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by Laurens
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Making a video game
Replies: 15
Views: 309

Re: Making a video game

I suppose it depends on the type of game, something gratuitously violent might be against the ethics of some Buddhists. I don't see that there is much wrong with contributing your skills to help your friends develop a game. Video games aren't necessarily harmful, although some people might use them ...
by Laurens
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahm has gone for a specific style of teaching that can be a bit marmite. That is to say you either like it or you don't. For those who enjoy the humourous, informal style of teaching, he is great. For those who prefer sutta references and a more strict approach he probably won't cut it. I li...
by Laurens
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 2792

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

The honest answer is: we can't really know, but that's alright because it doesn't matter. The suttas describe the appearance of the Buddha as I expect many other posts in this topic have pointed out. If that constitutes good enough evidence for you then that's fine. I personally feel like the "marks...
by Laurens
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 36
Views: 2818

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

I think the debate here over whether or not tobacco is a violation of the 5th precept is irrelevant. Maybe they should make Dhamma warnings on cigarette boxes: "The fruits of all my actions, both wholesome and unwholesome, skillful and unskillful, I will inherit" Make your choice, but don't pretend ...
by Laurens
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 36
Views: 2818

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Again, smoking tabacco causes not to lose restrain from evil deeds I think this is up for debate. I've been addicted to cigarettes in the past and I can tell you that at the point of trying to quit, but still feeling cravings, I would likely have taken a cigarette that wasn't given to me if someone...
by Laurens
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jordan Peterson - Developing Your Inner Psychopath
Replies: 14
Views: 2194

Re: Jordan Peterson - Developing Your Inner Psychopath

A lot of people deny their own capacity for evil, thinking themselves wholly good. I certainly used to think that of myself. This is misguided because it can allow you to act selfishly in small ways whilst believing oneself to be good. It can create a blind spot as it were. Being aware of the ways i...
by Laurens
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 36
Views: 2818

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

The 5th precept is, so far as my understanding goes, about substances which cause heedlessness. Tobacco is difficult to fit definitively into the category of things which cause heedlessness because in terms of it's effects it doesn't impede your judgement as much as something like alcohol, or other ...
by Laurens
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Tips on maintaining a consistent method
Replies: 12
Views: 712

Tips on maintaining a consistent method

I've been meditating on and off for the best part of 10 years. My issue seems to be that I frequently tend to flit from method to method (e.g. body scan to breath to vipassana etc) rather than developing one method consistently. I'm not exactly sure why this is. I think it may be due to running out ...
by Laurens
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Responding to Critics and Anti-Buddhists
Replies: 18
Views: 1117

Re: Responding to Critics and Anti-Buddhists

Don't talk about your practise with people whom you don't think will respect it, or gain any benefit from it. If you don't make any unwarranted reference to your beliefs you won't draw as much unwarranted criticism. Where you do encounter it, I'd say rather than try to argue out of the situation, ju...
by Laurens
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lying precept
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: Lying precept

No, I am not saying must lies. Working in a place of politics Not everyone is good in handling everything . I have seen two staff clashed and became enemy . You are always assuming and thinking from your position , just like you tried here to view or judge from your angle that everyone concerned ov...
by Laurens
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lying precept
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: Lying precept

For example , Maybe you can't understand if someone about same position in the same company knows of your salary which is higher than s/he , they will create problem and perhaps will bring it to the manager , what do you think will the manager question why I revealed it to others ?! I don't underst...
by Laurens
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lying precept
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: Lying precept

Buddha walks away when he saw devadatta coming towards him doesn't mean he was afraid of him. I am trying my best not to violate the precept , everyone is not perfect but since we are learning dhamma , we have to consider many things . Maybe you are very good in dhamma and training , I don't know ,...
by Laurens
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lying precept
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: Lying precept

Why does it matter for you ? Instead why not focusing on how to practise not lying precept ? You seems interested in others privacy overstepped people boundary . It doesn't matter to me. You can lie to them for all I care. I'm asking because maybe you have a good reason to be concerned about them k...
by Laurens
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lying precept
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: Lying precept

Why does it matter that these people don't know your actual salary?

What are you trying to protect yourself from?
by Laurens
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?
Replies: 36
Views: 1887

Re: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?

I'd be curious to know whether anyone can relate to my experience. Yes, I can understand where you coming from even though I never had the experience of hedonism. But I had enough life experience to understand Dukkha. I suppose more specifically I meant experience of getting Buddhism wrong, rejecti...