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by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

I'm not well-versed in their doctrine. Maybe their doctrine states that this is what will happen to unbelievers but this wouldn't imply that they hope for this to be the case. If they believe that God (who instated their religious doctrine) is just, then, by implication, they think it is just and l...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

The two are not essentially the same, or substantively the same, as there are two different objects of discussion. As long as one externalizes issues of communication this way, one is bound up in the power game, and fighting for the upper hand. Excluded from my understanding of "personalized" comme...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

I find that it is assuming some kind of objectivity and authority over other people is the problem. And the strawmaning, the redherringing, the virtuesignalling that is the problem. You have leveled such accusations on numerous occasions. Not sure what you are driving at. I find it hard to believe ...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

@binocular: Yes, I agree have been focusing on simple foods and cooking more for myself. I am not overweight but my stomach wants me to be: always crying for more... This is an internal monologue that has been difficult to silence. I have more self-control than I used to but it's been a very slow p...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Well, they are most probably buddhist by birth. And I assume a large number of them have a good measure of genuine faith in the buddhist religion. So I don't see what here is supposedly "taken so easy". And I don't think it stands to question that there is and has been persecution of Muslims in Bur...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

perkele wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:17 pm
binocular wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:22 pm
There's a bigger problem: How does one show goodwill to someone who wishes one suffering forever and ever?
Do you believe that all or most or many muslims think that way towards you (as well as towards other "infidels)?
Yes. It's part of their doctrine.
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 45
Views: 501

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

So, my question for EVERYONE here is: What is wrong with your mindfulness? It doesn't seem to be delivering the goods.....I guess....don't know for sure....... What is wrong with aspirin? It won't cure cancer.....but then again neither will the vast majority of the experimental cancer drugs that do...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?
Replies: 9
Views: 114

Re: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?

Of course it can be learned or enhanced. I think total absence of hiri and ottappa is probably rare although theoretically possible. If it couldn't be learned, then I would think the Buddhist path would only be for those who have some sort of innate morality. That doesn't sound correct to me. The q...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 31
Views: 215

Re: Anger

So I asked him the standard question - what would he do if somebody crashed through the door right now and threatened to kill everyone with a gun. You know, because I wanted to un-man him for the spineless pacifist bs artist that he was. Your question was based on a problematic intention; it's very...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 45
Views: 501

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

That's fine, but it doesn't answer my question. Why the effort to bash every approach to mindfulness which is not identical to one's own views? Where am I bashing them?? Copy-paste. I am, however, disappointed, because MBSR is presented as a cure that can help many, supposedly including me, but it ...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

The problem with reporting these comments is that nothing is done. Apparently the TOS is interpreted to not cover them. There's a bigger problem: How does one show goodwill to someone who wishes one suffering forever and ever? If you can answer that, and present a way to have such goodwill without ...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

What do we think we are gaining by showing contempt for other faiths? For some, it is a matter of letting off some steam, given what other religions say about Buddhism. Have you any idea what Bahais claim about Buddhism??! Given how Bahais misrepresent Buddhism, what you have quoted some supposed B...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

SarathW wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:36 am
. Buddhists are persecuting Rohingya Muslims
Now you are disparaging Buddhists!
Yes. Just because some journalists and politicians call some Burmese people "Buddhists" doesn't make those people Buddhists. Religious identifications aren't to be taken so easily.
by binocular
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

In general, my perception is that there are more personalized comments made on DW and elsewhere than are necessary, and many people do not seem to recognize when they have made a personalized comment, or the effect such a comment may have on the person spoken to. In my view, it is particularly impo...
by binocular
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: List of rules for monks relevant for lay women
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: List of rules for monks relevant for lay women

Thank you for the list.
I wish I knew that earlier, it would save me a lot of grief.
by binocular
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 17
Views: 175

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

It has been suggested to me that personalized comments are a normal way of expressing disagreement in English. For example, saying, "Here is the source of your confusion" has an identical meaning compared with saying, "Here is why your comments appear to be confused." I respectfully disagree that t...
by binocular
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?
Replies: 9
Views: 114

Re: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?

The words are Pali and tend only to be heard in Buddhist circles, but the concepts behind them are commonplace and almost universal. They may be nearly universal in name, but not in content. For example, just think of what an Abrahamic monotheist considers to be "shame" and fear of consequences." I...
by binocular
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

However, for a lay follower living in a Western country with a plethora of supermarkets, fast food, sweets, desserts, and other unwholesome foods, it is challenging for me to construct a diet that is both practical and would be considered "skillful means of providing nutriment to the body". You cou...
by binocular
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eating in a restaurant part 2
Replies: 59
Views: 541

Re: Eating in a restaurant part 2

Does knowing these reasons change the point about the two ways to react to remorse? I vote "no". I say it does. Even monkeys distinguish between intentional and unintentional harm, and respond differently to it. There's a characteristic difference between genuine wrongdoing and intentional wrongdoi...
by binocular
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 31
Views: 215

Re: Anger

Sometimes people express anger as a social tool out of compassion without having anger in the heart. For example, in a classroom, a teacher might speak sharply to a student, yet not actually be angry. The student thinks the teacher is angry. And the effect on the student is the same, whether the te...