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by binocular
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Circle5 obsessively labelling other people Solipsists
Replies: 42
Views: 295

Re: Circle5 obsessively labelling other people Solipsists

There is a buddhist postmodern sect that preaches solipsism. It's called "existentialist buddhism" and his representatives are the trible N's: Nanavira, Nanamoli, Nanananda. You do realize that hatred can beget love? The more you disdain the N's (ha ha), the more some people are going to like them....
by binocular
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 67
Views: 852

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

Letter from 1 May 1964: As to medical treatment, my doctor has detailed accounts of my disorder. I have several times asked him if the condition can be treated, saying that I am prepared to go to Colombo if it can. But he has at no time suggested that there might be a treatment, even after consultin...
by binocular
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: twice-a-night sleep
Replies: 7
Views: 104

Re: twice-a-night sleep

I have also recently seen a couple of references to this aspect of social history, but I have my doubts. I can't recall seeing any reference to it in literature written before the 20th Century. My grandparents, who were teenagers when the 20th Century started, never mentioned it to me, and the chan...
by binocular
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 67
Views: 852

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

Circle5 wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:35 pm
I agree, he is not that influential. If you look around this forum, all who have an interest/obsession with him have been postmodernist before finding him and have been to postmodernist collages. Basically every single one of them. What a coincidence...
You're just jealous.
:broke:
by binocular
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

Ven. Mahākassapa was ordained first. That means we can rule out the possibility of Thullatissa simply being a stickler for the rules (namely, that when there are more monks present, there is an oder in which they speak, depending on their seniority (by who's been ordained longer)). As for Thullatis...
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

Maybe that one is to be cautious of judging teachers according to our personal assessment of them. It seems Bhikkhuni Thullatissa favored Ananda, maybe because he was much more engaged with the Bhikkhunis and with other people generally than was Mahakassapa. So she somehow found fault in Mahakassap...
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 37
Views: 356

Re: Debt to ones parents

What these passages I gathered from ATI seem to have in common is that the bottomline for what people are entitled to expect from their parents is much lower than we in the West seem to be used to. Where come from, I have never heard of the notion that just the fact that your mother gave birth to yo...
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 37
Views: 356

Re: Debt to ones parents

I looked up some passages about debt to one's parents at ATI: As we come to the Dhamma we need a strong sense of its importance — and a strong sense of our need for the Dhamma. We come to it not because we're entitled but because we're in debt — to our parents, to all the other living beings who've ...
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 37
Views: 356

Re: Debt to ones parents

Some posters here take for granted that children from dysfunctional families hate their parents. I don't think this is the only emotion they feel or attitude they have, or even that it is the prevalent one. I think that next to hatred, the most prevalent attitude is indifference. To be sure, we're h...
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 37
Views: 356

Re: Debt to ones parents

Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:32 am
I'm not really interested in discussions about semantics, thanks. They serve no purpose other than the temporary gratification of those who take part.
Says he, discussing semantics ...
:popcorn:
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dysfunctional families in the Pali canon
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Dysfunctional families in the Pali canon

Greetings, There is an ongoing discussion about the debt one owes to one's parents, and the OP questions what debt is owed to dysfunctional or otherwise abusive parents. From that thread: From AN 2.32: "I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay. Which two? Your mother & fathe...
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 37
Views: 356

Re: Debt to ones parents

If one believed that it were impossible to completely free the mind from hatred, one would not be a Buddhist. So it follows that every Buddhist believes that it is possible. This is simply not true, unless you're working with an extremely limited idea of who/what is a "Buddhist" and why people beco...
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 37
Views: 356

Re: Debt to ones parents

I can talk about it being possible, because I see other people doing it. I haven't mastered the skills of water-skiing or playing the violin. But I see other people doing them, so I know they are possible. It's not clear how the comparison is adequate. Not reacting with hatred is not something that...
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 37
Views: 356

Re: Debt to ones parents

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:25 pm
Because it's a skill I haven't mastered.
Then how can you talk about it as if it were true and possible??
by binocular
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 67
Views: 852

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

Both the European and Sinhalese monks had a responsibility to both monastic and laity and, and as far as I am concerned, made the best decision possible in condemning his decision to end his life. That is probably the real issue that is brought to the forefront by a monk's suicide (or his disrobing...
by binocular
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 67
Views: 852

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

I'll have to think about this. Do you mean that he certainly took his thoughts and practice seriously? Of course. Like he says in the preface of Notes on Dhamma : [The Notes ] assume, also, that the reader's sole interest in the Pali Suttas is a concern for his own welfare . The reader is presumed ...
by binocular
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 67
Views: 852

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:19 pm
I don't think that his suicide could make up for any deficiencies in his writings among those who study them seriously.
I think his suicide inclines me to be much more charitable to what he said.
by binocular
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 67
Views: 852

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

He set a bad example, in the same manner that the priests who abuse children set a bad example even if some may have been exemplary in their intellectual endeavors (it's certainly possible). Nanavira's reputation should be evaluated in such a context. Respected as an intellectual but not venerated ...
by binocular
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 37
Views: 356

Re: Debt to ones parents

And quite rightly refusing. I didn't say that anyone could do it; I said in response to the OP that this was a more skillful response. Whether they can exercise that skill or not is irrelevant. How can it be irrelevant? Feeling no ill will towards someone cutting you apart with a double-handled saw...
by binocular
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Delhi's air pollution hazardous on Diwali
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Delhi's air pollution hazardous on Diwali

Kim OHara wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:50 am
Not sure what to say about this so I will let the article speak for itself.
Delhi's air pollution hits hazardous levels on night of Diwali
More: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 07061.html
In Bharatavarsha, the air is holy ...