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by seeker242
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5196
Views: 476037

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

I have never spoken about animal rights and animal values, just about dont create unnecessary suffering in this world No one is arguing to the contrary. Metta :) But they are. Arguing that it's perfectly fine to eat meat, is itself, arguing to the contrary because meat production and consumption eq...
by seeker242
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5196
Views: 476037

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

If you are a person over the age of 5 you know for sure where the meat comes from and what will be the consequences of your actions, If your intention is to sustain the body then the intention to harm does not arise. .....and yet there is nothing in the suttas which indicates that eating meat conve...
by seeker242
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5196
Views: 476037

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

An example that I sometimes give to clarify this issue is this: Suppose a farmer grows cabbages, and shoots rabbits to protect those cabbages. Then he sells cabbages, rabbit pies, and gloves made from rabbit fur at the farm shop. Someone comes to the shop and buys cabbages, another buys rabbit pies...
by seeker242
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5196
Views: 476037

Re: the great vegetarian debate

The problem is that people who like the taste of meat aren't really interested in a logical discussion of the ethics. We can make the understand if needed You did not respond to my point about buying fruit and vegetables being grown with the aid of pesticides, insecticides, and fertilisers. Insecti...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5196
Views: 476037

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Yes, as someone who has been vegetarian for nearly 50 years, I understand the arguments, thanks. I know! :anjali: I was just commenting on what various people perceive as "bad". Not necessarily your comments in particular. :D Had a thought about this earlier. Again, not necessarily directed at you ...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5196
Views: 476037

Re: the great vegetarian debate

It depends what is meant by "bad", doesn't it? That is true. However, to think of it in terms of only "my intention" or "my kamma" is a self-centered, one could say backwards, way of seeing the whole situation. The concerns of vegetarianism are the opposite of self-centered as the concern is for th...
by seeker242
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5196
Views: 476037

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Theravada Buddhists do not kill animals themselves but consider vegetarianism to be a personal choice. It's a personal choice for everyone. Not if you include animals within "everyone", which the typical vegetarian does. The animal's preferred choice, to not be killed, is being expressly and intent...
by seeker242
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?
Replies: 34
Views: 2111

Re: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?

No, bacterial and virus infection is not a poison, weapon or fire. There have been some speculations that the coronavirus was designed as a biological weapon. There has also been some speculations that aliens built the pyramids and that the earth is flat and not round. I don't put much stock in suc...
by seeker242
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?
Replies: 34
Views: 2111

Re: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?

Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta? From another post: benefit to practicing Metta: External dangers, such as poisons, weapons, and fire, will not harm you - Anguttara Nikaya 11.16 https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=36559 No, bacterial and virus infection is n...
by seeker242
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Mahayana monks allowed to marry?
Replies: 52
Views: 4504

Re: Are Mahayana monks allowed to marry?

Mahayana is much too broad of a category to say "monks are allowed to do..." anything. Some are celibate, some aren't. Some handle money, some don't. Some eat meat, some don't.
by seeker242
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why not take refuge in Nibbana?
Replies: 16
Views: 760

Re: Why not take refuge in Nibbana?

We DO take refuge in Nibbana, via taking refuge in the Buddha. Bhikkhu Bodhi explains: The Buddha as refuge can be considered first. On one level the word "Buddha" refers to a particular figure — the man Siddhattha Gotama who lived in India in the fifth century B.C. When we take refuge in the Buddha...
by seeker242
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha and dukkha
Replies: 92
Views: 1767

Re: Buddha and dukkha

If it weren’t painful it would just be a meaningless sensation. The Buddha still experienced pleasurable, painful and neutral feelings. Feelings are inherently dukkha. What was removed was ignorance in relation to them. And with the removal of ignorance, there is simultaneously the removal of suffe...
by seeker242
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha and dukkha
Replies: 92
Views: 1767

Re: Buddha and dukkha

Because he is struck by the first dart, not the 2nd. Which means he didn't suffer as the 2nd dart is itself the suffering. The first dart is simply mere sensation. If it weren’t painful it would just be a meaningless sensation. The Buddha still experienced pleasurable, painful and neutral feelings....