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by Varillon
Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The truth about egg yolks?
Replies: 52
Views: 7058

Re: The truth about egg yolks?

I personally have to watch my egg intake because of a fatty liver. All food intake requires prior research and experimentation to find out how YOUR body reacts. If you have 500 cholesterol, put the eggs and burgers down. Same deal if an egg makes you feel bad in some way. While researching my diet r...
by Varillon
Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption
Replies: 60
Views: 7046

Re: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption

...for this discussion, I'll stick to animals killed for both food and population control. Thoughts? I would appreciate it if you stay on topic which is about the ethics of consumption - not population control. My apologies, I wasn't clear enough. These animals are going to be killed regardless of ...
by Varillon
Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption
Replies: 60
Views: 7046

Re: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption

David N. Snyder wrote:what threat do deer pose?
We have deer attacking people about every year. Granted, I don't know what these people are doing to provoke them. One that was in the news several years ago happened on a trail. That I didn't expect.
by Varillon
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption
Replies: 60
Views: 7046

Re: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption

What about killing to control a population? The local hunters frequently remind us that if deer are left unchecked, they will become a danger. Obviously, this could apply to non-food animals/insects (Flies come to mind since there are so many this year), but for this discussion, I'll stick to animal...
by Varillon
Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 56
Views: 8944

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

Hi Mirco, A little over 2 hours from where I live is the state capitol. For me, that's actually a big trek, and I wanted to learn more before contacting anyone for a real-life meet. If anyone here knows anything about the groups in Little Rock, AR, feel free to pm me. And thank you for the encourage...
by Varillon
Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 56
Views: 8944

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

Hey Mike, I think that is the typical view, but many people struggle with it still. There's no denying a change to the senses which can make judgement go awry. However, I am beginning to believe that meditation counteracts those effects. When I meditate, I can't tell a difference between very little...
by Varillon
Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 56
Views: 8944

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

Because marijuana was mentioned in a casual use context in another thread, this seemed like a good time to share my, albeit modern, view. I was recently awarded disability for nerve damage and IBS among other things. The pain has gotten so bad that nothing short of a Demerol shot in the emergency ro...
by Varillon
Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding Self
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Understanding Self

Thanks, Derek. This must be the hardest part for a lot of people. I find myself phasing in and out of understanding while reflecting. It's like consciousness is a ping pong ball, and my senses are the paddles.
by Varillon
Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding Self
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Understanding Self

For some reason, I didn't recall aggregates from my readings and decided to look it up. Now I get it. I was struggling with the idea of what's left when the human part dies. "I" wanted to label it when the whole idea wasn't necessary for my growth. Thanks for the help!

Namaste
by Varillon
Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding Self
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Understanding Self

I am trying to bring a lot of concepts down to my level of understanding. One of the difficult ones has been the self. Currently, I'm leaning toward this analogy: The human body is nothing more than a space suit or deep sea diving suit we must inhabit for a short time to gain experiences in a new pl...
by Varillon
Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does an arahant not feel angry at all?
Replies: 22
Views: 1688

Re: Does an arahant not feel angry at all?

Perhaps "disgust" isn't being treated as an emotion but a reaction instead. Say you walked in on a friend getting dressed. Though you aren't disgusted by their appearance, you may be reacting to thoughts. "I hope she/he doesn't think I wanted to betray her/his trust." "I hope their significant other...
by Varillon
Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:51 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 9
Views: 920

Hello Everyone

This is my first time delving into Theravada specifically. Most of what I have read discussed general beliefs and the story of Shakyamuni Buddha. I finally got the chance to research several traditions and find myself liking Theravada. I live in Arkansas and am disabled, so finding in-person instruc...