Ask A Monk: Life Partners


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18 Responses to “Ask A Monk: Life Partners”

  • Nhordmyr says:

    Fascinating that I answered this question before the video starts. I am not fully confident, thats why I see myself discovering my wisdom in this way. No offense to anyone.

  • Nhordmyr says:

    To each their own. For me, I know that it is only worthwile to live with someone who is enriching your life and whichs life you can enrich. But if its only a struggle, and this happens so so easy – then you should let it go, sooner or later. It gets only destructive. And you want to explore, not slowed down.

    There is no need for relationships in our life. Only if you want to. But if you feel cravings for other beings, for sex, for love, then this is a sign that you approaching it wrong.

  • Rashishi1444 says:

    @MrGunwitch true, i respect your point that no one can gain the title of Buddha, however just as you say we all have the potential of reaching a Buddha state. in other words, yes being an arahant. However the way i see it, regardless of your title, as long as you seek to liberate yourself from samsara, that’s all that matters :) namaste

  • Rashishi1444 says:

    @MrGunwitch true, i respect your point that no one can gain the title of Buddha, however just as you say we all have the potential of reaching a Buddha state. in other words, yes being an arahant. However the way i see it, regardless of your title, as long as you seek to liberate yourself from samsara, that’s all that matters :) namaste

  • Rashishi1444 says:

    @MrGunwitch true, i respect your point that no one can gain the title of Buddha, however just as you say we all have the potential of reaching a Buddha state. in other words, yes being an arahant. However the way i see it, regardless of your title, as long as you seek to liberate yourself from samsara, that’s all that matters :) namaste

  • iamjezuzchrist says:

    I think there is a limited view within human nature and the current paradigm. The Buddha did not need suttas to become…

  • MrGunwitch says:

    From the overarching goal of liberation from clinging, yes it is wrong to have a relationship. On a contemporary humanistic level, of course its not wrong to have a partner; but from the perspective of Buddhist liberation, it is one of the greatest impediments to becoming enlightened.

  • MrGunwitch says:

    You can become an arahant but not a Buddha. The suttas are clear on this point, go study.

  • MrGunwitch says:

    Siddartha Gautama (Buddha), was the most recent of 6 Buddhas recognised in the suttas. 3 of the 6 were previous to this Buddha within this epoch whilst the other 2 Buddhas were from previous epochs.
    The next Buddha, Metteyya is currently residing in the Tusita heaven and will be coming in the very distant future.
    We all have the potential to become arahants, but we do not have the potential to become a Buddha. There is a fine distinction but the suttas are clear

  • Rashishi1444 says:

    @Shadeslayerintown
    Anyone has the potential to being a Buddha. Buddha nature means reaching nirvana and reaching enlightenment. Though by common man if you mean one who has no interest in enlightenment can do it this may be true. However in my opinion anything is possible. Namaste.

  • Bharath Ramesh says:

    What do you mean by Buddha nature? Seems like the Mahayana opinion which also surprisingly originated from India, centuries after Buddha passed away. To be a Buddha is to have all the ten paramis perfected and have supreme wisdom. I don’t think any common man has it. On the other hand, the perfection of the ten paramis are not required to become an arahant by following the Eightfold Noble Path prescribed by the Buddha.

  • iamjezuzchrist says:

    Why should one believe that there can only be one Buddha or that there was only one Buddha… We are all Buddha nature.

  • Bharath Ramesh says:

    Siddhatha is like you and I. The Buddha is someone we will never meet in this life.

  • Bharath Ramesh says:

    Samsara is pointless… In your previous life, you were with someone(and you could have suffered). The reason why you are having a good relationship now is because you had done good kamma, that doesn’t mean in every life you will experience the so called “true” relationship. Don’t you agree that sexual misconduct can lead to a a complete breakdown of the other person? I’ve been on the receiving end of such an act although the act itself wasn’t intentional. its suffering anyway.

  • iamjezuzchrist says:

    What about the dilemma of procreation? The hormones are there for a reason so should it be that we need to exhibit control over these impulses and not let them dominate over our actions? Even Siddhartha Gautama, before his enlightenment, procreated. What was the perception after he became the Buddha?

  • zoodog12345678 says:

    I just listened to this video twice actually unbiased and I am getting the thought that you are saying having a relationship with another person is wrong or should be avoided? I’m not someone who gets attached to things and I live a life with little suffering. My girlfriend and I are becoming “attached” or growing closer to each other. I was not one to seek this out, it just happened,I have never had a feeling like this towards anyone. I feel that I am falling in love with her; is this so wrong?

  • jpayne68177 says:

    So very true :) Attachment is really just a diversion more than anything. 

  • clownsandjugglers says:

    That was very interesting, thank you.

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