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by polarbear101
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

I'd suggest you bring your own tent if you have one and your own meditation cushion if you use one. Also, make sure to wear shoes when doing afternoon chores or you might wind up with poison oak on your feet, which happened to me when I wore flip-flops one time.
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by polarbear101
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 213

Re: Invasive animal species and the first precept

I would encourage the government to look into finding ways of sterilizing the invasive species. https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/10/single-injection-could-sterilize-large-invasive-species-populations :anjali: Interesting technique but not intended primarily for pest species - If this ...
by polarbear101
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 213

Re: Invasive animal species and the first precept

I would encourage the government to look into finding ways of sterilizing the invasive species. https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/10/single-injection-could-sterilize-large-invasive-species-populations Do you know if they have found a solution for the invasion of the red/black/brown slu...
by polarbear101
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five precepts and four lower realms (Apaya)
Replies: 11
Views: 149

Re: Five precepts and four lower realms (Apaya)

The suttas teach that following the precepts is good kamma that will eventually bear good fruit. But only the stream enterer is completely assured that no past bad kamma will bear fruit as a destination in the lower realms. "But there is also the case where a certain person is one who abstains from ...
by polarbear101
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 213

Re: Invasive animal species and the first precept

I would encourage the government to look into finding ways of sterilizing the invasive species.

https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/ne ... opulations

:anjali:
by polarbear101
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 60
Views: 859

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

Subharo wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:57 am
I will wait three days, and see what others say, then I will answer your question(s), Polar Bear. I think I need to cool off my chin wagging here a bit.
Fair enough Bhante, sounds good.

:anjali:
by polarbear101
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 60
Views: 859

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

I think the West is going to frankly require open, transparent discussions such as this, over virtually all the long-standing controversies and sticking points (that most monks are too cowardly to make a peep about) I am tantalized into asking, what do you think the long-standing controversies and ...
by polarbear101
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sponsor a child
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: Sponsor a child

As far as donating to human beings goes, I don't know of any charities that would be better than the ones picked out by the charity evaluator sites I posted above. I defer to their recommendations since they're the experts. This may be a bit off topic since it is fairly far removed from helping huma...
by polarbear101
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sponsor a child
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: Sponsor a child

Just Give Directly . It's a top rated charity and very effective. The idea that you need to sponsor a specific person is a human foible that actually prevents you from doing as much good as you can. Some great resources to check out if you are interested in being a charitable person: Effective Altru...
by polarbear101
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4359
Views: 268330

Re: the great vegetarian debate

I think this sutta makes it very clear that if one sees eating meat as leading to affliction then one should give it up and if one sees that eating meat does not lead to affliction then one may continue with it. chownah Yeah, when you see eating meat is not leading to affliction, as in the killing ...
by polarbear101
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt is fully eliminated only by Arahants?
Replies: 28
Views: 964

Re: Doubt is fully eliminated only by Arahnats?

How can one act against one's better judgment? It's trivially true that people always act in line with their better judgment. My intutition is to think that if someone really understood that smoking was bad for them, that would go hand in hand with a sufficiently diminished craving for smoking, so ...
by polarbear101
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In the Buddha-dhamma, how should "noumena" be regarded?
Replies: 85
Views: 1393

Re: In the Buddha-dhamma, how should "noumena" be regarded?

Edit : I was responding to your guys' posts mostly so I figured I'd tag you since I'm interesting in knowing whether my take seems reasonable to you or if you think a phenomenological reading is still preferable. On my reading the 4 elements are just a descriptive tool or convention used in ancient...
by polarbear101
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is Discourse Sutta Central down for you too?
Replies: 8
Views: 166

Is Discourse Sutta Central down for you too?

Greetings fellow discussers,

Just wondering: is the Discuss & Discover forum for Sutta Central down for everyone else? It's down for me and it appears to be a problem for the site itself but I figured I'd ask just to check. Let me know, thanks.

:anjali:
by polarbear101
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do All Diets Kill?
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Do All Diets Kill?

Yes, all human diets involve the deaths of sentient beings, but some less than others. Harm reduction to whatever extent you are able and willing ought to be the aim, since a complete elimination of all indirect harm is impossible, at least at this point in time.

:anjali:
by polarbear101
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Person Christmas
Replies: 11
Views: 295

Re: Person Christmas

Nah, I'll prob just call him Papa Bear Christmas, but if other people prefer other (pro)nouns that's their prerogative.
by polarbear101
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Person Christmas
Replies: 11
Views: 295

Re: Person Christmas

Heyyy, whatever floats your boat! As your avatar used to say (if memory serves me correctly), keep calm and carry on. Ho ho ho! 🎅 Edit: While we're busy updating things, I think Santa's sleigh should be drawn by polar bears! Polar bears are cool 8-) Actually, Santa should just be a polar bear, Rudol...
by polarbear101
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?
Replies: 110
Views: 1545

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

Yes of course I know that. But still, there are things that need to be hated, unless you want to become a dull--minded nobody , who just sits around saying stuff that has no relation to reality. It's actually perfectly possible to undertake actions that will help slow down or halt Trump's agenda wi...
by polarbear101
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 842

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

"With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to knowledge and vision. He discerns: 'This body of mine is endowed with form, composed of the four primary elements, born ...
by polarbear101
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: metteyya tusita true or false
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: metteyya tusita true or false

You should consider reading this article by Venerable Anālayo: Maitreya and the Wheel-turning King. Basically, it says that it may be the case that the historical Buddha never prophesied the coming of the next buddha. I think the article is well worth the read.

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