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by binocular
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)
Replies: 13
Views: 150

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)

Stephen Batchelor lost me at hello. I had never appreciated my Buddhist teachers, mostly because I had to take a lot of flak because of them in the Buddhist circles I used to frequent. I used to feel like such a loser because of the teachers I felt drawn to; I still feel that sometimes. That they're...
by binocular
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do non-returners become bored?
Replies: 29
Views: 286

Re: Do non-returners become bored?

But what about once and non returners? Or even stream enterers? They may be wiser than ordinary folks, but will life affect them in pretty much the same way - anxiety, restlessness, etc.? Or will they be blissful at all times? A stream-enterer knows his goal, he is sure of it. This suggests that he...
by binocular
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do non-returners become bored?
Replies: 29
Views: 286

Re: Do non-returners become bored?

Do you have a reference for Arati meaning "boredom"? My dictionary just gives it as the proper name for Mara's second daughter. Indifference, listlessness, boredom (all nuances of the Pali term arati) are said to be the 'distant enemies' of mudita. From: Mudita. The Buddha's Teaching on Unselfish J...
by binocular
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do non-returners become bored?
Replies: 29
Views: 286

Re: Do non-returners become bored?

And I am not saying that the above are bogus, I just want to emphasize that if a particulare line is being used to declare something other than what is being described in the sutta from which it is being extracted, it should have some support. I do not think it is a mistake to point out how any lev...
by binocular
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8681

Re: The final combination of dhammas before the manifestation of Nibbana is an impossible event

Don't you know? It is not a matter of what he is going to do.....he is doing it right now....this thread is what he is doing.....you are what he is doing.....he has accomplished alot and frankly what he has accomplished does not shine a very pleasant light on the quality of the discussion here....i...
by binocular
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8681

Re: Theravada against mathematics

/.../ Thank you for your reply. I don't think we're in any serious disagreement on anything and could easily bridge whatever gaps there may be. But since the OP isn't really engaging in discussion, I don't feel inspired to continue. Today we saw the first snake in our garden, most likely it's a poi...
by binocular
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death is around the corner
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Death is around the corner

Death is around the corner -- literally for me, now, as snake season has officially begun here. We saw a snake in our garden today, about 1 m long, and given its characteristics, it was most likely a poisonous one.
by binocular
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8681

Re: The final combination of dhammas before the manifestation of Nibbana is an impossible event

In the absence of a subject of free choice, all events are reduced to random, deterministic and impossible (just as in the physical model). And, as far as I know, this is one of the salient differences between the Theravada of the suttas and the Abhidhamma: according to the suttas, one has free wil...
by binocular
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 197
Views: 11993

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

The other solution is simply to not engage with issues that have no bearing upon one. Sure, there are so many things about which one doesn't have to have an opinion. But some do have bearing on one. This is particularly relevant in the case of Christian theology, which is in this context (as far as...
by binocular
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 197
Views: 11993

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

I think atheism is relevant, in that you mentioned a reference point, and I how else are reference points to be judged when there is no referent? The monotheistic apologetic's reply would be something like this: Of course God exist, he is the referent of monotheistic scriptures. if you don't see th...
by binocular
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 197
Views: 11993

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

The Bible must be considered the core essence because it is the only reference point. Any other reference point is purely illogical & pure covetous (stealing). Otherwise, it becomes nothing, similar to anarchy. Not for tribal religions. And most people throughout history, including today, have prac...
by binocular
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 421

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

Surely Mr peacock has not fallen in love then out of love. Even in ordinary life passion can be seen to end for certain things. Why is it not feasible that passion can be ended for all things? Because that would ordinarily be classified as at least anhedonia or a symptom of depression, ie. mental i...
by binocular
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Parents
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: Parents

What does it mean to "forgive". To forgive means you had bear grudge against someone and you forgive them for their wrong doing or perceived wrong doing. That's why if someone said to you, "please forgive me" if you did not bear grudge against him or her you would be kind of surprised and you would...
by binocular
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 421

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

As you say, it's a fair point, but one that can only be supported by the argument from ignorance; if Peacock hasn't attained this stage, then why does he deny what is usually said about it? A nibbana which was ongoing and either required or allowed further development would be difficult to distingu...
by binocular
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8681

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Are we talking about any algorithm or are we talking about dhammas that describe a state of a human being, governed by the law of kamma? Whose idea of kamma? Theravada, Mahayana, Hindu, ... they all have doctrines of karma/kamma, but they're not all the same. Why, how pick one over another? Obvious...