rightviewftw wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:58 am
What a load of non-sense....
AN 10.61 says after hearing the Teachings, the faithful person engages in 'yoniso manasikara
' (careful examination) about the teachings. AN 9.7 literally says it is "impossible"
for an arahant to break the five precepts but the suttas appear to not literally say this about stream-enterers. The stock phrase in Chapter 55 of the SN is:
Furthermore, the disciple of the noble ones is endowed with virtues that are appealing to the noble ones: untorn, unbroken, unspotted, unsplattered, liberating, praised by the wise, untarnished, leading to concentration.
The first time I ever practised meditation was when I lived in a forest monastery in Thailand. To be honest, I saw lots of mosquitoes & ants lose life at the hands of monks & meditators; such as when the monks would have to work in the swamp or jungle & they would wipe off the hundreds of ants that might suddenly attack them when an ant nest was accidentally broken. Often, mosquitoes were crushed due to carelessness, such as scratching an itch without mindfulness. Yet I never noticed this loss of life of some insects ever break the concentration of the adept meditators because, kammically, the act is simply too trifling.