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by meindzai
Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is alcohol allowable in certain cases?
Replies: 47
Views: 7548

Re: Is alcohol allowable in certain cases?

Here's something in Thanissaro Bhikkhu's "The Buddhist Monastic Code" that addresses "intention." Emphasis mine. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/bmc1/bmc1.ch01.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Offenses . In analyzing offenses for the purpose of determining pe...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is alcohol allowable in certain cases?
Replies: 47
Views: 7548

Re: Is alcohol allowable in certain cases?

Anyway, it appears my enquiry regarding the role of intention in breaking sila still has not been picked up by anyone. kind regards Ben Ben, My impression is that the expectations of Sila for monks is simply so much higher than those set out in the precepts for laypeople. They call for a degree of ...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature
Replies: 205
Views: 37575

Re: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature

It seemed to me the main target of Ven. Thanissaro's talk was not Mahayana per se, but rather the eclectic, cross-fertilizing approach found in American Buddhism, which he finds troubling -- e.g. his joke about Rumi having been crowned Buddhist poet laureate. So we don't necessarily need to frame t...
by meindzai
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is alcohol allowable in certain cases?
Replies: 47
Views: 7548

Re: Is alcohol allowable in certain cases?

Curious, does anybody here drink non-alcoholic beer? I stopped drinking at 22, some time before becoming a Buddhist. A few years afterwards after an 18 mile training run, I picked up a pizza for myself and thought how much a beer would go great with it (carbs I guess), so I got some O'douls. Having ...
by meindzai
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is alcohol allowable in certain cases?
Replies: 47
Views: 7548

Re: Is alcohol allowable in certain cases?

Jhana4 wrote:
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I have to ask, "Why would a Buddhist have beer in the fridge at all?"
That sounds like a great lead in to a good joke, now we just have to come up with the punch line.
Because his water filter has no attachments?

eh.

-M
by meindzai
Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Most people reborn as humans?
Replies: 26
Views: 6000

Re: Most people reborn as humans?

My thinking has been that when the Buddha talks about the rarity of human rebirth, he is speaking about any beings in any realm being reborn as humans, and how rare that is. When you consider the huge number of beings in a great expanse of planes of *existence. then it makes sense to say that a huma...
by meindzai
Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: massive earthquake and tsunamis hit japan
Replies: 81
Views: 11092

Re: massive earthquake and tsunamis hit japan

AT&T and Verizon offering free calls and texts between US and Japan:

http://mashable.com/2011/03/14/att-free-calls-japan/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I did confirm this at least on AT&T's website to make sure it wasn't a rumor.

-M
by meindzai
Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between craving and clinging?
Replies: 6
Views: 2478

Re: Difference between craving and clinging?

I also think craving tends to be more sensual, i.e.: "And what is craving? What is the origination of craving? What is the cessation of craving? What is the way of practice leading to the cessation of craving? "There are these six cravings: craving for forms, craving for sounds, craving for smells, ...
by meindzai
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8328

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Well the first thing wrong with that post is that Theravada doesn't say "everything is impermanent." It says that all conditioned things are impermanent. There are conditioned things and there is the unconditioned, which is not impermanent. Right there we have a duality problem, since clearly the Bu...
by meindzai
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making
Replies: 68
Views: 10567

Re: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making

You are forgetting the middle way and falling into nihilism, basically. Remember that Buddhism avoids extremes: "'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle..." (http://ww...
by meindzai
Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better
Replies: 96
Views: 24678

Re: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better

You are attributing to me, claims I have not made. Ok, then we'll proceed to the dubious claims you make here. My understanding of the suttas comes through real live teachers. A big part of the effort & discrimination I mentioned is in listening to and visiting teachers. Who no doubt are familiar w...
by meindzai
Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Please read this when you use a microwave or bottled water
Replies: 31
Views: 5147

Re: Please read this when you use a microwave or bottled water

Mawkish1983 wrote:Has anyone mentioned the Daily Mail cancer list?

(My favourite entries: Working and retirement. Huh?)
Fibre is on the list, but not fiber. So it's ok to have it in the United States.

-M
by meindzai
Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Eat More Beans
Replies: 14
Views: 3230

Re: Eat More Beans

Thanks Ben. No Rush. Shouldn't you be in bed? :) Good night!

-M
by meindzai
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Please read this when you use a microwave or bottled water
Replies: 31
Views: 5147

Re: Please read this when you use a microwave or bottled water

Fede wrote:This to my mind is pointless but dangerous scaremongering.
You doubt the word of Sheryl Crow as transmitted via the Holy Vehicle, St. Ellen Degenerous? Next you'll be saying that Oprah is full of crap too. Repent! Repent!

-M
by meindzai
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Eat More Beans
Replies: 14
Views: 3230

Re: Eat More Beans

My wife and I have been trying to figure out why, even when we're trying to eat healthy, we are hungry a lot and had to keep falling back on empty carbs (rice, pasta). Finally figured out that the missing ingredient was fiber. The fiber AND protein in beans makes them quite the perfect food. While w...