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by StandBright
Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I mix and match precepts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1302

Re: Can I mix and match precepts?

SarathW wrote:Hi Stanbright

Then why don't you sayo casional braeking all five precepts OK?
:thinking:
What do you mean by "OK"? Breaking any precept leads to suffering. The only difference would be the amount of suffering.
by StandBright
Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why isnt intoxicantes good?
Replies: 10
Views: 521

Re: Why isnt intoxicantes good?

And what Is a intoxicant? This particular question is interesting. The sutta clearly states that alcohol is an intoxicant, but it is clearly not the only one. The modern definition of "drugs" is not the same as "intoxicants" because of drugs like caffiene. This inspires an additional question: Why ...
by StandBright
Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I mix and match precepts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1302

Re: Can I mix and match precepts?

I trust that the precepts are in a precise order for a reason. In the case of abstaining from alcohol and other intoxicants, here is my guess (based on personal experience, not directly from sutras) as to why it is part of the 5 precepts but it is the last of them. Intoxication inhibits mindfulness,...
by StandBright
Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Violence in order to do good for someone in the long-run?
Replies: 10
Views: 1155

Re: Violence in order to do good for someone in the long-run

An common situation: Self-defense and defense of other sentient beings

I have unfortunately been in the situation where I struck one human in order to prevent her from not just striking, but possibly killing, another human.
by StandBright
Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhist attitude towards politics
Replies: 49
Views: 3561

Re: Buddhist attitude towards politics

When discussing the political viewpoints of Buddhists, is there a significant difference depending on whether we live in majority-Buddhist versus minority-Buddhist nations? I live in a country with relatively few Buddhists, so one of my political priorities is to protect my right to practice a minor...
by StandBright
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Members Bios - please contribute yours
Replies: 174
Views: 59584

Re: Members Bios - please contribute yours

Hello everyone. My name is Li Ming, or "Stand Bright" in English. I live in the United States. I have been practicing Buddhism for about a year. I am part of a local Sangha in Zen tradition. My goal here is to gain a better understanding of the Dharma and to find more ways to apply Buddhist practice...