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why do we make such a big deal about these so called terror attacks. how many people died from terror attacks in the last 10 years? how many people die from gun violence , war , hunger etc. honestly, there are many bigger problems in this world than…
there's a simple answer to your question. the western Buddhists can not agree on what the western tradition should be. at the best it will. be a mish mash of the different traditions that exists. at worst, it will be a place where everything is ac…
Yes Buddhism is an organized religion. Some Buddhist eg forest tradition is quite independent. Reincarnation in Buddhism include other species eg animals and insect s. So a man could be reborn as a beetle. There is no creator God in Buddhism. We com…
killing results in short life.
bad temper results in ugliness
generosity results in wealth
intoxication results in stupidity
learning results in intelligence.
the rsults of kamma is not imponderable.
the imponderable part is asking 'now th…
whether we believe or not does not change the truth. for example the law of gravity, it does not matter you believe it or not. so, we either are reincarnated or we are not. the fact does not change because we believe it or not. and no clever argumen…
what you are going through is quite normal. I have the same struggle too. my main consideration is due to some health issues I can not eat a single meal a day. some monks have told me it's not a problem since it's a medical issue. I would advice y…
"When psychological research into LSD ground to a halt in the mid-1970s, after the Nixon administration placed the drug in the most tightly cont…
It is not politically correct to say that I think my schooll of Buddhism is superior to others. But if we are honest to ourselves, of course we feel our chosen school is superior. Why else would you choose to follow that particular school?
Barah, you seem to have a poor understanding of what is prescribed to lay buddhists.
The precept of not killing includes not going to choose a live animal/fish from a market and asking the butcher/fishmonger to kill it for you. This is extremely ra…
Spinynorman, are you suggesting that killing animals can be a skillful action?
Unless you are talking about killing an animal for food when starving or to save someone 's life, killing is an unskillful action. Even then, it is still unskillful, onl…
As far as I know Buddha did teach that killing animals is bad karma ie illness and short life. All 3 Buddhist tradition agree about this. You can of course disagree with Buddha.
so, I dont know where you learn your buddhism from.
_I used to enjoy fishing. I ate some of the fish I caught. I don't go fishing anymore. I think its terribly cruel to put a hook through a hook through a fish's mouth.
If you are just doing it for fun, then it's causing unnecessary suffering. If I…
US foreign policy is to protect its self-interests. US government has to bend to lobbyists.
Dont be fooled for a moment that US is an angel. US supported Saddam Hussein, Shah of Iran, and many other dictators as long as they are allies.
I have attended it before.
Dont go, look for other alternatives.
It is going to confuse you a lot about buddhist meditation.
As an australian described it, it is more like a concentration camp.
If you do go, just remember not to believe everythi…
The statistic was provided by a monk based on a research.
I tried to find the original post but could not find it.
I believe less than 5% of monks stay till the end.
I read it at the dhamma wheel forum.
I am success ful because I did well in school and went to a prestigious university . before age of 40 , I earned enough money so that I dont need to work for the rest of my life . I also give money to charity often.
I admire people like warren buff…
Thanks tosh. I just wonder how many % of the voters are of scottish descent.
Anyway I always root for the underdog.
I was hoping yes would carry the day.
The English was brutal towards the scots after defeating them in 14th/15th century.
4 Noble truths.
Believe in karma and that Buddha's teaching is able to end all suffering.
Are there a core set of principles that all Buddhists agree upon? Does it require membership in a school or group? Where is the lin…
Science is a work-in-progress. What we know now is unimaginable 100 yrs ago.
What will scientists discover in the next 100 years? What will the next einstein or Stephen hawkings discover?
50 years ago people didn’t believe that meditation was anyt…
According to what I have read, Buddha spoke about many world cycles. Some people interpret the big bang as the beginning of the present world cycle.
From a scientific pov, what was there before the big bang? Nothing ?
Again, Buddha’s explanation i…
Christians/Muslims believe that God made him like that.
Buddhist explanation is his karma.
The good and bad results that arise from kamma are not rewards or punishments. They are not imposed by any outside power. Actions produce their results na…
The Buddha said death follows us like a shadow.
You will die but you dont know when.
It could be today, tomorrow or 10 years later.
Every 2 seconds, someone dies in the world.
From illness, accidents, old age, murder etc.
Just accept that death…
In India, they cremate dead bodies in open spaces.
In the west, we put make up on dead bodies and let them wear
the nicest clothes. Some even inject formaldehyde to delay the process
of decomposition (sad to say the Asians are doing it too).
At your level, I assume you are a beginner, it is neither
calm nor insight meditation.
You are just trying to observe your breath.
I will bet you cant do it for more than a couple of minutes before
your mind drifts off.
Dont worry, it's normal.…
Buddha taught about right livelihood and wrong livelihood.
Those people who choose to earn their living by killing animals
are engaging in wrong livelihood.
This is definitely against Buddha's teaching.
hermitwin I u…
The 1st precept says we should not kill. it is unskillful.
This applies to all creatures including fish.
When you cause suffering to a fish, you are actually harming yourself,
it is bad karma.
Not only should we not kill, we should show kindness…
dont go fishing, you are torturing the fish for
your own enjoyment.
not good karma.
Hi guys! How you are you?
Born in South Africa I've been a hunter and fisherman my whole life.
Since going down this path …
Buddha's concept of non-self is more profound than just identity.
However, just imagine for a moment if you lost your memory.
You cant remember anything from your past.
You dont know your family and friends.
Are you still you?