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by binocular
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 36
Views: 1057

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

I think another question that is being constantly addressed, yet never actually asked is, what homage is owed to the public aspects, once the access has been gained? What do the young people in SE Asia owe their elders for giving them access? What does SE Asia owe to Northern India? What do monks o...
by binocular
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 33
Views: 756

Re: Bound by Ignorance

I think the issue is that I assumed we were ultimately talking about access to the Dhamma and more specifically, being bound by ignorance. This thread has been a bit tricky for me from the onset, because it was never specifically started as a thread with a set intention, but is a spin-off from some...
by binocular
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 39
Views: 463

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

chownah wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:26 am
If someone is of the view that a ritual is empty then they should abandon it.
I think they should abandon the emptiness.
by binocular
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 39
Views: 463

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

For my self, if I go to a temple and an old grandma told me to do something I would do it. Temple is a place to leave the ego behind like we leave the shoes at the entrance. Framing it as an ego-issue, resistence will build up. That's why people who frame religious/spiritual reluctance as an ego-is...
by binocular
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 409

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

Antaradhana wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:59 pm
If you have a lot of doubts, it is better to postpone the ordination.
A man who is fit and ready to ordain wouldn't be asking in an online forum whether he should ordain or not.
by binocular
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 409

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

Especially since (don't get me wrong, hate bragging) I've been quite blessed in the intellectual department and have always been, and still am (currently in uni) the best in my class, and I would argue it wouldn't be such hard work for me to finish the degree either. If you're already so far along ...
by binocular
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 409

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

Getting a degree takes a lot of hard work; gaining any other employment qualification also takes work, not rarely, also a lot of hard work.
Are you 100% sure that by ordaining, you're not trying to avoid that hard work?
by binocular
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 820

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

sentinel wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:46 pm
The question is before that how do you know you get the teachings completely right ?
By attaining stream entry. I have heard that one knows it when it happens.
by binocular
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 39
Views: 463

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

Thank you.Yes it is the OUTWARD mode or orientation of inclining the mind that troubles me about rituals. Any kind of practice will have an external expression. This can be in the form of acting in line with the precepts, so that other people can see, for example, that one doesn't drink alcohol. It...
by binocular
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 820

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

Dinsdale wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:11 pm
They are sent for "re-education".
... to learn to look at the bright side of death.
by binocular
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 33
Views: 756

Re: Bound by Ignorance

Are you using the epistemic trivialist's approach in order to assess the grounds of epistemic trivialism? Sounds ridiculous and redundant doesn't it? But the mode is shaping your entire world view - at some point you would have to point it back on itself. I'm just curious whether or not you apply i...
by binocular
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anyone welcomes suffering?
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Anyone welcomes suffering?

form wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:16 am
In the sense that they dun let life be too comfortable for them?
Epicureans come to mind.
Even as they are devoted to the pursuit of pleasure, they reign it in, so that they don't devolve into hedonists. This way, Epicureans actually get to enjoy life, while hedonists burn out.
by binocular
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2405

Re: Idealism

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:09 am
Speaking of philosophy
Which literally means 'love of wisdom'.
(from Greek φιλοσοφία, philosophia, literally "love of wisdom")
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy
Interesting, how the word got demoted over time ...
by binocular
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2405

Re: Idealism

Dinsdale wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:15 am
How are self-identification views based on materialist or idealist outlooks? Do you mean primarily identifying with the body or the mind, respectively?
Sure. Just that someone identifying that way wouldn't see it as an act of identifying, but as "how things really are".
by binocular
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 820

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:27 am
The only possible destination for the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong is:
  • SAMSARA
Then what about those Buddhist traditions in which members are determined to stay in samsara in order to help others, or in which they maintain that nirvana is samsara ...