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by greenjuice
Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is meditation for lay-people?
Replies: 68
Views: 4292

Re: Is meditation for lay-people?

Thanks for the answers THe Piti sutta "Householder, you have provided the community of monks with robes, alms food, lodgings, & medicinal requisites for the sick, but you shouldn't rest content with the thought, 'We have provided the community of monks with robes, alms food, lodgings, & medicinal re...
by greenjuice
Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is meditation for lay-people?
Replies: 68
Views: 4292

Is meditation for lay-people?

Is there any sutta where Buddha says that lay-people should practice meditation? AFAIK, in order to practice right concentration (jhanas) one needs to abandon the pleasures of the five senses (to follow at least the eight precepts), which is almost impossible for lay-people, I mean, even if it can b...
by greenjuice
Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say drinking Alcohol is bad?
Replies: 122
Views: 12095

Re: Did Buddha say drinking Alcohol is bad?

As culaavuso mentioned, the five precepts are mentioned in the Abhisanda Sutta . In the Vipaka Sutta Buddha mentions three bodily actions, the four verbal action and taking intoxicants as being unwholsome and means to accumulate bad kamma. Both suttas are in the Anguttara Nikaya, meaning- they are B...
by greenjuice
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Indulging without clinging?
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Indulging without clinging?

I know that Arittha is mentioned as propagating the teaching that indulging in sense pleasures is not a really an obstruction, and is then reminded of many similes illustrating how sensual pleasures are of little satisfaction, much stress, much despair, and great drawbacks, and Buddha calls him a "s...
by greenjuice
Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are we ready for the deep teachings?
Replies: 111
Views: 4220

Re: Are we ready for the deep teachings?

Actually it does. It shows that what you vaguely remember reading is not in line with the Buddha's teachings. At best, it's a bad comparison between two dissimilar experiences. It's not in line with Buddha's teachings to say that sense pleasures can involve vitakka and vicara, and then in that case...
by greenjuice
Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killing Insects
Replies: 94
Views: 5034

Re: Killing Insects

I have to point out that I wrote "Many modern Buddhists have to struggle to come to terms with rebirth", not as you have wrongly quoted me "Many modern Buddhists reject Buddha's teaching, so, that means that it's Buddhist to reject Buddha's teaching, is that what you're saying?" I wasn't quoting yo...
by greenjuice
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are we ready for the deep teachings?
Replies: 111
Views: 4220

Re: Are we ready for the deep teachings?

None of which has anything to do with what I asked. I no where suggested that Buddha adviced pursuing sexuality or sensuality, I asked if someone read something like that which I vaguely remember and if he can remind of where I read that. To add another question, I think there's a mention of Buddha ...
by greenjuice
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are we ready for the deep teachings?
Replies: 111
Views: 4220

Re: Are we ready for the deep teachings?

Venerable Rewata Dhamma once told me about a couple of his Vipassanā meditation students who asked him how one should practice mindfulness during sex. His reply was, “Work when you work, play when you play.” Can someone remind me, I think I remember vaguely of reading somewhere that a big part of p...
by greenjuice
Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killing Insects
Replies: 94
Views: 5034

Re: Killing Insects

As far as my lack of belief in rebirth and Nibbana. It is hardly an unique position that I alone have. Many modern Buddhists have to struggle to come to terms with rebirth (and if one struggles to come to terms with rebirth one cannot entirely believe in Nibbana which is release from cycle of rebir...
by greenjuice
Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killing Insects
Replies: 94
Views: 5034

Re: Killing Insects

No_Mind wrote:as long as I understand and try to follow the teachings to the best of my ability.
Which teaching is that?
by greenjuice
Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks that work?
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Re: Monks that work?

Why does there need to be a Buddhist community for there to be monks? Couln't they they get their food from other people? Maybe I don't remember correctly but I think that there is mention in the suttas of a situation where a monk goes on an almsround, and no one gives him any food. Becoming a monk ...
by greenjuice
Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killing Insects
Replies: 94
Views: 5034

Re: Killing Insects

No_Mind wrote:I do not believe in literal rebirth or Nibbana.
You don't believe in rebirth or nibbana, you don't follow the precepts, so, basically, you're not a Buddhist.
by greenjuice
Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killing Insects
Replies: 94
Views: 5034

Re: Killing Insects

Since farmers need pesticides (not to advocate overuse of pesticides) shall we say they are in wrong livelihood or breaking First Precept. I hope not. So we have to resort to killing at times when it becomes absolutely necessary. As I have said before we all have to kill bacteria and virus and plan...
by greenjuice
Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Communism?
Replies: 33
Views: 5409

Re: Buddhism and Communism?

Firstly , (not in order of significance, but simply to enumerate) about communism: There are many misconceptions about communism, and often people assume that the communism = USSR, which is simply false, except in a very naive and superficial way in that the ruling party called itself "communist". ...
by greenjuice
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killing Insects
Replies: 94
Views: 5034

Re: Killing Insects

As I said in my post on the pervious page: The only two ways of thinking that one can "get away with" breaking the precept is either with the notion that it is permissable to break precepts if one pursues a greater good, or with a notion that one shouldn't mind too much breaking a precept because he...
by greenjuice
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Four ashramas in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Four ashramas in Buddhism?

The idea of going forth in the first stage of life does not seem to align very well with the four ashrama system, though. It doesn't, because the notion of the four ashramas doesn't entail that one should become a renunciate only at a specific time. Hindus who belive in the ashrama system still bec...
by greenjuice
Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Four ashramas in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Four ashramas in Buddhism?

I would think that it'd fit nicely, around the time of turning fifty, everyone becomes an anagarika or samaneri (or both, successively) and around seventy-five everyone becomes a bhikkhu. No need to ritualistically be punctual about years, of course. It would be weird if there is no talk in the sutt...
by greenjuice
Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killing Insects
Replies: 94
Views: 5034

Re: Killing Insects

No reactions to the incredible clip I found of "enchanting" :D flies to not move so one can harmlessly pick them up? All you need is a blow drier, and chopsticks. x) Anyways, concerning killing insects there is no way of getting around the first precept, it definetely bars intentional killing of all...
by greenjuice
Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Four ashramas in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Four ashramas in Buddhism?

Is the mention in the suttas of something like the four ashrama system?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashrama_(stage)
by greenjuice
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks that work?
Replies: 16
Views: 879

Re: Monks that work?

Monks job is to practice and teach and preserve the Buddha's teaching. If a monk want to do a day job, they might as well remain as a lay person :shrug: Well, Dhammika specifically mentions that that kind of 'division of labor' you seem to assume there is a later tradition, suttas, vinaya, and earl...