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by seeker242
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 21
Views: 223

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Who knows, but there's no need to get too caught up in the illustration I gave... It just came across with a "sectarian bashing" kind of tone, which is why I commented on it. the real question is whether Theravāda does it or not. I would say no, no Buddhist traditions do it. :smile: Individual peop...
by seeker242
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 21
Views: 223

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings Seeker, Every teaching of dhamma, regardless of who it's from, can be characterized as "interfering in the affairs of sentient beings". That's the whole point of it to begin with. Sure, but not every teaching of dhamma, regardless of who it's from, can be characterized as " forcefully int...
by seeker242
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 21
Views: 223

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Every teaching of dhamma, regardless of who it's from, can be characterized as "interfering in the affairs of sentient beings". That's the whole point of it to begin with.
by seeker242
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4 types of birth from sutta
Replies: 13
Views: 169

Re: 4 types of birth from sutta

form wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:44 am
Last one we cannot even imagine.
The last one is "Opapatika" birth, which is a "spiritual realm" birth. Beings born in deva or hell realm, etc.
by seeker242
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: monism: oneness
Replies: 21
Views: 316

Re: monism: oneness

MN 121 [/i] Thus, it appears "oneness" ("ekattaṃ") in MN 121 is equated with the "signless" ("animitto "). It appears to be a state or illusion of "non-duality" created from non-thinking or non-labelling or non-conceptualising; similar to what Mahayana teaches. Where as "emptiness" & "Nibbana" are ...
by seeker242
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 805

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

The viewpoint doesn't need to be refuted. What needs to happen is discernment of what is appropriate to give attention to and what is inappropriate to give attention to. "This is how he attends inappropriately: 'Was I in the past? Was I not in the past? What was I in the past? How was I in the past?...
by seeker242
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Do I Choose The ONE path When I Get So Much From Many Paths ?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: How Do I Choose The ONE path When I Get So Much From Many Paths ?

The Theravadin way is exclusionary; just like all other religions that last; You can be a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, or a Wiccan Warlock, but you can't mix and match. If you try to do that you will fail in all of the paths. Yet at the same time, some parts are not at all exclusionary. Christi...
by seeker242
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?
Replies: 14
Views: 499

Re: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?

In Buddhism, samadhi is not just samadhi, but right samadhi. "Right" is a given when talking about samadhi in a Buddhist context. "Now what, monks, is noble right concentration with its supports & requisite conditions? Any singleness of mind equipped with these seven factors — right view, right reso...
by seeker242
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 14
Views: 479

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Does listening to music generate demerit as much as killing and stealing? Certainly not. It's not that music generates demerit, it's that music is part of the 'five strings of sensuality'. If someone is actively trying to sever the five strings of sensuality', one should not give support to the opp...
by seeker242
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 51
Views: 1424

Re: lice

But if I know that my action will *unavoidably* cause harm, I cannot say that still acting (with this knowledge in mind), I had no intention of harm to happen -- That is precisely why strict Jains won't walk on grass. Yet, in Buddhism, simply walking on grass is not unethical. Simply being alive wi...
by seeker242
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 51
Views: 1424

Re: lice

What do I take away from that as a layperson? If I insist on driving a car, I must be aware that I am causing harm and create Bad Kamma for myself; it is my choice. I could take the bus or walk, so there are (always) alternatives. Simply driving a car does not make bad kamma. The problem with that ...
by seeker242
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 51
Views: 1424

Re: lice

Combing them out, without actually wanting to kill them, and they happen to die because of that, would also be unintentional. I disagree, because having mindfully thought about your ability to use the comb without causing harm, you surely would have realized that human clumsiness makes it an imposs...
by seeker242
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 51
Views: 1424

Re: lice

that is killing & against the first precept. Then so is driving a car since many insects are killed doing that too. that is unintentional. killing lice because one wants to remove them from one's head is intentional. Combing them out, without actually wanting to kill them, and they happen to die be...
by seeker242
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 51
Views: 1424

Re: lice

Combing them out of wet hair certainly would "send them on their way", but only if they are subject to post-mortem rebirth. I regularly comb lice out of my children's hair, and those that are not mashed up by the comb would soon die without finding a new host. Unlike animal fleas, they are quite de...
by seeker242
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the yardstick to determine a monk as Theravada?
Replies: 39
Views: 1353

Re: What is the yardstick to determine a monk as Theravada?

What is the yardstick to determine a monk as Theravada?
Their ordination and that's it, nothing more.