Posted by Sergio (184.108.40.206) on April 24, 2000 at 07:33:42:
In Reply to: Re: Altar Instructions (requested) posted by Rochelle on April 19, 2000 at 13:28:30:
To be honest, the Buddhist path says that you must not drink ANY alcohol if you want to follow the Buddhist path. But let say that I am more open than the tradition. I do not justify the use of alcohol as a need, but as a pleasure. But this is a very dangerous pleasure, because you can easily get attatched to it. So if I was a traditional lama, I wouldn't accept this open point of view, and I'd consider alcohol as something that must be always avoided. But I'm nobody, so I think that the right way to see this is like a danger which must be avoided.}
: You seem to be very grounded in your practice. But I do see a hypocritical element in your reasoning. The precepts say not to take intoxins. How can you justify alcohol as a social necessity, to make it ok to break a precept. That's like me saying there's social pressure to cheat on my husband because everyone else is doing it. If you could help me to understand how being hypocritical makes you a spokesman for how to practice buddhism The Right Way (i.e. with a teacher, without one you are not really a buddhist) then I would appreciate it.
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