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by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 45
Views: 443

Re: Throwing food

Please could people leave off debating the general issue of the results of kamma, or start a new thread to discuss it? The issue was about throwing food away, so could posters please stick to that or move off elsewhere?

:focus:

Thanks!
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 58
Views: 1172

Re: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct

New to me. I understand how liberals are attracted to Buddhism in the West thus they might leave Buddhism if they knew the truth of the suttas. Sujato appears to have not translated the passage. As for AN 4.55, it seems to be about marriage for life and even in future lives. "In five ways, young ho...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 58
Views: 1172

Re: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct

Ironic how those who push reincarnation/rebirth the strongest often also have the dodgiest views about morality. :? According to the suttas (DN 31), the Buddha taught parents marry their children when the children come of age. As described in AN 4.55, life-long monogamy with teenage marriage partne...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 58
Views: 1172

Re: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct

Sex is synonymous with marriage in the East. Even if you go to a prostitute, they are considered temporary wives. You have to understand that the East and the West are very different today, although the Internet is closing the gap. Never the less, as far as 30 years ago were concerned, the East and...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?
Replies: 25
Views: 465

Re: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?

What are some examples of devotional practices that one might do at home? I must be a very typical Western Buddhist, because I don't even know what this entails. Chanting? Lighting incense in front of a Buddha image? Yes, many Westerners that I know do both on a regular basis, and also make offerin...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dhammapada verse 154
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Dhammapada verse 154

Yes, Gahakāraka diṭṭho'si
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 45
Views: 443

Re: Throwing food

There's a sutta about proper care and re-use of the monk's robes - to keep it, mend it, and not to throw it away when it's no longer fit to be used as a robe but to cut it and repurpose it. Is it too big a stretch to say we should take similar care not to waste other goods like food? :namaste: Kim ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 45
Views: 443

Re: Throwing food

The question is, is throwing food bad kamma or not? Is there occasion where the Buddha talked about this issue in the Sutta? It depends on your intention which leads to throwing away the food. chownah I agree. Throwing away food which has become harmful seems to be more like good kamma. Overproduct...
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: High Blood Pressure
Replies: 27
Views: 391

Re: High Blood Pressure

What should I google for, what words should I enter? Samatha meditation? Yes, that should do it. I've just tried it and there are lots of videos and articles. They are of varying quality, of course, but as I said, go with what you like. You might also want to try this: https://www.amaravati.org/dha...
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: High Blood Pressure
Replies: 27
Views: 391

Re: High Blood Pressure

My question is, could someone please give me a concise overview of how Samatha differs from Vipassana meditation? I hear listening to soothing music or listening " Sounds of the Forest " can help you meditate to relax, but aren't these considered unnecessary? How do you meditate using the Samatha t...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

...and the famous Ajahn Chah passage, which actually comes in several forms throughout his collected teachings: It's the same with sankhāras. We say they disturb us, like when we sit in meditation and hear a sound. We think, ''Oh, that sound's bothering me.'' If we understand that the sound bothers ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Star Water Blessing...
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Star Water Blessing...

Is this a Theravada Buddhist ritual? I've never heard of it. :anjali: I couldn't find anything by Googling. The "Rishi stars" are apparently part of Vedic and Tibetan mythology, and of course the use of water in blessing is common to many religious traditions. Does anyone know how bless water in Th...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 58
Views: 1172

Re: Theravada and Sex: Sexual Misconduct

The quote from the commentary seems to equate that age does not matter which confirms what I said. The protectorship is passed on to the mother who then gives the daughter to the groom. It is later passed on to the brother as well (from what I have been told). So, you need the protectors' permissio...