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by binocular
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?

I would imagine that most people have them to some degree already, by virtue of their human birth. As the contributions in the discussion in the other thread indicate, hiri and ottappa seem to be specifically Buddhist. It is very rare to meet anyone who has absolutely no sense of personal shame abo...
by binocular
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is nothing to do
Replies: 11
Views: 130

Re: There is nothing to do

dOnce the desire passes, so will this entity. Effort, therefore, will last so long as the desire/entity does. Then it ends. Effort is therefore futile. There really is nothing to do. This is Buddhism. Just because you will one day be a corpse doesn't mean that you are already now a corpse or that i...
by binocular
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 32
Views: 409

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness mediation is not a philosophical principle....it is not a principle of any kind that I know of. It is a techniques which has been found beneficial by a broad sampling of humans across many cultures and in many settings. Similarly, the things kim ohara mentions are not philosophical prin...
by binocular
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 32
Views: 409

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

As you say, Binocular, none of these approaches is perfect, and none of them is equally available to all. That position is almost the same as mine, but you highlight the negatives and I highlight the positives. Highlighting the positives lends itself well to judging others (namely those for whom th...
by binocular
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?

Greetings, Brought up in the discussion in AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to? , my question is: Can one learn hiri and ottappa? Or are hiri and ottappa something one simply either has or doesn't have (or are such that one either learns them already as a small child, but canno...
by binocular
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 32
Views: 409

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Nothing is a panacea. By that measure, Buddhism doesn't "help" everybody. It works if you learn the skills. When some people are excluded from learning the skills; or when some required skills are such that one must be born with them or learn them already as a small child, but cannot learn them lat...
by binocular
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 22
Views: 152

Re: Anger

Anger is a common emotion and people often feel that they need to express their anger. Does anger serve any purpose? Among other things, anger is a way to maintain personal boundaries, a way to psychologically draw a line between oneself and others, or to psychologically push others (or other thing...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A woman reporting a monk?
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: A woman reporting a monk?

The part that I quoted was the second stage in the evolution of this rule. In the third and final stage the rule becomes: ‘If a monk gives a teaching of more than five or six sentences to a woman, except in the presence of a man who understands, he commits an offense entailing confession.’ https://...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 22
Views: 152

Re: Anger

mal4mac wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:48 pm
So nice guys can get angry
So now nice and angry go hand in hand? Sounds like some monotheistic idea of a lovingly angry god.
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?
Replies: 52
Views: 539

Re: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?

Good according to whose idea of goodness? Bhagavaṃ mūlakā no dhammā, Bhagavaṃ nettikā, Bhagavaṃ paṭisaraṇā. “Our teachings are rooted in the Blessed One, guided by the Blessed One, take recourse in the Blessed One.” Goes without saying, eh? If only there wouldn't be so many ideas out there as to wh...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 32
Views: 409

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Spiny Norman wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:25 pm
It seems like a win-win situation.
If you ignore all those who weren't helped by MBSR.
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 163

Re: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain

What are the kammic consequences for using supernormal powers for personal/material gain? For example, if someone were to produce gold with mental powers or by some other resolve bring personal wealth? Chances are they would get problems with the IRS, and they would have to sell/trade in whatever g...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ideas, emptiness, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 121

Re: Ideas, emptiness, etc.

So the point is: We have certain ideas based on our experiences, the books we've read, the religion we follow. But when life (by life I mean circumstances, other people, other ideas, etc.) contradicts our ideas, it causes pain, disturbance, anger, etc. So is the real issue here the contradiction be...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Pondera wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:33 am
Another take on lying dormant...
[Radiohead: Just]
Factoid: Around that time, Thom Yorke believed in karma ...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: List of rules for monks relevant for lay women
Replies: 2
Views: 61

List of rules for monks relevant for lay women

Greetings. Inspired by this recent post -- ‘If a monk gives a teaching of more than five or six sentences to a woman, he commits an offense entailing confession.’” I would like this thread to be a readily available collection of those rules for monks that are relevant for women. That is, the list of...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A woman reporting a monk?
Replies: 5
Views: 118

A woman reporting a monk?

By that, could it be that the possible reason why kukkucca is described in the Vinaya as occurring before is because shame (kukkucca) can arise due to only having considered doing the unwholesome action (but not having done it)? Yes. Or merely being presented with an opportunity: Soon afterwards so...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: personal attack vs ad hominem
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: personal attack vs ad hominem

Sovatthika wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:25 am
are the guidelines here in accordance with right speech or just political correctness
Who can adequately answer this question?
Are you asking that person?
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: personal attack vs ad hominem
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: personal attack vs ad hominem

To begin with, the distinctions between a fallacious ad hominem argument and a justified ad hominem need to be understood. When a statement is challenged by making an ad hominem attack on its author, it is important to draw a distinction between whether the statement in question was an argument or a...
by binocular
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Is there any special hell that you might know of for sramanas who sleep all day? Asking for a friend here. No idea. If there is, maybe it would like apartment 306, where lying down is enforced 24/7. Maybe someone who sleeps a lot has some disease. Beyond that, all nine circles of Dante's hell fit s...
by binocular
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?
Replies: 52
Views: 539

Re: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?

There are some further illustrations of the terms in the Atthasālinī: /.../ Those illustrations are of a life that I know only from hearsay, books, and samurai films. I sometimes buy a fancy French home design magazine . I wonder what kind of people live in those homes, what kind of lifestyles they...