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by binocular
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1061

Re: Theories are useless

justindesilva wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:18 pm
Whether it is doubt or lack of certainty both are Vicikicca.
Vicikicca is one of the five obstacles in meditation.
You know what's another obstacle to meditation?
Being in a place where one doesn't belong.
by binocular
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1061

Re: Theories are useless

Or maybe it's even ignorant certainty that the Buddha Dhamma is a useless theory ... Or maybe someone just feels despondent and formulated their statements imprecisely due to feeling so low. Or maybe someone is aware, even just intuitively, that there is noone with whom they could share their conce...
by binocular
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1061

Re: Theories are useless

SteRo wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:15 pm
But all this might not be convincing for those who suffer from doubt the way the OP does.
Indeed. Although maybe it's not doubt at all; maybe it's a lack of certainty. One can lack both doubt and certainty.
by binocular
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1061

Re: Theories are useless

The anxiety, the desire, the pain ... all this continues. This is an excerpt from the last chapter of "Intuitive Awareness" by Ajahn Sumedho: The freedom from suffering that the Buddha talked about isn’t in itself an end to pain and stress. Instead it’s a matter of creating a choice. I can either g...
by binocular
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1061

Re: Theories are useless

I think it's all useless. After pages and pages of discussion, after hundreds of articles and books, what's changed? The anxiety, the desire, the pain ... all this continues. Whether you believe in no-self or not-self, dependent origination or emptiness, this or that, it doesn't seem to make a diff...
by binocular
Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.
Replies: 58
Views: 1892

Re: Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.

And as usual:
zan wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:18 pm
Nibbana and samsara are identical. Change my view.


I do not believe this, but want to hear the counters to this idea and this is the least convoluted way[
While your teeth rot.


The universal response to all idle philosophyish questions and concerns. :tongue:
by binocular
Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2058

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

You give the impression of spending a lot of time seeking out things on the Internet to disagree with... Looks like doubt, not yet succintly formulated. Bhikkhus, endowed with five things the bhikkhu becomes distrustful and anxious. Even with good intentions, he becomes an evil bhikkhu. What five? ...
by binocular
Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2058

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

Greetings Sarath, Has monks become unpaid social workers? The danger of monks becoming unpaid social workers is that laypeople start to think it is the job of the monks. Then laypeople disparage the monks who practice true Buddha Dhamma. Spot on. And there's a lion in the street. Whatever happened ...
by binocular
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2058

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

The puzzle we have to solve is whether Buddha had the answer to the deathless state. No we don't have to solve it. The committed Buddhists already take for granted, or believe, or know, that the Buddha had such an answer. Those who are not committed Buddhists won't become so by attempting to solve ...
by binocular
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2058

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

§ When I first went to stay at Wat Dhammasathit, the B-52's from Utapao Air Force Base could sometimes be heard high overhead in the wee hours of the morning, flying on their bombing missions into Cambodia. Each time I heard them, I began to wonder what business I had meditating when there were so ...
by binocular
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Freedom
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: Freedom

To summarize:

Free from chasing this and that.
And free to chase this and that.


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by binocular
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teaching of Ajaan Fuang Jotiko.
Replies: 25
Views: 486

Re: Teaching of Ajaan Fuang Jotiko.

"He showed me the brightness of the world." That's how my teacher, Ajaan Fuang, once characterized his debt to his teacher, Ajaan Lee. His words took me by surprise. I had only recently come to study with him, still fresh from a school where I had learned that serious Buddhists took a negative, pes...
by binocular
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teaching of Ajaan Fuang Jotiko.
Replies: 25
Views: 486

Re: Teaching of Ajaan Fuang Jotiko.

"Nothing comes from focusing on the faults of others. You can get more done by looking at your own faults instead." This is interesting because I was taught "learn from others mistakes so you do not have to do the same" I think the quote you posted talks specifically about faultfinding: faultfindin...
by binocular
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Freedom
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: Freedom

form wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:06 pm
An important concept in Buddha teaching.
Free to do what?
by binocular
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Music and right livelihood
Replies: 23
Views: 450

Re: Music and right livelihood

From the perspective of a professional musician, I don't think there is a problem, because a professional musician is, basically, a skilled craftsman (no offense intended). From the perspective of musically uneducated people, I think there is a problem in that the way they listen to music seems to ...