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by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 40
Views: 287

Re: Anger

It depends on the circumstances. See discussion re hiri and ottappa. Children need to see that anger is a part of our common human experience, and that their conduct might elicit anger in another. Children also need to see that anger can be managed in a responsible way. Children should not be shiel...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 52
Views: 571

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

aflatun wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:46 pm
Does this detachment bring you happiness or wisdom?
I feel miserable about it. I wish I could just be like others and that I could actually enjoy food.
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?
Replies: 18
Views: 151

Re: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?

Sam Vara wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:23 pm
Sorry, I might be being presumptuous here, but if you can see the drawbacks and unsatisfactoriness of YOLO frameworks, then you have the potential to develop hiri-ottappa.
I'll have to think about this. It seems bold.
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 52
Views: 571

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Even ignoring all of that, I think its far better for someone to say, cultivate a sense of joy, contentment and presence while eating a spoonful of food as opposed to mindlessly shoving platefuls down their throat while thinking about five other hedonic pursuits they would like to get into later, w...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 51
Views: 454

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

You and others have so many excellent ideas to share, I hate to see you shoot yourself in the foot by using personalized comments which get in the way of the point you are trying to make. You do realize there is no judge here to whom we would all subject ourselves to and who would judge our posts, ...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 51
Views: 454

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

Good comments, Sam Vara. That's a personalized comment! :tongue: You and others have so many excellent ideas to share, I hate to see you shoot yourself in the foot by using personalized comments which get in the way of the point you are trying to make. Oh, my personalized comments do not get in the...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?
Replies: 18
Views: 151

Re: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?

Sam Vara wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:12 pm
2) The fact that you already think like this means that the metaphysical framework is, with you, no obstacle for the development and cultivation of hiri-ottappa.
I don't understand what you mean here ...?
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 61
Views: 574

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

No, it is not. This has no place in mainstream Islam and is routinely denounced as heretical. Mainstream schmainstream. If we want to be really precise, there is no Islam (and no Christianity, no Buddhism, no etc., no religion altogether), except in encyclopedias and dictionaries that operate on th...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 61
Views: 574

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

L.N. wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:38 pm
They self-identify as Buddhists.
Does that make them Buddhists?
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 17
Views: 160

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

This is frustrating to me because I am *certain* that my sensual cravings for food form a major, if not *the major impediment to my continued spiritual progress. Instead of looking at this food problem of yours as an impediment, you could also reframe it as simply the task at hand for spiritual pro...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 17
Views: 160

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

Hunger has always been difficult for me to follow. I have a slow metabolism and I virtually never get a typical feeling of 'hungry'. If I were to not eat for a couple days, or have very low calories for a while, my body feels weak, I will get lazy, I will fall asleep frequently, become withdrawn fr...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 40
Views: 287

Re: Anger

Is it good then to teach students to act to molify anger? Is it good to use anger to motivate students? Doesn't this teach students that anger is good.....can a student that accepts anger as good be far from accepting that hate is good? Isn't anger just temporary hatred? Exactly. This may be true. ...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?
Replies: 18
Views: 151

Re: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?

Having thought about the issue you raised about hiri-ottappa only being viable in certain types of culture, my view is that the shame and moral dread are already in place in our society, but are too pervasive and diffuse to be of much use on the Eightfold Path, or indeed in any type of spiritual tr...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 61
Views: 574

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

I'm not well-versed in their doctrine. Maybe their doctrine states that this is what will happen to unbelievers but this wouldn't imply that they hope for this to be the case. If they believe that God (who instated their religious doctrine) is just, then, by implication, they think it is just and l...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 51
Views: 454

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

The two are not essentially the same, or substantively the same, as there are two different objects of discussion. As long as one externalizes issues of communication this way, one is bound up in the power game, and fighting for the upper hand. Excluded from my understanding of "personalized" comme...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 51
Views: 454

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

I find that it is assuming some kind of objectivity and authority over other people is the problem. And the strawmaning, the redherringing, the virtuesignalling that is the problem. You have leveled such accusations on numerous occasions. Not sure what you are driving at. I find it hard to believe ...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 17
Views: 160

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

@binocular: Yes, I agree have been focusing on simple foods and cooking more for myself. I am not overweight but my stomach wants me to be: always crying for more... This is an internal monologue that has been difficult to silence. I have more self-control than I used to but it's been a very slow p...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 61
Views: 574

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Well, they are most probably buddhist by birth. And I assume a large number of them have a good measure of genuine faith in the buddhist religion. So I don't see what here is supposedly "taken so easy". And I don't think it stands to question that there is and has been persecution of Muslims in Bur...
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 61
Views: 574

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

perkele wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:17 pm
binocular wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:22 pm
There's a bigger problem: How does one show goodwill to someone who wishes one suffering forever and ever?
Do you believe that all or most or many muslims think that way towards you (as well as towards other "infidels)?
Yes. It's part of their doctrine.
by binocular
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 52
Views: 571

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

So, my question for EVERYONE here is: What is wrong with your mindfulness? It doesn't seem to be delivering the goods.....I guess....don't know for sure....... What is wrong with aspirin? It won't cure cancer.....but then again neither will the vast majority of the experimental cancer drugs that do...