General discussion of issues related to Theravada Training of Sila, the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
nacca-gita-vadita-visuka-dassana mala-gandha-vilepana-dharana-mandana-vibhusanatthana veramani sikkha- padam samadiyami.
I request the training rule to refrain from dancing, singing, music and going to see entertainments, which are stumbling blocks to wholesomeness; and to refrain from wearing garlands, using perfumes and beautifying the body with cosmetics.
Is whistling a form of singing ?
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No, but it is music.
Depending on your level of skill, of course...
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Unless it's whistling to command a sheep dog. Then it's talking. Ha!
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you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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What about wolf-whistling? Does that transgress the third precept for those observing the eight precepts?
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Whistle as song ?
Normal speaking can be a song, in some case. Yes, whistle, too.
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Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:What about wolf-whistling? Does that transgress the third precept for those observing the eight precepts?
What is wolf-whistling? I assume you aren't talking about howling.
Edit: Never mind. I looked it up. Never knew that had a specific term to describe it. You learn something new everyday.
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."
"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."
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Alobha wrote:Is whistling a form of singing ?
If in doubt ask yourself do you really need to do it.
"Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering." - Ajahn Chah
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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Think of the heart of the precept. Music is often a distraction and a desire to indulge the mind in pleasure. I think whistling is the same...it's done to entertain the mind and can be distracting.
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