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by Luke
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Please send some good thoughts my way
Replies: 20
Views: 1261

Re: Please send some good thoughts my way

Hi VictoryInTruth, I'm sorry to hear about your recent tragedies. Sometimes samsara just totally sucks. I hope you don't mind some Mahayana-flavored compassion right now! :) Teyata Om Bekandze Bekandze Mahabekandze Radza Samugate Soha http://www.tonglen.oceandrop.org/buddhapix/MedicineBuddha.jpg Try...
by Luke
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What muscles are you listening to right now?
Replies: 15
Views: 1339

Re: What muscles are you listening to right now?

My brachialis muscles, because I blasted them in the gym yesterday.

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by Luke
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What muscles are you listening to right now?
Replies: 15
Views: 1339

Re: What mussels are you listening to right now?

chownah wrote:At the ocean?
None, because I live far from the ocean and because all the mussels I know refuse to talk to me on Skype anymore! :P

What's your next thread going to be? "Which moose are you listening to right now?" lol
by Luke
Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1778
Views: 150843

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

a Boston-area virtuoso rock guitar player who used to teach at the Berklee College of Music

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by Luke
Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?

In Burma, Beef is also not often eaten by monks, largely due to the influence of Venerable Ledi Sayādaw. Cow Dhamma It's not prohibited by the Vinaya rule, as long as it is free from the three defects, but the Suttanta clearly show the debt of gratitude owed to cows who provide milk, and labour to ...
by Luke
Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?

I think the Buddha disallowed any food that the culture of the times considered to be repulsive to eat.....the monks were after all representatives of the dhamma so the Buddha did not want them to do things considered to be repulsive by the people of the time. People were likely to not want to take...
by Luke
Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?

Cows were venerated in the Vedas, this is true. However, I think cows may have elevated to the much higher status at a later date. The brahmanism 'religion' (not Hinduism, but perhaps a precursor) engaged in animal sacrifices, which included cows and bulls. Ah, very interesting! Were any animals sa...
by Luke
Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?

I have read or heard two reasons: 2. They are considered "royal" / higher animals by custom and to adapt to the culture, the bhikkhu should not eat their flesh, even if it is offered. Weren't cows also "holy" and "royal" animals in ancient India? And if so, why didn't the Buddha forbid people from ...
by Luke
Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Why did Buddha forbid certain types of meat?

"One should not consume elephant flesh... horse flesh... dog flesh... snake flesh... lion flesh... tiger flesh... leopard flesh... bear flesh... hyena flesh. Whoever should do so: an offense of wrong doing." — Mv.VI.23.10-15 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/bmc2/bmc2.ch04.html I...
by Luke
Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Where is this quote from?
Replies: 6
Views: 3718

Re: Where is this quote from?

Ah, thank you everyone! The quote which I found does seem to be written in a way which excites westerners' emotions more than the original quote which serve more to subdue emotions and lead to self-control (what the quote is talking about). I was looking for a powerful, exciting, authentic Shakyamun...
by Luke
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Where is this quote from?
Replies: 6
Views: 3718

Where is this quote from?

I found this quote online which is attributed to Shakyamuni Buddha: "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell." Did Buddha really say this? (There are lots of fake or at least i...
by Luke
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?
Replies: 182
Views: 11741

Re: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?

Upon further reflection, I just see Jesus as a waste of time. There are still many Buddhist texts which I haven't read yet, and my time would be better spent focusing on those. I've never read the complete Nikayas, for example... However, being kind to Christians is not a waste of time because it's ...
by Luke
Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?
Replies: 182
Views: 11741

Re: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?

The Real Face of Jesus Advances in forensic science reveal the most famous face in history. That's very interesting. Here's the face from that article. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/nD/tb_jesuslead-lg-mdn.jpg I think the eyes could have been done better, though. They ha...
by Luke
Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Angkor Wat ruins on shaky ground
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Angkor Wat ruins on shaky ground

"The famous temple ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia are under the threat of being destroyed as a dwindling supply of water due to over-consumption weakens the nine-centuries-old structures' grounds. Aela Callan reports from Siem Reap, Cambodia on the problem that stems from a high demand for water to...
by Luke
Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?
Replies: 182
Views: 11741

Re: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?

Jesuslovesyou, I think your avatar pic looks cool, but do you really think the historical Jesus looked so white? If Jesus really existed, he was Jewish and probably had black hair and tan skin. He wasn't born in England. I would like to see some pictures of a very Jewish-looking, historically accura...
by Luke
Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426506

Re: Can you be a Buddhist and not believe in reincarnation?

Can you be a Buddhist and not believe in reincarnation? Maybe. But the question to ask is, "Why do you care about wearing the label 'Buddhist' if you don't care much about rebirth?" I don't understand why people who believe in nontraditional interpretations of Buddhism still desire traditional labe...
by Luke
Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)
Replies: 33
Views: 4011

Re: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)

Martial arts are not just about killing people (though I admit that the effective ones can be used in this capacity) they are (to me) about keeping the practitioner out of harm and ideally not harming others either. In this sense (as well as being good for health), I think martial arts can be used ...
by Luke
Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Goodbye...for now
Replies: 28
Views: 3257

Re: Goodbye...for now

Wow, that temple looks awesome!

May you stay safe and healthy.

Teyata Om Bekandze Bekandze Mahabekandze Radza Samugate Soha
by Luke
Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)
Replies: 33
Views: 4011

Re: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)

I’d like to add to Luke’s excellent post (only problem I saw was that Judo is relatively modern from 1882, maybe he meant Jiu-Jistu as being ancient). Whoops! I guess I meant the techniques in Jiu-Jitsu which were later used in Judo. I think one negative aspect of the way most westerners do martial...
by Luke
Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: To Dog or Not to Dog
Replies: 10
Views: 1349

Re: To Dog or Not to Dog

Hi Digger, Personally, I am doggedly optimistic about you working like dog to take care of your dogs. Providing a better living situation for a distressed animal out of compassion is good... I can't see the fault in that. I agree. The Buddha had infinite compassion. He didn't have a heart of stone. ...