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by nibbuti
Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Core teachings
Replies: 20
Views: 3053

Re: Core teachings

What are the core teachings in Pali canon, which without will render the canon useless in terms of practice? Hi bachew There are many helpful formulas all over the suttas, like Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path, Dependent Origination, after the Buddha's 45 years of teaching, and it is easy fo...
by nibbuti
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a cook wrong livelihood?
Replies: 12
Views: 1912

Re: Is being a cook wrong livelihood?

Is being a cook wrong livelihood? Only if you're a bad cook. :stirthepot: But in order to graduate from culinary school, I would have to cook meat as well. Is this considered wrong livelihood to cook the meat? What if I can't find a job at a vegetarian restaurant and have to cook meet for a living?...
by nibbuti
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What would the Buddha teach today?
Replies: 16
Views: 2235

Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

kmath wrote:What would the Buddha teach today?
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by nibbuti
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reasonable involvement in "World Issues"
Replies: 49
Views: 4998

Re: Reasonable involvement in "World Issues"

Hi I like to be well informed what is going on around us, from various sources (like russian or middle-eastern too) as well as local ones. However, the best, most relieving meditation experience I had was when I completely and entirely switched off all in-fluences that could stir up the mind except ...
by nibbuti
Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Voluntary Euthanasia
Replies: 50
Views: 7193

Re: Voluntary Euthanasia

My main concern, is that old people who are very ill and close to dying, but not in pain nor wishing to end their lives before the natural term, might feel pressured into doing it, to ease the financial and other burdens on their families. That kind of pressure would be no doubt be legislated again...
by nibbuti
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Voluntary Euthanasia
Replies: 50
Views: 7193

Re: Voluntary Euthanasia

Okay. So, there is never, ever a basis for euthanasia. The person who is in intractable pain, increasing out of control of his body, being subjected to mind numbing drugs, despite their wishes, must stay alive to die a natural, though prolonged, miserable death. No need to tilt. The question that c...
by nibbuti
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Voluntary Euthanasia
Replies: 50
Views: 7193

Re: Voluntary Euthanasia

what are your thoughts? How do you negotiate the ethical issues associated with either supporting or not supporting voluntary euthanasia? Hi. Not sure what 'voluntary' here is (and what involuntary euthanasia might look like). But everyone talks about euthanasia out of compassion. What about the po...
by nibbuti
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1538
Views: 125530

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Hi. Environmental friendly thinking is a loaded topic, but so is socialism etc. Both look good at some point in history. But never underestimate the potential for 'good ideas' to turn into another facade for power & corruption, whenever they become mainstreamed. For example, there's a trend here for...
by nibbuti
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 141839

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Today she went off to the Temple in Woking and just as we said goodbye she said today is a "big merit day" at the temple and as she said this she looked in the direction of my wallet on the table!! :jumping: My understanding of gaining merit was through general good deeds. :bow: For example, by giv...
by nibbuti
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:54 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 22
Views: 2871

Re: Rebirth

It means quite literally what it says: that rebirth ends, means there is no more next birth. Hi reflection I don't agree. There literalism seems to neglect the Buddha's teaching on Dependent Origination and on compassion toward people. The usual phrase is "no more coming to any state of being.". Ho...
by nibbuti
Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: your home altar/shrine
Replies: 180
Views: 60101

Re: your home altar/shrine

Hickersonia wrote:Well, we've moved so my shrine has been relocated. Also, my father died a couple of days ago which prompted a couple of additional changes.

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Be well, friends.
I'm sorry about your father, Hickersonia.

Humble and lovely shrine there.

:bow:
by nibbuti
Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Because I love my sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 1741

Re: Because I love my sangha

Nice instruction paul. Thanks.

:anjali:
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Very sick relative
Replies: 13
Views: 1554

Re: Very sick relative

Tom wrote: might not survive for for too much longer ... How do any of you think I should approach this situation?
Hi Tom. 1. Don't think/worry about it for him, 2. spend as much time with him as possible.
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako leave the Buddhist monkhood?
Replies: 59
Views: 14073

Re: Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako leave the Buddhist monkhood?

As I understand it. If a person is sotapanna or sakadagami, will the person still leave monkhood? or is it only arahants who will never leave monkhood? Hi hermit. As I understand it. If a person is anagami (non-returner) he has abandoned the fetter of sensual desire (which is a main reason for disr...
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 13603

Re: Why Theravada?

Pre-sectarian texts are non-Mahayana because they pre-date Mahayana. Furthermore, the Nikayas/Agamas aren't used by any Mahayana practitioner that I've ever spoken with - they seem to prefer Mahayana Sutras exclusively, and when these two textual groups are in conflict they tend to interpret the ea...