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by binocular
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 44
Views: 1318

Re: Right Speech

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:30 pm
Where is the support for the claim that lay status is to be "overcome", or that there is a distinction between being a lay-follower and Buddhist religiosity?
One cannot attain nibbana as a lay follower, or at least cannot remain a lay follower after having attained nibbana.
by binocular
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 44
Views: 1318

Re: Right Speech

Where is the list for lay people? Lay people are supposed to provide the fodder that the monks aren't supposed to talk about -- you know, be the kings, robbers, & ministers of state that the monks aren't suppsoed to talk about; make the armies, sound the alarms, & engage in battles; make and consum...
by binocular
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Megalomania and Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Megalomania and Buddhism

Could someone please provide an actual canonical reference for the claim that "the Buddha had asked for no statues or images"?
by binocular
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Megalomania and Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Megalomania and Buddhism

Are the mega Buddha statues contrary to the very spirit of Buddhism: the spirit of middleness and measure? Surely if you calculated the statistical average size of Buddha statues, based on measuring all Buddha statues in existence, from those that are about 1 cm or less tall, to those that measure ...
by binocular
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2 different types of approaches to reading the Nikayas
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: 2 different types of approaches to reading the Nikayas

form wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:37 am
Likely the intention is to become enlightened.
If only everyone who reads the suttas would do it with the intention to become enlightened!
by binocular
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 28
Views: 676

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

seeker242 wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Why would there need to be any purpose behind it all?
Because then one could, as an individual person, make sense of one's life, have a purpose to it -- or such is many people's intuition about these matters.
by binocular
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 28
Views: 676

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

What I am wondering about tonight has to do with the universe. Since the Buddha felt no need for there to be a creator God involved in the creation of our universe and everything is in a constant state of change. There is no Abrahamic-style God in Buddhism, but there is Brahma who is in charge of c...
by binocular
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2 different types of approaches to reading the Nikayas
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: 2 different types of approaches to reading the Nikayas

1) Read first and understand as what one mostly has no direct experience 2) Read and only accept what one has experience before Which style is more superior? Neither of these approaches say anything about the reader's intention for reading. Yet it is possibly the reader's intention that makes all t...
by binocular
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The brain of the Albert Einstein
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: The brain of the Albert Einstein

form wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:27 am
If u have watched the video, you will see scientists pointing out the difference in Einstein's brain and a normal brain.
So Einstein's brain was "abnormal"? What a compliment! What a qualification to strive for!
:toilet:
by binocular
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 176
Views: 21307

Re: Theosophy

To begin with, the OP was not formulated in line with the ToS. It should be reformulated, or closed.
by binocular
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: A reason for lying

'how are you' is such an open question, /.../ you can get creative without completely abandoning the precepts. or you could just not answer someone because that is also more skillful than lying Moreover, "How are you?" is usually not actually asked as a proper question, but merely as a formality. S...
by binocular
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 44
Views: 1318

Re: Right Speech

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:24 am
I'm not quite sure what the above posts have to do about Right Speech, but they do go to show that even the Rightest Speech can be regarded as less than that, if people hear it in a different manner to what was spoken.
And you are, of course, The Arbiter of Truth.
How could I let that slip my mind!
by binocular
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 44
Views: 1318

Re: Right Speech

I think the Dhamma is, or should be like mathematics in this regard: whenever one doesn't understand something, one should, as a rule, be able to trace that back to lacking knowledge of some other, more basic thing. Once that lack is done away with, only then can one move on. Thank you for a clear ...
by binocular
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: A reason for lying

If you knew someone with ill intention asking question that would lead to hurting yourself and your family or others , and still telling the truth , one is going to suffer . E.g. if one suspect a person(potentially a thief) asking how many people living in the house and one honestly or truthfully t...
by binocular
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: A reason for lying

If you knew someone with ill intention asking question that would lead to hurting yourself and your family or others , and still telling the truth , one is going to suffer . E.g. if one suspect a person(potentially a thief) asking how many people living in the house and one honestly or truthfully t...