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by Mr Man
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self-Defence
Replies: 42
Views: 4890

Re: Self-Defence

Let's see you carry that attitude off in Sierra Leone. How many people who are born and raised in Sierra Leone have an interest in Buddhism? The point is that its easy to say such things, but a lot less easy to act accordingly when the situation actually arises. Substitute any actually risky situat...
by Mr Man
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self-Defence
Replies: 42
Views: 4890

Re: Self-Defence

Better than carrying a weapon develop barami.
by Mr Man
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self-Defence
Replies: 42
Views: 4890

Re: Self-Defence

How ethical would it be for a Buddhist layperson to carry a knife or gun for self-defense? I'm wondering because not everyone has the privilege of living in a safe environment. Consider these points- Killing is unethical. All environments are unsafe. Are there examples supporting carrying weapons f...
by Mr Man
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and patriotism
Replies: 67
Views: 886

Re: Theravada and patriotism

Hi clw_uk Do you have the reference for your quotation please clw_uk? Sure: ““These four types of kamma have been understood, realized, & made known by me. Which four? There is kamma that is black with black result; kamma that is white with white result; kamma that is black & white with black & whit...
by Mr Man
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and patriotism
Replies: 67
Views: 886

Re: Theravada and patriotism

He did say that kamma can be grey, which means it depends upon the intent. Do you have the reference for your quotation please clw_uk? I think that killing a human according to doctrine could never be positive. I thing possibly the quote means there is action which has both positive and negative in...
by Mr Man
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and patriotism
Replies: 67
Views: 886

Re: Theravada and patriotism

Mr Man Okay, but did the Buddha teach this? He said that kamma is intent, yes. He also said that some intentional action is mixed, motivated by both good and bad factors and so results in good and bad outcomes. It naturally follows that killing can be mixed, depending on the circumstance and intent...
by Mr Man
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and patriotism
Replies: 67
Views: 886

Re: Theravada and patriotism

Viachh wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:51 am
Killing is allowed for bodhisattvas in Mahayana, but there are no exceptions in Theravada (definitely not).
clw_uk wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:39 am

So killing humans can be “grey” kamma?
I would say so. Life can be complicated. It all depends on the intent.
Okay, but did the Buddha teach this?
by Mr Man
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and patriotism
Replies: 67
Views: 886

Re: Theravada and patriotism

Yes but it’s part of living in the world and isn’t necessarily black kamma. It can be mixed. Killing is allowed for bodhisattvas in Mahayana, but there are no exceptions in Theravada ( definitely not). Some actions are grey: “These four types of kamma have been understood, realized, & made known by...
by Mr Man
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is...
Replies: 51
Views: 1104

Re: Theravada is...

How a lay person establishes a relationship with sangha is through dana and sila. For a layperson to practice in the Theravada interaction with sangha is fundamental. Sangha is the vehicle of the Theravada. Yes, I don't think anyone wants to downplay the importance of Sangha, but what happens when ...
by Mr Man
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is...
Replies: 51
Views: 1104

Re: Theravada is...

what I find most perplexing about Theravada is this common insistence that 'all you need is the suttas', no participation in a Sangha, no teacher needed. Some even reduce it down to meditation, so chuck out sila and the Right View and focus on samadhi. Of course this could even work for some rare p...
by Mr Man
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Twitter boss Jack Dorsey 'resets' with 10 days of silence
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey 'resets' with 10 days of silence

The social network he runs is defined by its constant, frenzied babble, but Twitter's chief executive has embraced the total opposite, going on a 10-day silent retreat at the end of 2017. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/02/twitter-boss-jack-dorsey-resets-10-day-vow-silence/ His tweet...
by Mr Man
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: From Ven. Ayya Suddhama
Replies: 1
Views: 594

From Ven. Ayya Suddhama

A woman I know in California bought a large tract of forest land about half a mile from the ocean. On her new property, she discovered a spot on a hill that offered a phenomenal view of the distant waves crashing on the shore, so she cleared some trees and built her house there to enjoy the view. W...
by Mr Man
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who or what is being mindful?
Replies: 38
Views: 1942

Re: Who or what is being mindful?

Who or what does the "I" and "he" refer to in the Satipatthana Sutta? "Furthermore, when walking, the monk discerns, 'I am walking.' When standing, he discerns, 'I am standing.' When sitting, he discerns, 'I am sitting.' When lying down, he discerns, 'I am lying down.' Or however his body is dispos...
by Mr Man
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vinaya Comparison of Monastery Allowances
Replies: 23
Views: 2316

Re: Vinaya Comparison of Monastery Allowances

Hi Bhante I think it is incorrect to say that the Dhammayut Nikaya "Rejects Abhidhamma" and "Believes Buddha Lives in Nibbana". Possibly some monks with Dhammayut ordination do. Is smoking allowed in all "Dhammayut" monesteries? Do all branch monasteries of Wat Pa Pong exclude non Wat Pa Pong Monks ...