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by Bundokji
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 28
Views: 635

Re: Ageism or common sense?

The Buddha taught: A monk is not an elder because his head is gray. He is but ripe in age, and he is called one grown old in vain. One in whom there is truthfulness, virtue, inoffensiveness, restraint and self-mastery, who is free from defilements and is wise — he is truly called an Elder. The abov...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 28
Views: 635

Re: Ageism or common sense?

The Buddha taught: A monk is not an elder because his head is gray. He is but ripe in age, and he is called one grown old in vain. One in whom there is truthfulness, virtue, inoffensiveness, restraint and self-mastery, who is free from defilements and is wise — he is truly called an Elder. The above...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quitting smoking
Replies: 46
Views: 4400

Re: Quitting smoking

I am a heavy smoker, i don't think of quitting, i like smoking. I stopped smoking few times in the past, but without much struggle. Taking the whole thing personal makes quitting more difficult. What stops you from quitting is just another cigarette, this is how the logic goes. It seems more about t...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: is masturbation sexual misconduct?
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Re: is masturbation sexual misconduct?

The ability to masturbate shows how the mind/self/clinging aggregates have no ultimate truth to them. Instead of thinking about it from doctrinal perspective, think of it in terms of opportunity cost, you are limited in time and energy. Humans can do better than seeking sensual pleasure, that does n...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.

Hi there, One theory to explain it is that the stilling of the body and focusing on meditation object increases consciousness (predictability) which increases neuroticism. This manifests itself as strange experiences that shakes the mind out of its habitual ways. which gradually increases both creat...
by Bundokji
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 14
Views: 553

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

The confusion is the worst part. It would be ideal if we had consistent guidance on best practices and national coordination on making and distributing safety equipment. We have a lot of really smart people in the country who could help get us on the right track, and most would feel it their duty t...
by Bundokji
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 14
Views: 553

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

Where i live, we had very few cases over many months, but recently, due to bad border control, we are witnessing a rise in cases, circa 40 new confirmed infections a day. What i see as a positive is that it is getting normalized. The government decided to open schools with certain health measures. T...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Gender & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 712

Re: Gender & Buddhism

I don't think Buddhism came to address, solve or provide us with assuring answers about certain issues or the nature of reality. It happens that we encounter moral, existential or political issues and we try to seek answers to it in the Buddha's teachings. Instead, Buddhism helps us to see and ackno...
by Bundokji
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Suffering
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: Suffering

The necessary condition for suffering (whether mental or physical) to arise is feelings. If there is no feelings, suffering would be logically impossible. The relevance of the above to the Buddha's teachings is to show the limitations of human logic in understanding the Buddha's teachings, Translati...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

Well, you wrote, “... It is interesting to contemplate what "survives" according to evolutionary theory of ethics and religion. Had religion worked perfectly in making people behave through the stick and carrot, we would probably have reached moral perfection...” And what I’m saying is that this mo...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

PadmaVonSamba wrote: Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:21 pm ...learned by who, exactly?
To whoever you had in mind when you used the word "learned".

The significance of your question is not clear though.
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

1. Since new people are born all the time, the same lessons must be learned over and over again. Hence, there is no such thing as a given point in time, even hypothetically, when some kind of perfect morality within a society is reached. A rag can work perfectly for wiping away dust. It, in itself,...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

... we could suggest that societies need good moral rules to survive. We also know that lots of people won't follow such rules without some social pressure (jail, expulsion, etc) or reward (more food, respect, etc) - i.e. the stick and the carrot that keep the donkey going. Now, if a religion build...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

In my dharma tradition it is said that ethics are “natural” because actions universally cause suffering. Killing causes suffering because of dependent origination. Not because I broke a vow not to kill. Framing the teachings through dependent origination does not divide action into good and evil, i...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

In my tradition it is said that ethics are natural. Take killing. It’s always a sin. One doesn’t have to assume a religion, like become a Buddhist, for that to be so. Or to take vows, like the pratimoksha, for that to be so. The difference between Buddhist morality and worldly morality is the wisdo...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

I think that the motivations behind harmful actions of body, speech and mind, if you trace them back, if there is some malicious intent, this is ultimately a manifestation of self-grasping. Of course, this is not always the case. A mother or father who kills a rat or scorpion or wasp, something tha...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

The bit I have made bold is what I was pointing to when I said, "there are differences in the reasons given." I could have gone a bit further with that. Going back to the rationalists and humanists' viewpoint, we could suggest that societies need good moral rules to survive. We also know that lots ...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

The sole purpose of the Buddhist teachings is to provide a path towards the goal of full awakening, free from suffering and liberation from samsara. All the do’s and don’ts in Buddhism ultimately serve one function: to keep the practitioner focused on that path. Killing, lying, stealing, misconduct...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One
Replies: 35
Views: 984

Re: Buddha or Coffee: Choose One

Difficult to choose. I thought i would choose Buddha without hesitation. Maybe i am still too confused for my own liking.
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 859

Re: Buddhist morality

Fortyeightvows wrote: Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:32 am that posts says "all religions", but the question wasn't one religion's morality vs another religion's morality.
The question was buddhist morality vs secular morality
I mentioned worldly moral systems which includes other religions, or at least, naive interpretations of religion.

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