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by binocular
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide
Replies: 14
Views: 218

Re: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide

You speak so matter-of-factly as if you personally know a handful of such cases. And you absolve them from blame. I'm referring to the cases where the Buddha said that those particular bhikkhus were blameless in committing suicide. However, if we take the Buddha's words at face value, "when one lay...
by binocular
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide
Replies: 14
Views: 218

Re: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide

Putting aside the moral questions of suicide, isn't this evidence of aversion (to physical suffering or mental distractions) or desire (for comfort or mental clarity), and the willingness to engage in violence to a physical body as a response? In some cases, suicide can be like finally discarding a...
by binocular
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 15
Views: 133

Re: Debt to ones parents

Well, you either have faith that people can overcome their life-circumstances and purify themselves, or you are trapped in determinism. That's a depressing dichotomy you suggest there. "Well, you either have faith that people can overcome their life-circumstances and purify themselves, or you don't...
by binocular
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 15
Views: 133

Re: Debt to ones parents

It would depend on the circumstances. I would imagine that hearing the Dhamma would be a useful precondition. But to say that our responses to circumstances are as determined as those circumstances themselves is a denial of free will and is, I believe, contrary to what the Buddha taught. You said: ...
by binocular
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide
Replies: 14
Views: 218

Re: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide

Putting aside the moral questions of suicide, isn't this evidence of aversion (to physical suffering or mental distractions) or desire (for comfort or mental clarity), and the willingness to engage in violence to a physical body as a response? In some cases, suicide can be like finally discarding a...
by binocular
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide
Replies: 14
Views: 218

Re: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide

Also, lastly, why are these writings not available on accesstoinsight? Are they of dubious authenticity? Or does accesstoinsight view them as unhelpful and potentially dangerous? Or is it that Thanissaro didn't translate them? There's a lot that isn't on ATI, as ATI was an ongoing project. ATI was ...
by binocular
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 15
Views: 133

Re: Debt to ones parents

If you think that it's "messed up" to attribute a debt to children who are hurt by their children, then consider two children from identically abusive and neglecting backgrounds. One child grows up to think "My parents were horrible people by all standards of morality that I know". The other child ...
by binocular
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: cheerios commercial
Replies: 23
Views: 355

Re: cheerios commercial

samseva wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:07 am
DNS wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:27 pm
How is that commercial racist?
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I think they were just trying to dress the models in shirts of such colors that matched their skin color.
by binocular
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1719
Views: 145699

Re: What music are you listening to right now?



They played this at my friend's funeral.
by binocular
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance
Replies: 24
Views: 291

Re: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance

It seems to me that most of the times when people get accused of hiding things from themselves, what is actually happening is that the accused isn't living in line with the accuser's standards. Which really is not indicative that the accused is "hiding things from themselves." That is exactly right...
by binocular
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance
Replies: 24
Views: 291

Re: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance

I am not questioning the accuracy of the use of these term. For example, words like "hindrance" or "defilement" are indeed accurate descriptions of mental states that prevents progress on the path, but this comes at an expense. In the practitioner mind, there is the possibility that these things ar...
by binocular
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stoicism and Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 1833

Re: Stoicism and Buddhism

It's not because a small pocket of individuals in the 21st century uses a philosophical system—that is more than 2300 years old—for a specific purpose, that it makes that philosophical system for the "upper middle class who live comfortably and with good material wealth." Who else except those who ...
by binocular
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: cheerios commercial
Replies: 23
Views: 355

Re: cheerios commercial

I don't know about cheerios but I find a lot of (most?) commercials pretty annoying - most marketing is about appealing to our base instincts, desires, and fears. My intuitive reaction is to treat commercials, as well as comedies, as examples of the absurdist genre. To me, there intuitively isn't e...
by binocular
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the inter-relationship between different aspects of dharma, seeing it as a whole
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: the inter-relationship between different aspects of dharma, seeing it as a whole

kinds of bestial topics of conversation : conversation about kings, robbers, & ministers of state; armies, alarms, & battles; food & drink; clothing, furniture, garlands, & scents; relatives; vehicles; villages, towns, cities, the countryside; women & heroes; the gossip of the street & the well; ta...
by binocular
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the inter-relationship between different aspects of dharma, seeing it as a whole
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: the inter-relationship between different aspects of dharma, seeing it as a whole

Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:09 pm
Bundokji wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:19 pm
Coherence is our attempt to find order.
Or is, perhaps, the order that we find, the order that is there whether we attempt to find it or not.
I think this falls under the heading of bestial topics of conversation.
by binocular
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Prompted/unprompted cittas in the suttanta
Replies: 4
Views: 69

Re: Prompted/unprompted cittas in the suttanta

In what ways does something akin to prompted/unprompted come up in the suttanta? It seems like it should, in some form or another. Cetana Sutta: An Act of Will "For a person endowed with virtue, consummate in virtue, there is no need for an act of will, 'May freedom from remorse arise in me.' It is...
by binocular
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Evola and Fascism continued.
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: Evola and Fascism continued.

I was discussing Evola the other day with my sister - she's a PhD candidate in Italian studies - I told her I get this weird vibe that some of these fascists seem to have an excessive interest in masculinity. She immediately agreed and said that Mussolini et al apparently favored phallic themes in ...
by binocular
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Evola and Fascism continued.
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: Evola and Fascism continued.

I still don't get the emphasis on the uber masculinity or whatever it is I don't know if I am understanding this emphasis on masculinity as intended by its authors. I'm having the impression that nowadays, we generally don't have much appreciation for human ability, and when we do encounter such ap...
by binocular
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance
Replies: 24
Views: 291

Re: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance

I think what matters here is the attitude that one assumes the Buddha (and the arahants) would have towards one. If one imagines the Buddha as a severe teacher eager to punish and to dismiss and also reject his students, then I can see how what you're saying applies. I think you understood my input...