Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Wish you a Merry X'Mas

I Wish all my catholic and christian blog readers a happy and peaceful christmas, and pray for the people lost from tsunami ( 26th December 2004 ) and may them rest in peace. For those who are not aware of the incident:

There was a major earthquake (8.9) in the sea near Indonesa which created a giant tsunami. about 200,000 people lost their lives in an hour!. Especially affected Indonesia ( 120,000 ), Sri Lanka ( 40,000 ) and Thailand.
So May Those People Rest in Peace

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Killing a Living Being

In buddhism, killing of a living being is sinful, if
  • The party will be killed is a living being
  • The person who is killing should be aware the party which will be killed is a living being
  • The killer should intentionally do the killing
  • Eventually, the object should be killed.

See how logical it is , in law also almost all the above conditions should be met in order to sue him against a first degree murder. Buddhist think all leaving beings are equal, and animals are not "introduced" to the world in order to serve human, and sacrifice their lives whenever humans need. I may not be correct in that way. You can argue. Again think of a case where a person goes to the butcher and buy meat. Will that not be a SIN then?

Monday, December 12, 2005

How Practical Buddhism IS

The lord buddha preached the people the way to live in the society. This can be further discussed in later threads. For a peaceful society one must live according to the 5 "sickha pada" ( rules ). Those 5 are sub divided and further explained.

  1. Don't kill or harm living beings
  2. Don't steal property of some other person
  3. Refrain from socially unapproved sexual activity ( In this it's not clear whether he rejected masturbation, gay, lesbianism. One can start arguing on this point)
  4. Don't lie anyone
  5. Don't drink alcohol

Friday, December 09, 2005

Understanding Buddhism Logically

First of all, in Buddhism whatever is taught should not be taken into account, because

1). The teachings are inherited from ancestors
2). The teachings are taught by a person who you like, or you obey
3). The teachings are in books

This is how it is explained in the Kalama Sutra
"Rely not on the teacher/person, but on the teaching. Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words. Rely not on theory, but on experience.Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

You yourself need to think logically and try to understand yourself the "core" of the teaching. There are no believers in Buddhism, what it says is believing on something may lose a persons ability of thinking and logical reasoning.
You can add missing elements, your thoughts and ideas which would contradict according to your religions.

Do you ever think any other religion or philosophy will lead you to think in a logical style like this ? Let's discuss