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by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 53
Views: 467

Re: Structuring lay life

Binocular suggesting why not take the neighbour along with the drugs to a retreat. I'm not suggesting that. I take issue with the idea that it is acceptable to take what is, essentially, blood money, ie. money obtained at the cost of another's life, or other equivalents of that. The non-Buddhist wi...
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 53
Views: 467

Re: Structuring lay life

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Why should people not get "the best of both worlds" if they want to and are able?
You think it is acceptable that other people shoulder the costs of your pleasures?
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 91
Views: 726

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

Obviously, these assumptions are not conclusive; unless we can find a definitive sutta where the Buddha tells Kings punishing evil-doers is unwholesome. As far as I know, there is also no sutta that advises physical self-defense. Or do you know one? In MN 130, if all the wardens of hell were punish...
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 53
Views: 467

Re: Structuring lay life

Yes, I understood what you meant. I was a bit puzzled as to why you wanted to limit anyone's pleasures at all. Strange interpretation. It's not about wanting to limit their pleasures. Although I suppose it is outrageous to expect that Buddhists should live up to their Buddhist standards! If a Buddh...
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 53
Views: 467

Re: Structuring lay life

"The best of both worlds" refers to getting the best of the Buddhist world, and also of the non-Buddhist world. I know what you are talking about and i have reflected on this but in a different way. I definitely have this but its actually not as good as you make it sound, it is actually quite horri...
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 20
Views: 297

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

Angry young men ...
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Replies: 14
Views: 177

Re: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.

SarathW wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:32 am
With your experience why monks have to get up 4.00am to do meditation.
Aren't many of them half asleep?
Then why are they monks?
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 53
Views: 467

Re: Structuring lay life

Perhaps "emulate" was the wrong word. Practicing at the level of a monastic, out of obligation is more of what I meant. As if that is the standard for a lay practitioner. But who is making it such a standard or suggesting it? I just think it's conflating two different lifestyles. I think the issue ...
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 53
Views: 467

Re: Structuring lay life

Male Buddhists should put their wedding ring where their mouth is and marry female Buddhists who have at least as much dedication to the Dhamma as they do. That way, they wouldn't be getting the best of both worlds anymore. The best of both worlds? I was talking about male Buddhists who are married...
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha displaying sense of humor
Replies: 15
Views: 94

Re: The Buddha displaying sense of humor

/.../ [2] "Then there is the case of the monk who can handle the cloud of dust, but on seeing the top of the enemy's banner, he falters, faints, doesn't steel himself, can't continue in the holy life. Declaring his weakness in the training, he leaves the training and returns to the lower life. What...
by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha displaying sense of humor
Replies: 15
Views: 94

Re: The Buddha displaying sense of humor

thepea wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:19 pm
Isn’t the goal to be joyful and happy?
That's not the same as humor.

Which brings us back to the original point: What is it about some passages from the suttas that they seem humorous to some people?
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 20
Views: 297

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

if you want to prove that it is bad idea I'm not arguing against such a section (or even a whole forum like that). I just don't share your enthusiasm about it. I've seen such attempts before elsewhere, and they didn't seem to work. There were either very few postings; or people were really mean to ...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 20
Views: 297

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

I am not even suggesting one of my own ideas for communal guidelines and discussion of the Dhamma, you are supposedly arguing against perfect knowledge and the highest authority :? This is clearly a Lay Disciple in the dispensation of the Tathagata asking for a mere section of the forum to be dedic...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 20
Views: 297

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

It is offensive because it implies that we are incapable, which i consider slander. Oh, okay. Secondly moderation will hardly be required a simple admonishment by the engaged party will be enough, reapeated offenders will simply be pointed out and can be deemed not worth talking to until they refor...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 53
Views: 467

Re: Structuring lay life

Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight? Thoughts? I'd be permanently shorting myself of Mrs. Vara if I went for the eight. :shock: Male Buddhists should put their wedding ring where their mouth is and marry female Buddhists who ha...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 53
Views: 467

Re: Structuring lay life

How do we best structure lay life to get the most out of our practice? How close is too close when it comes to emulating monastics? Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight? I don't think it's about "emulating monastics" (although I...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 20
Views: 297

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

Another big issue is people who are legitimatelly mentally ill, i do not feel comfortable having to deal with what is clearly insane by worldly standards. You don't have to deal with them. The slower ones naturally get left behind by the faster ones. The problem isn't that there are too many people...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 20
Views: 297

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

You've got a dozen or so sotapannas at your beck and calling? Cool. is that the requirement to moderate around here? No, but to moderate according to the criteria specified in the OP, one would need to be at least a sotapanna. I do not agree and this is offensive but obviously you can make predicti...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 21
Views: 285

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

It's probably too early to say, but I wonder what mental changes are occuring now as a result of AI, and whether they are conducive to the spread of Buddhism, or the reverse? The spread of AI makes many people redundant, leaving them to feel expendable. In an effort to earn a living, they have to r...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 21
Views: 285

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

Social conditions of unemployment produced by AI have similarity to the increased leisure time as a result of the development of agriculture during the Buddha’s era, resulting in the spread of Buddhism: Unemployment sure "increases leisure time", but for an unemployed person, that is anything but t...