lyndon taylor wrote:.....
lyndon taylor wrote:Often, Very little is said of the importance of Sobriety, not getting intoxicated, or not using intoxicants, like drugs and alcohol. This is one of the most basic of the Buddha's teachings probably much more important than the teaching of no self, because with out being completely sober its much harder to advance on the Path towards enlightenment.
Buddhism is a moral religion, that believes in rules of conduct, it does have a concept of good and bad,
Buddhism is not a religion like Catholicism that "allows" its clergy and devoted members to drink not only during the week but a little bit every Sunday, even children. Buddhism on the whole is an anti drugs and alcohol religion,
Breaking the precepts leads to suffering,
cooran wrote:But we thought about it, and a number of us decided to do it.
cooran wrote:Nothing forced, pilgrim.... totally voluntary. But taking the Precepts is like a promise - either you keep it or you don't.
I don't think you can consider any Precept and only break it a little bit. A little bit of killing, a little bit of lying etc. etc.
I hope we can All suport the importance of Sobriety, and set a good example for our new Buddhists, things like no self, stream entry, enlightenment and nirvana, are just not as understandable or attainable as long as we're still using intoxicants,IMHO
Why should we think of the Buddhist Path any differently, Sobriety gives us the greatest ability to learn, understand and practice the teachings, being high or buzzed never makes it easier to understand things, but rather gives us false awakenings which we think are real, but 9 times out of 10 are delusion.
lyndon taylor wrote:...you can not have true awakening with out morality, sobriety etc.
However... if there is silabbattaparamasa...
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