RE: [Buddhism_101] Alcohol and drugs
- Very well said. thanks so much for the insight.
fr. mike k
>From: "Dana Nourie" <dana.nourie@...>
>Subject: [Buddhism_101] Alcohol and drugs
>Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 11:12:48 -0700
>I am so new to Buddhism that I may be we wrong, but the impression
>I've had is that we shouldn't intoxicate ourselves because it messes
>up mindfulness. That's not to say you can't have a glass of wine, as
>long as it doesn't affect your mindfulness and you remain aware and
>clear headed. The problem with alcohol is that it is difficult to
>determine if you are clear headed. So I'd think most monks would
>just advise to avoid it. I don't think you are going to generate
>negative karma by having a glass of wine for dinner.
>The other concept that plays in there is that of craving. If you
>drink alcohol every night and start to crave it, then you're going
>to run into problems. The amount you drink may increase, it can
>interfere with other aspects of your life, and craving in general
>causes suffering. The USA is filled with people suffering from
>alcoholism and its affects.
>So my guess is that it's ok to have an occasional glass of wine, or
>one a day, as long as you are still mindful, craving is not
>increasing, and you are not causing others to suffer because of it.
>I grew up in a family of 4 full-blown alcoholics so I don't let it
>pass my lips, not even in mouthwash. But that's me.
>I have recently been on painkillers because I broke my foot. I could
>not be mindful at this time, but in order to heal well and without a
>lot of suffering, I opted to take the pills and stay in bed until I
>felt well enough to rid myself of the pills because the pain had
>eased. I don't believe I generated bad karma from this. All good
>intentions, all to eliminate suffering, and now I'm off the pain
>pills. I don't think I'd be criticized for this.
- I just wanted to say hi to all my Buddhist groups. I miss talking with everyone and learning new things daily. I am enjoying my time with my girls. I will be back to groups on the 19t of July. Really no computer time right now. Either not home, or two teenage girls fighting over it LOLDianna