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by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 28
Views: 234

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

No, if a hand is offered, then monks can appear a bit rude and cold if they do not reciprocate. Of course, they would not initiate the contact. Okay. I don't have a problem with that. I once had to visit the local Catholic priest, and he offered me his hand. The man is a monk! I was this _ _ close ...
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 28
Views: 234

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

Sam Vara wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:17 pm
In situations where monks are sharing spaces with women, it often just happens.
Okay, but this is involuntary/accidental, not like the situation in the OP.
some monks shake hands if offered.
I just hope monks aren't the ones to offer to shake hands.
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thought without a self
Replies: 39
Views: 439

Re: Thought without a self

The path is not necessarily linear. For example, the Buddha taught that conquering oneself is better than conquering others, but also taught that seeing others faults is much easier than seeing ones own faults and shortcomings. Considering that the defining line between ones own experience and the ...
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice

Yes I agree it is a breach of the vinaya rule however it is a normative and accepted breach by an exceeding large portion of the Bhikkhu Sangha. I'm mainly just curious to get peoples feeling about this as a normative practice of the modern Sangha in Asia. In me, this practice inspires loss of faith.
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice

Update, I just consulted with a senior Bhikkhu here regarding this case. He plainly said that the use of money is a breach of vinaya that has the solution or the proper response of confession. But doing this every time a monk takes money is an abuse of the principle of confession. It's like lying t...
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice

Volo wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:04 pm
It might be difficult to live without money in the west or other non-Theravada countries (although some monks manage), but in Thailand or Myanmar, where people are very generous and are happy to support monks, there is no reason why the monk would not be able to live without money.
Exactly.
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Your top five religions (with a short reason)?
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Your top five religions (with a short reason)?

In any case, you don't know what to choose, the following chart may some help. ;) World religion tree. https://000024.org/religions_tree/religions_tree_8.html How is that helpful? Closing one's eyes and blindly hovering with the mouse over the chart, and then clicking somewhere -- "Yes, this is the...
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thought without a self
Replies: 39
Views: 439

Re: Thought without a self

Bundokji wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Your input reminded me of the following story:
No, seriously.
Where is the difference between a person who practices seeing their thoughts as without a self (and becomes confident as a result, always believing that what they say is the Truth), and a narcissist/megalomaniac?
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 28
Views: 234

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

Volo wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:41 pm
As far as I remember only if bhikkhu touches a woman with lustful mind would be an offense.
Assuming we're not talking about situations where he saves her from a river or some such -- why would he touch her in the first place??
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Psychology of dukkha (and sukkha) (for laypeople)
Replies: 18
Views: 552

Re: Psychology of dukkha (and sukkha) (for laypeople)

One, worldly happiness can also be mental, not just sensual. In Buddhist terminology, what you call "mental" is still sensual. Two, Buddha gave psychotherapy advice to lay people. The point of this topic i opened is to see if people remember reading Suttas containing such advice. If you disagree wi...
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayana /Vajrayana attitude with Pali Canon?
Replies: 25
Views: 588

Re: Mahayana /Vajrayana attitude with Pali Canon?

It's like you missed what I said. I disagree with you that this approach would not constitute adherence to the Pali Canon. There are a lot of lay Buddhists who accept the Pali Canon as a source of teaching, and who don't want to become anagarikas or monks, etc, a lot of the Pali Canon simply doesn'...
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there creator god actually there?just asking
Replies: 20
Views: 522

Re: Is there creator god actually there?just asking

bryozoa wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:24 pm
Well I'm not quite sure how to reply.
I was, you know, trying to encourage you to see the futility of discussing theism ...
And how do you know my teeth are rotting?
It's in their nature to rot. Some rot faster, some more slowly, but they all rot, even the artificial ones.
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thought without a self
Replies: 39
Views: 439

Re: Thought without a self

The training helped me to develop skills on how to live with my own thoughts, but i find it more difficult to deal with the thoughts of others without dismissing them as ignorant or unnecessary suffering. What gives me consolation is that this is not uncommon among Buddhist practitioners (misery lo...
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 28
Views: 234

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

Aloka wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:55 pm
If we were all able to give each other a warm non-sexual hug now and again, the world might become a kinder place.
Hugs don't stop or heal contempt.
by binocular
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 28
Views: 234

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

frank k wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:03 pm
Lots of skin to skin contact here as far as I can tell from the picture.
The question is, what would happen and how would it be perceived if the Dalai Lama would (try to) hug a Theravada monk or nun. Or a lay person.