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by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 148
Views: 2357

Re: "Is there a Self?"

NOTE TO THE MODERATORS: As I tried to post the above post, I kept getting locked out/timed out (which has been happening for me ever since the upgrade to the new software). So I refreshed the page and tried again, but nothing seemed to be happening. Until the post finally went through, and then it t...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 148
Views: 2357

Re: "Is there a Self?"

As I understand the Kantian POV its not about whether it is or is not a melody. It could be a stream of cacophonous nonsense, and still the particulars of that stream would be intuited as a unitary whole (" this stream of cacophonous nonsense") which is coordinated to a single subject...or a single...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 130
Views: 1241

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

I referred to percentage because you referred to vulnerability. If one's life or physical well-being is not endangered, or there is a low chance of it being endangered, then one is not made particularly vulnerable by refraining from killing. Think about people who live from agriculture, and who nee...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 148
Views: 2357

Re: "Is there a Self?"

An identical subject is inconceivable. Given the preceding, I'm not sure what you mean by this. That this whole discussion is progressively undermining itself. You want to talk about the true, indentical subject, but admit that anything you investigate is an object, so the moment you set out to inv...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 130
Views: 1241

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

At the very least, one can expect lay people to keep the five precepts. I have no trouble not killing, and it does not make me vulnerable. I am lucky enough to live in a safe area, so am privileged in that respect, but even in more dangerous areas, what might be the percentage of people who have ki...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 130
Views: 1241

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

In the Vinaya, Suttavibhanga, the 92 pacittiya (rules entailing confession), number 74 states: 74. Should any bhikkhu, angered and displeased, give a blow to (another) bhikkhu, it is to be confessed. The factors for the full offense here are three. 1) Object: another bhikkhu. 2) Effort: One gives h...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 130
Views: 1241

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

I wouldn't call keeping the five precepts an act of "emulating an arahant" and it makes no sense to me to conceive of things this way. It doesn't matter what one calls it, as long as the intentional action (or inaction) is the same. It does matter, because it indicates a person's motivation for doi...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 130
Views: 1241

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

Nicolas wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:34 pm
At the very least, one can expect lay people to emulate arahants when it comes to killing, stealing, adultery or rape, lying, and drinking, i.e. the five precepts.
I wouldn't call keeping the five precepts an act of "emulating an arahant" and it makes no sense to me to conceive of things this way.
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 130
Views: 1241

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

Obviously the statement does not instruct how hit, it says can hit without intention to kill. For an ordinary person, to hit without the intention to do harm, results in a weak, imprecise hit, or flailing. Which is counterproductive in an actual physical confrontation. Are you doot btw? i just ask ...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 66
Views: 1041

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

I think the problem aren't guns, legal or illegal, many or few, easy or hard to obtain. It's that people are free to think of other humans as their enemies, and are even encouraged to do so, in many blatant and subtle ways. Whether it's in the form of a militant rhetoric of "Those who are not with u...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 130
Views: 1241

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

If a monk was physically attacked, the Buddha allowed him to strike back in self-defense , but never with the intention to kill. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/gettingmessage.html What is the reference for this? Secondly, this advice is grossly unrealistic, as it applies onl...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 130
Views: 1241

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

Sorry but this does not appear related to Buddhism because Buddhist does not appear to teach lay people to emulate arahants. Also, arahants appear to not do this either. When you actually emulate an arahant, you probably won't be posting the way you are posting. Why don't we change the topic to sex...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 61
Views: 1271

Re: Pretty pictures

Don't let appearances fool you. The countryside is a cruel place too, no matter how idyllic it might appear.
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha displaying sense of humor
Replies: 20
Views: 171

Re: The Buddha displaying sense of 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? Is it not fare to suggest that lord budda aimed satire snd or humour to the one who was listening for an explanation and not for his enjoyment. It is well known that lo...
by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 61
Views: 1271

Re: Pretty pictures

Snow in fancy shapes:

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Up to the knees in the snow, with plenty below the feet:

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by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 61
Views: 1271

Re: Pretty pictures

Some flowers don't know what time of the year it is:

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As soon as the roads are cleared, people take their pet dogs for a walk:

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by binocular
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 61
Views: 1271

Re: Pretty pictures

Winter, today:

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by binocular
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 629

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: 64
Views: 629

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: 130
Views: 1241

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...