

Another variation of this question is whether you'd kill termites if your house was infested. I personally would get the house treated. I'm guessing the OP would let the termites destroy their house?
by Digity
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Do I Choose The ONE path When I Get So Much From Many Paths ?
Replies: 40
Views: 826

Re: How Do I Choose The ONE path When I Get So Much From Many Paths ?

Then Venerable Ānanda went up to the Buddha, bowed, and sat down to one side. The Buddha said to him: “Ānanda, are all precepts and observances, lifestyles, and spiritual paths fruitful when taken as the essence?” “This is no simple matter, sir.” “Well then, Ānanda, break it down.” “Take the case o...
by Digity
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making a video game
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Re: Making a video game

I don't think I can change the direction of the game. It's already decided and it's more my friend's project that I'm helping out on.
by Digity
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making a video game
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Making a video game

Do you think making a video game is a bad idea? We all know how addictive video games can be and they're ultimately a distraction/escape. I'm currently working on making a game with a friend to refresh my programming skills, but I think the plan is to eventually sell it in the app store. I have mixe...
by Digity
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is the purpose of observing eight precept for lay ?
Replies: 7
Views: 684

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

Wouldn't one of the reasons be to deepen one's meditation practice?
by Digity
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How much entertainment should we allow?
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

How much entertainment should we allow?

Three days out of the week I abstain from music and watching TV/videos for entertainment. However, those other four days I'll indulge in entertainment and I feel like it destroys all the mental ease I may have established by abstaining from these things. I wonder how much music/tv do you think I sho...
by Digity
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Monks and following rules
Replies: 7
Views: 643

Re: Monks and following rules

That's a good point about the different time zones. Yeah, I'd feel weird questioning the Bhante about him eating after noon time. Who the hell am I to be questioning him? I mean, I'm just a lay person...I'd feel so out of my place doing that. There was never anything secretive. The monk was actually...
by Digity
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Monks and following rules
Replies: 7
Views: 643

Monks and following rules

I know a highly revered monk who radiates kindness and acceptance. He's someone I admire, but I notice that he can be flexible with rules. For instance, I saw him eating after noon time, since he was at an event where the lunch was served past noon. Also, he's told of stories where he'd shake hands ...
by Digity
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making fermented drinks
Replies: 26
Views: 1756

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 had this happen a few years ago at Christmas. I got a box of chocolate candies, and the first one I bit into I immediately knew had rum in it...