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by seeker242
Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: I'd feed a starving child before a healthy arahant
Replies: 109
Views: 24110

Re: I'd feed a starving child before a healthy arahant

"Any action performed with greed — born of greed, caused by greed, originating from greed: wherever one's selfhood turns up, there that action will ripen. Where that action ripens, there one will experience its fruit, either in this very life that has arisen or further along in the sequence.AN 3.33...
by seeker242
Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: buddhist views
Replies: 13
Views: 1904

Re: buddhist views

"Faith in Buddhism" article on wikipedia gives a pretty good explanation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_in_Buddhism

Another good article here. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ening.html

:namaste:
by seeker242
Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending the path is ending desire.
Replies: 11
Views: 977

Re: Ending the path is ending desire.

But if you end desire, why would you want to procreate? For love? Perhaps i am mistaken but i seem to recall having read in a sutta that love too must be abandoned? Also, even though ending desire is ending the path some thin desire have to exist after Nirvana as why would the Buddha help people re...
by seeker242
Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Improving Buddhism/The Imperfect Buddha
Replies: 144
Views: 22397

Re: Improving Buddhism/The Imperfect Buddha

danieLion wrote:Can Buddhism be improved upon? Was the Buddha perfect?

Currently, I'm inclined to say "yes" to the first question and "no" to the second.

Kindly,
dL
Interesting. I am inclined to say no to the first and yes to the second!
by seeker242
Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption
Replies: 60
Views: 10145

Re: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption

...for this discussion, I'll stick to animals killed for both food and population control. Thoughts? I would appreciate it if you stay on topic which is about the ethics of consumption - not population control. My apologies, I wasn't clear enough. These animals are going to be killed regardless of ...
by seeker242
Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intruders (BnE) and Non Violence
Replies: 27
Views: 1995

Re: Intruders (BnE) and Non Violence

Interesting discussion and good responses above. The one scenario I haven't seen mentioned yet is this: What about the home invader who is not interested in stealing your money, your televisions, your jewelry. He and his accomplices break in to kill you and your family. Now the situation is changed...
by seeker242
Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intruders (BnE) and Non Violence
Replies: 27
Views: 1995

Re: Intruders (BnE) and Non Violence

To kill someone simply because they broke into your house would be a direct violation of the precepts. The gravest of sins. Of course it depends on the situation but people usually break into houses to steal property. Is your television, computer or money really worth more than a man's life? Certain...
by seeker242
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption
Replies: 60
Views: 10145

Re: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption

Also I think it's important to note that anyone who's trying to cut milk and eggs out of their diet may want to get either almond, rice, or coconut milk, and not soy milk. As you'll probably have to be eating a lot of soy for your diet, which isn't necessarily that great for you. According to whom?...
by seeker242
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.How?
Replies: 43
Views: 10344

Re: The attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.How?

Sutta SN 36.11 says about "in-out breathing" and not about "perception of in-out breathing". So yes, breath completely stops in 4th jhana. As well as all mental formations completely stop in sannya-vedaita-nirodha. And as all defilements stop when reaching arahantship ,) "And I have also taught the...
by seeker242
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.How?
Replies: 43
Views: 10344

Re: The attainment of the fifth Jhàna breathing ceases.How?

"The fifth through the eighth jhanas are the “absorptions without form.” This is because they refer to states of consciousness where there is no perception of a form or body." http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=9_Jhanas#The_Fifth_Jhana:_Infinity_of_Space "The immaterial jhanas are designated,...
by seeker242
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Effect of happiness on genes
Replies: 12
Views: 1966

Re: Effect of happiness on genes

"The All is aflame. What All is aflame? The eye is aflame. Forms are aflame. Consciousness at the eye is aflame. Contact at the eye is aflame. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the eye — experienced as pleasure, pain or neither-pleasure-nor-pain — that too is aflame. Afl...
by seeker242
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption
Replies: 60
Views: 10145

Re: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption

I only drink soy milk these days. Cakes, chocolate bar, candy bars and various beverages have milk as part of their ingredients too. How can we totally abstain from taking them? It's not really all that difficult if you have access to good markets or natural foods stores, etc. Some have non-dairy c...
by seeker242
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption
Replies: 60
Views: 10145

Re: There's blood in your milk. The ethics of consumption

Ben wrote: Knowing this, and that demand for milk perpetuates the intense suffering of diary cattle, is it still ethical to consume diary products?
No.

:namaste:
by seeker242
Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4885
Views: 446170

Re: the great vegetarian debate

In the sense of it involves killing a human, then yes. However this is no different to the killing of cows for meat. Therefore if a monk visited Hannibal lectres house, and he provides a meal of liver and beans, with some wine ;) the monk would have to eat it, as long as he hadn't seen it or suspec...
by seeker242
Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4885
Views: 446170

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Yes! However, those differences become completely irrelevant when speaking in the context of a 2,500 calorie diet that is balanced from a variety of plant foods. If a person needs at least 100g of protein, then what vegetarian foods do you suggest? While I do soak and blend cashews or pumpkin seeds...