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by seeker242
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: how do you do mettā
Replies: 10
Views: 131

Re: how do you do mettā

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:42 am
the suttas say imbue the world successively in four quarters with loving kindness. the self mettā in particular is an addition
"May all beings be happy", by default, includes oneself since oneself is part of "all".
by seeker242
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 652

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

It's easy to forgive the perp when random strangers have been killed/wronged. But when the victim is someone closer to you, then everything changes. Probably why the cultivation of metta and karuna is a dedicated practice that one needs to make an effort to cultivate. If it was easy, it wouldn't re...
by seeker242
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Please explain Kalaka Sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Please explain Kalaka Sutta

Tathagata sees things as they actually are.
by seeker242
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 652

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

"Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding. Even then you should train yourselves: 'Our minds will be unaffected and we will say no evil words. We will remain symp...
by seeker242
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 73
Views: 10023

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

Well Sarakaani attained stream entry at Death for example with alcohol on his breath according to the official interpretation. Alright, but is it wise or skillful to wait until death to try and attain stream entry? One should be setting in motion, right now, the causes and conditions for such to ha...
by seeker242
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 73
Views: 10023

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

The words "fundamental to spiritual practice" are used in the discipline and have a certain albeit obscure meaning, IE Sotapanna does not make transgressions fundamental to holy life. Sure, however "practice" in this context is for people who are not yet a sotapanna, IE people who are still capable...
by seeker242
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 73
Views: 10023

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

rightviewftw wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:17 am
a smaller evil which does not directly harm others.
Perhaps, but it can directly lead to committing of those other acts, which mean it's unskillful to do. And one could say that not doing unskillful things is fundamental to spiritual practice.
by seeker242
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Nirvana permanent?
Replies: 62
Views: 3720

Re: Why is Nirvana permanent?

Because once greed, hate and ignorance are gone, they don't return. Just like a belief in Santa Claus, once gone, does not return.
by seeker242
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2099

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

Many of you misunderstand the question. When he left he did not know he was going to become the Buddha .. he was just an ordinary man .. more sensitive than most probably .. who was abandoning his wife and child How does the last sentence sit with you is what I am asking? :namaste: When people leav...
by seeker242
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2099

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

Many of you misunderstand the question. When he left he did not know he was going to become the Buddha .. he was just an ordinary man .. more sensitive than most probably .. who was abandoning his wife and child How does the last sentence sit with you is what I am asking? :namaste: When people leav...
by seeker242
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2099

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

Buddha running off at age 26 or so has always irked me no end. He was abandoning his wife and child. How do you feel about this? I request you to answer from your own point of view .. not from misinformed romantic notion of what would have correct in India 2,500 years ago. :namaste: I don't underst...
by seeker242
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lay people should still try
Replies: 27
Views: 714

Re: lay people should still try

lay people should still try
To meditate everyday because it's beneficial. The Buddha never taught that it's counterproductive for laypeople to mediate. In fact, he taught the opposite of that.
lay non-returners like citta
Also practiced meditation.

:anjali:
by seeker242
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 73
Views: 955

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: 328

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: 310

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: 57
Views: 1309

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: 57
Views: 1309

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: 584

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: 449

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: 273867

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.