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by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?
Replies: 12
Views: 125

Re: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?

Things disappearing ... If one takes the no-reincarnation view and no-transmigration view (as the OP did), then what options for the care about the future are you left with? Other than a Mahayana-styled (!) or a humanist one? It's questionable whether one can even meaningfully conceive of the concep...
by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

It seems that you are taking your own very narrow view of things and projecting it onto all buddhists. I'm not going to defend things you merely imagine I said or defend stances you merely imagine I hold. There was no such projection. I am distinguishing between different types of approaching Buddh...
by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?
Replies: 12
Views: 125

Re: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?

budo wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:43 pm
If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?
A Mahayana-styled or humanist reply is that it is out of compassion for the living beings to come, or out of honor for your species, that you should create the causes and conditions for a good future for them.
by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?
Replies: 12
Views: 125

Re: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?

- Not having stress in the present moment, and avoiding stressful situations in the future, is there anything better that one can do in the present moment? Yes, and that is developing the causes and conditions that will make it difficult, or preferrably, impossible for stress to arise later on. It'...
by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

What I wanted to know is whether you think it impossible. In the sense that, Buddhism is wrong. I think it is possible not to grasp. I just don't think it is possible to live (ie. work for a living, having some kind of social life) in modern secular society while not grasping. I also don't think it...
by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Word buddha: a direct meaning or a metaphor?
Replies: 19
Views: 209

Re: Word buddha: a direct meaning or a metaphor?

Linguistically, the history of the meaning of a word can be very complex. Simply put, a meaning could originally be literal, and then over time become metaphorical. But it can also happen the other way around: a word can be first used primarily metaphorically, and over time, come to be considered li...
by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

That's not in line with the teachings on the fruits of kamma though. If you've got some real crap in the past, it can happen that you can now try as you might, but you'll still feel crappy. Just on this one point: Per Thanissaro Bhikkhu (from Karma Q&A , Q.15), it is possible to weaken the results ...
by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

Is not grasping a realistic goal? No. Do you mean not realistic for your self alone or do you mean for everyone? Since one doesn't live in a vacuum, it's not clear how the two can be conveniently separated. If the people among whom one lives and some of whom have power over one (boss, superiors at ...
by binocular
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

According to the canon, the worst that could happen if one sincerely follows the path is that one makes slow and painful progress. That's tough, but a lot better than making no progress at all due to not sincerely making an effort. Progress -- according to what standard? Sincerely making an effort ...
by binocular
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

Many Buddhists love to preach the method of for-a-mustard-seed-of-faith. But in reality, one has to be ready for a scenario like this: Twenty five years since my going forth, and no peace of awareness —not a finger-snap’s worth— attained. Having gained no oneness of mind, I was wracked with lust. Wa...
by binocular
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

See DNS's post above. If the complete abandonment of craving seems too much, pick a smaller battle, enjoy the ensuing freedom, and confidence will grow. As soon as one stops clinging to something, suffering caused by that clinging ceases. To abandon all clinging is difficult, but any wise person ca...
by binocular
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

Have you never fallen out of love, given up a bad habit, or stopped worrying about something? Sure. But being 100% consequent and consistent seems to be more a sign of psychopathology than of anything else. The normal course of action in life is that when one falls out of love, for example, one is ...
by binocular
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:26 pm
Is not grasping a realistic goal?
No.
by binocular
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Word buddha: a direct meaning or a metaphor?
Replies: 19
Views: 209

Re: Word buddha: a direct meaning or a metaphor?

But he addressed (in the very first sutra) not at all to ordinary people, but to cool yogis (it seems they all became arhats). Therefore, your argument is uncertain. And he didn't simply call himself "awakened" either, but said: /.../ 'All-vanquishing, all-knowing am I, with regard to all things, u...
by binocular
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 416

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

The aim of the buddha was to teach the end of suffering. Which is extraordinary, so extraordinary that for many people, it seems to be incomprehensible. And redundant, too, since people typically seem to believe that it is impossible to actually end suffering, only temporarily alleviate it, and tha...