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by justindesilva
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mystic beings
Replies: 16
Views: 882

Re: Mystic beings

https://sg.yahoo.com/news/largest-flying-animal-history-identified-study-174300792.html The remains of such large animals is very seldom found. Maybe this is why remains of a Naga etc. has never been seen before. We understand that all sentient as nama rupa are mind and form. Mind of course not see...
by justindesilva
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?
Replies: 24
Views: 692

Re: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?

....... The question is , if In every instances there would be Very Very Rare for any realm beings whether they are human , animal , ghost , deity and hell being to be reborn as human again , how then hundred year ago population only one to two billion but now could be near to eight billion ?! The ...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Buddhism an extreme path?
Replies: 8
Views: 349

Re: Isn't Buddhism an extreme path?

:namaste: The monks have to get up early, eat only one meal. This is an extreme. The layperson cannot drink alcohol or seek entertainment. Must live like a robot. Isn't this a little extreme? How then is Buddhism the middle path? Maybe compared to other paths that were popular back then, it is. But...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?
Replies: 12
Views: 454

Re: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?

My faith in the Buddha, dhamma and sangha makes me feel as if Buddha knew all, but said little. And since not everything he knew had benefit for us, he didn’t advise us. This is purely speculative. But he is said to be all knowing, which is what leads me to this. It is clear that lord Buddha 's int...
by justindesilva
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What could rouse more conviction?
Replies: 14
Views: 454

Re: What could rouse more conviction?

...Is there anything in your life, aside from personal practice, that might give a new practitioner conviction in the Buddha's awakening? Finding a teacher with that conviction who you can trust and who expresses the dhamma in a way that makes sense to you. Not the old texts , not what preaches, no...
by justindesilva
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Pali Chanting in the Sri Lankan Tradition
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: Pali Chanting in the Sri Lankan Tradition

Each monastery might have its own chanting list, which might also include text, which are not from the Canon. Unlike long (whole night usually) paritta chanting (which has a standard version), there is no standard list for daily chants for all Sri Lankan monasteries. Therefore it's better to ask mo...
by justindesilva
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy and physical health
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: Celibacy and physical health

Is there any info in the nikaya that states Celibacy can lead to good physical health? Celibacy usually refer to just for male or both genders? The term used for Celibacy is Brahmacari. Abstaining from sex is only one aspect of celibacy. In fact brahmacari means superiority in spirituality. One sup...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy and physical health
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: Celibacy and physical health

Is there any info in the nikaya that states Celibacy can lead to good physical health? Celibacy usually refer to just for male or both genders? The term used for Celibacy is Brahmacari. Abstaining from sex is only one aspect of celibacy. In fact brahmacari means superiority in spirituality. One sup...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 72
Views: 2163

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

Sutta or Vinaya does not say that breaking an egg equal to breaking the first precept Vinaya. Do they? The Vinaya Piṭaka doesn't mention eggs at all, except as the vehicle for two similes. The judgment of Vinaya scholars regarding eggs is derived inferentially from what the texts say about oviparou...
by justindesilva
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 72
Views: 2163

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:42 am
This question could be answered by "Amagandha sutta.
Could someone give the Sutta reference and link to Sutta Central?
Please try Sn 2.2 : Amagandha sutta
by justindesilva
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 72
Views: 2163

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

what this Ven. Gotama is trying to explain is that wholesomeness or unwholesomeness in the act of eating eggs lies on the tanha ( greed) for the taste of the eggs. Will this apply to other food as well. (say rice)? Sutta or Vinaya does not say that breaking an egg equal to breaking the first precep...
by justindesilva
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is everyting predetermined?
Replies: 25
Views: 1524

Re: Is everyting predetermined?

Is everything predetermined? No. Everything arises in dependence upon conditions, but we are able to alter the conditions. i agree with first part. An astrologer too would say that all we undergo is predetermined. At the same time he explains that it is ones own kamma. True enough the sutta about k...
by justindesilva
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 72
Views: 2163

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

When someone eats an unfertilized egg, there is no destruction of life. There isn’t even destruction of potential life (as in a seed) because once the unfertilized egg is laid, it cannot be fertilized. Reread the suttas on meat-eating. If eating meat (if it is safe in the three ways described by th...
by justindesilva
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 43
Views: 1950

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

Yes. Enjoying is more like how it should be in the face of any compunded thing, like pleasant feeling (and unpleasant and neutral) ie simply being relaxed about it as it is. Delighting is like the grasping, clinging, closed mindedness opinioning, that leads to suffering when the pleasant feeling ul...
by justindesilva
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 73
Views: 2297

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

Can that be called a self at least for practical purposes? On Self, No Self, and Not-self Paticca samuppada is the way of damma that explains the conditioning of existence. Self at all if exists is subjected to Dependant origination which continues with vingnana. Vingnana is an impermanent darma ye...