Re: The Casual Drink Or About That One Precept...
Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:26 am
Tell me about it. I now operate a policy of 'least harm'. In general I never drink. I live a long way away from my family so it's easy to stick to (and my friends understand and are cool with it). My family, on the other hand, automatically assume religion is somehow controlling my actions when I decline a drink and they always feel the need to have an 'intervention'. I've explained in depth why I don't want to drink but it's no use. My mother (for reasons I won't go into) hates religion deeply and I can see the heartbreak in her eyes when she suspects I am religious. So, when I'm with my family (a few times a year, not often) I initially decline a drink until doing so causes suffering, then I take a beer and make it last all night. One small bottle of beer stretched over many hours doesn't have much effect BUT obviously it's a breach of the fifth precept.Jechbi wrote:There are enormous social pressures to keep on drinking.
I consider it metta practice.