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by Pannapetar
Fri May 21, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five Precepts in a modern world
Replies: 14
Views: 3450

Re: Five Precepts in a modern world

The Dhamma truly is timeless. Yes, it is. While most of us are likely to agree with this statement, I am not so sure about the language of the canon (such as the one you cited). To say it with Bikkhu Bodhi's words, there is a cognitive dissonance between the mindset of the culture in which the cano...
by Pannapetar
Fri May 21, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 33516

Re: thailand political situation

Even if the army suspected some militant aggressive red shirts inside, they should respect the temple grounds as "khet aphaithan" (safe area) and not simply start shooting. It was an old tradition in Thailand that even if a runaway criminal hid himself inside the Uposatha hall of a temple, the poli...
by Pannapetar
Fri May 21, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five Precepts in a modern world
Replies: 14
Views: 3450

Re: Five Precepts in a modern world

Sanghamitta wrote:The precepts are still as germane as ever.
Aw come on, Sanghamitta... it's ok to dump 100 liter waste oil into the toilet, but woe betide you if you sleep on a high bed?

Cheers, Thomas
by Pannapetar
Fri May 21, 2010 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five Precepts in a modern world
Replies: 14
Views: 3450

Re: Five Precepts in a modern world

For the most part, I find such reworkings of the five precepts a bit unnecessary as I think the originals are already very clear as it is and no exegesis is required. I am a little in doubt about this. For example, there is the 10th precept which does not allow one to accept gold and silver. This i...
by Pannapetar
Fri May 21, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 5407
Views: 690775

Re: So I gave vegetarianism a try and..

I went several days and then I noticed i was more hungry than usual. Wind, it's fantastic that you tried and I congratulate you on that effort, but maybe you gave up too early. The body needs a while to adjust. Depending on age, previous diet, and metabolism it can take from a few days to a few wee...
by Pannapetar
Fri May 21, 2010 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five Precepts in a modern world
Replies: 14
Views: 3450

Five Precepts in a modern world

Dear friends, I've been wondering: five precepts shouldn't be that hard to remember. Compare that to the patimokkha containing 227 (or respectively 331) rules, including some really arcane, such as the ones about travelling with a bikkhuni on a boat: ok when crossing, bad when going downstream, but ...
by Pannapetar
Fri May 21, 2010 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Life Sux
Replies: 63
Views: 9688

Re: Life Sux

I doubt this in an accurate interpretation. "Life sucks," sounds more like the assessment of a depressed teenager or a French existentialist who had too much Pernod instead of the word of the Buddha. It would lead to nihilism.

Cheers, Thomas
by Pannapetar
Fri May 21, 2010 3:46 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 33516

Re: thailand political situation

Things are a lot more complicated. It's not just red versus yellow or good versus evil as some try to tell us. There are many people drawn into this, and each one has a different story. Take the red shirts, for example. Some are in it for the money, some are idealistic, some are reasonable nonviolen...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12565

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

There are growing indications that this dependence will prove shortsighted on an equally vast scale. Nathan, I think you got a point. There seem to be quite a few problems with how we use technology. My personal view is that this is caused by a disproportional development in society: high technolog...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 33516

Re: thailand political situation

His article makes great reading in the Globe and Mail Yes, it does. Thank you for covering the events last night and please be careful. There was a point last night when I did not recognise the country in which I have lived happily for so many years. It was a very strange feeling. We know so much, ...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 33516

Re: thailand political situation

Just did a seacrh and found some old articles suggesting that even PAD yellowshirts - had violent elements.. Yes. Nobody claims that the yellow shirts were all choir boys. In as far as the PAD has used violence, their actions are blameworthy. However, this does in no way compare to the mayhem that ...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Requisites and Qualities
Replies: 7
Views: 2759

Re: Requisites and Qualities

convivium wrote:is really enough just to "want it," and have those material requisites and be a male, in good health, w/no obligations?
You must be human. Genome sequence analysis may be required if in doubt. :tongue:

Cheers, Thomas
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Animal Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 1321

Re: Animal Arts

Does anyone disagree with these being base, suitable for 'animals' or does anyone think there is a time and a place for these, or even that the list is wrong? I think the very term "animal arts" is absurd, because the only animal that is capable of these arts is homo sapiens sapiens. Hence, the que...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: thailand political situation
Replies: 275
Views: 33516

Re: thailand political situation

At no time did police fire into the yellow shirt protest - at least every report - even in the Thai press says that. Do you have any evidence that they were shooting at them. There is plenty of evidence for that including film and hospital reports. Robert, I don't think we should continue this disc...
by Pannapetar
Thu May 20, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self
Replies: 85
Views: 12565

Re: Synthetic a priori, mathematics, and not-self

The Buddha spoke of certain "Animal Arts" (Tiracchāna Vijjā). In the Brahmajala Sutta (DN 1) it is said that those who partake in the Animal Arts "make a wrongful living by means of low arts contrary to correct practice conducive to the attainment of deva realms and Nibbana" Animal arts? Obviously,...