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by pilgrim
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sexual intercourse with other woman with the consent of wife
Replies: 23
Views: 319

Re: Sexual intercourse with other woman with the consent of wife

With or without consent of one's wife, sex outside marriage does not break the precepts as long as the sexual partner is not in the list of prohibited persons. That does not necessarily mean it is a skillful act. One can keep the 5 precepts yet live a very unskillful life. A person who is locked awa...
by pilgrim
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?
Replies: 193
Views: 26224

Re: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?

salt is salty, alcohol intoxicates. what other purpose is there to drink it? you could say the same of the other precepts, killing in moderation for example, absurd I think cultural context is important. In many western capitals I've visited, when I venture out in the evenings there are drunks fall...
by pilgrim
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?
Replies: 193
Views: 26224

Re: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?

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by pilgrim
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?
Replies: 193
Views: 26224

Re: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?

Unlike other religions like Islam for example, where alcohol is considered something evil where even its sight is repulsive, everything we do in the Dhamma has a reason for it. The 5 precepts are formulated in such a way that the transgression of the first 4 is immediately harmful to others and as a...
by pilgrim
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?
Replies: 193
Views: 26224

Re: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?

Unlike other religions like Islam for example, where alcohol is considered something evil where even its sight is repulsive, everything we do in the Dhamma has a reason for it. The 5 precepts are formulated in such a way that the transgression of the first 4 is immediately harmful to others and as a...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 42
Views: 523

Re: respecting sangha

I respect monks for their knowledge of the suttas and meditation experiences but every so often when I get to know them better, I am disappointed when I realise that many of them would also believe in all manner of pseudo-science and quack cancer cures (and sometimes include them in their talks). :r...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In your opinion what are the most awesome things about Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: In your opinion what are the most awesome things about Buddhism?

It does not explain away the hard realities of life with bullshit mythologies but teaches one how to deal with it.
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 275

Re: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism

It depends how far or deep one is practising each . Theravada is Sila , Samadhi, Panna. The Sila part has much overlap with other religions and philosophies. The Samadhi less and when it comes to Panna, none.
by pilgrim
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

We here in the States could use some additional Buddhist marketing. I feel like millennials are agnostic and atheist in surprisingly high numbers, and are ready for something new to take hold in their hearts. I'm looking forward to helping spread it. Don't look to the Asian immigrant temples to do ...
by pilgrim
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 231
Views: 3328

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Be that as it may, can you show me the sutta you are talking about where it says, "volitional formations to be the cause for consciousness to descend into the womb". I think I know what you are referring to, but I would like to see it in context. One sutta will do. No need to clutter up the thread....
by pilgrim
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 231
Views: 3328

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

arising and ceasing isn't DO Exactly...ppl confuse Causation with DO. When it is the principle of Causation that is a prerequisite to accepting DO. This is made clear in the Assutava sutta. "'When this is, that is. "'From the arising of this comes the arising of that. "'When this isn't, that isn't....
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 231
Views: 3328

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Buddhaghosa (Theravada) and Vasubandhu (Mahayana) both discussed a 3 life model. Either they both came up with the 3 life model on their own or extrapolated it from the teachings, thus the controversy ever since. And the Abhidhamma discusses momentary mental events in detail, which makes sense from...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 231
Views: 3328

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

For a pretty good summary of the main views on DO; pros and cons, see: http://www.leighb.com/deporg1.htm#2 I find Leigh's "Problems with the 3 Lives model" to be silly. He says : "But look what happens when you lay the "cessation chain" on top of the 3 Lives Model: With the ceasing of Ignorance in ...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Informations about Ajahn Kevali
Replies: 25
Views: 3120

Re: Informations about Ajahn Kevali

There were earlier remarks that Ajahn Kevali was reluctant to ordain new monks but it seems he was only recently authorised to do so. "Having passed the examinations required by the Mahatherasamakom, on Sunday 28th January 2018, Ajahn Kevali, abbot of Wat Nanachat, was appointed as a Preceptor (Upaj...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 231
Views: 3328

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

How are the one-life model and the moment to moment models compatible with the Maha-Nidana sutta , DN 15 which gives a definition of the links? in particular the 2 links where a new Life occurs, quoted below. Namarupa/Name and Form - 'From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form.'...
by pilgrim
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Cambodia's 10 precept nuns
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Cambodia's 10 precept nuns

This article describing the present conditions of the Daun Chi, also underlines the importance of bringing back the Bhikkhuni sangha.
http://sea-globe.com/praying-for-equali ... ale-monks/
by pilgrim
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is Facebook?
Replies: 43
Views: 951

Re: What is Facebook?

Why we, as human beings, are so concerned about privacy? If our actions are praiseworthy, why do we worry if others know about us? Because there are morons who post their nudie pics and criminal activities on FB. Personally I approve of FB's use of my data. It's like having a free personal secretar...
by pilgrim
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Re: Renunciation of family life

Off the top of my head, there's Bhikkhu Cintita. There was also a US mother and son who both ordained ( not sure if both are still in robes though). I remember coming across others but the memory didn't stick. :)
by pilgrim
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Indians converting to Buddhism as political protest
Replies: 11
Views: 159

Re: Indians converting to Buddhism as political protest

History clearly indicates that the fortunes of religions are closely intertwined with politics. It is quite likely that none of us would be Buddhist today if not for the political actions of Asoka. The millions of Dalit Buddhists may be neo-Buddhists today but who is to say that they would not produ...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Cambodia - a strange sangha experiment
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Cambodia - a strange sangha experiment

Taiwanese nuns in Cambodia practising a hybrid of Mahayana and Theravada. https://www.cambodiadaily.com/features/the-sisterhood-106083/ Also see this blog post. The first generation of bhikkhunis are Mahayana nuns, while the next generation have been accepted into the Theravada sangha. "The younger ...