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by Ervin
Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are there any people who have reached enlightenment lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 6945

Re: Are there any people who have reached enlightenment lately?

Thanks, The Thinker.

By enlightenment I mean what Sakyamuni Buddha achieved once according to suttas he reached it.

Thanks
by Ervin
Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are there any people who have reached enlightenment lately?
Replies: 51
Views: 6945

Are there any people who have reached enlightenment lately?

Are there any people who have reached enlightenment? If not, then why not? We have Buddhist teachings available these days, we have monasteries, everything.

Would maybe an enlightened person keep quiet these days because the teachings are available?

Thanks
by Ervin
Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:47 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 405
Views: 10055

When is it ok to lie?

Hi everyone, Since I have decided to start practicing Theravada Buddhism I am Most likely only going to use this forum for my questions. What if by lying you save innocent lives or a life? What if by lying you save someone from unjust suffering? Or if you save yourself from unjust suffering? Some Bu...
by Ervin
Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:03 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Post short, brief names of authors and books on meditation.I
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Post short, brief names of authors and books on meditation.I

Could you please post short, brief books of names of authors and books on meditation? Reason why I am asking is because I can't bring myself to practice meditation from very long books. I had a couple of Ajahn Brahm's books and one of them was on meditation. It was a good book. But because of its si...
by Ervin
Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: A question on sutra about precepts
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: A question on sutra about precepts

acinteyyo, I thought of something lot earlier actually. And that is that even plants breathe.

Thanks
by Ervin
Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: A question on sutra about precepts
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: A question on sutra about precepts

Thanks accineyo, that's preaty much the way I interpreted it. And Santa, if you buy a flesh of an breathing being like accineyo put it then, that breathing being then you are again breaking the first precept in my view because let's say lamb is slaughtered for the consumer, buyer of the product. Now...
by Ervin
Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: A question on sutra about precepts
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: A question on sutra about precepts

Santa 100, those ideas where my personal ideas, I didn't get them from any particular teachings.

And thank you very much for correcting me.

So, there you go, we can eat meat.

Thanks
by Ervin
Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: A question on sutra about precepts
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: A question on sutra about precepts

I might ad that I read somewhere more than once that Buddha instructed us to question everything even everything that he says.

So, I am only following Buddha's teachings. I am being a good Buddhist.

Thanks
by Ervin
Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: A question on sutra about precepts
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: A question on sutra about precepts

Bhiku, I didn't read every answer in the link. I just skimmed through enough to get the gist of them. But if you abstain from killing yourself and getting someone else to do it for you all you are doing is getting someone else to do the "dirty" work for you. If you eat any food then you are supporti...
by Ervin
Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: A question on sutra about precepts
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: A question on sutra about precepts

Thanks Bikhu Pesalla and and Sarah .

Bikhu, you kind of gave me some sort of an answer, but on that vegeterian debate I came find any answers. I mean no direct enough answer to my question.

Thanks
by Ervin
Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: A question on sutra about precepts
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

A question on sutra about precepts

Hi everyone, When I was looking up on sutras on precepts I was puzzled about the first precept. What got me thinking was that it said I vow not to destroy any life. Now, how is it possible not to destroy any life? I mean you have to eat utleast plant based diet, and plants are alive. If it said I ta...
by Ervin
Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is it a theravada belief that we have no begining?
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Is it a theravada belief that we have no begining?

The title pretty much contains one of the questions however I have one more and that is: Is it a belief that when you reach enlightenment you become omniscient?

Thanks
by Ervin
Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can someone please post links to sutras decsribing hell and other realms?
Replies: 22
Views: 2881

Re: Can someone please post links to sutras decsribing hell and other realms?

Santa 100, you misunderstood me. I wasn't denying hell, I was just suggesting that the story of king Yamas interrogating and judging and certain beings carrying out the punishment was maybe a metaphor. That's all. By the way, I checked out a bit on nibana and I might say to be honest it's the only w...
by Ervin
Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can someone please post links to sutras decsribing hell and other realms?
Replies: 22
Views: 2881

Re: Can someone please post links to sutras decsribing hell and other realms?

Thanks to both of you.

I can't see this king Yamaha and the rest literaly. I say that because isn't kamma supposed to automatically propel you to the rebirth.

Does anyone agree with me?

Thanks
by Ervin
Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can someone please post links to sutras decsribing hell and other realms?
Replies: 22
Views: 2881

Can someone please post links to sutras decsribing hell and other realms?

The title of the thread says it all. I am interested in reading sutras that describe hell, hungry ghost, gods and demigods realms.

Thanks
by Ervin
Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can karma be purified?
Replies: 14
Views: 2542

Re: Can karma be purified?

So then, I suppose if you have good karma coming your way your present bad actions won't effect it, which explains how some active criminals enjoy pleasures.

Thanks
by Ervin
Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can karma be purified?
Replies: 14
Views: 2542

Can karma be purified?

I am interested in the knowledge of karma. Can past karma be purified and how ?

Thanks
by Ervin
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the existence of demons?
Replies: 13
Views: 1437

Do you believe in the existence of demons?

Do you in Theravada believe in any sort of demons that might try to keep us away from good practice.

Thanks
by Ervin
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:37 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Questions about sutras
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

Re: Questions about sutras

Thanks, he seems to be a very good monk. I ended up listening to a lot more videos by him.