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by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other conditions today???
Replies: 130
Views: 10773

Re: Other conditions today???

hey cittasanto,
1. you become happier. later stream entry will eradicate any doubt.
2. the world is perfect to practice in
3 yes.
metta,
jason
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

Hi Jason A fairly standard dictionary definition of society is what I mean (the community within which we live). Actively working against war could mean many different things. Can you think of some examples? how about letting the fire of war simply burn out, so there is no more fuel to reignite. me...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

hey esquire, if your life has ever been at risk you will know that there is no time to think, you simply act. the action you take will depend on the situation. because of ignorance, i was born, because i was born i have senses, these senses are how i percieve this reality, because of ignorance i am ...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

while contemplating past and current wars i asked myself, are there any justifiable wars that a practicing buddhist could support? violence just seems to lead to more violence, a visious circle. or have we just become so culturally attached to war that it has become a family or countries tradition(...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

Imagine the US didn't make the decision to take action during WW II, we probably would've been discussing the Dhamma in German. Actually, it's more like for those who practice "corrupted" doctrines not in line with National Socialism, they would be free to practice their faith...at Auschwitz; and w...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

I think that the OP argument is an unjustified conflation. That the monk could tell that others were dealing with the situation, and didn't need to prove that he "cared" by fussing about it, it a good lesson. If circumstances were different and he could have done something more useful than what was...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

sitting in meditation at a retreat, the man behind me started breathing heavy then it sounded like he had fallen over. i turned and sure enough he was passed out from some illness. myself and a few others managed to call an ambulance and get him some medical attention. he ended up being ok it was a...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

Getting the message ...So the Buddha's position on the precepts was uncompromising and clear. If you want to follow his teachings, there's absolutely no room for killing, stealing, or lying, period. However, in our current climate of terrorism and counter-terrorism — where governments have claimed ...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

The Buddha was not an anarchist. He regularly met with kings and taught them. He could have told them to never defend yourself or your people, but he did not. Instead he counseled them on being good leaders. He supported the idea and need for governments. As such they would need to defend themselve...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

Re: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

we should simply be minding our own business. What is our own business? Do we ignore the screams of terror outside our apartment window because that is not our business? Do we ignore the person in distress? What is our business? violence just seems to lead to more violence So, we allow the violence...
by jason c
Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?
Replies: 83
Views: 4775

are there any justifiable wars to a practicing buddhist?

sitting in meditation at a retreat, the man behind me started breathing heavy then it sounded like he had fallen over. i turned and sure enough he was passed out from some illness. myself and a few others managed to call an ambulance and get him some medical attention. he ended up being ok it was an...
by jason c
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other conditions today???
Replies: 130
Views: 10773

Re: Other conditions today???

Hi All, although I have seen this sentiment before, it is raising its head again, and I am curious to quote the post would somebody who have no more doubt, doubt that we live 2500 years after the Buddha with other conditions ? (emphasis added) I am curious in relation to what the Buddha Taught how ...
by jason c
Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other conditions today???
Replies: 130
Views: 10773

Re: Other conditions today???

hey cittasanto, i have to run out, i could try to answer each question individually in more detail later . i feel i have answered and agreed with mostly your views, my only squabble is how people find the teachings of the buddhas today. it doesn't have to come in a particular package. the essence an...
by jason c
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other conditions today???
Replies: 130
Views: 10773

Re: Other conditions today???

Hi Jason, Interesting but isn't what is being asked here, please see the OP. hey cittasanto, maybe im confused by what you are trying to achieve with this topic. human being is still human being but the ignorance changes, although it is still simply ignorance, some of us need different methods to f...
by jason c
Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Other conditions today???
Replies: 130
Views: 10773

Re: Other conditions today???

hey cittasanto, i practice vipassana meditation as taught by s.n.goenka, who teaches that this method of meditation is the preserved teaching of the buddha. this method agrees with me personally, but i do not believe this is the only practice that can lead to liberation. in my own case, i led a life...
by jason c
Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Livelihood
Replies: 4
Views: 969

Re: Right Livelihood

Hi, I have a question on right livelihood and would like to hear others thoughts on this. I am currently working as a licensed bartender selling alcohol. I think this is a big no no as far as occupations go in buddhism. I am however leaving this role and going back to my old job role working in a b...
by jason c
Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: should a practicing buddhist own a gun?
Replies: 245
Views: 19011

Re: should a practicing buddhist own a gun?

SDC wrote:
tiltbillings wrote:Other than going over the same ground repeatedly, do we have anything new to say here?
Practicing Buddhists shouldn't talk about guns. :D
very, wise my friend. :namaste:
by jason c
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: should a practicing buddhist own a gun?
Replies: 245
Views: 19011

Re: should a practicing buddhist own a gun?

quite simply, be the change in the world that you want to see. But what you asking me to do, is be the change in the world you want to see. I do not buy the necessity of your line of reasoning in regard to my owning a gun. hey tilt, i grew up with guns in my life, my dad would pay me a dollar for e...
by jason c
Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: should a practicing buddhist own a gun?
Replies: 245
Views: 19011

Re: should a practicing buddhist own a gun?

hey tiltbillings, may i call you tilt? Sure, or you cn call me Esquire. i think your missing the mark, a kitchen knife is designed to cut and prepare food, a bowling ball is used to play a game, a vase is designed to hold flowers, all of these objects could be used to harm another being but it was ...
by jason c
Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: should a practicing buddhist own a gun?
Replies: 245
Views: 19011

Re: should a practicing buddhist own a gun?

if i weild a gun at the first sign of trouble i most certainly will be attracting trouble. That would be a complete misuse, improper use of a firearm, even in self-defense. All gun safety classes that I know of, teach that in self-defense a gun can only be used for the protection of your life or th...