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by binocular
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The mindfulness conspiracy
Replies: 19
Views: 303

Re: The mindfulness conspiracy

Sam Vara wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:58 pm
sexual promiscuity, drink, drugs, and incorrect speech, etc.
Which are the bread and butter of capitalism.
by binocular
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The mindfulness conspiracy
Replies: 19
Views: 303

Re: The mindfulness conspiracy

So we are talking Mindfulness™ rather than Dhamma as taught by the Buddha? As in practising present moment awareness, not as a factor of the Noble Eightfold Path, but as a means to somewhat de-stress the consumerist lifestyle with little or no intention of dropping it? Of course. Personally I would...
by binocular
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The mindfulness conspiracy
Replies: 19
Views: 303

Re: The mindfulness conspiracy

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/14/the-mindfulness-conspiracy-capitalist-spirituality It is sold as a force that can help us cope with the ravages of capitalism, but with its inward focus, mindful meditation may be the enemy of activism. By Ronald Purser "Corporate mindfulness" ha...
by binocular
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 33
Views: 514

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

I think another question that is being constantly addressed, yet never actually asked is, what homage is owed to the public aspects, once the access has been gained? What do the young people in SE Asia owe their elders for giving them access? What does SE Asia owe to Northern India? What do monks o...
by binocular
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 33
Views: 514

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Everything can be Dhamma, if one pays right attention . For instance, participating in a ritual at a temple with its choreographed beauty, aware of one's movements and breath and other participants around, can be great practice as one brings the mindfulness, the equipoise, the devotion and other po...
by binocular
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The suffering of others
Replies: 28
Views: 372

Re: The suffering of others

Thanks for taking the time, but again this is not really what I was talking about. I'm not asking about how to reduce the suffering of others. I'm asking about how to reduce MY suffering when it is caused by empathy, i.e. seeing the suffering AROUND me, which I do not control. Some standard replies...
by binocular
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 33
Views: 514

Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?


Please discuss.

Thank you.
by binocular
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?
Replies: 45
Views: 878

Re: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?

Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it? To try to get some closure to this topic: I think I've mentioned minimalism to you before, in regard to religion/spirituality. By "minimalism" I don't mean "just the 4NT" or "just the N8P" or some other things that some would consi...
by binocular
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"

(Interesting though how the conversation veered away from men's issues to women's issues... could that social inclination to disregard men's issues by putting them in competition with women's issues be a factor as to why male suicide rates are so high?) The moment something becomes an "issue", it a...
by binocular
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"

chownah wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:34 pm
Best to not over generalize.
Indeed!

It's so tedious when one gets pigeon-holed.
"You're x, therefore, it can only be that you like y."
"You're x, therefore, it can only be that you don't like z."

Such labeling is a way to avoid actual communication ...
by binocular
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"

I am not sure if it serves social agenda or not, Of course it does. For example, tIt helps to maintain the social status quo and reduces the versatility of the psycho-social landscape, thus making it easier to navigate. but i admit that what we tend to believe can become self-fulfilling. Of course....
by binocular
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"

DooDoot wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:58 am
I must confess I rarely talk at depths with & to men in my life but do talk to women often because women are very easy to talk to.
I find men are easier to talk to than women.
by binocular
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: Suicide: "Men heal sitting side by side with each other"

From my own limited observations, men tend to think about their problems more objectively, i.e to analyze how legitimate their feelings are, so how they feel is not the center of their attention but how justified/rational that feeling is. Women on the other hand, tend to approach their problems mor...
by binocular
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The only solution to translation problems is to learn Pali?
Replies: 32
Views: 546

Re: The only solution to translation problems is to learn Pali?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:31 pm
What is in your opinion the ultimate solution to translation problems?
Cowboy up, do your own thing, and don't rely on fame and followers.
by binocular
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Now, I believe the standard mindfulness approach in the videos may certainly help some people. However, I also more strongly believe (although I could be wrong) that many forms of depression & anxiety have a " social cause " and treatment of them requires some type of "socially-orientated" approach...