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by Feathers
Wed May 27, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 14966

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

I think that kind of prostitution that you would see as a ""harmless priapic pleasures" is unlikely to exist and is purely a hypothetical idea. I think your views here are irresponsible (as are many of the views you expound, as a monk, on a public forum) and that it would be easy for your view to b...
by Feathers
Mon May 25, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 14966

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

If the precepts are only about not doing harm to yourself, the whole not killing and not stealing stuff becomes a lot more flexible, I would think? If the precepts are also about not doing harm to others, then I would think they prohibit all but the most carefully researched sex with prostitutes, to...
by Feathers
Sun May 24, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 14966

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

Ok, somewhat pointlessly I am going to sum up my views on prostitution and the use of prostitutes, mostly so I know it has actually been said as no-one else seems to be articulating this view, and then bow out of this thread. Prostitution: - great compassion for the women involved in it who have bee...
by Feathers
Sun May 24, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 14966

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

As for prostitution, I really don’t understand why so many western Buddhists have this idée fixe about there being something inordinately evil in a man’s paying a woman to have sex with him. That's rooted deep down in the history of christian marriage in Europe since the middle ages. It's not the p...
by Feathers
Fri May 01, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?
Replies: 57
Views: 5593

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?

I'm an atheist but was raised pretty intensely Christian, so manage to have both the scepticism and the longing for the bodhisattva saviour figure :tongue: Thanks for the link, will check it out :smile: Re. cherry picking: I think the idea is you should be consistent and go deep into a practice, rat...
by Feathers
Fri May 01, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?
Replies: 57
Views: 5593

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?

I wonder if for some westerners coming from a Christian background the idea of the Bodhisattva - merciful beings working to free others - is reassuring, or fulfills some of the emotional wishes that the Jesus figure may fulfill, or saints in Catholic tradition. Green Tara stepping down to help could...
by Feathers
Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay life or monasticism?
Replies: 23
Views: 3906

Re: Ditching lay life, wanting to ordain.

You're on a one-year course, right? Would it be worth at least finishing that, so you have a qualification to fall back on if it turns out monasticism isn't for you?
by Feathers
Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why Ordain?
Replies: 17
Views: 1964

Re: Why Ordain?

I sometimes wonder this, and then I think how much I would dislike becoming a nun, and that shows me the value of it - the massive act of renunciation, of severing as many sources of attachment as possible . . . I think that would be much, much harder to do in lay life, and I think it must take enor...
by Feathers
Sun Apr 12, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cats Sleeping On Buddha Statues
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Re: Cats Sleeping On Buddha Statues

Lovely :-)
by Feathers
Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the Kamma relate to gender differentiation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2151

Re: What is the Kamma relate to gender differentiation?

Thinking that men are like this and women are like that is always wrong. There is no such thing as women and there is no such thing as men......there are just individual people each being different. chownah :goodpost: Perhaps risky to quote Dogen here but: Before becoming free from delusion, men an...
by Feathers
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Buddhist Monk Used His Own Practice To Make Peace With Cancer
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Re: This Buddhist Monk Used His Own Practice To Make Peace With Cancer

From the article:
Accepting your fate doesn’t mean that you give up. It means facing your reality. Stand up and fight it. You don’t just give up. When we say we accept our fate that means we face the facts right now and we will deal with it.
Really like that approach.
by Feathers
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the Kamma relate to gender differentiation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2151

Re: What is the Kamma relate to gender differentiation?

I do not think male is superior to female. Being a human is the most important of all. If both can attain the ultimate goal Nibbana, as Buddhist we can't say male is superior to the female. What is being asserted is the superiority of the indriya, not the person. Thanks for adding that. That makes ...
by Feathers
Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: U.K General Election
Replies: 108
Views: 6864

Re: U.K General Election

I'll be voting Green - I actually just joined them. I don't expect them to get in in my area - it's a pretty strong Labour seat by the looks of it - but hey ho.
by Feathers
Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: why do we even have to suffer in first place?
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: why do we even have to suffer in first place?

Unlike the Abrahamic religions, in Buddhism there's no great creator with a plan - there is no 'reason' for suffering, it's just a fact of life. Nobody in particular is saying we 'must' suffer, it just . . . is. Kinda like gravity or the weather.
by Feathers
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's the point of living?
Replies: 24
Views: 2006

Re: What's the point of living?

There's a thread in my signature with some resources. And if you are feeling this way over an extended period of time I would strongly urge you to go to a doctor. I don't think whether or not rebirth happens has to be tied to whether it's worth living. Plenty of people find lots of reasons to live, ...
by Feathers
Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: No laughing or any other sign of enjoyment allowed
Replies: 19
Views: 1804

Re: No laughing or any other sign of enjoyment allowed

This tumblr is hilarious, mostly because of the guy's picture captions:

Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos
by Feathers
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism with no supernatural elements
Replies: 23
Views: 1449

Re: Buddhism with no supernatural elements

Bit of a broad question - the Theravada community seems to cover quite a range of people!

Are you thinking of something like Stephen Batchelor's approach?
by Feathers
Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist response to Terrorism
Replies: 152
Views: 12611

Re: Buddhist response to Terrorism

According to the BBC "They were heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-30710777" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (see the post timed 12:32)

Not sure what the BBC's source for this is though.
by Feathers
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suicide kamma
Replies: 24
Views: 2678

Re: Suicide kamma

Hello Sarath, Metta towards yourself is part of Metta meditation. To repeat my question: where is this idea found? Buddhaghosa says that metta practice begins with reflecting on the perils of anger and the rewards of patience. After that the yogi develops metta by thinking: “As I wish for happiness...
by Feathers
Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism apps. for smartphone
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: Buddhism apps. for smartphone

I find Insight Timer good - there's also a free version (I bought it because I wanted the full features and I like to give money to developers when I can), and an iPhone version. I wouldn't really try and read whole books on my phone, as the size of the screen and print would probably induce headach...