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by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

rightviewftw wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 12:02 pm
I think this is very rude and is basically a way to invalidate whatever i have to say on matters of truth and reality.
Not at all. It's an opportunity for you to understand the other party, to see where they're coming from, to see what their concerns are and to relate to those concerns.
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 11:42 am
Sorry, excepting the personal anecdote, I consider the whole of your post to be factually inaccurate and muddled.
If you could relate to it, we wouldn't be having this conversation; and we wouldn't be having it either if I would be more like most others.
Good luck to you too.
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 11
Views: 127

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

In addition: 5. The speaker often speaks of a " transcendent god" however, apart from some lip-service (e.g. Matthew 5:45 ), the god generally has remained a " tribal god ". A real transcendent god is described as follows: Listen esp. from 4.18 onward. Petersen says, "The proposition that underlies...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

You should be giving me credit for not appropriating Buddhism. Why? You "appropriate" Buddhism just as much as anyone else does. No. As far as I can see, I'm one of the few people who's aware of religious boundaries and is able to discuss them. Most people experience this in a negative way, as "One...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Perhaps people could feel excluded because there is a lot of arguing on the forum and it is not much of a hugbox, at least for me it is not. People could get a sense that their views are not welcome and that they are shitty Buddhists is what i mean. If one has politically correct sensitivities, yes...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 10:31 am
I'll give credit when I think that your appropriation shows some glimmerings of wisdom, and is not an utter waste of time.
Oh, you're one of the enlightened ones!
:woohoo:
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 11
Views: 127

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

1. It highlighted a character in Dostoyevsky's book who struggled with his "conscience". It seems this "conscience" was sufficient for moral guidance; at least in hindsight. But conscience doesn't come out of nowhere. A person doesn't simply have a conscience, regardless of what society/community t...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

I didn't say it was easy to abandon sensual pleasures, or that all practitioners are happy all of the time. I was querying what seemed to be a suggestion that Buddhist practice leads to un happiness And some proposed forms of Buddhist practice indeed lead to unhappiness, because they are incomplete...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

The Buddha is said to have been somewhat reluctant to teach due to everyone going around "sleep-walking" but was encouraged to teach due to some with "little dust in their eyes." In this way, it can be seen as somewhat exclusive and elitist in that people have to be ready for it . And this readines...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Why should abandoning sensual pleasures lead to un happiness? Because merely abandoning sensual pleasures does not suffice for happiness. “Even though a disciple of the noble ones has clearly seen as it has come to be with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Please ask any buddhist with ten or twenty years experience in Buddhism how they feel ? Before anyone attain any absorption , what joy do they have ? They probably have ordinary worldly joys; and then the joy that can come from being committed to something (in this case Buddhism). Most people who a...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers! Or waste one's time with stupid people. Which is a frequent truism that doesn't explain anything. It would do, if you understood it. You should be giving me credit for not appropriating Buddhism. And for not bringing religious epistemology down to the leve...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

mikenz66 wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 9:20 am
Since most of my Buddhist friends seem happy, I'd say, they mostly feel happy.
The question is whether this happiness of theirs has anything to do with their Buddhist practice.
Or is it that they're happy despite their Buddhist practice?
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Musings on Race (Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?)
Replies: 29
Views: 115

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

SarathW wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 3:22 am
I think Mana is responsible for all the wars in the world.
Because every person thinks that they are superior to the other.
And what do we do in the face of incontrovertible truths?
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Musings on Race (Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?)
Replies: 29
Views: 115

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

Would you tell your mother to "f*ck off and die" over the phone, because you are not actually talking to your mother but interacting via electrons? So why is the internet any different? I'll answer the question: it is not any different. There are folk ideas about karma in some Asian countries, acco...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Musings on Race (Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?)
Replies: 29
Views: 115

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

When I said my behaviour IRL is antipodal I meant that I am quiet, polite and would not like to get into any long winded discussion unless I was on the whole sure that the other person and I were more or less on the same page .. ... just like at a forum. IOW, your analogy doesn't hold, because a fo...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 99
Views: 1324

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

I mostly agree with No_Mind; misery can come in all socioeconomic classes, but clearly the most misery is among the impoverished. The biggest gain in happiness comes when one comes out of poverty. It continues to rise up to the peak at about middle-class to upper-middle class. After that it is dimi...
by binocular
Tue May 22, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 99
Views: 1324

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

Surely you have taken a wrong decision in your life. No one gave you $22.5 million and an annuity of $600,000 for your error (back in 1996 when things were cheaper) I don't believe that socioeconomic classes and socioeconomic classism are bad, I also don't believe that life isn't fair. That's why I...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Exclusivity is not necessarily a bad thing. Granted, most people who have a somewhat leftist, politically correct background, shudder at notions of exclusivity. But exclusivity is normal. Not everyone is suitable or fit for everything. For example, not everyone is fit to be(come) a ballet dancer. No...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

No but mathematics (in common with many areas of knowledge) other does share with Buddhism the ability to completely take over and shape people's attitude towards their lives. So does collecting stamps. I thought that one of the best things about the movie about Stephen Hawking's life (The Theory o...