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by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:22 pm
Are you calling No_Mind a "nutcase"?
He should try with exploiting women in order to meet the Buddha/Dhamma. That ought to be interesting!
:tongue:
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism
Replies: 27
Views: 389

Re: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism

SarathW wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:43 pm
Don't you think it is a great idea to find a like-minded partner?
*gasp*
What if she outsmartens him?!
:tongue:
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 23
Views: 305

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

I already have backed it up. I expect an actual quote from the suttas that states that arahants were doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc. And yes, the Buddha was quite clear that one should cure suffering as one can (so all your examples would e answered with "yes, if you have ability to do so ...
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

The notion of reciprocity supports the order of things there "for me". Although that may be desirable or even necessary in most if not all relationships, it is counter to the direction taught by the Buddha. So even if it is just the mere "utterance of another" along with "proper attention", that is...
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it strange to oppose the Lotus Sutra but be ok with the Pureland Sutras?
Replies: 10
Views: 244

Re: Is it strange to oppose the Lotus Sutra but be ok with the Pureland Sutras?

Is it strange for someone who holds a sort of Theravada position (but with a soul) to completely oppose the blasphemy of the Lotus Sutra in saying Buddha told pretty lies for 40 years and then finally taught Mahayana on his death-bed. But to not oppose another Mahayana Sutra, like the Pureland Sutr...
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

If these "parasocial" relationships exist at all, it is because people have sufficient interest and confidence to embark on them. It's not clear whether they specifically "embark" on such relationships; they seem to be part of the religious/spiritual modus operandi, so one just has to go with that ...
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

SteRo wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:11 pm
Then I have a parasocial relationship with the Buddha.
Indeed.
No arguments but I experience it as beneficial in terms of the Dhamma.
Surely you can elaborate a bit why or how a non-reciprocal relationship is beneficial in terms of the Dhamma.
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 23
Views: 305

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

I am uncomfortable saying this person is an arhant and this is not. You replied affirmatively to my question quoted in the OP. Thus, you said that arahants would try to cure disease, cure the infirmities of old age, prevent famine, fight forest fires and other natural disasters, etc. Now, back it u...
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

Ehipassiko Which requires that one already has sufficient faith and insight to begin with (has sufficiently little dust in their eyes). Or else, is able to take enough for granted to start. But it's hard to take things for granted in the context of merely parasocial and parasocial-like interactios ...
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 23
Views: 305

Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

Yet historically Buddhists have done exactly that by trying to cure disease, cure the infirmities of old age, prevent famine, fight forest fires and other natural disasters, etc. Would arahants do those things? Yes, of course. Do and did. One of the epithets if the Buddha is the Divine Physician fo...
by binocular
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 16
Views: 238

Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

Greetings. A parasocial relationship (PSR) is a one-sided relationship that media users form as a result of exposure to media personas. In 1956, the term parasocial relationship was coined by Donald Horton and R. Richard Wohl. They focused on the psychological attachment[1] that was formed from view...
by binocular
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Sex only for procreation

Does that apply to a lay person who wishes to stick to keeping the 5 precepts only? Buddhism isn't a religion of commandments. The shoulds apply only in the sense of "In order to get X, one should/must do Y". If someone isn't all that interested in making an end to suffering, the Buddha's way, then...
by binocular
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Sex only for procreation

What about the sutta quoted above? There the Buddha is advising not only who to have sex with but when and how (vaginal only). Are there any Theravadin writers/thinkers who have made an argument that sex should only be vaginal and for reproduction only? If one is seeing the matter from the perspect...
by binocular
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Sex only for procreation

How do you have sex exclusively for reproduction only? When one wishes to have children. Think of the way humans control the reproduction of domestic animals, for example. That doesn't mean every sex act will result in pregnancy, but it means that every sex act is engaged in with the intention to p...
by binocular
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 22
Views: 507

Re: Sex only for procreation

Is there a Buddhist equivalent of the Christian concept that sex should only be for reproduction? That's not a Christian concept; or, at most, it's a Christian concept only by inference, given the general Christian opposition to abortion (if abortion is wrong and should not be done, that automatica...