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by seeker242
Thu May 28, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: devas visited indian people ancient time but not now?
Replies: 51
Views: 19567

Re: devas visited indian people ancient time but not now?

confusedlayman wrote: Fri May 15, 2020 6:41 pm ancient time in india both in hindu as well as buddhist tradition, devas visited them to tell even small matter but now no one sees them nor deva appear before them voluntierly. why is this ?
No one sees them now, according to who?
by seeker242
Thu May 21, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The goal of Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 1067

Re: The goal of Buddhism

Greetings, The problem is dukkha, not life itself. Kind regards. Metta, Paul. :) Ok, but according to dependent origination "Suffering, monks, also has a supporting condition, I say, it does not lack a supporting condition. And what is the supporting condition for suffering? 'Birth' should be the r...
by seeker242
Wed May 13, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hsuan Hua - opinions
Replies: 34
Views: 7111

Re: Hsuan Hua - opinions

Christopherxx wrote: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:37 am Doesn't really tell much about his teachings or the doctrines and such around the association.
Other than his strange views on sexuality it's basically just Chan Buddhism or Chinese Zen.
by seeker242
Sun May 10, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AI: What is a sentient being?
Replies: 49
Views: 2770

Re: AI: What is a sentient being?

If, one day, AI becomes a reality would said intelligence be classed as a sentient being in the Dhamma? Can a human be reborn as an AI being? If not, then no. Also, for orthodox views, would it also be subject to kamma and rebirth? What are the bare requirements needed to be classed as a sentient b...
by seeker242
Sat May 09, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Killing a yakkha not parajika offence
Replies: 39
Views: 2373

Re: Killing a yakkha not parajika offence

Not a parajika offense, but it's still breaking the precepts. It's just not so severe as to require permanent expulsion from the sangha. Just because it doesn't entail expulsion from the sangha, doesn't mean it's not a broken precept.
by seeker242
Wed May 06, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: killing bugs
Replies: 33
Views: 1910

Re: killing bugs

What is most important is to realise Dhamma. Not killing is only the Sila aspect of Buddhism. It will not assure the enlightenment. And what is "realise Dhamma" to begin with? It certainly involves recognizing that not abstaining from killing will assuredly present obstacles, if not an outright den...
by seeker242
Tue May 05, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?
Replies: 60
Views: 4741

Re: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?

No_Mind wrote: Mon May 04, 2020 4:56 pm
It is not easy to dismiss him.
Why not? He's not Buddhist, therefore dismissed! Seems easy enough to me. :smile:
by seeker242
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: mark all topics read
Replies: 2
Views: 4537

Re: mark all topics read

Front page: "Mark Forums read" on the top right does what you're asking.
by seeker242
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563253

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

Does that make it ok for human beings to subject them to additional unnecessary suffering? Does that mean their suffering doesn’t matter? I find that the Jain line of reasoning only leads to either heightened neuroticism, or new heights of hypocrisy. Heightened neuroticism because it is impossible ...
by seeker242
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563253

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

So the vegetation poses the question "Why can't you just let the animals live?" Does it? If I was the dandelion in this picture I expect I'd be making petitionary prayers to Ceres, Flora, Freyja and Sif for cow 56 to be slaughtered as quickly as possible. :jumping: Which Theravāda text extends its ...
by seeker242
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563253

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

binocular wrote: Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:05 pm But animals are only people who held wrong views in the previous lives ...
Does that make it ok for human beings to subject them to additional unnecessary suffering? Does that mean their suffering doesn’t matter?
by seeker242
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563253

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

Why can't you simply do as I do, and indeed some monks do: follow a vegan lifestyle and leave everyone else to get on with it, Because that would not be taking the animal's perspective or point of view. Vegetarians take the animal's perspective and speak on behalf of the animal's perspective. So yo...
by seeker242
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563253

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

And extending that to also include "not cause any unnecessary harm" whether or not that harm is direct or indirect, is certainly not something that the Buddha would disapprove of, certainly not improper or wrong in a Buddhist context. By eating meat one would not be causing harm in any sense of "ca...
by seeker242
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563253

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

Sam Vara wrote: Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:33 pm Why can't you simply do as I do, and indeed some monks do: follow a vegan lifestyle and leave everyone else to get on with it,
Because that would not be taking the animal's perspective or point of view. Vegetarians take the animal's perspective and speak on behalf of the animal's perspective.
by seeker242
Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563253

Re: Is fishing breaking the precept?

So is your position that you want to cite and emphasise the Buddha's ideas where they seem to support vegetarianism, but downplay or ignore those which condone meat eating? The Buddha words say that it is not out of order to take the animal's perspective. Ven. Dhammanando may have pre-empted this e...