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by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 110
Views: 1435

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

Also, I think many Americans & Westerners are in total denial of their own foreign policy & are unable to even consider it is the US govt that has basically nurtured every branch of modern terrorism under the banner of Islam. I live in Europe. Right in the small town where I live (and in may other ...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 10
Views: 75

Re: Want to improve sila

On another general note: Devote a small notebook to writing down ideas for moral actions, sorting them by category. For example: Ideas for being more generous in physical actions: - give the cat fresh water every day - send my friends birthday cards on their birthdays - go grocery shopping for a fri...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 95
Views: 1008

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

When we make a personalized comment, we run the risk of creating conflict. Conflict arises when there are competing interests. Which is how people who have less or more harmonized interests don't consider themselves to be in conflict with eachother, even though they make plenty of personalized comm...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 110
Views: 1435

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

But where is this manifesting in this forum in relation to the topic of Islam? Could you perhaps show some examples? Perhaps this "angst" is something of a projection or a misinterpretation. That someone has unresolved existential angst, existential questions and fears for the most part cannot be d...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 110
Views: 1435

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

I doubt anything can alleviate that angst [edit: or moral and emotional panic], because that angst seems to be linked to people's most fundamental questions and fears about life, the meaning of life, justice, and other such fundamental issues . Which angst are you talking about here? The angst that...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 110
Views: 1435

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

The Buddhification of Dhamma Wheel members fallacy - Perpetrated by those who are new to Dhamma Wheel, or any other buddhist forum, and get disapointed that other members don't behave like the Buddha. I don't understand how what you brought is a response to what I posted. I think you expect (althou...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 95
Views: 1008

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

The title of the Topic is "Right Speech." This is a forum devoted to Dhamma discussion. This Topic clearly was intended to be about the Dhamma from the starting gate. You're forgetting who the posters here are. This isn't a debate class at a Buddhist university. - - - The kernel of truth might be: ...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 45
Views: 399

Re: Anger

While each of us alone is responsible for his or her reactions, this does not mean we are incapable of harming others. Children need to learn that their words and actions can have an effect on others. It is part of being human. How about adults learning that? Such as adults learning that their word...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 110
Views: 1435

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

alfa wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:01 pm
Still, what exactly do people hope to accomplish by 'criticizing' Islam or any other religion?
One of the goals of criticism: To maintain at least a psychological distance from that which is being criticized.
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 95
Views: 1008

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

Who is the chastiser, and who has been chastised? There is no who that is the chastiser, there is no who that is being chastised. Without a who, there is nothing for "personal" comments to land on or cling to. That's pretty much how I feel. I find it bizarre that people are reading "outbursts" and ...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 95
Views: 1008

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

The point is as follows: (1) Different individuals might reasonably take comments personally in ways we can't always predict. (2) Such "personalized" comments are prone to misunderstanding. (3) When we have made a personalized comment (i.e., playing the person, not the ball), then we have created p...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 10
Views: 75

Re: Want to improve sila

Digity wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:21 am
/.../ what would you personally pick for those three things?
On a general note: it should be activities where one can clearly measure whether one has done them or not.
For example, "be more generous" is hard to measure, but "give the cat fresh water every day" is measurable.
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 110
Views: 1435

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

Personally, I'm not inclined to prohibit any subject of conversation, so long as behaviour of those involved in the conversation adheres to the parameters of the Terms of Service. But nonetheless, as this topic demonstrates, people complain when others dare to mention Islam in anything less than a ...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 110
Views: 1435

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

I really agree with this. I don't mind people discussing what they think are bad things about other religions but the tone of the discussion seem to me to be bashing and uncaring about the people who are muslims and who do not ascribe to those negative things which people see. The tone of the discu...
by binocular
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 110
Views: 1435

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

Or is it that Islam is such an emotive "hot button" topic for some people in the 21st century that no level of critique, no matter what the tone, can possibly be tolerated by them? Yes. And even intellectuals can be among such people. Some years back, I witnessed a discussion at a Buddhist forum wh...
by binocular
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 45
Views: 399

Re: Anger

Children need to see /.../ that their conduct might elicit anger in another. That would be teaching them that they are responsible for what other people think, feel, and do. Which then leads to, among other things, the considerable earnings of psychotherapists and self-help gurus. Most parents unde...
by binocular
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada
Replies: 15
Views: 264

Re: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada

perkele wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:10 pm
I think Ven. Dhammanando has mentioned it and enumerated the preconditions for taking on the bodhisatta path here quite recently somewhere.
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by binocular
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 60
Views: 708

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

I can't comment on your state of mind, but when I get into that kind of zone (assuming I'm understanding you) its generally a sign that something has gone wrong, e.g. aversion and dissociation. I don't want to overstate things, but with food, I seem to have defaultet to a sense of "This is what thi...
by binocular
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 60
Views: 708

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

I particularly like Ven. Punnaji's description of the purpose of 'mindfulness'. Loosely paraphrased it is to help abnormal people to normalize their life, and help normal people to the super-normal life. To me, this is an inclusive view that covers the whole of humanity and the stages of developmen...
by binocular
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 60
Views: 708

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

I don’t think that and I haven’t implied that. I don't think that you haven't implied it either. You did here: The quotes appear to be about cultivating awareness of the sensation of taste. What is the problem with it? That would depend on who the reader is. For a follower of Aristippus of Cyrene I...