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by seeker242
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why is it necessary to cultivate sila to have samadhi?
Replies: 13
Views: 304

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: 382

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: 42
Views: 860

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: 42
Views: 860

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: 42
Views: 860

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: 42
Views: 860

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: 42
Views: 860

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: 1179

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.
by seeker242
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a wrong way to becoming a Buddhist?
Replies: 15
Views: 920

Re: Is there a wrong way to becoming a Buddhist?

There is definitely a wrong way to become Buddhist but none of your reasons qualify for that. :) although I'm not comfortable with regularly leaving my family to sit with a group of strangers that may or may not have the same beliefs and/or understanding that I have/wish to achieve. FWIW, people in ...
by seeker242
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1656

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

"Now, Kalamas, one who is a disciple of the noble ones — his mind thus free from hostility, free from ill will, undefiled, & pure — acquires four assurances in the here-&-now: "'If there is a world after death, if there is the fruit of actions rightly & wrongly done, then this is the basis by which...
by seeker242
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 36
Views: 2865

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Not a precepts violation. However, just because it's not a precepts violation does not mean it's not bad to do. Cigarettes are obviously bad for health. If "carelessly unhealthy" is all that is needed to qualify as a violation, then thousands of other things would also qualify. For example, McDonald...
by seeker242
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out
Replies: 121
Views: 4599

Re: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out

Nibbana = no suffering. Once he became the Buddha, he became permanently without suffering. Impossible for him to go back into suffering.
by seeker242
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Is meditation bad for you?
Replies: 32
Views: 2601

Re: Is meditation bad for you?

Is meditation bad for you?
Some people hurt themselves doing exercise, does that mean exercise is bad for you? Of course not...
by seeker242
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4714
Views: 340452

Re: the great vegetarian debate

A "lifestyle" of being tortured on a farm is better than a wild animal?? That's interesting...it's also false. Furthermore, wild animals on the savanna, and what happens with them, is completely and totally irrelevant to how humans abuse and kill animals. The comparison as done above is not appropri...
by seeker242
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4714
Views: 340452

Re: the great vegetarian debate

The mortality rate at the abattoir is 100%. The average beef cattle life expectancy is 18-22+ years. The average beef cattle is killed at 18-24 months...That is like a child being killed when they are 6 years old. The typical pig lives 10-12 years. The typical pig is killed at around 6 months old. T...