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by binocular
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 511

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

Another man may captivate the mind of a man - a beast - a child - a dead person. All of that I grant you. But the Buddha says he does not know of a form that captivates the mind of a man as that of a woman. So, I give credence to every other persuasion and fetish - but the form of a woman captivate...
by binocular
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1398

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

it might be for some people that they can not feel comfortable in their attachement to their view as being right if there is someone who is willing to argue against it....one must then vanquish all opposition to find that comfortable spot with ones own views. = being attached to converting everyone...
by binocular
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1398

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

However, you seem quite attached to being right , I don't see it as a matter of being attached to being right. Being attached to being right isn't the problem. Being attached to being right is important to one's wellbeing. The problem is, rather, being attached to converting everyone else to one's ...
by binocular
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1398

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

However, you seem quite attached to being right , and also somewhat dismissive of possible alternative interpretations. To be fair. Over half the forum is like this. And the second part even the moderators frequently do. I've found that theravada Buddhist discussion groups in particular do the seco...
by binocular
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are painful bodily feeling impermenanet (anicca)?
Replies: 8
Views: 134

Re: Are painful bodily feeling impermenanet (anicca)?

SarathW wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:56 am
Are painful bodily feeling impermenanent(anicca)?

If yes why do we have to take painkillers?
Because we can't stand the duration of some feelings, even as they are impermanent; we also generally seem that we can't stand the uncertainty of the duration of those feelings.
by binocular
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1398

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

We might occasionally encounter these vile, ignorant brutes and their views. Now these "slow" people could never "win" fairly so they tend to cheat and use lowly tactics. As i see it if the weaker opponent cheats it is still possible to win unless the cheating is of such nature that it cannot be ov...
by binocular
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paradox of absence of imperative mood.
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Paradox of absence of imperative mood.

It would seem that it is easier and more natural to set forth yogic practices like this: do so and so ( imperative mood, second person ), get this and that. But, in the key sutras of Therаvada Satipatthana Sutta and Anapanasati Sutta, another way of explaining is used. A description is given from t...
by binocular
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 818

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

rolling_boulder wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:54 pm
It sounds like you are trying to fit the Dhamma to your own preconceptions.
May the one who doesn't try to fit the Dhamma to their own preconceptions cast the first stone!
by binocular
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1398

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

If someone perceived you as being an ignorant brute how would you like them to respond to you? I would prefer them to be kind to me and most respectful But then they wouldn't be a vile, ignorant brute, so your topic would be moot. We might occasionally encounter these vile, ignorant brutes and thei...
by binocular
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: ban members who are disruptive
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: ban members who are disruptive

How about punishing people who conclude their posts with a passive aggressive "metta", "best wishes", or " :anjali: "? I find that few things are as disruptive as a passive aggressive :anjali: . But there's also an easy solution to the problems you describe: make it clear that Buddhism is only for B...
by binocular
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 32
Views: 835

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

Aloka wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:34 am
As someone I've never met, who isn't a Buddhist and who lives in a different country to me, you shouldn't be telling me how to do my job.
And that's what you take from what I said??
Have a good day :anjali:
Oh, please.
by binocular
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 32
Views: 835

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

You can't control other people's principals. If others act incongruent with the principals they espouse that's on them and is none of your business really. It is my business, if acting with this discrepancy would bring me, too, an evolutionary advantage. Why shouldn't I know the secret to success? ...
by binocular
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 32
Views: 835

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

No, I'm talking about bigger things. About the principles by which actual Buddhists actually live, not the ones they officially espouse. Because it's the ones by which they actually live that actually matter. How can we know for sure how people who post in internet forums actually live in "meat spa...
by binocular
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 32
Views: 835

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

Its worth remembering that this is a free forum and nobody is asking for donations or membership fees. There also have to be rules of one kind or another in Internet forums and moderators are just ordinary human beings like everyone else - and they often put in a lot of time and effort in order to ...
by binocular
Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 32
Views: 835

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

Also highlighting people's hypocrisy can be in itself a form of hypocrisy. Who of us have never preached something that they did not practice at some point of his/her life? It's not that. It's when people in positions of power enforce standards that they themselves do not live up to. Basically, a d...