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by seeker242
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563273

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Yes, as someone who has been vegetarian for nearly 50 years, I understand the arguments, thanks. I know! :anjali: I was just commenting on what various people perceive as "bad". Not necessarily your comments in particular. :D Had a thought about this earlier. Again, not necessarily directed at you ...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563273

Re: the great vegetarian debate

It depends what is meant by "bad", doesn't it? That is true. However, to think of it in terms of only "my intention" or "my kamma" is a self-centered, one could say backwards, way of seeing the whole situation. The concerns of vegetarianism are the opposite of self-centered as the concern is for th...
by seeker242
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5386
Views: 563273

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Theravada Buddhists do not kill animals themselves but consider vegetarianism to be a personal choice. It's a personal choice for everyone. Not if you include animals within "everyone", which the typical vegetarian does. The animal's preferred choice, to not be killed, is being expressly and intent...
by seeker242
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?
Replies: 47
Views: 5599

Re: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?

No, bacterial and virus infection is not a poison, weapon or fire. There have been some speculations that the coronavirus was designed as a biological weapon. There has also been some speculations that aliens built the pyramids and that the earth is flat and not round. I don't put much stock in suc...
by seeker242
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?
Replies: 47
Views: 5599

Re: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?

Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta? From another post: benefit to practicing Metta: External dangers, such as poisons, weapons, and fire, will not harm you - Anguttara Nikaya 11.16 https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=36559 No, bacterial and virus infection is n...
by seeker242
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are Mahayana monks allowed to marry?
Replies: 52
Views: 6071

Re: Are Mahayana monks allowed to marry?

Mahayana is much too broad of a category to say "monks are allowed to do..." anything. Some are celibate, some aren't. Some handle money, some don't. Some eat meat, some don't.
by seeker242
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why not take refuge in Nibbana?
Replies: 16
Views: 1248

Re: Why not take refuge in Nibbana?

We DO take refuge in Nibbana, via taking refuge in the Buddha. Bhikkhu Bodhi explains: The Buddha as refuge can be considered first. On one level the word "Buddha" refers to a particular figure — the man Siddhattha Gotama who lived in India in the fifth century B.C. When we take refuge in the Buddha...
by seeker242
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha and dukkha
Replies: 92
Views: 3088

Re: Buddha and dukkha

If it weren’t painful it would just be a meaningless sensation. The Buddha still experienced pleasurable, painful and neutral feelings. Feelings are inherently dukkha. What was removed was ignorance in relation to them. And with the removal of ignorance, there is simultaneously the removal of suffe...
by seeker242
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha and dukkha
Replies: 92
Views: 3088

Re: Buddha and dukkha

Because he is struck by the first dart, not the 2nd. Which means he didn't suffer as the 2nd dart is itself the suffering. The first dart is simply mere sensation. If it weren’t painful it would just be a meaningless sensation. The Buddha still experienced pleasurable, painful and neutral feelings....
by seeker242
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha and dukkha
Replies: 92
Views: 3088

Re: Buddha and dukkha

painful, fierce, sharp, wracking, repellent, disagreeable — but he endured them mindful, alert, & unperturbed How can one suffer and be unperturbed at the same time? It's not possible. To suffer means to be perturbed, not to be unperturbed. If you are unperturbed, then you are not suffering. Becaus...
by seeker242
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha and dukkha
Replies: 92
Views: 3088

Re: Buddha and dukkha

painful, fierce, sharp, wracking, repellent, disagreeable — but he endured them mindful, alert, & unperturbed
How can one suffer and be unperturbed at the same time? It's not possible. To suffer means to be perturbed, not to be unperturbed. If you are unperturbed, then you are not suffering.
by seeker242
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha and dukkha
Replies: 92
Views: 3088

Re: Buddha and dukkha

Except the Buddha defined pain as dukkha and had to endure it. The Buddha defined pain as dukkha, for an ordinary person , not inherently. The sutta quoted is referencing, as it says, those who have yet to cultivate the path. That is not applicable for the Buddha. If the Buddha did not experience d...
by seeker242
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha and dukkha
Replies: 92
Views: 3088

Re: Buddha and dukkha

Except the Buddha defined pain as dukkha and had to endure it. The Buddha defined pain as dukkha, for an ordinary person , not inherently. The sutta quoted is referencing, as it says, those who have yet to cultivate the path. That is not applicable for the Buddha. Nothing in the sutta supports that...