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by seeker242
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 635

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

D1W1 wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:03 pm
With his perfect morality, what would a sotapanna do, will a sotapanna (naturally) let his child die?
That would be tantamount to killing the child. A sotapanna would not kill a child!
by seeker242
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the cause of the impermanence?
Replies: 22
Views: 245

Re: What is the cause of the impermanence?

What is the assumption beneath my question? It's not an assumption of mine, it's a concept taught by Buddha himself namely dependent arising. Nothing has its inherent existence, and everything depends on something else for its existence. I would not go so far as to say that because impermanence is ...
by seeker242
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do plants feel pain?
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: Do plants feel pain?

Only a jainist will feel that plants have feelings. Jainism advocated its followers to avoid eating even seeds of plants as it was believed it has feelings. Lord Buddha in his explanation of Paticca Samuppada has clearly indicated that it is vingnana which fabricates perceptions involving citta wit...
by seeker242
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 29
Views: 566

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

No_Mind wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:24 am
Where does ill will enter into it?
Why does it matter what the Dalai Lama says to Prince Charles?
by seeker242
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 29
Views: 566

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

No_Mind wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:46 pm
How could the Dalai Lama praise such a man so unreservedly?

:namaste:
Perhaps because he does not harbor ill will towards people because of their actions, which is 100% inline with dhamma. :smile:
by seeker242
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Doubts: cosmology, etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 468

Re: Doubts: cosmology, etc.

:namaste: There are a few points that cause doubts in me. Sorry, I don't have the exact sources at the moment, but I think you all have come across them in the suttas. 1. Does the Buddha imply that the moon shines by itself? I think he is implying here that it's not hidden. :smile: Anyone can see i...
by seeker242
Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Desiring the unhapiness of some beings.
Replies: 18
Views: 364

Re: Desiring the unhapiness of some beings.

Hello, friends. I've had this question for some time, and as I haven't been able to come up with a solution by myself, I'd like to know what do you think about it: When we express, by practicing mettā meditation, our wish for all beings to be happy, do we really mean all beings? All beings uncondit...
by seeker242
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4359
Views: 268217

Re: the great vegetarian debate

chownah wrote:
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:04 am
Did I say that?....I think not.
Slander?
chownah
I didn't say you said that. I said that's the implication of what you said.
by seeker242
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4359
Views: 268217

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Any attachment of any kind is harmful behavior. chownah Yet simply making a particular choice preference does not = harmful attachment. For example, I prefer to choose to not steal things. Does that mean I'm attached to the choice of not stealing? And that this is harmful? Of course not! So, you ar...
by seeker242
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4359
Views: 268217

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Any attachment of any kind is harmful behavior.
chownah
Yet simply making a particular choice preference does not = harmful attachment. For example, I prefer to choose to not steal things. Does that mean I'm attached to the choice of not stealing? And that this is harmful? Of course not!
by seeker242
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.12 Tathāgata parammaraṇa sutta. After Death.
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: SN 16.12 Tathāgata parammaraṇa sutta. After Death.

But what if both yes and no, are both wrong answers? Explain why "no" is a wrong answer? Thanks :mrgreen: I think that was already addressed. :smile: “Because this is unbeneficial, irrelevant to the fundamentals of the holy life, and does not lead to revulsion, to dispassion, to cessation, to peace...
by seeker242
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.12 Tathāgata parammaraṇa sutta. After Death.
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: SN 16.12 Tathāgata parammaraṇa sutta. After Death.

Dinsdale wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:29 am
I would have preferred a straight answer to the question. :stirthepot:
"does the Tathagata exist after death?"

But what if both yes and no, are both wrong answers? :smile:
by seeker242
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4359
Views: 268217

Re: the great vegetarian debate

chownah wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:40 am
In nature, eating meat is just population control on edible animals....and let's face it, all animals are edible.
chownah
Even human beings!
by seeker242
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?
Replies: 110
Views: 1539

Re: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?

Harboring hate for bad things is foolish because simply hating does nothing to actually stop bad things from happening. It's actually counterproductive to that end because it consumes energy that could otherwise be used in a productive manner, to effect some actual positive changes. Stomping around ...
by seeker242
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 721

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: 721

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: 328

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: 4359
Views: 268217

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: 42
Views: 802

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: 471

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...