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by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 21
Views: 307

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

One thing that I used to really enjoy about this forum was that we seemed to have ordinary members here who wielded as much or more influence than the staff, almost solely based on their knowledge of Dhamma. Sadly that is no longer what carries any weight around here - at all. The most impressive a...
by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 37
Views: 346

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

As stated, "personal responsibility" for one's words/actions appears to be a topic people wish to avoid discussing. What would such taking of personal responsibility look like? I don't think anyone here is avoiding this topic, but I do think that at least some of us simply don't understand personal...
by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 21
Views: 307

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

One thing that I used to really enjoy about this forum was that we seemed to have ordinary members here who wielded as much or more influence than the staff, almost solely based on their knowledge of Dhamma. Sadly that is no longer what carries any weight around here - at all. Perhaps these things ...
by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 37
Views: 346

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

This may be the way some people rationalize for themselves why it is acceptable to speak unkindly to others, however it reflects a fundamental misunderstanding, in my opinion. Discussions about Right Speech are not about the "hearer" adjudicating, over-analyzing, or setting personal demands or expe...
by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Political Compass
Replies: 52
Views: 1844

Re: Political Compass

Dhammanando wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:46 am
Authoritarian right, but only just, and looking pretty moderate for a UKIP voter.
Monks (can) vote?
by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4243
Views: 261451

Re: Eating in a restaurant part 2

Say, 3 billion vegetarians surely would make a difference. Top Problem is not that simple. Animal skin fetches more money than the meat content. Animals are raised not only for meat consumption. It does not mean we should not be vegetarians. I consume meat but I enjoy vegetables more than the meat....
by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4243
Views: 261451

Re: the great vegetarian debate

D1W1 wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:48 am
If anyone here is a vegetarian, what is your reason to maintain your vegetarian diet after reading this article?
I simply don't like the smell and taste of meat, never have.
by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 46
Views: 470

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

I understand what you are saying but this is not release from the cycle of perception and the penetration into 'things the way they are'. Analayo's quote is still a conceptually conceived position replete with subject/object and an experiencer. It is not the same as cessation of continuity, which i...
by binocular
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 274

Re: Religion quiz

With all the practice you are getting taking this quiz I think that we can say with some certainty that very soon you will pass. I'm surprised it is taking you so long. I passed the first time and every time the quiz has come around again I pass on it again. Well done! I doubt I shall ever pass it ...
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 39
Views: 674

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

chownah wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:36 pm
Seems you've changed your tune....
I think you can't relate to what I'm talking about.
Maybe, for once, you might want to consider allowing for the possibility that I know something you don't, and that I have a pleasant experience that you don't have.
I know -- :alien:
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 274

Re: Religion quiz

DNS wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:25 pm
So you made up your results?
Eh. I'm surprised I got the results I did, I'm not sure why they came out that way. I answered "Not applicable" in many instances and thought that most questions were about not particularly important topics. Like I said, I wonder what the test's methodology is.
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?
Replies: 69
Views: 866

Re: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?

retrofuturist wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:10 am
How do you resolve your double standard, regarding what you believe you and your fellow leftists should be able to do, in contrast to what others elsewhere on the political spectrum should be prevented from doing?
By taking the throne, obviously. :tongue:
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 274

Re: Religion quiz

DNS wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:39 pm
I like your results. How did you get those results? I like how they're all Dharma Paths. I run the forum Dharma Paths but your results are better suited than mine to run Dharma Paths.
Did you see how many 0% I have?
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 37
Views: 346

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Are the suttas not clear enough? "It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will." — AN 5.198 https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ati/ptf/dhamma/sacca/sacca4/samma-vaca/index.html Yeah, but others shou...
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 39
Views: 674

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

No. The reason is because he is a fiction.....and as such his effectiveness is only imaginary. Then, for once, I feel sorry for you, because you haven't experienced such effectiveness for yourself. By this I mean the effectiveness of rigorous discussion (not necessarily such effectiveness in solvin...
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 274

Re: Religion quiz

Your top result is Hinduism SelectSmart.com Your Complete Results: 1. Hinduism (100%) 2. Jainism (100%) 3. Mahayana Buddhism (100%) 4. Sikhism (100%) 5. Taoism (100%) 6. Theravada Buddhism (100%) 7. Non-theist (69%) 8. Secular Humanism (69%) 9. Liberal Quakers - Religious Society of Friends (69%) 10...
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 21
Views: 307

Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings. Since recently, there has been so much meta-discussion about the workings of this forum, and many complaints about how it's not Buddhist (enough), I have a suggesttion: All those who are interested in making this forum more Buddhist (and that should be everyone :tongue: ) can here in this...
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: News/Politics Forum Moratorium
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: News/Politics Forum Moratorium

Fair enough, I also don't like the idea of shutting it down. I just wish the energy people put into that forum was directed elsewhere. It has a compulsion with a bad flavour, to be right, to win. If the News and Politics section would not exist (anymore), that compulsion -- that combative attitude ...
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4243
Views: 261451

Re: Eating in a restaurant part 2

D1W1 wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:26 am
So how can a vegetarian really make a difference?
By increasing the number of vegetarians.
Say, 3 billion vegetarians surely would make a difference.
by binocular
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 46
Views: 470

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

SarathW wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:46 pm
What if your father put them in the garbage bin and the smell coming from it?
I have prepared a way for dealing with smelly organic remains; and that is to put them in a bowl and place the bowl outside on the terrace. My father doesn't do that.