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by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 10
Views: 99

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

dharmacorps wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:23 pm
I think its the other way around. Unhappiness and suffering leads to a spiritual search.
Sure. But success is anything but guaranteed.
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 134
Views: 2074

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Self-awareness, thinking about self, having thoughts about self, are objects of consciousness. This is a theory of mind or a theory of selfhood (and we get such theories from other people). What one thinks "self-awareness" is is informed by particular theories that one hears or reads about. One's t...
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 134
Views: 2074

Re: "Is there a Self?"

unity of apperception identical subject Imagine if you were to really dedicate yourself to "living in the present moment", always tuning into your current situation as it is (I'm using "situation" the way Ven. NN does). This means that all your standards would be recalibrated as you go. So, for exa...
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 134
Views: 2074

Re: "Is there a Self?"

The point is not so much about the unity of something which is presented to us, but the unity of the "us" to which those things are presented. Of course, and I'm saying that the unity of this "us" is a conditioned construct. Other people assume we are such a unity, and they project this onto us fro...
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 10
Views: 99

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor? Why many countries like India and Sri Lanka are poor even though they are the beacon of the spirituality? India or Sri Lanka the beacons of spirituality?? I think most of what passes for "spirituality" is just trickery, confidence artistry . Some...
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 134
Views: 2074

Re: "Is there a Self?"

I believe what he's getting at is much more primordial than the kind of concern and importance you're referring to. He's taking about the fact that experience points to, signifies, presents itself as for, the self same subject, as Kant and BV have argued, like the melody example in the OP's link. T...
by binocular
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Replies: 52
Views: 555

Re: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?

auto wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:09 pm
It is about the point that laughter and happiness doesn't change your destination if you are deluded and bound by bond of passion.
Excellent point!
by binocular
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 134
Views: 2074

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Self' as subject can be briefly discussed as follows. As pointed out in PHASSA (b), the puthujjana thinks 'things are mine (i.e. are my concern) because I am, because I exist'. He takes the subject ('I') for granted; and if things are appropriated, that is because he, the subject, exists. Atta I've...
by binocular
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 28
Views: 406

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

Digity wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:15 am
What if you like to take long baths and read...would it be offensive to read a Dhamma book in the bath tub or on your phone?
Imagine enlightement striking while you're in the bathtub or on the toilet ...
by binocular
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Replies: 52
Views: 555

Re: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?

So performers are responsible for the intoxicated & heedless mind states of others? It would be wrong to say that performers are responsible for the intoxicated & heedless mind states of others; that would be an overstatement. But performers generally want others to become intoxicated & heedless, b...
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Replies: 52
Views: 555

Re: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?

Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb? As far as I understand the sutta, it's because he is intoxicated & heedless, and has made others intoxicated & heedless. Heedlessness is grounds for hell or the animal womb. Do all musicians necessarily go to hell or the animal womb? If they are heedle...
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 646

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

DooDoot wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:52 am
People often love their little 'Hitlers' so they can ignore the bigger picture that they themselves often contribute to.
18 school shootings in around 45 days in the USA. Obviously, something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Yes. The American Way of Life (TM).
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1868
Views: 159183

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

I've been tempted many times and think like this too. Sometimes a song has very Dhammic meaning to me but i can not hope that others perceive it in same way or that it would make it wholesome if they did as it is not even wholesome when i do it because i do it because compelled by craving and i cra...
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 646

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

I have noted most of your posts are cryptic questions And you externalize and dodge as usual. X - I saw blue sky Binocular - What do you mean by sky. From now on I am not going to explain and answer your cryptic questions .. you have to ask questions where you explain what you ask, why you ask and ...
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 646

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

Mental health in the US: • 1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition. That's over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined. • Youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with sev...
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1868
Views: 159183

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

I would try not to tell what i listen to even if i want to tell. Imo OP should not have been encouraging others to tell either i think it is by implication quite unwholesome according to this Sutta. Oh, but it's not so much about the music itself; it's that people are sending others sublime message...
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 35
Views: 414

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

One establishes beyond doubt that it is impossible, it cannot happen, that it is a myth. In this case one would have to disprove the Explorer claims, also disprove possibility of existence the mountain it self, one also has to prove that "Yodjana" the unit of measurement from the Sutta is correctly...
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 28
Views: 406

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

Strive4Karuna wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:35 am
I want to know whether it is okay if i read the dhamma on my smartphone while using the toilet or having a ciggarette while reading the dhamma?
Oh, for crying out loud, no, it's not okay!
by binocular
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I suggest you to watch it !
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: I suggest you to watch it !

Nwad wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:21 am
:strawman:
What do you think is wrong with the film?