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by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 33
Views: 294

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

Having done those things, I falsified it to my own satisfaction. I found that the hypothesis "no such testing can be possible" was false. That testing is possible. Whatever complexity there was, the results were not in fact "all over the place", and it did indeed allow me to make a meaningful inter...
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 10
Views: 65

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

The lack of teachers and the interest to disseminate the Buddha's teaching is a disadvantaged to Buddhism as a whole . I don't think there's a lack of interest to disseminate the Buddha's teaching. I think it's that the Buddha's teaching is so specific, requires such personal qualifications that si...
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 10
Views: 65

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

...the need to accomplish anything is but worthless effort at the end of the day. Does this mean that the Buddha's teaching will always remain as a secondary movement or even cease to be of any role to human being in the platform of the world eventually ? Remember the Buddha taught laypeople a lot....
by binocular
Sat May 26, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?
Replies: 23
Views: 256

Re: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?

Wizard in the Forest wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 1:06 am
It is official policy to ensure that amenities are available to everyone with or without paying for anything.
Where??

You don't even have to go to some godforsaken sub-Saharan African country to see that there is no such official policy. Instead, try Venice, Italy.
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 33
Views: 294

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

I would humbly suggest that one sane and fruitful approach is derived from Karl Popper's philosophy. We provisionally accept a particular view based on one of the mental activities outlined in MN 95, and then subject that view to the test of practical experience. If experience falsifies it, then th...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 33
Views: 294

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

Saengnapha wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 4:04 am
It is much more effective to be specific about what is in doubt rather than treat doubt as a general state of mind.
Exactly.
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 55
Views: 526

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

I think a problem is that most of the topics are just discussing news and politics and are not even trying to Discuss it in terms of the Dhamma, perhaps that is the problem and enforcement of what is already in the description of the sub is the way to handle it; A place to bring a contemplative / D...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 55
Views: 526

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

What constitutes a "serious practice" is going to vary from person to person. Sure. I imagine that those who are serious about their practice will recognize this seriousness in others, regardless of the varying, versatile, different external, surface expressions, and there will be no problem. So if...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Developing understanding - whilst avoiding slander, born of contention
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Developing understanding - whilst avoiding slander, born of contention

Developing understanding - whilst avoiding slander, born of contention Understanding is overrated in modern times. I think understanding (like tolerance) should be the result, not the process. The process should be to mind one's own business. One of the side-effects of that is understanding or tole...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 55
Views: 526

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

just curious if a Dhammic perspective could be brought to politics or is politics inherently just too divisive? As far as I can tell, there already _is_ a Dhammic perspective on everything. That's the whole point of the Dhamma, is it not? The only problem is that there would need to be members who ...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 55
Views: 526

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

JohnK wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 3:24 pm
I do still wonder if there is a more formal statement of DW's mission/purpose that can provide some context for considering the question.
Yes, there is. I linked to it above.
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 55
Views: 526

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

It's been almost a year since this amendment has been posted: Subject: Terms of Service amendment regarding Speech & Intention /.../ but such speech must remain cognizant of the fact that " Dhamma Wheel is an environment for the discussion of Theravada Buddhism ". If your contributions are deemed si...
by binocular
Fri May 25, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?
Replies: 23
Views: 256

Re: Should starbucks allow non- customers to use restrooms and seating?

There's definitely a ceiling on this policy. Yes. An example: For a while, the local university library allowed everyone free access to the internet, regardless whether they were members of the library or not. The library quickly became a kind of homeless shelter, where many homeless people would s...
by binocular
Thu May 24, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Alexander Wynne (March 2018) reviews Buddhism in America
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Alexander Wynne (March 2018) reviews Buddhism in America

cjmacie wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 12:41 pm
"Buddhism without Nirvana, or Nirvana without Buddhism?" -- book review and discussion. :reading:
https://www.academia.edu/36634130/Buddh ... t_Buddhism
Thank you for linking to this review, I find it very helpful!
by binocular
Wed May 23, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1092

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

I don't think many people here object to questioning. They might think that rudeness is inappropriate, or a habitually oppositional stance that remains unassuaged by their answers. Oh, you're getting there. (You could take a short cut and take a page from Samana Johann's book about respect and vene...
by binocular
Wed May 23, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 28
Views: 508

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

I think this is a bit idiosyncratic. :smile: OK. Thanks. But I still don't know what the term " transcendent morality " means? However, I sense it means a nature created objective morality that inherently exists within the cellular genetics of people and animals, such, as: That's in roundabout what...
by binocular
Wed May 23, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1092

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

They may say such things but it does not make it true does it. Buddhism is like the only doctrine i know that goes well with quantum science and information theory. Also other teachings may be true in other doctrines but i know no doctrine that is as true in it's entirety and as comperhensive as th...
by binocular
Wed May 23, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1092

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Saying categorically "it is not possible that the Buddha was rightfully said to have attained the highest meditative attainments and that his disciples nowadays also attain the highest meditative attainments and that it is impossible to go beyond faith in the Dhamma" that does not really mean anyth...
by binocular
Wed May 23, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1092

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Yes, that sounds like vicikiccha to me. The point is to get rid of it, rather than thinking there is an end to it that can be obtained by indulging it on its own terms. In its proper application, the analytical mind exhausts itself. "Exhausts": as in 'comes to its end'. As far as I can tell, I oper...
by binocular
Wed May 23, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 28
Views: 508

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

So transcendent morality is the inherent ( sabhava ) Law of Nature ( Dhamma Niyama ; Kamma Niyama ) or Law of God, described below? I don't know. There's no shortage of people who will say that their particular version of morality is the Law of Nature, or the Law of God, etc. My point is that _I_ d...