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by steve19800
Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 101
Views: 5065

Re: Understanding the fourth precept

In a way, it is deceit, but everyone knows almost all women wear make-up, so it is kind of "fair game" you could say. I think whether other people know women wear make up or not is not relevant because the doer is not "other people" but the women themselves, right? Well, the intention to deceive of...
by steve19800
Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:57 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 101
Views: 5065

Re: Understanding the fourth precept

How about a woman wearing make up or do plastic surgery. Is that considered lying? In a way, it is deceit, but everyone knows almost all women wear make-up, so it is kind of "fair game" you could say. I think whether other people know women wear make up or not is not relevant because the doer is no...
by steve19800
Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:53 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 101
Views: 5065

Re: Understanding the fourth precept

Quite simply, no it does not cover wearing makeup. That might come under the cosmetics part of the Eight Precepts , which I'd see as trying to counter the tendency to arouse sexual interest in others, but certainly not the precept against lying. The Buddha gives quite a precise explanation of it as...
by steve19800
Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 101
Views: 5065

Re: Understanding the fourth precept

How about a woman wearing make up or do plastic surgery. Is that considered lying? The fourth precept is about speech, not about our appearance, othewise older men who dye their hair, use botox etc would be included too: 4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain...
by steve19800
Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:58 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 101
Views: 5065

Re: Understanding the fourth precept

How about a woman wearing make up or do plastic surgery. Is that considered lying?
by steve19800
Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 4784

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

Bad thought is a necessary condition for bad karma. The thought "I hate those people" is the seed waiting to germinate. Without the seed, how can there be the fruit. Cause and effect. Granted "bad" things can still happen even without harbouring "bad" thoughts. Thanks for your reply. So in other wo...
by steve19800
Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 4784

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

Well, the "best practice" is to stand back and observe as the hateful thoughts rise and then fall. It should rise and then fade away. The hate does not belong to you if you just ignore it. Its being mindful. It's not really a hateful thought. Sometimes this kind of thought appears suddenly and rand...
by steve19800
Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 4784

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

In regard to OP please see the video in attached link. http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=25233" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" o...
by steve19800
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 4784

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

Anger happens you feel you are not being fairly treated. So you can control anger. Tell yourself it could be a misunderstanding even if it appears in the negative. If it happens again you can remove yourself from the situation. That way you can always control your anger and not allow things to esca...
by steve19800
Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 57
Views: 4784

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

Thanks guys for the response and sorry for the late reply, I think I was lost in other threads. If I had to guess I would say the initial thought of something like "I hate those people!" is just an effect of a mind that's filled with poison. So not necessarily "by itself" so to speak. It still have ...
by steve19800
Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:49 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 324
Views: 41667

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

I think this discussion is endless. Even for monastic members, there are completely different views regarding this matter. Buddha doesn't want his disciples creating conflict within society they live in. Buddhist practitioners are taught not to take as much as we can, generosity is the practice. It'...
by steve19800
Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 324
Views: 41667

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

What is the precise meaning of adinnadana? That would depend on what precisely you mean by "precise". If you mean at the strictly lexical level, then ... "Taking ( ādānaṃ ) the not-given ( a + dinnaṃ )." But if you mean what in English would be its nearest natural equivalent, then the answer is "st...
by steve19800
Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 324
Views: 41667

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

In addition to previous post.
What is the precise meaning of adinnadana? In my opinion, taking what is not given is not the same as stealing.
by steve19800
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 324
Views: 41667

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

I'm wondering how do you guys come to a conclusion? With any contested moral issue, when things seem to be getting overly complicated, the ethic of reciprocity (aka Golden Rule ) will usually suffice to cut through the sophistry and dictate a felicitous conclusion. In the present case I think we al...
by steve19800
Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 324
Views: 41667

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

Hi guys, As you can see, there are many different views regarding downloading material from internet. I think if we try to understand them, both stealing and not stealing do make sense. I'm wondering how do you guys come to a conclusion? Do you just follow the precept based on what you think is righ...
by steve19800
Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being truthful the same as telling everything?
Replies: 36
Views: 1941

Re: Is being truthful the same as telling everything?

It seems to me that if it doesn't hurt others, or cause self affliction , then it would be fine. However, one could encounter a situation where one would think it's not causing self-affliction, when it actually is. Especially so if one does not have a "right view", "right mindfulness", etc. of what...
by steve19800
Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being truthful the same as telling everything?
Replies: 36
Views: 1941

Re: Is being truthful the same as telling everything?

Truthfulness, I think is more about revealing a fact or truth that is initiated by someone. I just think when someone concerns about security issue such as bank account information as posted above (which is normal), that is when we have to sacrifice truthfulness. Is it possible to be truthful 100%?...
by steve19800
Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being truthful the same as telling everything?
Replies: 36
Views: 1941

Re: Is being truthful the same as telling everything?

I like this from MN 61 The Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta: Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone This is the Buddha talking to his son. :smile: "Whenever you want to perform a verbal act, you should reflect on it: 'This verbal act I want to perform — would it lead to self-affliction, to the afflicti...
by steve19800
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between moral shame and remorse
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Re: Difference between moral shame and remorse

As Bhante said, moral shame as the word suggests is a shame that prevents us from doing immoral action, remorse follows after we do something unwholesome. Just to add a little it, we feel remorse when we realize our wrong-doing, it can help us to correct our mistake but dwelling on remorse is someth...
by steve19800
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being truthful the same as telling everything?
Replies: 36
Views: 1941

Re: Is being truthful the same as telling everything?

I would suggest looking at right speech (at least one definition of it) and seeing what it entails. one factor is truthfulness, two others include that things are spoken of at the right time and spoken beneficially. So it's important to have these other factors in mind when speaking. not a silly qu...