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by Mawkish1983
Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is animal euthenasia 'humane'?
Replies: 227
Views: 18249

Re: Is animal euthenasia 'humane'?

Wow, a lot of responses since I last checked - too many for me to reply individually to. Please don't think me rude for not replying, I read every post and I can see the justification for animal euthenasia being considered not just 'less inhumane than the alternative' but also positively humane unde...
by Mawkish1983
Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is animal euthenasia 'humane'?
Replies: 227
Views: 18249

Re: Is animal euthenasia 'humane'?

Non-existence being preferable to a painful existence? I wonder, if animals had the cognitive ability to comprehend non-existence, would they still relinquish that sense that their life is dear to them? Is that why euthenasia is [almost universally] illegal for humans?
by Mawkish1983
Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is animal euthenasia 'humane'?
Replies: 227
Views: 18249

Is animal euthenasia 'humane'?

I do not want to discuss whether animal euthenasia for a suffering animal is against the first precept; my mind is already settled on that issue. I am, however, confused by the issue of whether or not it is humane to end a suffering animal's life. Is it more humane to let it live and suffer? Human e...
by Mawkish1983
Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Mindfulness has lost its Buddhist roots, and it may not be doing you good
Replies: 67
Views: 4829

Re: Mindfulness has lost its Buddhist roots, and it may not be doing you good

I haven't read this entire thread so I apologise if this post is not apropos. My school decided to run a pilot programme of mindfulness meditation in an attempt to help younger pupils manage the stress of exams. Knowing that I identify as a Buddhist, they invited me to participate so that I could gi...
by Mawkish1983
Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?

Who would decide whether a scholar meets these criteria? Scholar himself. Clearly a scholar could have misinterpreted the instructions themselves and believe themselves to have attained some level of insight. Say, for example, a scholar practices for just one day but has convinced themselves that t...
by Mawkish1983
Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: can immaterial goods be stolen?
Replies: 20
Views: 2114

Re: can immaterial goods be stolen?

Ownership is temporary. Not sure I'd agree it's illusory.
by Mawkish1983
Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Economies of Merit
Replies: 19
Views: 2357

Re: Economies of Merit

I agree that sharing merit is a useful practice to help generate compassion and loving kindness. Whether there is anything substantial that can actually be transferred or not, I can't say for sure. I doubt it though.
by Mawkish1983
Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:07 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?

Shuun wrote:I don't think this is a question about how long, but what stage of Enlightenment person has attained -- how much ignorance hes gotten rid off.
Who would decide whether a scholar meets these criteria?
by Mawkish1983
Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?

peterve wrote:It must be done by who have studied and practice Buddhism.
That begs the question, for how long would a person have to have been a practitioner before you consider them qualified for the task?
by Mawkish1983
Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did you choose Theravada rather than Mahayana?
Replies: 28
Views: 2941

Re: Why did you choose Theravada rather than Mahayana?

falloutrangerlol wrote: is not a Buddhist at all.
No true Scotsman?
by Mawkish1983
Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did you choose Theravada rather than Mahayana?
Replies: 28
Views: 2941

Re: Why did you choose Theravada rather than Mahayana?

At first I was drawn to Zen and loved the mysticism of Mahayana. Before too long, the pragmatic part of my brain started screaming at me. For the past seven years I've been practising Theravada. I've recently started reading some of the Dalai Lama's stuff, having become mentally exhausted with sutta...
by Mawkish1983
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:45 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Largest Buddha-rupa in Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 1880

Re: Largest Buddha-rupa in Europe

It was this event:
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Looking back, it was probably very disrespectful to take this picture.
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by Mawkish1983
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Largest Buddha-rupa in Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 1880

Re: Largest Buddha-rupa in Europe

A few years ago I visited that temple. It's buried in a quiet, serene park on the outskirts of Paris. The place was open for an event, but my French wasn't good enough for me to work out what. There were a lot of folk about.
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by Mawkish1983
Thu May 28, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Can unenlightened person, not even knowing its original language by heart really translate it correctly?

My opinion: how close the texts and translations are to the 'original' is less important than their usefulness. "These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness" I've recently began to foc...