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by binocular
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 67
Views: 751

Re: Structuring lay life

What exactly are these things that non-Buddhist wives do that are so risky? I'd like to know, as I wouldn't want to expose my wife to any unnecessary risks. Then educate yourself about the side effects of hormonal contraceptives and abortions. And maybe try to imagine what it's like to live in cons...
by binocular
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 158
Views: 2622

Re: "Is there a Self?"

You want to talk about the true, indentical subject, Not really. Apart from it being a good candidate for selfhood, I don't have much to say about it at all. As far as your posts are concerned, I've mainly pointed out that you seem to be confusing it with objects of consciousness. What use is there...
by binocular
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Survivalism and Dhamma
Replies: 10
Views: 102

Re: Survivalism and Dhamma

It's not possible to actually know what it will be like when SHTF, one can only speculate. /.../ The fact is, you have absolutely NO idea what’s going to happen in the next calamity that you will refer to as when SHTF. None. All you have is a lot of possibilities. Even if you’re right, do you think ...
by binocular
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 80
Views: 1279

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

In what country are guns most widely legal and the easiest to obtains with a population which has enough discretionary income so that rich and poor people can purchase one? In what country is the death by gun shot the highest? That's backwards. Owning guns is made legal and/or relatively easy to ob...
by binocular
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a lay person learn, practice and become peaceful and happy?
Replies: 6
Views: 117

Re: Can a lay person learn, practice and become peaceful and happy?

JC938 wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:57 pm
Can a lay person learn buddhism, practice and become peaceful and happy?
Married man -- yes.
Married woman -- not so much.
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 158
Views: 2622

Re: "Is there a Self?"

NOTE TO THE MODERATORS: As I tried to post the above post, I kept getting locked out/timed out (which has been happening for me ever since the upgrade to the new software). So I refreshed the page and tried again, but nothing seemed to be happening. Until the post finally went through, and then it t...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 158
Views: 2622

Re: "Is there a Self?"

As I understand the Kantian POV its not about whether it is or is not a melody. It could be a stream of cacophonous nonsense, and still the particulars of that stream would be intuited as a unitary whole (" this stream of cacophonous nonsense") which is coordinated to a single subject...or a single...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 132
Views: 1416

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

I referred to percentage because you referred to vulnerability. If one's life or physical well-being is not endangered, or there is a low chance of it being endangered, then one is not made particularly vulnerable by refraining from killing. Think about people who live from agriculture, and who nee...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 158
Views: 2622

Re: "Is there a Self?"

An identical subject is inconceivable. Given the preceding, I'm not sure what you mean by this. That this whole discussion is progressively undermining itself. You want to talk about the true, indentical subject, but admit that anything you investigate is an object, so the moment you set out to inv...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 132
Views: 1416

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

At the very least, one can expect lay people to keep the five precepts. I have no trouble not killing, and it does not make me vulnerable. I am lucky enough to live in a safe area, so am privileged in that respect, but even in more dangerous areas, what might be the percentage of people who have ki...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 132
Views: 1416

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

In the Vinaya, Suttavibhanga, the 92 pacittiya (rules entailing confession), number 74 states: 74. Should any bhikkhu, angered and displeased, give a blow to (another) bhikkhu, it is to be confessed. The factors for the full offense here are three. 1) Object: another bhikkhu. 2) Effort: One gives h...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 132
Views: 1416

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

I wouldn't call keeping the five precepts an act of "emulating an arahant" and it makes no sense to me to conceive of things this way. It doesn't matter what one calls it, as long as the intentional action (or inaction) is the same. It does matter, because it indicates a person's motivation for doi...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 132
Views: 1416

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

Nicolas wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:34 pm
At the very least, one can expect lay people to emulate arahants when it comes to killing, stealing, adultery or rape, lying, and drinking, i.e. the five precepts.
I wouldn't call keeping the five precepts an act of "emulating an arahant" and it makes no sense to me to conceive of things this way.
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 132
Views: 1416

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

Obviously the statement does not instruct how hit, it says can hit without intention to kill. For an ordinary person, to hit without the intention to do harm, results in a weak, imprecise hit, or flailing. Which is counterproductive in an actual physical confrontation. Are you doot btw? i just ask ...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 80
Views: 1279

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

I think the problem aren't guns, legal or illegal, many or few, easy or hard to obtain. It's that people are free to think of other humans as their enemies, and are even encouraged to do so, in many blatant and subtle ways. Whether it's in the form of a militant rhetoric of "Those who are not with u...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 132
Views: 1416

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

If a monk was physically attacked, the Buddha allowed him to strike back in self-defense , but never with the intention to kill. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/gettingmessage.html What is the reference for this? Secondly, this advice is grossly unrealistic, as it applies onl...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 132
Views: 1416

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

Sorry but this does not appear related to Buddhism because Buddhist does not appear to teach lay people to emulate arahants. Also, arahants appear to not do this either. When you actually emulate an arahant, you probably won't be posting the way you are posting. Why don't we change the topic to sex...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 61
Views: 1302

Re: Pretty pictures

Don't let appearances fool you. The countryside is a cruel place too, no matter how idyllic it might appear.
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha displaying sense of humor
Replies: 21
Views: 211

Re: The Buddha displaying sense of humor

Which brings us back to the original point: What is it about some passages from the suttas that they seem humorous to some people? Is it not fare to suggest that lord budda aimed satire snd or humour to the one who was listening for an explanation and not for his enjoyment. It is well known that lo...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 61
Views: 1302

Re: Pretty pictures

Snow in fancy shapes:

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Up to the knees in the snow, with plenty below the feet:

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