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by chris98e
Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Remorse?
Replies: 6
Views: 1755

Re: Remorse?

Whilst trying to maintain sila, I often make mistakes. These mistakes, as well as those I've made before practicing Buddhism often occupy my thoughts and bring down my morale. I realize that 'restlessness and remorse' are one of the five hindrances, so I am wondering, what is your or the Buddha's a...
by chris98e
Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bases for Skillful Action?
Replies: 103
Views: 17981

Re: Bases for Skillful Action?

The Buddha does not recognize a supreme God. Okay right. But he recognizes different kinds of Gods. And let's just leave it at that.
by chris98e
Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bases for Skillful Action?
Replies: 103
Views: 17981

Re: Bases for Skillful Action?

Ben wrote:There is no supreme being in Buddhism.
The Buddha has recognized Brahma before in the suttas.
by chris98e
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:55 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bases for Skillful Action?
Replies: 103
Views: 17981

Re: Bases for Skillful Action?

But to say that Brahma is a supreme God who can wisely and compassionately judge people is something that I do not care about. I don't think the Buddha cared about it either. Its just something the Buddha had to deal with while coming across Brahmins during his teaching period
by chris98e
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bases for Skillful Action?
Replies: 103
Views: 17981

Re: Bases for Skillful Action?

As for Buddhism, I maintain that the Buddha never addressed the question of God. As for "judge, jury, and executer in a wise and compasionate manner", we do this to ourselves all day and seem to be fine with it. Of course, our judgements are influenced by, shall we say, lowly criteria As for Buddhi...
by chris98e
Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Bases for Skillful Action?
Replies: 103
Views: 17981

Re: Bases for Skillful Action?

Not only are they universally good for deepening one's practice of his teachings, but they are good by nature, which is shown by them leading to better births in the future. So they are a law of the cosmos. But if there is a law of the cosmos, then should there not be a law giver? And if they are u...
by chris98e
Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 124069

meditation

I really don't meditate that much. In the past when I meditated I meditated with my eyes completely closed. Today I meditated with my eyes slightly closed and it felt better to me. I think in the future I am going to meditate with my eyes slightly closed. :anjali:
by chris98e
Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Emptiness of phenomena??
Replies: 78
Views: 10297

Re: Emptiness of phenomena??

I always take the easy way out and say I exist and don't exist at the same time. :buddha2:
by chris98e
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: moral situations
Replies: 18
Views: 3434

Re: moral situations

Sure. A guy is carrying a gun for protection. He's walking down the street. A robber comes and tries to stick him up with his own gun. The first guy shoots with mugger. Was he wrong or right. I think he shouldn't have been carrying a gun to begin with. But it can be argued that he was right for shoo...
by chris98e
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: shakyamuni Buddha and Maitreya Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 611

Re: shakyamuni Buddha and Maitreya Buddha

So, as I see it Budai is a chan monk who is used to represent Maitreya Buddha. :candle:
by chris98e
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: moral situations
Replies: 18
Views: 3434

moral situations

As of now it seems to me that at least more than half of all moral situations can be argued either way in favor of either party. Note any attack from someone from out of nowhere is not a moral situation but one that deals with sanity and insanity. :candle:
by chris98e
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Continuity and Discreteness
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: Continuity and Discreteness

I just passed a probability class at community college. These two words confuse me. lol. :candle:
by chris98e
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "I had a decision"
Replies: 3
Views: 707

Re: "I had a decision"

reflection wrote:What do you think? Is there a difference between intentions and decisions?
It seems to me if that decision isn't realeased into words or actions there isn't much difference. :buddha2:
by chris98e
Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: shakyamuni Buddha and Maitreya Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 611

shakyamuni Buddha and Maitreya Buddha

Hi, instead of ussing someone on here as a search engine, I just did a search on the internet and found out that the Fat Chinese Buddha isn't shakyamuni Buddha but a Buddha called Maitreya Buddha. That cleard up a lot of confusion for me. :coffee:
by chris98e
Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do monks have hobbies?
Replies: 5
Views: 2132

Re: Do monks have hobbies?

This question came up my mind tonight. "Do ordained monks have hobbies and spend time doing there hobbies?" Hobbies could be all non-Dhamma related activities. Reading books like thrillers, painting landscapes, sports, anything else you can come up with? Any idea? Even though this can be related to...