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by Bundokji
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 5276

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

There is a difference between rules and guidelines. Buddhism has guidelines, not rules. Adherence to it's ethical framework is not based on the fear of judgement and punishment. Yes and no. The precepts take different forms depending on how they are applied. The Vinaya for instance are the monastic...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 5276

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Yes, we have firmly established the fact that YOU need rules. We don't live alone, hence rules are needed. This forum has its own framework, called the term of service/reference. As the topic in hand has to do with morality, the issue of morality and a code of conduct cannot be separated. As a glob...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 5276

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Precisely because things can be either way, rules are needed. Intentions are a personal matter, but the collective needs a common framework, a reference. Non harming should be a guiding principle. Twisting and diluting the reference to fit personal actions do more harm than good, especially in the l...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 5276

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

The suttas encourage focusing on ones own liberation, but it also encourage practicing the Brahmavihara, hence i fail to understand how your claim about ignoring the suffering of other beings can be accurate. Thanks "What is certain however, even from our limited scope of knowledge and perception, ...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 5276

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Hi Greg, Hmmm... Sorry but, first of all, this is a bit of a simplistic / charicatural “cathechism”, and it simply misses the point. 1. I did not say that your view was Hinayana, I was referring to the quoted view. 2. It is a Hinayana view to focus on your own liberation and ignore the suffering of...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Adultery and Being a Buddhist
Replies: 134
Views: 23783

Re: Adultery and Being a Buddhist

Even though this thread began more than a year ago, i find the following always relevant

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... bl124.html
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Disagreeing with Guru
Replies: 80
Views: 7684

Re: Disagreeing with Guru

I am new to all of this and i ve read the whole thread. I am still unable to tell with clarity what is the exact difference between a guru and a teacher. The only technicality was offered by Malcolm The guru is one from whom empowerment and samaya Is recieved. Is there a difference in terms of expec...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 46
Views: 5382

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

"Not self" is descriptive, not prescriptive, hence its open to interpretations, and the way you interpret it, says nothing about it, but more about the quality of your mind. This is why Kamma works! Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mi...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: mental habits
Replies: 31
Views: 2136

Re: mental habits

no, they don't; yet, they are there. By "here and there" "they" appear as formation. If i understand you correctly, because things appear to you as "there" you assumed that they are formations, and through them, you knew that there is something "here" which is inferred but not directly experienced....
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: mental habits
Replies: 31
Views: 2136

Re: mental habits

mental habit of discourse lies on mental habit of grasping to mental formation, mental habit of grasping on mental formations lies in mental habit of the division of a self and an other, but mental habit of division of a self and an other is a subtle mental formation not an intrinsic quality. Excus...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advice Needed
Replies: 16
Views: 1542

Re: Advice Needed

Hello Rachel, If you have never met Buddhists in real life, then thinking about becoming a monastic might be an extreme. I know a lady (also online) who studied Buddhism by herself and fall in love with the teachings until she met Buddhists. I don't know the details of her story, but from what i kno...
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Gift of Dharma
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Re: The Gift of Dharma

I was in the Philippines few years ago, and i knew an old lady who was kind to me. I wanted to give her a gift, and i could not find the Dhammapada as a book, so i printed it off on papers and gave it to her.

It is my favorite Buddhist text.
by Bundokji
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Hello

Hi :smile: I joined this forum to learn about different Buddhist schools. I have basic knowledge about Theravada Buddhism and i had some reading about Zen Buddhism in the past. My approach to understanding the Buddha's teachings is through simplicity, i try to stick to the basics. From what i know s...

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