jcsuperstar wrote:as an aside here, the precepts are a part of the path to awakening and as such they are to be followed. that being said, as long as one hasn't attained awakening there is no reason to assume a Buddhist would be pure in their practicing of the precepts, in other words they will break them. mostly likely repeatedly. so just do the best you can where you are on the path and don't go pointing fingers at others and we'll all be happier.
The problem is, however, that we are obliged, at times, by the circumstances in which we find ourselves, to put the Buddha's teachings into practice in a practical way that requires thinking through the issue rather than assuming there is one literal reading that can answer every question and every circumstance - and opinions are going to differ.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.