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by binocular
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 46
Views: 403

Re: Combatting Guruism

dylanj wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:26 am
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I think that extreme individualism like that is a defensive position and should be recognized as such. It has its uses, but it is a defensive position, and as such, has some drawbacks (assuming moreill will in others than may be warranted).
by binocular
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 46
Views: 403

Re: Combatting Guruism

I think its good to remember that there is an element of luck in everything we do, of course this does not mean that we should depend on luck to achieve any worthy goal, but to merely acknowledge this fact makes us less fixated in my opinion. "It would be a sheer coincidence, lord, that the blind s...
by binocular
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 164
Views: 2444

Re: Diversity among mods

Maybe debate is praised and practised during times when there is a lot of uncertainty, and then declines when the truth (or the perceived truth) is accepted by a majority of the population. It seems to me that it's the other way around: In times of certainty, people can afford to indulge in luxurie...
by binocular
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 164
Views: 2444

Re: Diversity among mods

retrofuturist wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:33 pm
Is it these people being attacked, or is it their articles of faith about the origins of the Abhidhamma being challenged?
In this particular case, is there really a difference between the two?
by binocular
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

ever since listening to Thanissaro Bhikkhu's series, 'Romanticizing the Buddha', in which he explains how the modern malaise of Post-modernism in Western lands, has it's roots in the philosophy of the German Romantics, I've become more aware of how, usually while being quite unaware of it, so many ...
by binocular
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Before the law - Franz Kafka
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Before the law - Franz Kafka

Kafka's texts are bad faith.
by binocular
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 164
Views: 2444

Re: Diversity among mods

Maybe debate is praised and practised during times when there is a lot of uncertainty, and then declines when the truth (or the perceived truth) is accepted by a majority of the population. It seems to me that it's the other way around: In times of certainty, people can afford to indulge in luxurie...
by binocular
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 164
Views: 2444

Re: Diversity among mods

Why? Why not point to the syntax which restricts how you express yourself intelligibly in English? And not being enlightened is also a major restriction of one's free speech! :thinking: Providing one does not want to violate the ToS, then one's speech is free. Nobody's speech gets moderated providi...
by binocular
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 164
Views: 2444

Re: Diversity among mods

you also said the forum has to be complex and we don't need simple Asian monks to participate. It's bad style to misrepresent others. Copy-paste where I said what you're accusing me of. still wondering what an ad hominem post actually is, as many times as I've been accused of it, its still a nothin...
by binocular
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 159
Views: 2552

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

A matter of interpretation.
For example, if you're feeling particularly generous, you can conceive of the Nazi'ss reason for going to war as simply a matter of economic and territorial gain.
by binocular
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: Loneliness

I've noticed when I go to Starbucks it's common to see young people sitting on their own with laptops. Maybe it's technology that's partly to blame for making us antisocial. I think it's Thatcherism (and similar policies) that is a major contributor to people ending up lonely, because of the way th...
by binocular
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?
Replies: 13
Views: 167

Re: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?

Basically what I’ve said in the title... should we discuss more openly or through private messaging where monks and nuns have acted inappropriately or rudely etc. to laypeople or indeed where we have witnessed monastics being rude to / bullying monastics who are more junior to themselves? I think t...
by binocular
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 159
Views: 2552

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Some say wars are fought for power, some say they are fought for harmony. Now what?
by binocular
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 60
Views: 910

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

Saengnapha wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:12 am
Has changing the way others behave become your new vocation?
?
I'm discussing the topic. I'm actually hoping it will help me clarify my own problems that the OP is talking about. It is my experience that such discussion is helpful for me, more helpful than private contemplation.
by binocular
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature is stranger than we can imagine
Replies: 9
Views: 220

Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

No_Mind wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:25 am
binocular wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:23 pm
That's not for no reason. The man provoked the elephant.

Actually no. He was trying to take a photo. He was a local and knew better than to provoke a wild elephant. He seemed to raise his hand and call out to the elephant though (for what reason no one can quite understand).
= provocation.
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 60
Views: 910

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

So I'm the person who unfortunately ruined your day, "airing his grievances" ( Ad Hominem ) about how you don't deserve $500 when you land on "Free Parking". In just the same way, I point at the Dhamma Vinaya, pointing out, to many people's dismay, what the Senior monks are not entitled to by the B...
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 164
Views: 2444

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:40 pm
No, I'm not into the idea that enlightenment or the forum has to be complex and is outside the ability of simple monks.
Like I said: Feel free to become enlightened.
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 164
Views: 2444

Re: Diversity among mods

Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:23 pm
Some time I will innocently work the word "diversity" into a post in a specific way
Diversity of hedge fund investments.
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 164
Views: 2444

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:06 pm
Is this your idea of a Buddhist insult??
So you're not into enlightenment and all that stuff?
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature is stranger than we can imagine
Replies: 9
Views: 220

Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

No_Mind wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:29 pm
The other side .. elephant in Bengal kills a man for no reason last Nov .. very violent animals.
That's not for no reason. The man provoked the elephant.