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by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong Livelihood: Monk’s Alms round
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Wrong Livelihood: Monk’s Alms round

Hello StormBorn, are you a monk, or a Sadhu of some kind? Impressive that you go on alms round. Well done. So you don't pay for food, but who pays for your internet connection and device? Where do you live? I took the main part of the text to be from Bhante Subhuti's blog (see the link). I think pe...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 45
Views: 404

Re: Throwing food

Sorry I wasn't clear enough. What I meant was obtaining food is the result of good karma. The opposite, which is starve to death is the result of bad karma. I don't think this is universally true. Not everything that comes to us is the result of our kamma . So if someone keeps throwing the food awa...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana as experience
Replies: 15
Views: 101

Nibbana as experience

This new thread is split off from an exchange in "Suggestions", in the hope that something useful might emerge from it. If it just turns into an opportunity to settle old scores, it will be locked. Please use the "Suggestions" section only for the purpose intended.
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 147
Views: 12150

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

It is not clear why you put "knowledge" in quotation marks in this context and i could assume it means that it is your conviction that a person who had real knowledge would not be expressing a perceived lack of kindness, lack of denigration, humility, appreciation of others, and a lack of calmness....
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 147
Views: 12150

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

It is not clear why you put "knowledge" in quotation marks in this context and i could assume it means that it is your conviction that a person who had real knowledge would not be expressing a perceived lack of kindness, lack of denigration, humility, appreciation of others, and a lack of calmness....
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 147
Views: 12150

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

I don't get it. If i have better knowledge than others, i can choose to post it Indeed. Providing one does not breach the ToS, one can choose to post anything one likes, regardless of knowledge. One hopes, though, that everybody will post mindfully, being aware that there are other virtues as well ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 58
Views: 1114

Re: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct

I at least try to be a guardian to my wife in the sense that I understand it as primarily my responsibility to see that we do live a harmonious, good life where she would not need to have undue worries (financially and otherwise). She has the same aspiration in return, by the way. Yes, that sounds ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 147
Views: 12150

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

If you want people to help you and share with you what they know, try being pleasant instead of demanding. It's literally in the beginning of the dhammapadda, 3. "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred. 5. Hatred is nev...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 58
Views: 1114

Re: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct

It is without doubt though that there was a clearly defined 'marriage' at the time of the Buddha; the terms 'husband' and 'wife' are all over the Suttas and their responsibilities towards each other and how they should conduct their daily lives are quite concise. Yes, that seems to be the case. The...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"
Replies: 28
Views: 231

Re: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"

I agree. Is it similarly "wrong" to have the view/aversion "Get rid of it!" with respect to one's own negative mental states? I don't know, but I think there are certainly more and less skillful ways of dealing with them. I have been taught that not acting on them leads to their demise without the ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"
Replies: 28
Views: 231

Re: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"

I suppose one might respond that deliberate killing is always motivated by delusion, which is why it always generates dark kamma. Delusion of what though? Without providing a non-circular answer (e.g., delusion that killing is ok, delusion that killing doesn't produce negative kamma, etc.), how is ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 58
Views: 1114

Re: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct

Fair enough, but a significant problem which precludes any hard and fast rule here is the fact of marriage being a social construct which varies massively between cultures and over time. "Marriage" is merely a sign of "commitment". "Commitment" is a primary sign of having compassion and considerati...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 58
Views: 1114

Re: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct

Upon reflection, my new current view ('work in progress') is it is probably best to split unskilful sexual behaviour into two types: (i) sexual misconduct ; and (ii) unskilful individual conduct . ' Sexual misconduct ' as defined in the 3rd precept has a social or community dimension, namely, to no...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"
Replies: 28
Views: 231

Re: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"

I could say alot but I think it is better to leave it as it is. chownah Well, I would certainly appreciate the opportunity to amend my understanding if it contains inconsistencies. But if, after claiming that there are inconsistencies, you are unable to point them out, then I appreciate that retice...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"
Replies: 28
Views: 231

Re: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"

It seems to me that your views expressed here are not consistent with your previous statement that intention is wanting a particular outcome. chownah They might not be, but can you say why you think that? I could say alot but I think it is better to leave it as it is. chownah Well, I would certainl...