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Since it is impossible for an unenlightened being to know the quality of another’s mind (that being a siddhi that comes only with enlightenment) there is no way to judge the quality or character of someone else’s practice. However, we can see the character of an individual in their way of being towards others, which may call into question the true extent of ...


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To demonstrate... in regard of doing ways of Demon, straight Protesting in such ways requires wrong, absence of right view, demanding, claiming for one/his, ingratitude: There is the case where a certain person is covetous. He covets the belongings of others, thinking, 'O, that what belongs to others would be mine!' He bears ill will, corrupt in the ...


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Some may find this answer challenging; apologies in advance... The essence of Buddhism is protest: a protest against the blind, grasping nature of the self, and all the confusion and disruption that this nature can bring on us. Every time we sit down to meditate we confront that self, and show it a different path. Every time we teach the dharma, we confront ...


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"Buddhist" might do what they feel as ok, and others might approve or disapprove, good householder, as for a person wishing to follow the path, not wishing to accumulate bad kamma or even strong hindrances, or desires for a most pleasing wandering on, uses non violent (incl. passive agressions or violence) means to display his disaprove if it is ...


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Unless you have attained freedom, you fix yourself before you fix the world otherwise you fix the world and your defilement manifests in the world. If you believe you can help because you believe X that may be lobha as we people cling to that which gives us purpose: Helping other people.


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Art is not evil or sinful. Art is not good or virtuous. Art is just art. Art is just an expression of ideas and thoughts. It, in itself, has no ability to be anything in its own right. The only thing that is either good or bad about art, and about anything else in the world, is your intention. A knife is not evil. But it can kill. It can also cut vegetables, ...


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I haven't seen the video yet, but I'd say that no scientic theory would be able to tell us how are we supposed to live or what is valuable to follow and what to abandon. Science shows what is the world and what is the relation between its parts; philosophy, ethics, spirituality and religion try to give us a "why" should we follow one way of life or ...


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To deny beauty in the world is to deny the very essence of dharma. Art isn't a lie. Art is an expression and a magnification of what it is to live. Many artists focus on things that might be considered problematic from a Buddhist perspective, sure: their self-infatuations, their desires, their contempt for society, their raw emotions, their personal needs ...


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You are asking a question for good destiny as future rewards. But, having known life is momentary, death can come any time, which takes all his wealth in an instance, wise man use this life for utmost aim, total release. The path to worldiness leade to death for sure, the path of Nirvana is another. The seeker after Nirvana even thrashes out Heavenly realm ...


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"The freedom of my swinging arms ends at your nose." This video promotes the value of developing consciousness beyond personal concerns into a consciousness that embraces the world around us. In the suttas, one reads the equivalent: AN9.33:6.2: If someone should say, ‘I do not know or see where the perception of the dimension of infinite space ...


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We can illuminate the question of art from a completely independent perspective; the conclusions you might draw are equally independent, a state we have found necessary to our study in order to find truth. The existence of art arises from the nature of our experiential reality, which in turn arises in everyone as an illusion reflecting the underlying truth. ...


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No plant is 'evil'. This sounds more like a fairy tale, imagination, or old wives/monks tale. If anything, the great scourge in Asia, especially China, that was robbing people of their ability to function in the world was opium dens.


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Theory of Evolution is not a theory at all. Just listen to what it essentially says, it says that things are the way they are because other ways died out(Natural Selection). That is not any logic at all.Although things change based on past karma, we can't say that the modern theory of evolution is correct. The discussion on youtube link is very basic and ...


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Of course. Buddhism isn't beholden to evolutionary theory! What makes evolution the standard bearer for what constitutes right livelihood?


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Some answers have already indicated what seems to be the point of view of EBT teachings: sense stimuli and sense doors are aflame; craving is an arrow; the phenomena connected with the aggregates are to be seen as a disease, as stressful, as a cancer. Craving and attachments for any form or idea of yourself is a still craving for the senses or craving for ...


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You should feel grateful to the circumstances which led to your freedom from Samsara. Within the samsara you should be grateful to those who led you on the path of liberation like Buddha. Wrong gratefulness will include gratefulness to the circumstances which led you attachment towards the samsara. Within the samsara , wrong gratefulness will include being ...


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If good householder finds stenght in effort to let go of what binds back and seeks for what is of long term use and help for oneself and all others, such isn't compareable with what ever worldily art and skill to go after. If starting to try to justify reasons to do not go for it, the highest, meaning doubt, meaning lack of Saddha, then right there the path ...


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Good householder asks in an enviroment where even gratitude for low goodness is denied. What does he expect to be capable to grasp the topic rightly if bond to such circumstances? How ever, for those capable to get healed: The gratitude toward being given sensuality, is a gratitude that bind one in the world, makes one the servant of Mara. The gratitude ...


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In DN1, the Buddha explains in detail what he refrains from. Since you're an artist, you'll understand that art can be used to highlight beauty. Such art would foster clinging and prolong suffering by that attachment: DN1:1.16.1: ‘There are some ascetics and brahmins who, while enjoying food given in faith, still engage in beautifying and adorning ...


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Nobody is going to punish you for your art. Art is not a crime. But in Buddha’s world the priorities are different. The number one priority is to end suffering. And for that purpose art is a distraction for those follow the Noble Eightfold Path. Most people do not understand the urgency of the matter. If you follow Buddha’s Dhamma then avoid painting and ...


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Art can be a continuation of samsaric inertia, or it can be an expression of the enlightened mind. What message are you sending with your art? What impulse does it carry forward into the future?


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Billionaire super star Andy Lau in HK Lau converted to Buddhism in the 1980s.[12] He was raised in a nominally Buddhist household and is now a follower of the Lingyan Mountain Temple in Taiwan.[13] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Lau Best Male Actor Award Buddhism Movie - in this movie, Andy give up as monk due to his attaining the one of the psychic ...


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Addiction = attachment to suffering. Refrain from that thought and from that search for pleasure => less suffering. Thinking it will make you feel good is an illusion. It might. A bit. But wanting to feel good never ends. Pleasure is momentary, inner peace lasts longer. If necessary, You might even inflate your pride (Ego) to help you kill your inner ...


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So I see two issues: your question: “So, how to view "addictions" (or bad habits) correctly?” and your revelation: “I don't really know how to practice right now.” To answer your question, it is not a matter of knowing how to view addictions, it is a matter of attaining the direct meditative experience of “not self,” which you have already. Since ...


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Let me start by observing that you seem to be caught up on measurement: on critically assessing where, what, and who you are. That much is evident from some of the twists and turns of your question: your statement that you'll likely abandon this account, your unwillingness to talk about your second addiction, the various pushes and pulls of self-image I can ...


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You seem very much agitated by your failure to control your “bad” habits. For example you wish to control how much you eat but you fail after months of austerity.... Austerity is not the solution and neither is gluttony. You should eat as much as you can to keep yourself healthy and strong. Any weakness will not help you meditate. If you over eat then also ...


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If those "addictions" are very mild and do not have any significant consequences, then just let it go when you transgress your rules, but try to stick to them the next time. They should not cause you remorse and mental anguish. After all, if you're post stream-entry, then you're free of the fetter of attachment or clinging to mere rules and ritual (...


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If you're post stream-entry you should understand that "I" is not a thing, therefore your eating habits or weight problems are not your decision, they are part of your overall life style, your environment, and the patterns of your life. If you really want to change them, change your situation drastically, move to another place etc. Either that or ...


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Good householder, first of all mudita with his gains and second: sadhu for telling "faults" and seek for advise. Kāmacchanda (sensual desire), at least, can only be overcome be a replacement "drug" and this is given with Jhana. As for the kind of paths that means completing Sila-perfection and gain of Samadhi. To reach the state active ...


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