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by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Exclusivity is not necessarily a bad thing. Granted, most people who have a somewhat leftist, politically correct background, shudder at notions of exclusivity. But exclusivity is normal. Not everyone is suitable or fit for everything. For example, not everyone is fit to be(come) a ballet dancer. No...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

No but mathematics (in common with many areas of knowledge) other does share with Buddhism the ability to completely take over and shape people's attitude towards their lives. So does collecting stamps. I thought that one of the best things about the movie about Stephen Hawking's life (The Theory o...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

There are two sets of questions here. The first set is to do with "exclusivity" in social and psychological terms; whether Buddhism as expressed tends to exclude certain types of people and rule them out as unworthy or incapable of understanding or following or achieving some specified bits of the ...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

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
Mon May 21, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Mathematics is rather important to some people's lives: Obviously, if earning one's livelihood depends on it, then it matters in ways that it doesn't even remotely matter in other people's lives. But I think you know what I'm talking about. Mathematics doesn't deal with the problem of suffering (wh...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 89
Views: 1178

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

See what about the fate of Diana? While being part of the RF, she was very unhappy. She divorced when young .. received alimony of $22.5 million and $600,000 every year and kept her Kensington Palace apartment. She had affairs before and after marriage .. cannot really see her misery. There are rec...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Agreed, and Advanced Mathematics and Buddhism are alike in the sense that the majority will not even bother to embark upon learning them, because there's too much effort involved. This is an inadequate and misleading analogy. Buddhism is like advanced mathematics in the sense that both generally re...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

But Christianity is exclusive. It forces a person coming into contact with it to make a choice. Either Jesus was the Son of God, or he was "a devil of Hell", as C. S. Lewis stated. It's a trilemma as CS Lewis formulated it, insisting that the only three options were that Jesus is either a lunatic, ...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 89
Views: 1178

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

You are missing the point .. Princess Eugenie and Beatrice (daughters of Prince Andrew) are said to be unhappy over being chopped of the Civil List (list of full time Royals whose expenses are borne by the government) by Prince Charles https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2034713/prince-andrew-left-furiou...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

4 Noble Truths are for those who want to pursue the truth and there is nothing but evidence for it. The teachings are for everyone in as far as a good advice is for everyone. Some do not follow a wise person but the fault is not with the wise person. And people from other religions say the same kin...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 287

Re: Bangkok's death cafe

WW2 saying, There are no atheists in foxholes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_are_no_atheists_in_foxholes A Buddhist version of that could be contemplation of death, meditation, and/or praying to Amitabha or other devas (in the face of death). Some atheists have countered that, " There are no a...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 37
Views: 398

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

James Tan wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 6:12 am
Is Buddhism exclusive ? Or all accommodating ?
Tailoring or catering for or available to only a few, selected, restricted , elite and excellent people .
The underlined.
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 89
Views: 1178

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

See what about the fate of Diana? While being part of the RF, she was very unhappy. Rubbish .. The sadness that the Royals face is .. why my brooch is 34 carat diamond compared to my sister-in-law's 50 carat one .. or why did my father give me 200 sq km from his Duchy and my brother 350 sq km. I do...
by binocular
Mon May 21, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: World Bee Day
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: World Bee Day

Yay!
One thing in which Slovenia came first!


In our garden, we make sure that we grow a great number of blossoming plants that are suitable for bees, and such a range of species of plants that there are always blossoms throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
by binocular
Sun May 20, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 287

Re: Bangkok's death cafe

Saengnapha wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 9:44 am
Do you hold that Buddhism is not a missionary religion?
Given how many times I've been told, with missionary zeal (!) that it's not a missionary religion: Yes.
by binocular
Sun May 20, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Jechbi's concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Jechbi's concerns

Has anyone else received a PM from Jechbi, titled "Concerns"?
by binocular
Sun May 20, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Yesterday Trump Called Latinos "Animals"
Replies: 46
Views: 967

Re: Yesterday Trump Called Latinos "Animals"

However, it is obvious that he means they are animals by virtue of their inhuman brutality. If the gang members are human, then what they do cannot be "inhuman brutality". Then whatever they do is simply what humans do. But the vast majority of American youth, the next generation, are so ashamed an...
by binocular
Sun May 20, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Yesterday Trump Called Latinos "Animals"
Replies: 46
Views: 967

Re: Yesterday Trump Called Latinos "Animals"

Kamran wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 4:32 pm
There are no sub-humans. All human beings have the same rights.
Including Trump.

This is why this line of criticism of Trump fails.
by binocular
Sun May 20, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 287

Re: Bangkok's death cafe

Recollection of death has Deathlessness as its goal and object- "Three minutes later, they appear shaken, stirred, terrified, relieved or blissful ": https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/bangkok-death-cafe/index.html The idea is problematic from the onset, as long as we hold that Buddhism is not ...
by binocular
Sun May 20, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 287

Re: Bangkok's death cafe

It sounds like a good idea. What are the draw backs? I think such explicit exhortations to think and speak about a potentially delicate topic leads mostly to massive denial, so in the end, such efforts to make people think and talk about death lead to even more denial or superficiality in regard to...