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by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kissing a married girl - breaking 3rd precept?
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Kissing a married girl - breaking 3rd precept?

I won't do it. I was just asking... out of curiosity. Excellent - I'll trust you around my wife, then! My understanding of the precepts is that they are not an absolutist set of proscriptions which apply only to specific activities, but something more like a guide to orienting oneself towards whole...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kissing a married girl - breaking 3rd precept?
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Kissing a married girl - breaking 3rd precept?

It's obviously an unwholesome thing to do, but does it actually break the precept of sexual misconduct? Not if she's married to you . I've never really had occasion to ask my preceptor this one, but my initial thought is to ask why it matters. The intention to keep the precepts is the important thi...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: Wrong view

It is said (references below) that not believing in rebirth is wrong view. And also, it is said that having wrong view leads either to hell or the animal womb. If that is so, and since most Westerners do not believe in rebirth, does that mean that they are all going to hell or the animal realm? Or ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I purpose its a heavy karma to take alcohol
Replies: 30
Views: 1584

Re: I purpose its a heavy karma to take alcohol

Dear Sam Vara, I think binocular is using a very strict definition of intoxicant that most laypeople don't follow. I agree with him in that these are subtle intoxicants. Chocolate has caffeine and theobromine in it which are psychoactive drugs. Because its glycemic index is so high white bread is e...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I purpose its a heavy karma to take alcohol
Replies: 30
Views: 1584

Re: I purpose its a heavy karma to take alcohol

I think using alcoho even as a mouth wash is bad. Even a very small amount of alchol can change the state of your mind. It pave your mind to heedlessness and help to break other four precepts. Yes. And the problem with consuming just a small amount of an intoxicant, or consuming soft intoxicants (l...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: spiritual pride
Replies: 21
Views: 2970

Re: spiritual pride

In my first post I did say I was doing one pointed concentration and times of practicing metta, the one pointed concentration was observing the breath at the upper lip, this led to access concentration and my mind involuntarily puffed this up into thinking, "look at me, my mind is more fine than a ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: a gentle paṭikkūlamanasikāra
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: a gentle paṭikkūlamanasikāra

Mkoll wrote:Dear Dave,

What is a paṭikkūlamanasikāra?

That picture is unnerving.

:anjali:
The theme is from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. I'm not sure whether the skeletons or the Walt Disney treatment are the more unnerving!
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: spiritual pride
Replies: 21
Views: 2970

Re: spiritual pride

I love your wording. I meant the first: You might want to reflect on the fact that if the energy really were wholesome, then it would not lead to pride. My response: "It is very much the case that the above is not true." As in, one can feel unwholesome pride over experiencing a very wholesome state...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Colony to be established of Mars by 2023!
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: Colony to be established of Mars by 2023!

297 of the candidates to make first cut are from the US; 75 are Canadian
They've got nine years to get really fluent in Mandarin...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhists are losers?
Replies: 112
Views: 8892

Re: Buddhists are losers?

Renouncers.
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: spiritual pride
Replies: 21
Views: 2970

Re: spiritual pride

You might want to reflect on the fact that if the energy really were wholesome, then it would not lead to pride. So not true. I think I need a bit of explanation here, regarding the word "So". Do you mean 1) "It is very much the case that the above is not true" or 2) "Therefore something is not tru...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Association with people of integrity
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: Association with people of integrity

Perhaps my understanding is not correct, but it appears to me that association with people of integrity is very important. How should one deal when encountering persons of "not integrity"? Yes, many suttas point out that associating with people of integrity ( sappurisa ) is an important step on the...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian
Replies: 18
Views: 1715

Re: A Manual for Creating Atheists - Peter Boghossian

Would like to know how this manual can affect the faith and beliefs of buddhist practitioners? There are almost as many types of faith and belief as there are individual practitioners, so it is likely that reading the manual would have different effects on different individuals. In each case, there...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: spiritual pride
Replies: 21
Views: 2970

Re: spiritual pride

afterwards I feel like a god almost or very powerful wholesome energy.
You might want to reflect on the fact that if the energy really were wholesome, then it would not lead to pride.
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 4.1: Anubuddha Sutta — Understood
Replies: 5
Views: 1606

Re: AN 4.1: Anubuddha Sutta — Understood

Interesting to see that both translations use the term "penetrate" to denote a type of mental activity. I don't know what the Pali term is, but I'm guessing that the analogy with the idea of physical or spatial penetration must be thought useful here. It is clearly something extra to mere "understan...