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by Individual
Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Plants ~ Borderline Beings?
Replies: 206
Views: 14336

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: 14336

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: 14336

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 (Archive)
Topic: Flooding in Australia, everyone okay?
Replies: 54
Views: 4919

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: 1920

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: 1545

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: 3362

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: 5918

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 (Archive)
Topic: Game: The never-ending story!
Replies: 4
Views: 421

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: 494

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 (Archive)
Topic: Just to let you all know
Replies: 31
Views: 2482

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 (Archive)
Topic: Just to let you all know
Replies: 31
Views: 2482

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 (Archive)
Topic: Just to let you all know
Replies: 31
Views: 2482

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: 14336

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: 3529

Re: Is samsara getting better?

Stefan wrote: is samsara getting better
No