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by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What difficulties did you have when you started reading suttas?
Replies: 23
Views: 392

Re: What difficulties did you have when you started reading suttas?

-- Encountering opposition and even hostility from Mahayanis for the Pali Canon (according to them, it's supposedly "lowly" and not leading to the highest goal). That's really interesting. From the Theravada perspective, I usually explain that in Mahayana they also respect the Pali suttas but that ...
by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 75
Views: 826

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

Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:28 am
binocular wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:23 am
Sam Vara wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 7:54 pm
I think most people reading this would have a pretty good idea of what's going on, binocular.
QED.
Questioning Everything Daftly?
You just keep on demonstrating what I've been talking about. You keep proving my points.
by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion for Women
Replies: 111
Views: 1657

Re: Compassion for Women

@Binocular I read every post in a thread I'm in. Why do you think otherwise? Because it's clear from your comments that you don't. I'm sick of having to copy-paste the same thing several times before you actually read it, even though you've already replied to it. Also don't try and belittle my gend...
by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 75
Views: 826

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

Sam Vara wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 7:54 pm
I think most people reading this would have a pretty good idea of what's going on, binocular.
QED.

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Saengnapha wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 3:49 am
No one is forcing you to do this. Your own ideas of what you think you are supposed to do puts you in these situations. Simply walk away. I did and never looked back.
Yet you're here.
by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums
Replies: 95
Views: 2180

Re: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums

So has Admin been pouring his political bias over the forum or not? Or that which you call his "bias" is, in fact, Dhamma. I wouldn't know. Do you think admin and the team have any responsibility for the failure of the ""News, Current Events & Politics" and "Lounge" forums" (I guess it's a failure)...
by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: professional cuddling
Replies: 29
Views: 577

Re: professional cuddling

Is it worse to pay for some semblance of intimacy, or to live completely without human touch? IMO, that's an individual choice that others should not judge. Have you seen Notes on a Scandal ? It's interesting what Dench's character has to say about not being touched. But since this is still a Buddh...
by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: professional cuddling
Replies: 29
Views: 577

Re: professional cuddling

Because human intimacy, just like sexual intimacy (all human intimacy), is not a commodity. It appears that modern psychologists/psychiatrists disagree with the above. For them, it's all about numbers and things. So, yes, there's a way to view intimacy as a commodity. There is, for example, the ide...
by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums
Replies: 95
Views: 2180

Re: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums

The real problem with this forum has been the returning admin, who has who has poured his political bias all over this forum. In my opinion to a far greater extent than any other member. But what if that is what the Dhamma actually is?! What if in order to become enlightened, one has to embrace rig...
by binocular
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums
Replies: 95
Views: 2180

Re: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums

Its earlier, and far more specific use was a good descriptor for authoritarians who would have a meltdown if you didn't address them by their custom pronouns or those who'd need to play with play-doh, bubbles and cuddle puppies if a speaker came onto campus who didn't share their Cultural Marxist w...
by binocular
Wed May 30, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion for Women
Replies: 111
Views: 1657

Re: Compassion for Women

Of course, there's no doubt that for many people today, this would be an expression of misogyny. that i don't deny but most people have no clue and can't even begin to comprehend what it would take to set the wheel of Dhamma in motion for the benefit of many. Or maybe the female form is inferior to...
by binocular
Wed May 30, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 75
Views: 826

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

It is strange, yes. But within Buddhism this indebtedness and connection to those who are passing on and interpreting the Dhamma is considered to be a great blessing, something that is to be welcomed and is a source of joy rather than anxiety. It is akin to the gratitude that we feel for our parent...
by binocular
Wed May 30, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion for Women
Replies: 111
Views: 1657

Re: Compassion for Women

The Tathagata did something incredible, his dispensation was planned to last for thousands of years. The rules laid down were obviously not some kind of expression of mysogyny But they may be an expression of the conviction that the female form is inferior to the male form. Of course, there's no do...
by binocular
Wed May 30, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: can discover path by own efforts?
Replies: 38
Views: 646

Re: can discover path by own efforts?

Secondly, the idea that religiosity or spirituality is some kind of marketplace is _epistemically_ highly problematic. It cannot possibly be up to the individual to decide how much 2 + 2 is, or whether God exists, or what the meaning of life is etc. Leaving such things up to the individual is just ...
by binocular
Wed May 30, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion for Women
Replies: 111
Views: 1657

Re: Compassion for Women

8. Should any bhikkhunī, lusting, consent to a lusting man's taking hold of her hand or touching the edge of her outer robe, or should she stand with him or converse with him or go to a rendezvous with him, or should she consent to his approaching her, or should she enter a hidden place with him, o...
by binocular
Wed May 30, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 75
Views: 826

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

These days there are much of the dhammaviniya translated and available free of charge on the internet. And one could even learn pali and confirm the trAnslations oneself.. then one can check anything a teacher says and even correct them.. Maybe if one doesn't actually read the texts, then one can t...