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by TRobinson465
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: selling ice cream and right livelihood
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: selling ice cream and right livelihood

As long as you dont intend to make people fat or something then selling ice cream is fine. Anything can be right or wrong livelihood depending on your intent. The only things that are bad livelihood regardless of intent are things that are by nature harmful namely, "Business in weapons, business in ...
by TRobinson465
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: hungry ghost
Replies: 22
Views: 1494

Re: hungry ghost

The sutta I gave above. Also, if we hope to have any good idea about the ghost world, then the Petavatthu is a must. And now it's all online for free to read. Hopefully this will increase people's understanding of the ghost world. https://suttafriends.org/peta-vatthu/ Any way, the thread has veered...
by TRobinson465
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: hungry ghost
Replies: 22
Views: 1494

Re: hungry ghost

BKh wrote: Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:53 am In fact he said it doesn't work.
Do you have a source? (I agree with you, just interested in seeing the text where the Buddha says this).
by TRobinson465
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gender and the Vinaya: Modernising the Monastic Code
Replies: 62
Views: 3796

Re: Gender and the Vinaya: Modernising the Monastic Code

I mean, you could say that about the suttas too. Don't several suttas talk just say, male or female, bhikkhu and bhikkhuni, upasok and upasika? I'm all for inclusivity and have no problems with people who dont identify as either gender. But changing the Buddha's teachings for the sake of it is not a...
by TRobinson465
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: abhaya sutta, untrue vs false
Replies: 2
Views: 1960

Re: abhaya sutta, untrue vs false

Since true and factual are basically the same thing, was he just repeating the same idea twice? hi. Although unlikely, it is possible the translator has translated one Pali word ("taccha") as two English words ("true+real"). taccha true, being really so; what is true, truth. Der. fr. tathā + ya = t...
by TRobinson465
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: abhaya sutta, untrue vs false
Replies: 2
Views: 1960

abhaya sutta, untrue vs false

Hello all, I have a quick pali question. In the abhaya sutta the Buddha says not to utter speech that is untrue or false and to utter speech that is true and substantive (or depending on the translator "unfactual and untrue or factual and true"). Since true and factual are basically the same thing, ...
by TRobinson465
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Propagating false beliefs
Replies: 26
Views: 1994

Re: Propagating false beliefs

Hello, I’m faced with a conundrum: I’m proficient in Arabic, I enjoy teaching it, and I particularly enjoy teaching Qur’anic Arabic, which for obvious reasons is a topic that mostly attracts religious Muslims. I feel I’m doing something positive by helping these people better understand the textual...
by TRobinson465
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 3067

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

High turnover rates also mean that many more people might come into contact with the Dhamma. On principle, this could be a good thing. I find this very unlikely, however I do agree with you and many of the other people on this thread that I simply do not know all of the nuances of what is happening...
by TRobinson465
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 3067

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

The gold metaphor is just to describe how valuable the dhamma is and what a waste it is to see such high turnover. Dhamma is more valuable than time. Since I recall one sutta where the Buddha says it is better for one to live for one day and hear the Dhamma than live for 100 years without hearing t...
by TRobinson465
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 3067

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

Time is gold. Throwing it away? Wasting time. The gold metaphor is just to describe how valuable the dhamma is and what a waste it is to see such high turnover. Dhamma is more valuable than time. Since I recall one sutta where the Buddha says it is better for one to live for one day and hear the Dh...
by TRobinson465
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 3067

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

At this point I've legitimately done everything I can and am more looking to find a way to mentally deal with them throwing away gold rather than change them. "Throwing away gold" ... You could say that about pretty much every semi-decent Buddhist who doesn't seem popular enough and who doesn't see...
by TRobinson465
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 3067

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

At this point I've legitimately done everything I can and am more looking to find a way to mentally deal with them throwing away gold rather than change them. It can be a rich source of practice! Play with it. 'Them throwing away gold' implies judgment and the view of yourself as someone who knows ...
by TRobinson465
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 3067

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

if someone hit the arhants and dont change their view, confirm hell (see suttas) if some hit 4 path attainers or trying to attainers, then still lower birth If someone try to kill buddha or killed any arhants, then confirm avici If someone criticize buddha teaching as false, timewaste, fake in orde...
by TRobinson465
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 3067

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

If we're going to speculate about what kamma is whose, maybe it's these people's kamma to be presented with your honest, well-intentioned, non-monastic, western perspective? Right speech includes saying something that is true, beneficial and unpleasant - at the right time. This is the reason you jo...
by TRobinson465
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Blame for the blameworthy
Replies: 51
Views: 3067

Re: Blame for the blameworthy

Hi TRobinson In this case it's a Thai Buddhist temple in the US that offers English meditation and Buddhism classes. However they treat visitors like customers rather than members of the community, while also forcing them to learn Thai customs and culture ... I have had similar frustrations with tu...