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by binocular
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2492

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Take away the threat of eternal damnation, and the whole spiritual quest appears in a new light where neither "blind adherence" nor "one's own investigation and understanding" appear as options, much less as the only two options. I don't quite understand what you mean by this, could you explain fur...
by binocular
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?
Replies: 22
Views: 339

Re: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?

Another important Asian characteristic is the emphasis on the group and non-self rather than the individual, and this is embedded in the languages: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171217-why-south-koreans-rarely-use-the-word-me http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-23501757 The question is whether t...
by binocular
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 43
Views: 630

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

Now that I've spent some time in Asia, I'm seeing that it's actually quite realistic to approach various Vinaya-respecting Theravada monasteries, and they'll let you stay for some time. My life has improved considerably since I decided to start talking this way, which is quite unintuitive. Perhaps ...
by binocular
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2492

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

I'm not convinced that blind adherence to what was thought previously ought to supersede our own investigation and understanding. I think this is assuming too much individuality and too much feeling threatened (I think threats importantly breed a sense of individuality); and I think this is an impl...
by binocular
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 76
Views: 1181

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:48 am
I would love for some simple Asian Buddhist monks to be involved, and their ideas not ridiculed as seems to be the norm.
It could be that it's precisely because they are "simple" that they don't get involved with complex environments such as this one.
Nobody's fault.
by binocular
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 76
Views: 1181

Re: Diversity among mods

This forum has strong connections to original Asian teachers, but almost exclusively the Forest tradition which is just one of many many Asian and South East Asian traditions, its almost like the Buddhist version Of Mormonism or Jehovah' Witnesses for Christianity. All the others are welcome to join!
by binocular
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: direct knowledge vs logical problem-solving
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: direct knowledge vs logical problem-solving

I wish more people would respond here!
by binocular
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 194

Re: Invasive animal species and the first precept

Instead of meddling in how other species adapt and evolve, we we might do better to reflect on the damage that we are doing to to the natural world. That is all fine and well, but the invasive species can do a lot of damage as well, to the point of destruction. Take for example the red/brown/black ...
by binocular
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 43
Views: 630

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

After thinking it over, you're probably on the mark here in the sense that the safest thing for Senior monks to do is to keep Theravada Buddhism as Balkanized as it is currently, not really making any bold attempts (like I'm doing here) to try to stitch anything up (even though the Buddha highly pr...
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 873

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

You are the only want who seems to be trying to limit the discussion.....you seem to want to limit the discussion to certain things and you seem to be specifically trying to avoid the actual topic of this thread as stated in the title and as expressed in the original post.... Have you read Ven. Dha...
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 43
Views: 630

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

You mean if Harris asked Thanissaro to discuss something with him, he would dismiss him? I'm not sure he would dismiss him, but I don't think he would make a point of going into much depth. This may very well be a projection of mine. Harris is just another person like you and me and all the others ...
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2492

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Zom wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:19 pm
What is the opposite of sloppy (presuming you would want the opposite of sloppy), and what religions are examples of that?
Buddhism 2500 years ago is a nice example 8-)
And you were there back then to now vouch for the veracity of your statement ...
:coffee:
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 873

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

What I was dancing around and implying indirectly is: Is the notion that one can sever karma and escape transmigration any more "radical" "miraculous" "impossible" and "contravening common-sense" than a Buddha floating about and shooting fire and water out of his body? Or a Buddha's bowl floating a...
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: why is authenticity under-valued
Replies: 31
Views: 349

Re: why is authenticity under-valued

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:52 am
i quoted from the facebook group, 'orthodox buddhism (discussion)'
And who are they? The authority on all things Buddhism?
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 873

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

The title of the thread is asking for common sense explanations.....the original post asks for common sense explanations.....now do you understand why people gave common sense explanations?....do you understand how come they did that? This is a Buddhist forum. We don't have to limit ourselves to co...
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 873

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

If anything, a literalist account, "it happened just like how I think the text describes it happening" is a better guard against fake Buddhas. Yes, absolutely, thank you for pointing this out. When the options are whittled down to either 1. insist in the text, regardless of what it says, or 2. inve...
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: why is authenticity under-valued
Replies: 31
Views: 349

Re: why is authenticity under-valued

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:19 am
from facebook: 'We find that the closest reflection of the Saddhamma /.../
Who is this "we"?
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: why is authenticity under-valued
Replies: 31
Views: 349

Re: why is authenticity under-valued

Why can't you leave it at 'I don't know'? What is so unacceptable about this? Because some things are so important (to oneself) that "I don't know" is not a possible attitude to have toward them. Of course, you could argue in favor for consequent relativism (and point out the problems of craving), ...
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 873

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

That misses the point then, the point being that Moses had God-given powers to defy the natural elements. Or that the Buddha could do this, "defy" the "natural" elements, on account of his own cultivation of ṛddhi, One more thing: The Buddha-to-be didn't tell the bowl to float in the opposite direc...
by binocular
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 873

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

Because it is the topic of discussion for this thread....now do you understand how come they do that? As long as there exist alternative -- traditional, actually -- explanations of how come that bowl floated in the opposite direction, the scope of this topic is, obviously, wider than just trying to...