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by binocular
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discerning the "good" and the "bad" in others
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Discerning the "good" and the "bad" in others

Bundokji wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:23 pm
Focusing on the action is avoiding hasty generalizations in my opinion.
But a less than hasty one would be appropriate?
by binocular
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public
Replies: 6
Views: 91

Re: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public

Back when I was a young fool, I used to smoke pot frequently - now I am literally fearful of accidentally inhaling even the smallest puff of smoke, mainly because I know the dangers. Deep down (or not so deep down), do you still want to smoke pot? If that desire is still there, however small, it co...
by binocular
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discerning the "good" and the "bad" in others
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Discerning the "good" and the "bad" in others

Indeed. I remember a dhamma talk by Ajahn Brahm in which he emphasized the same distinction. He said there are bad/stupid actions, but not bad/stupid people. But for all practical intents and purposes, judging the person and judging the person's actions are the same. For example, if you don't want ...
by binocular
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discerning the "good" and the "bad" in others
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Discerning the "good" and the "bad" in others

This topic is to share and discuss suttas, where the Buddha details criteria by which it is appropriate to judge other people or their actions as being "good" or "bad". /.../ There are of course more, but these are some of the key ones I've read recently. Feel free to share more suttas along this t...
by binocular
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 596

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Nicolas wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:41 pm
I agree, but I don't think ihrjordan is anti-Buddhist. He is inviting us to ask ourselves his question and investigate
He should pay us then for this investigation. :tongue:
by binocular
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 596

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Nicolas wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:39 pm
Whether or not the Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu is irrelevant, it doesn't provide any useful information.
If the Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu, it makes the Hindu anti-Buddhist propaganda justified ... and the Buddhists wrong.
by binocular
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On Verification
Replies: 67
Views: 1410

Re: On Verification

But it's not enough to fit in into an ordinary religious/spiritual group (because then, one has to be more sure than just "relatively sure, for the time being"). And it's not clear whether one can make any progress on a religious/spiritual path, if one doesn't fit into its social structure. I fail ...
by binocular
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 596

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu? Why would that matter? I don't believe I said that it does...And I certainly didn't try to convert anyone to "hinduism" as some people seem to imply...I'm not "hindu" Follow the blessed one PRACTICE his teachings...You will go far So I infer you're talking a...
by binocular
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On Verification
Replies: 67
Views: 1410

Re: On Verification

I agree with your description, but i don't think the same should necessarily apply by the followers of the lord Buddha due to the nature of his message. I used to think so too. But I don't anymore. All of this brings us back to the point raised by the OP, which is why experiential knowledge is ofte...
by binocular
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On Verification
Replies: 67
Views: 1410

Re: On Verification

If one doesn't have that boldness, that bravado in oneself to declare "On this matter, I'm right, others are wrong", one will just keep spinning one's wheels, going nowhere. Behavior implies wisdom only to the extent that the individual is concerned with that wisdom being visible in acts of body an...
by binocular
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On Verification
Replies: 67
Views: 1410

Re: On Verification

In the Dhamma there is dukkha and nirodha ... suffering and its cessation. The extent to which there is dukkha in one's life is empirically observable. For this, I have to take for granted (!!) some particular definition of dukkha. And there are many of those to choose from. Why, how, choose one ov...
by binocular
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 596

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

ihrjordan wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:17 pm
Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Why would that matter?
by binocular
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Volo wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:15 am
SarathW wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:38 am
However, there are some Buddhist songs
:thinking: For example...
This one, for example, is actually very Buddhist, even if it at first doesn't seem so. But listen to the culmination of the text at the end! A monk's determination.
by binocular
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On Verification
Replies: 67
Views: 1410

Re: On Verification

cappuccino wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:48 pm
the one thing you can't do is procrastinate indefinitely
Procrastinate about what exactly?

(And if one cannot do it, then there's no issue anyway.)