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by binocular
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Theravadin Monks, lay community and depression
Replies: 25
Views: 311

Re: Theravadin Monks, lay community and depression

I dont see how we are saying anything different. Oh, but we are saying totally different things. I'm talking about the failure of many Westerners to take for granted the truthfulness of Buddhist teachings, and this failure possibly being the prime cause of their depression and lack of spiritual pro...
by binocular
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 36
Views: 1020

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

Is there a tribunal in any country of this world that would punish the son of a person for what his father did ? An innocent person punished for the deed of another different person ? This is the argument that I bring to christians that claim people born without hands or feet, with mental handicaps...
by binocular
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Theravadin Monks, lay community and depression
Replies: 25
Views: 311

Re: Theravadin Monks, lay community and depression

/.../ There doesnt seem to be Samma Vayama, maybe because samma dhitti is not understood well enough. Possibly because there are aspects of Right View that have to be understood by implication, not to be put into words. Easterners have the advantage of the home turf in that regard. I agree, ultimat...
by binocular
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Critisise the action not the person.
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: Critisise the action not the person.

Did Buddha criticise the person or the action of the person? Where exactly would be the line between the person and their action to begin with? To criticize the person means to call them a generic list of bad names, such as fool, idiot, retard, etc. If, for example, you have a cook and he cooks you...
by binocular
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 36
Views: 1020

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

I have yet to meet a Russian who would be willing to marry a black woman. I am sure they exist, but they are definitely not the majority and by far. Conversely, close to no Western Eurepean would feel uncomfortable sitting near a Black person on a bench or in an airplane. And if Slavic people would...
by binocular
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Critisise the action not the person.
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: Critisise the action not the person.

Do not criticise the person but criticise the action. Both the view "Criticize the person" and the view "Criticize the action" are there to detract from and obscure issues of power that are at work when one person criticizes another or their action. (Other than that, it's not clear how to clearly d...
by binocular
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 36
Views: 1020

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

I'm sorry if I gave the impression that this was a political issue. Hate and intolerance are definitely ethical issues of prime interest for our daily practice. To pick up on the OP's argument, the risk with Slavic buddhism is that its members may have a much harder time getting rid of this hatred ...
by binocular
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Theravadin Monks, lay community and depression
Replies: 25
Views: 311

Re: Theravadin Monks, lay community and depression

markandeya wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:19 pm
/.../
There doesnt seem to be Samma Vayama, maybe because samma dhitti is not understood well enough.
Possibly because there are aspects of Right View that have to be understood by implication, not to be put into words. Easterners have the advantage of the home turf in that regard.
by binocular
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 536

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

Another man may captivate the mind of a man - a beast - a child - a dead person. All of that I grant you. But the Buddha says he does not know of a form that captivates the mind of a man as that of a woman. So, I give credence to every other persuasion and fetish - but the form of a woman captivate...
by binocular
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1472

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

it might be for some people that they can not feel comfortable in their attachement to their view as being right if there is someone who is willing to argue against it....one must then vanquish all opposition to find that comfortable spot with ones own views. = being attached to converting everyone...
by binocular
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1472

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

However, you seem quite attached to being right , I don't see it as a matter of being attached to being right. Being attached to being right isn't the problem. Being attached to being right is important to one's wellbeing. The problem is, rather, being attached to converting everyone else to one's ...
by binocular
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1472

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

However, you seem quite attached to being right , and also somewhat dismissive of possible alternative interpretations. To be fair. Over half the forum is like this. And the second part even the moderators frequently do. I've found that theravada Buddhist discussion groups in particular do the seco...
by binocular
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are painful bodily feeling impermenanet (anicca)?
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Are painful bodily feeling impermenanet (anicca)?

SarathW wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:56 am
Are painful bodily feeling impermenanent(anicca)?

If yes why do we have to take painkillers?
Because we can't stand the duration of some feelings, even as they are impermanent; we also generally seem that we can't stand the uncertainty of the duration of those feelings.
by binocular
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1472

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

We might occasionally encounter these vile, ignorant brutes and their views. Now these "slow" people could never "win" fairly so they tend to cheat and use lowly tactics. As i see it if the weaker opponent cheats it is still possible to win unless the cheating is of such nature that it cannot be ov...
by binocular
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paradox of absence of imperative mood.
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Paradox of absence of imperative mood.

It would seem that it is easier and more natural to set forth yogic practices like this: do so and so ( imperative mood, second person ), get this and that. But, in the key sutras of Therаvada Satipatthana Sutta and Anapanasati Sutta, another way of explaining is used. A description is given from t...