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by ricebowl
Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 535
Views: 94309

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

Rahula needed to masturbate, Ananda needed a whore, how do you want these two young men back then to quarrel with a Buddha about it? Really? I suppose you have textual evidence of the above? if so, please present it. Thanks. Without respect lost, answering a question with questions: How do I have t...
by ricebowl
Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Re: Population Control

You're more than welcome in Canada. Plenty of space. Lots of womens. Lots of coffee shops for people with degrees to advance into managerial positions... Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Human_Development_Index Canada's HDI is 0.911 with a per capita GDP (PPP) of $43,146 in...
by ricebowl
Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 535
Views: 94309

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

hi and thank you tiltbillings, i dont know it would be necesary but for now may i control myself and dont waste my energies in that. Thank you for the advice :smile: Don't get into a struggle with yourself trying to control yourself. Simply pay attention. Watch what leads to your wanting to self pl...
by ricebowl
Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Because I love my sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: Because I love my sangha

Sony PSP, my younger cousin is keeping it Nintendo Wii, my younger cousin is keeping it Canon 1000d, it's spoilt gave away its accessories Nokia C3-00, it's spoilt threw it away Two Chinese games, threw them away What's beyond my individual jurisdiction Samsung GT-3530C A personal policy that my mo...
by ricebowl
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Because I love my sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: Because I love my sangha

I renounced quite a fair bit of possessions lately so much so that I'm left with the following that I am still considering renounciation: Sony PSP, my younger cousin is keeping it Nintendo Wii, my younger cousin is keeping it Canon 1000d, it's spoilt Nokia C3-00, it's spoilt Samsung GT-3530C Two Chi...
by ricebowl
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Re: Population Control

:goodpost: ~~~ Dear ricebowl, When you read the Buddha's teachings or commentaries of them, historical or contemporary, be very careful to discern who the target audience is and whether you're a part of it. The Buddha's basic teaching for laypeople is actually quite barebones and and easy to unders...
by ricebowl
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Re: Population Control

kitztack wrote:'Making babies is not sexual misconduct.'

it sure is if you don't stick around to raise them :tongue:
Well there is anicca
by ricebowl
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Re: Population Control

kmath wrote:
ricebowl wrote: On one side it says on a spiritual track "Refrain from sexual misconduct". On the other side, on a sociological track the society including the law of the time says "Please make babies".
Making babies is not sexual misconduct.
:hug:
by ricebowl
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Re: Population Control

Theravada does not demand celibacy or veganism. Celibacy is only for monks and nuns. You appear to be placing too high a standard that Theravada does not require. If you are living at home and you are referring to your mother's wishes, that is another matter, nothing to do with Theravada. Why not f...
by ricebowl
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Re: Population Control

fivebells wrote:Is that you James? You're getting more sophisticated!
I knew a James Ball from another Buddhist forum, and I recall a James in this forum too
by ricebowl
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Re: Population Control

Singapore is a country of surprising contrasts – built on Chinese business innovations yet at the same time one of the most stifling cultures on earth. If I understand you post correctly it could be rephrased how do I get a life within constrains imposed by national, cultural and religious doctrine...
by ricebowl
Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 2783

Population Control

Dear Sangha, I am trying to address a variety of problems that came hand-in-hand with my Buddhist practice, and ironically the third Buddhist precept has given me tonnes of challenges over the past years. When I was a student I had schoolmates that nicknamed me "Erector" synonymous with a big p3nis,...
by ricebowl
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 535
Views: 94309

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

I guess it all comes down to how we view ourselves doesn't it? When you look in the mirror who do you see? An Abhassara Deva, an Arahant or a Buddha :twothumbsup: or just another human caught up in desires in this world? Successful celibates view themselves as being higher, WHOLE beings. :D As high...
by ricebowl
Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Because I love my sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: Because I love my sangha

Thanks Paul, when you mention Singapore's Buddhist traditions, the solutions are very often part of my problems. The Singapore Buddhist Society is fine as a Buddhist mission, in fact I have been to more than one local Buddhist mission over the past decade or so. The island country is that small, Ban...
by ricebowl
Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 535
Views: 94309

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

What's wrong? Tell you what... Abstain from all sexual activity (both physically and mentally ) for a month or two. If any sexual thoughts rise at that time, ignore them. It's best not to experience any arousal at that time. If you get mildly aroused, calm yourself before the arousal gets more inte...
by ricebowl
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Because I love my sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: Because I love my sangha

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/teachings_chah.pdf metta paul Dear Paul, The kids lately taught me rather well. I am wasting their time by trying to talk to them, when I am my own worse problem, and when I am their own worse problem too. I read several Ajahn Chah's books and they were great. Is t...
by ricebowl
Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Because I love my sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Because I love my sangha

The Buddhist definition of the three characteristics has kept me going around in circles over the past years. Sometimes the very translation of the phrases from Pali/Sankrit to English or to Chinese gives me tonnes of headaches. And with each and every translation there is more than one opinion on w...
by ricebowl
Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 7.51: Avyakata Sutta — Undeclared
Replies: 9
Views: 1801

Re: AN 7.51: Avyakata Sutta — Undeclared

What is undeclared in the Avyakata Sutta ain't just a bunch of theories that the world would hope that Shakyamuni Buddha may teach. What is undeclared is also the name of the monk that asked the Blessed One that very question in the Avyakata Sutta. The question is very important, yet at that certain...
by ricebowl
Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tantric Theravada?
Replies: 110
Views: 30491

Re: Tantric Theravada?

"Mahaka Sutta: About Mahaka" (SN 41.4), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 2 July 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html . Retrieved on 4 March 2013 (Offline Edition 2013.03.04.11).
by ricebowl
Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Psychic Powers
Replies: 12
Views: 2281

Re: Phsycic Powers

Cooran, thanks in sharing the link below. Read this sutta last evening and was very inspired out of seemingly nowhere in particular. Felt a tinge of dukkha so to speak as I learn about life as an ordinary lay person with or without psychic powers. I've got barely any psychic powers, a couple of year...