pilgrim wrote:polarbuddha101 wrote:he also sincerely believes that levitation is possible
He shares this outrageous belief with the Buddha..
James the Giant wrote:Hi Melancholy, there is an article by Ajahn Brahm somewhere, where he shows in the suttas it says an embryo is not classed as a person/human/sentient until a certain stage of development is reached.
So your vinaya references above are not relevant.
mikenz66 wrote:Thanks, James,
When Does Human Life Begin?
http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books7/Ajahn ... _Begin.pdf
Most grateful for the link and reference.
Such instruction will be of immeasurable benefit and comfort to a lady of my acquaintance.
cooran wrote:I was at a talk by Ajahn Brahm in Brisbane a year or so ago. He told the same jokes I'd heard from him before, the same stories I'd read in his books - and then he said abortion was o.k. up to about 16 or more weeks. At that point quite a number of the audience walked out.
There is clear support for this conclusion in the Vinaya. This states that a monk or nun should never, for the whole of their life, intentionally kill a human being, ‘even to the extent of causing an abortion’. Similarly, they should not have sexual intercourse ‘even to the depth of a sesame seed’. They should not steal ‘even as much as a blade of grass’. They should not lay claim to spiritual attainments ‘even by saying “I delight in an empty dwelling”’. So abortion is clearly regarded as intentional killing of a human being; yet it is the least serious act of this kind.
However we do not accept that it can be proved that the inception of consciousness takes place only after three or four months. This is an ethically arbitrary date which simply marks the present day limits of scientific knowledge, but tells us nothing about the moral status of the embryo. I would very much like to see a study of the effects of abortion on the emotional landscapes of women, and a comparison between women who decided to have an abortion and women who had unwanted pregnancies but decided to bear a child. How do they feel afterwards? Five years later? Ten years later? How many mothers would, when their child had grown up, say that they wished they had had an abortion?
- When Life Begins, Bhikkhu Sujato
"When a monk is ordained he should not intetionally deprive a living thing of life, even if it is only an ant. What ever monk deprives a human being of life even down to causing abortion, he becomes not a (true) recluse, not a son of the Sakyans. As a flat stone, broke, becomes (scmething) not to be put together again, even so a monk, having intentionally deprived a human being of life, becomes not a (true) recluse, not a son of the Sakyans. This is a thing not to be done by you as long as life lasts."
- Vinaya, Mahāvagga, 1. Mahā Khandhaka (The Book of Descipline IV, page 125)
Denisa wrote:One teaching Ajan Brahm repeatedly talk about is not to find fault with others. At least he should practice what he preached.
One of Australia's senior monks, Ajahn Brahm, was invited to deliver a speech on Gender Equality at the UN Day of Vesak Convention in Vietnam in May 2014. Unfortunately, Ajahn Brahm was prevented from delivering his speech by a ban imposed by conference organising committee the day before it was due to be given at the Convention. Ajahn Brahm's paper had been pre-approved by the conference organising committee several months before the event.
Ajahn Brahm's paper presented a solid case for the full ordination of women in the Theravadin tradition, supported by references from the Buddha and the Vinaya rules that govern Buddhist monastic life.
Please read below the full text of Ajahn Brahm's banned paper: Theravada Buddhism and UN Millenium Development Goal 3 (MDG 3)....
Crazy cloud wrote:Hi, I like Krishnamurti's lectures, and there is one thing that he always try to hammer in to my mind, and that is: dont belive in Krishnamurti - dont belive in gurus - dont belive in prophets - be a light on to oneself ...
polarbuddha wrote:My main point was simply that it is clear human beings cannot touch the sun and it seems highly highly highly improbable that the human mind is capable of bending the laws of physics like we're in the matrix.
Mr Man wrote:waterchan wrote:As I recall, Krishnamurti did seem to think that there was a transmigrating essence outside of the five aggregates.
Hi waterchan, do you have an examples of this?
waterchan wrote:Mr Man wrote:waterchan wrote:As I recall, Krishnamurti did seem to think that there was a transmigrating essence outside of the five aggregates.
Hi waterchan, do you have an examples of this?
Sorry, I don't have any direct references. I remember reading about it in an old (2002) talk given by Ajahn Brahm.