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by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 59
Views: 816

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

So I'm the person who unfortunately ruined your day, "airing his grievances" ( Ad Hominem ) about how you don't deserve $500 when you land on "Free Parking". In just the same way, I point at the Dhamma Vinaya, pointing out, to many people's dismay, what the Senior monks are not entitled to by the B...
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 138
Views: 1816

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:40 pm
No, I'm not into the idea that enlightenment or the forum has to be complex and is outside the ability of simple monks.
Like I said: Feel free to become enlightened.
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 138
Views: 1816

Re: Diversity among mods

Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:23 pm
Some time I will innocently work the word "diversity" into a post in a specific way
Diversity of hedge fund investments.
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 138
Views: 1816

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:06 pm
Is this your idea of a Buddhist insult??
So you're not into enlightenment and all that stuff?
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature is stranger than we can imagine
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

No_Mind wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:29 pm
The other side .. elephant in Bengal kills a man for no reason last Nov .. very violent animals.
That's not for no reason. The man provoked the elephant.
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 59
Views: 816

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

I don't understand what your point is. You tell a story and fill in how you interpret it. So? See right in the beginning of my post: Seriously, I think there's one important factor to consider, and that is when people seem to blindly adhere to the hierarchy, or when they seem to save face, other in...
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 59
Views: 816

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

Is my speech true and correct? I'd like to think so. Is it beneficial? I'd like to think so (in a longer-term sense), but you don't seem to agree (Binocular), which is your right. Fair enough. Is it "unwelcome and disagreeable"? To many here, probably. Ah. I'd just like to see the matter discussed ...
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 138
Views: 1816

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Its sad that you see it that way, and reflects how some people are not made welcome, the Dhamma at its heart is quite simple
Feel free to become enlightened.
:woohoo:
by binocular
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 153
Views: 2332

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

chownah wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:59 pm
Surely you jest. Most wars have been fought over power and wealth....in fact wars are almost exclusivly fought over power and wealth......"give me this piece of land as my control of it is necessary for harmony".....
Tomayto, tomahto.
by binocular
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2545

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: 358

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: 59
Views: 816

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: 2545

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: 138
Views: 1816

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: 138
Views: 1816

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: 86

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: 204

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: 59
Views: 816

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: 888

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: 59
Views: 816

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 ...