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by Individual
Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Plants ~ Borderline Beings?
Replies: 206
Views: 13397

Re: Plant Life

Some plants "feel" the pain and suffering of other plants and communicate with others of their same species in some cases other species of plants to warn of danger. Is this the same type of sensation as what sentient beings sense, however? The problem I see here is that the definition of "sentient ...
by Individual
Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Plants ~ Borderline Beings?
Replies: 206
Views: 13397

Re: Plant Life

Moving it to DFFA seems like a good idea to me
by Individual
Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Plants ~ Borderline Beings?
Replies: 206
Views: 13397

Re: Plant Life

Do plants have sex? Are there female and male plants? For some species of plants, yes. As for humans, at one point in the womb does the spermed egg become sentient? When the brain forms? Where is the brain of the plant? When does it form? If a human birth fails before the brain is developed, is it ...
by Individual
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Flooding in Australia, everyone okay?
Replies: 54
Views: 4683

Re: Flooding in Australia, everyone okay?

I'm glad you all are doing OK.
by Individual
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Why are we?
Replies: 26
Views: 1862

Re: Why are we?

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Some questions have no direct answer.
:thumbsup:
by Individual
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Middle Way
Replies: 15
Views: 1490

Re: The Middle Way

From what I understand, Buddha taught the "Middle Way." This being moderation between the extremes of a worldly lifestyle and that of an ascetic. However, the precepts that a monk lives under seem much more like that of an ascetic than the middle way. For example, a vow of poverty seems like an ext...
by Individual
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is indulgence in pleasure ever skillful?
Replies: 33
Views: 3271

Is indulgence in pleasure ever skillful?

Had a discussion about this with somebody recently. Recently, I started indulging in food as a source of enjoyment, because I stopped using drugs, food, and porn. I eat oranges and candy just whenever, because it tastes good. It's something I hadn't really done that much before. Then, tonight, in th...
by Individual
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Devas Pictures in Sri Lanka
Replies: 36
Views: 5794

Re: Devas Pictures in Sri Lanka

Source: Dhamma friends If the devas wanted to be known, they would be. If they did not want to be known, it would not be difficult to remove themselves from your photographs. My dad used to be a professional photographer (back when there was no digital cameras, it was more of a profession) and he's...
by Individual
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Game: The never-ending story!
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Game: The never-ending story!

...man named Individual who said, "I don't like this story."

And then...
by Individual
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a sutta on self & feelings
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: Looking for a sutta on self & feelings

I might be thinking of Majjhima 35. I think the sutta I am looking for has these sentences: Pay attention, Aggivessana, pay attention to how you reply! What you said afterwards does not agree with what you said before... The reason I was looking for such a sutta about feelings because I have bipola...
by Individual
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just to let you all know
Replies: 31
Views: 2337

Re: Just to let you all know

OK Indie - that's a really bad situation you're in - and I think you do need prof help - but more along the lines of social services help as to your Mum's condition - it sounds like she needs intensive care - something beyond the average householder - unless you have a big, extended supportive fami...
by Individual
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just to let you all know
Replies: 31
Views: 2337

Re: Just to let you all know

I don't like to lay my problems on the table like this. I've written multi-paragraph posts before that I've deleted because I figured you all have your own problems and stimulating others' pity is stupid. But to put it into a full context: If you ever have to pick up your mom's poop off the kitchen ...
by Individual
Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just to let you all know
Replies: 31
Views: 2337

Re: Just to let you all know

You might be right, Tiltbillings, but then there would be nobody to take care of my mother and we'd end up with a several thousand dollar hospital bill, all so I could sit in a room full of people who are REALLY crazy for a couple of weeks, in order to clear my head. I have no healthcare, so I'm bet...
by Individual
Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Plants ~ Borderline Beings?
Replies: 206
Views: 13397

Re: Plant Life

I say this is an imponderable... but here's an odd thought... :stirthepot: In the Aggañña sutta, devas adopted grosser forms. After adopting a gross form, they couldn't just go back to being luminous devas. It involves work -- mindfulness and morality. And it's been said that devas can inhabit plant...
by Individual
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is samsara getting better?
Replies: 40
Views: 3404

Re: Is samsara getting better?

Stefan wrote: is samsara getting better
No
by Individual
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth across the Universe
Replies: 14
Views: 1971

Re: Rebirth across the Universe

retrofuturist wrote: On a matter such as this, I'd be wary of any opinion that didn't come directly from a sammasambuddha.
Or an extraterrestrial who practices Buddhism. :spy:
by Individual
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Question on Stream-Entry and Non-Literal Rebirth
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Re: A Question on Stream-Entry and Non-Literal Rebirth

In my opinion, discussions like these on rebirth tend to fall under the four imponderables, with regard to inquiring into the specifics of kamma. They can also quickly become contentious. In the absence of relating your question to a specific case ("With what action, is there what consequence?"), it...
by Individual
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Living arhats in 2011?
Replies: 15
Views: 6014

Re: Living arhats in 2011?

Hi everyone I was wondering whether nowadays there are living arhats ? - Are there people who claim to be arhtas? (i heard of ajahn maha buwa) - Are people who claim to be liberated (new age gurus...) arhats? - Are there people who don't claim anything but are arhats? Maybe you've encountered an ar...
by Individual
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a sutta on self & feelings
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: Looking for a sutta on self & feelings

Seems inconsistent with what I know of the suttas. Why you looking for it anyway?
by Individual
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just to let you all know
Replies: 31
Views: 2337

Re: Just to let you all know

Changed my mind. I will start posting again. In moderation. I need some joy in my life. Not for its own sake, but to give me an energy boost when I'm feeling anxious or depressed. Plus, what I say might be helpful? Thanks for the warm thoughts -- you probably have no idea how difficult things are in...