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by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 42
Views: 352

Re: Censorship

Dhamma Chameleon wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:46 pm
Censoring free speech takes away other choices without addressing false speech in any way, and can fatally stifle discourse and ultimately freedom.
Can discourse lead to freedom? Or truth?
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: A Course Syllabus on "The Function of Buddhism"
Replies: 11
Views: 116

Re: A Course Syllabus on "The Function of Buddhism"

One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to learn about Buddhism, I'll put it this way: By studying the materials you provide, will one develop the desire to follow the Buddhist path? Are those materials intended to inspire the reader to follow the Buddhist path? and taking things for granted is no way to...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 42
Views: 352

Re: Censorship

Dangerous in the sense that as soon as we start defining some speech as unacceptable, it cuts both ways depending on who has the power. What do you mean -- " it cuts both ways depending on who has the power"? Do you think that those in the position of power care what the disenfranchized think; or e...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition
Replies: 46
Views: 500

Re: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition

Regarding your last comment: isn't that what we are attempting to do? See the Buddha, and his teaching only? Obviously we must seek out the value and accuracy from multiple sources, but if plurality remains a goal in itself, doesn't that water-down the value we are trying to establish? At what poin...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition
Replies: 46
Views: 500

Re: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition

Of course but that's nothing special. You've learned to use language and think conceptually from your parents and social environment. There is no human being that has invented itself. And the fact that there are Dhamma transmissions known in this world is reason why there can't arise Paccekabuddhas...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 42
Views: 352

Re: Censorship

Dhamma Chameleon wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:33 pm
I understand and agree that in some contexts censorship is important. Then it should be justified and transparent. However, it seems a dangerous path to limit free speech in any way. Is that censoring censorship?
Dangerous to what?

Dangerous to some pipe dream of how the world should be?
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 42
Views: 352

Re: Censorship

A justified censorship would more likely make people accept it willingly, but to expect authority to justify every single action makes it less authoritative. Conceptualizing the matter in terms of "censorship" is not productive. Rather, simply think in terms of "turf" and "power hierachy". Everyone...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 42
Views: 352

Re: Censorship

The censorship is up to those who run the site. As free individuals we can then either agree to the terms and conditions of the site or, if we don’t agree and strongly disagree, we can leave and go elsewhere. People are free to form any group they like with their own in rules for said group. Oh, bu...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 42
Views: 352

Re: Censorship

Dhamma Chameleon wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:37 pm
Bundokji wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:11 pm
Being totally against censorship, in a way, is a form of censorship.
How so?
In the same way that not tolerating intolerance is a form of intolerance ...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Work and sila
Replies: 7
Views: 119

Re: Work and sila

As I suggested, it is difficult unless you are forced to put food on your table & a roof over your head. Being forced to do something or having no more options has a limit in terms of motivation to do the work. At some point, one ceases to be motivated by those things. At some point, a person will ...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: A Course Syllabus on "The Function of Buddhism"
Replies: 11
Views: 116

Re: A Course Syllabus on "The Function of Buddhism"

Any feedback is welcome, and please feel free to share. I checked the sections for prerequisites, and this is what they say, in full: Prerequisites This course strives to be a rigorous overview of Buddhism suitable for everyone — from beginners to experienced practitioners alike — and it is recomme...
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?
Replies: 19
Views: 212

Without the Vinaya, would we all be living like animals?

Greetings.
SarathW wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:29 am
Vinaya code is some form of censorship.

Otherwise, we all will be living like animals.
Is this true?

Please discuss.
by binocular
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 42
Views: 352

Re: Censorship

thepea wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:25 am
Should it be our job to censor or limit any message?
Where, in what context?
On a forum like this? On tv, newspapers, ...?
by binocular
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition
Replies: 46
Views: 500

Re: Commentary and the Commentarial Tradition

The trend of being one who just relies on EBT has obscured the fact that commentary must be present even then in order to understand those texts. So we are all still involved with commentary whether we like it or not. So we're indebted, whether we like it or not, whether we acknowledge it or not. W...
by binocular
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What the Buddha Taught
Replies: 57
Views: 831

Re: What the Buddha Taught

SteRo wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:34 pm
One of the nastiest misunderstandings in this context is understanding 'taught' and 'learn' as belonging to the sphere of ignorance, i.e. conceptuality.
Could you unpack this a bit?