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by seeker242
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 383

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

It doesn't matter what the bandits take or don't take for an answer. Silence is still an option. And if the bandits will kill you if you don't answer them, what then? Then you die. That sounds equivalent to committing suicide. It it really that wise to give up the preciousness of a human birth in o...
by seeker242
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 383

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

Nicolas wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:21 pm

It doesn't matter what the bandits take or don't take for an answer. Silence is still an option.
And if the bandits will kill you if you don't answer them, what then?
by seeker242
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 16
Views: 184

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

I was under the impression that as Nibbana is unconditioned or free from conditions, causes, etc. it cannot be the cessation of being/non-being or involve the destruction or creation of anything, except as a metaphor for “free of” or “freeing.” If "being" = "caught up, tied up", then Nibbana would ...
by seeker242
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262014

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Published figures suggest that, in Australia https://theconversation.com/ordering-the-vegetarian-meal-theres-more-animal-blood-on-your-hands-4659 If anyone here is a vegetarian, what is your reason to maintain your vegetarian diet after reading this article? I don't live in Australia. :smile: And m...
by seeker242
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?
Replies: 40
Views: 442

Re: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?

Wouldn't that be bringing a child into an existence which is suffering? I would argue that a Buddhist having a child is more ethical than not. :smile: One could say it's ethical because bringing a child into a Buddhist family and raising them with Buddhist ethics and values, and teaching them Buddh...
by seeker242
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?
Replies: 15
Views: 313

Re: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?

I was scared I had done something wrong and meditated too deep almost putting my self in a coma? Is that possible? No, that's not possible. Nor is it possible for your heart to stop just by doing meditation. Tens of thousands of people do it everyday and none of them are dropping dead from no heart...
by seeker242
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The case against coffee (important)
Replies: 62
Views: 3831

Re: The case against coffee (important)

The US Beverage Guidance Panel, independently assembled to provide recommendations on benefits and risks of various beverage categories, found tea and coffee, without creamer or sweetener , tied as the number-two healthiest beverages, second only to water! More research on the health benefits of tea...
by seeker242
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1178

Re: Victims of Buddhism

Not victims of Buddhism, victims of ignorance. Just because people call themselves Buddhist, doesn't mean they aren't ignorant!
by seeker242
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The crux of Buddhist practice - where and how do we cut the chain of Dependent Origination?
Replies: 34
Views: 877

Re: The crux of Buddhist practice - where and how do we cut the chain of Dependent Origination?

The core of Buddhist teachings appears to be Dependent Origination To escape this endless cycle, we must cut this chain, so the question becomes: where and how do we cut it? Any further insights, clarifications, suggestions? The teaching I like regarding this is the teaching of Transcendental Depen...
by seeker242
Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is worth spending time on?
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: What is worth spending time on?

Meditation practice. :meditate:
by seeker242
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 75784

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

DCM wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:17 pm
How realistic is it for a lay person with a family, 9-5 job, kids and other commitment to really attain any level of Samahdi?
It's 100% realistic. Thousands upon thousands of laypeople do it everyday. :meditate:
by seeker242
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262014

Re: Becoming vegetarian

I don't know for sure, I haven't researched it. It's just that, mathematically, if 95-98% of all soya in North America is genetically modified, it's difficult to think that almost all tofu is non-GMO. That's would mean that, say if 1% of the non-GMO soya is used for non-tofu soya products, that onl...
by seeker242
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: ordaining in theravada and zen?
Replies: 14
Views: 433

Re: ordaining in theravada and zen?

Sovatthika wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:36 am

why in your opinion would it be a huge stretch?
Because in the opinion of all the people in the world of religious scholarship, everyone agrees they are the same religion.
by seeker242
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262014

Re: Becoming vegetarian

Finally, even if a lot of the genitcally-modified soy ends up as livestock feed, in the end, we're still consuming the meat Not in the vegetarian thread we aren't. :lol: the tofu in most restaurants is almost certainly non-organic and probably genetically modified (the kind sold by food supliers an...
by seeker242
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: ordaining in theravada and zen?
Replies: 14
Views: 433

Re: ordaining in theravada and zen?

Sovatthika wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:52 am
would it be fair to say zen and theravada are two different religions?
They are theravada Buddhism and zen Buddhism. There is no religion of "theravada" and no religion of "zen". The religion is just "Buddhism". It would be a huge stretch to say they are different religions altogether.
by seeker242
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4244
Views: 262014

Re: Becoming vegetarian

Sorry, I meant 95%+ of non-organic soy in North America is genetically modified. True, yet the large majority of soy is used as livestock feed, not tofu. The majority of north american tofu brands sold in north america are made with non-gmo, organic soy. It's much easier to find non-gmo tofu than i...
by seeker242
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Guilt and Shame
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Guilt and Shame

However, if i understand correctly, it is not an end in itself as Buddhism implies to go beyond good and bad. Not really with regards to morality of actions. "Beyond good and bad" generally refers to being enlightened and therefore incapable of making further good and bad kamma, AKA beyond good and...
by seeker242
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 48
Views: 854

Re: Drug liberalisation

However, the reason why people started taking bathsalts to begin with is because all the other, less dangerous, drugs would send you to jail. How do you know that that was the reason for taking bathsalts? Because that is what people taking them say. Prohibition is the very thing that caused the eme...
by seeker242
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 48
Views: 854

Re: Drug liberalisation

U.S. prisons are overcrowded with people whose only crime was taking drugs. It should be legalized, however, I heard there are some drugs which make people very violent. I forget the name, something like bathsalts? I heard on the news some guy who took that and tried to eat his friend, literally bi...