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by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Virtue for nibbana
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Virtue for nibbana

So, one is climbing the ladder? One is going from point A to point B? One is divided into subject and object? If nibbana is indeed beyond the sphere of all that is mentioned, no one is going to reach that place because the vehicle of 'travel' cannot go there, it is part of the dream of existence. S...
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Only one more week to the winter solstice!
Replies: 17
Views: 212

Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Wow!

Today was nice -- although just plain old sunshine, nothing as fantastic as aurora borealis.

:smile:
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 54
Views: 700

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

True. But how does hating Trump make anything better for you?
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Day to Day activities
Replies: 9
Views: 173

Re: Day to Day activities

4. Driving Driving is a very good example because it is a private activity while around others. In line with the instructions to Rahula I find it is helpful to reflect on my actions per the instructions to Rahula, preferrably when I get home and sit down in peace. I think about the dangerous situat...
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 83
Views: 1273

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

That's odd. I've never seen anything like that... was it PM'ed to you? No, it was in open forums. I'll have to think of some useful keywords to find those posts. But if you saw my reaction to Alan's hate Trump thread -- that reaction is based on such dismissals I mentioned earlier. This is a very m...
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 220

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

Interesting. Were you born into a Catholic family? Or do you mean that your family had a different religion (or none) and that your neighbours and their dominant culture was Catholic? I'm a second generation illegitimate child of Catholics. My parents were technically Catholics, my extended family ...
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 54
Views: 700

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

lyndon taylor wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:32 am
I think from a Buddhist perspective, hating evil is better than loving Trump!!
There are far more options than just either "hate evil" or "love Trump." If nothing else, one can be indifferent to Trump.
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 83
Views: 1273

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

A distinction was made by previous discussants between "Dhammic" threads and "worldly" threads such as politics and other social topics, implying that dhamma threads are somehow superior to worldly threads. Personally, i am of a different opinion. I tend to be more interested in the so-called "worl...
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 83
Views: 1295

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Here's another suggestion: Join a club or an association of people that go on trips together to interesting locations in your country, usually by bus. Such clubs usually have a yearly calendar of trips posted on the internet, so you can see which one is most to your liking. There is usually a member...
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 54
Views: 700

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

Does Mara suffer?

Should we sympathize with Mara?
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 220

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

But how come you think you have that choice? You must have some kind of metaphysical background to think you have a choice in whom you'll look to as your teacher in religious/spiritual matters. I believe that actions (kamma) makes a difference to my experience. That's based on common sense, plus wh...
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Those Self-Absorbed Buddhists
Replies: 15
Views: 259

Re: Those Self-Absorbed Buddhists

"Humility" is a bit ambiguous in English and it was my interlocutor's word-choice. You used it in your OP and didn't indicate it was the Christian's choice of word: Although I had never belonged to another faith before taking refuge some twenty years ago, I have come to recognize that most people o...
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: modernism and materialism
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: modernism and materialism

Sovatthika wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:27 am
when scientists say shit like this with like no proof people eat it up but they don't believe the buddha because reasons
Because the Buddha didn't present a self-image that would be widely socially appealing?
:alien:
by binocular
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 83
Views: 1295

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Now the situation is the same. Intelligent people try to escape from this country to western Europe. Ten percent of the remaining population is alcoholic or mad. I'm afraid our country and culture will disappear soon. I'm in Slovenia. Back in the 1980's when I was going to school, we were learning ...
by binocular
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 220

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

If a person treats me with the qualities you specified - " indifference, hostility, competition, or expendability." - then I won't be taking them for my spiritual advisor, thanks. But how come you think you have that choice? You must have some kind of metaphysical background to think you have a cho...
by binocular
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 220

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

"Ordinary usage" in terms of thinking for oneself is unaffected by the psychology you introduce here. I fail to see how such is the case. If one internalized what the teacher teaches, how can one separate this from the teacher's attitude toward the student? While I agree that such separation is pos...
by binocular
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 533

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

A big part of my doubt is that I am currently living at an Ajahn Chah tradition monastery; Ajahn Chah echoes some of the teachings I've criticised in this thread. With him, however, I feel that the way he teaches it is more subtle somehow... like somehow his western disciples have sort of "missed t...
by binocular
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 220

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

They are controlled by their teacher, by proxy, in that now they think the way their teacher taught them to think. There are two things wrong with this. The first is that doing something in a particular way is not the same as being controlled. The second is that having been taught to do something, ...
by binocular
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 533

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Nobody around me seemed to have the same problem, or maybe everyone did, and they were all just hiding it. Like I was. You're certainly not alone. One can find many existentialist memes on the internet, such as: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CnabN6GWgAAzSrv.jpg For me, when I hear teachings along the...
by binocular
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 220

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

Correct in principle, except that the self required by the assumption does not need to be solid, separate, or self-sufficient. We can breathe for ourselves (and, in the examples given earlier, we can also swim or drive for ourselves) and we can also think for ourselves. None of these require the ty...