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by binocular
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 47
Views: 823

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Dan74 wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:58 am
It's not for me to judge.
:popcorn:
by binocular
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Ajahn Sucitto says mindfulness is "not judgmental", I say it is very judgmental.
Replies: 20
Views: 261

Re: Ajahn Sucitto says mindfulness is "not judgmental", I say it is very judgmental.

Judgmental is a negative word to describe someone who often rushes to judgment without reason. The adjective judgmental describes someone who forms lots of opinions — usually harsh or critical ones — about lots of people. Judgmental types are not open-minded or easygoing. That's why the devas have ...
by binocular
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro
Replies: 42
Views: 323

Re: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:15 pm
But most feelings are outside of our control, and just arise according to their own nature. We don't intend them.
Can you make (!), for example, a little hatred and a lot of hatred?
by binocular
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro
Replies: 42
Views: 323

Re: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro

Listening to a Thanissaro talk on the sixteen steps of mindfulness of breathing, he says the following on the feeling tetrad: The next four steps have to do with feelings. First you train yourself to breath in and out sensitive to rapture. The word “rapture” here can also mean “refreshment”. Ask yo...
by binocular
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 420

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

As for "defeating Buddhism": Buddhism seems to me like the easiest religion/teaching/path/etc. to defeat. Simply because it has no selling points. There is nothing in Buddhism that an ordinary run-of-the-mill person would be interested in or find value in (apart from a few general teachings on moral...
by binocular
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 420

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

I understand your point, but i would not say that what you are describing is completely baseless. You said: I find the idea of Anatta useful in countering this tendency, but it is not equally clear how believing in Atman (regardless of its precise meaning, but as a positive connotation) is useful f...
by binocular
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 47
Views: 823

Re: Re:

It's also following the implications of every other knowledge-claim one might make. What standards of proof do you normally require in life? That's not the issue. If, by definition, one cannot be unequivocally sure of the Dhamma until stream entry, then it is so. I'm not going to argue with definit...
by binocular
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 420

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

I am not an expert in both :tongue: so i am not approaching this by comparing two philosophies, but i try to base my input on our tendency to find a law/trend/reality that endures time/change to adhere to, and how this seem to fail us a lot of the time and cause us much misery. I find the idea of A...
by binocular
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 420

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Dinsdale wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:23 pm
Perhaps it comes down to different assumptions about the goal of practice? And different assumptions about what meditative or "spiritual" experiences signify?
Of course. And these assumptions tend to be articulated, as part of the doctrine.
by binocular
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 420

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Bundokji wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:51 am
What constitutes the end of suffering from a Buddhist point of view might be radically different from Hinduism.
"Hinduism" is such a broad term ... comprising so many different doctrines, not just a few of them mutually exclusive.
by binocular
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 420

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Bundokji wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:15 am
If all objects of knowledge are not self, and if Atman unknowable, then why the idea of Atman (which is an object of knowledge) is useful?
It's useful to (mono)theistic agendas.
by binocular
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 47
Views: 823

Re: Re:

Are you asking how someone knows they have access to the Dhamma? Yes. Prior to stream-entry, one doesn't know whether something one has access to is the Dhamma or not. All pre-stream-entry proofs are ambiguous, equivocal. They could be proofs of Dhamma, or not. -- That's just following the implicat...
by binocular
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

To give something back in order to gain anything in return (such as more understanding) seem to defeat the purpose in my opinion as it implies a hidden agenda driven by greed. Genuine gratitude happens by seeing the real value in something, and giving happens naturally and truthfully. Suppose i go ...
by binocular
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 5
Views: 117

What homage is owed, and to whom?

Hello. This has come up in another thread, I'll just use it as a cue to start this one: /.../ So maybe that is the line: Buddhism is access to the opportunity to understand the Dhamma. I think another question that is being constantly addressed, yet never actually asked is, what homage is owed to th...
by binocular
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 47
Views: 823

SDC wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:41 pm
So maybe that is the line: Buddhism is access to the opportunity to understand the Dhamma.
When can a person be said to have that access?