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by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 27
Views: 191

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

James Tan wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 9:11 am
Nope , your assumption not correct , you don't know him and the actual situation and this was his perception which is wrong .
Why would a monk's perception on this be wrong? Who else decides whether someone is qualified for Buddhism or not?
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 27
Views: 191

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

The lack of teachers and the interest to disseminate the Buddha's teaching is a disadvantaged to Buddhism as a whole . I don't think there's a lack of interest to disseminate the Buddha's teaching. I think it's that the Buddha's teaching is so specific, requires such personal qualifications that si...
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 59
Views: 585

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

Now that I've opted out of the News and Politics section, everything looks nice and restful, and dhammic. Highly recommended. I don't take issue with the News and Lounge section per se. I find them to be just the culmination of loose morality (!) that can be found elsewhere on the forum. To me, the...
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 59
Views: 585

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

What do we do then about and for the so-called "Engaged Buddhist"? what 'we''d do is ignore the engaged buddhism and cast it out of our community or rightly criticize it but also ignore it and not let it creep in and fester Ha! True. But again we are dealing with something that varies between indiv...
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?
Replies: 32
Views: 305

Re: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?

No_Mind wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 8:20 am
Will never get to see the land of Douglas McArthur and Neil Armstrong .. hmm
It's not like you have the money for that anyway. :tongue: :(
And the money that you do have would probably be better spent on other things. :smile:
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?
Replies: 32
Views: 305

Re: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?

Many non-leftists no longer frequent Starbucks due to their policies and promotions. Oh well. AFAIK, Starbucks is rather pricey, and I thought that would be the major factor in who goes there or not. I also think that if some relatively pricey establishments would have such a liberal policy (free a...
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 36
Views: 335

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

Having done those things, I falsified it to my own satisfaction. I found that the hypothesis "no such testing can be possible" was false. That testing is possible. Whatever complexity there was, the results were not in fact "all over the place", and it did indeed allow me to make a meaningful inter...
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 27
Views: 191

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

The lack of teachers and the interest to disseminate the Buddha's teaching is a disadvantaged to Buddhism as a whole . I don't think there's a lack of interest to disseminate the Buddha's teaching. I think it's that the Buddha's teaching is so specific, requires such personal qualifications that si...
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 27
Views: 191

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

...the need to accomplish anything is but worthless effort at the end of the day. Does this mean that the Buddha's teaching will always remain as a secondary movement or even cease to be of any role to human being in the platform of the world eventually ? Remember the Buddha taught laypeople a lot....
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?
Replies: 32
Views: 305

Re: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?

Wizard in the Forest wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 1:06 am
It is official policy to ensure that amenities are available to everyone with or without paying for anything.
Where??

You don't even have to go to some godforsaken sub-Saharan African country to see that there is no such official policy. Instead, try Venice, Italy.
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 36
Views: 335

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

I would humbly suggest that one sane and fruitful approach is derived from Karl Popper's philosophy. We provisionally accept a particular view based on one of the mental activities outlined in MN 95, and then subject that view to the test of practical experience. If experience falsifies it, then th...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 36
Views: 335

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

Saengnapha wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 4:04 am
It is much more effective to be specific about what is in doubt rather than treat doubt as a general state of mind.
Exactly.
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 59
Views: 585

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

I think a problem is that most of the topics are just discussing news and politics and are not even trying to Discuss it in terms of the Dhamma, perhaps that is the problem and enforcement of what is already in the description of the sub is the way to handle it; A place to bring a contemplative / D...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 59
Views: 585

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

What constitutes a "serious practice" is going to vary from person to person. Sure. I imagine that those who are serious about their practice will recognize this seriousness in others, regardless of the varying, versatile, different external, surface expressions, and there will be no problem. So if...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Developing understanding - whilst avoiding slander, born of contention
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Developing understanding - whilst avoiding slander, born of contention

Developing understanding - whilst avoiding slander, born of contention Understanding is overrated in modern times. I think understanding (like tolerance) should be the result, not the process. The process should be to mind one's own business. One of the side-effects of that is understanding or tole...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 59
Views: 585

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

just curious if a Dhammic perspective could be brought to politics or is politics inherently just too divisive? As far as I can tell, there already _is_ a Dhammic perspective on everything. That's the whole point of the Dhamma, is it not? The only problem is that there would need to be members who ...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 59
Views: 585

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

JohnK wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 3:24 pm
I do still wonder if there is a more formal statement of DW's mission/purpose that can provide some context for considering the question.
Yes, there is. I linked to it above.
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 59
Views: 585

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

It's been almost a year since this amendment has been posted: Subject: Terms of Service amendment regarding Speech & Intention /.../ but such speech must remain cognizant of the fact that " Dhamma Wheel is an environment for the discussion of Theravada Buddhism ". If your contributions are deemed si...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?
Replies: 32
Views: 305

Re: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?

There's definitely a ceiling on this policy. Yes. An example: For a while, the local university library allowed everyone free access to the internet, regardless whether they were members of the library or not. The library quickly became a kind of homeless shelter, where many homeless people would s...