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by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 19
Views: 243

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

if you want to prove that it is bad idea I'm not arguing against such a section (or even a whole forum like that). I just don't share your enthusiasm about it. I've seen such attempts before elsewhere, and they didn't seem to work. There were either very few postings; or people were really mean to ...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 19
Views: 243

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

I am not even suggesting one of my own ideas for communal guidelines and discussion of the Dhamma, you are supposedly arguing against perfect knowledge and the highest authority :? This is clearly a Lay Disciple in the dispensation of the Tathagata asking for a mere section of the forum to be dedic...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 19
Views: 243

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

It is offensive because it implies that we are incapable, which i consider slander. Oh, okay. Secondly moderation will hardly be required a simple admonishment by the engaged party will be enough, reapeated offenders will simply be pointed out and can be deemed not worth talking to until they refor...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 34
Views: 360

Re: Structuring lay life

Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight? Thoughts? I'd be permanently shorting myself of Mrs. Vara if I went for the eight. :shock: Male Buddhists should put their wedding ring where their mouth is and marry female Buddhists who ha...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 34
Views: 360

Re: Structuring lay life

How do we best structure lay life to get the most out of our practice? How close is too close when it comes to emulating monastics? Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight? I don't think it's about "emulating monastics" (although I...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 19
Views: 243

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

Another big issue is people who are legitimatelly mentally ill, i do not feel comfortable having to deal with what is clearly insane by worldly standards. You don't have to deal with them. The slower ones naturally get left behind by the faster ones. The problem isn't that there are too many people...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 19
Views: 243

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

You've got a dozen or so sotapannas at your beck and calling? Cool. is that the requirement to moderate around here? No, but to moderate according to the criteria specified in the OP, one would need to be at least a sotapanna. I do not agree and this is offensive but obviously you can make predicti...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 18
Views: 239

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

It's probably too early to say, but I wonder what mental changes are occuring now as a result of AI, and whether they are conducive to the spread of Buddhism, or the reverse? The spread of AI makes many people redundant, leaving them to feel expendable. In an effort to earn a living, they have to r...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 18
Views: 239

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

Social conditions of unemployment produced by AI have similarity to the increased leisure time as a result of the development of agriculture during the Buddha’s era, resulting in the spread of Buddhism: Unemployment sure "increases leisure time", but for an unemployed person, that is anything but t...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 16
Views: 219

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

Actually, spiritual people and religious people tend to be happier. I won't link any studies, so no one thinks I'm cherry-picking, just google on your own and you'll see numerous studies confirm that the religious and greater religiosity tends to result in happier people. I'm sure it does, under th...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta
Replies: 19
Views: 243

Re: Forum Section moderated according to Sutta

Suggesting Forum Section moderated according to; AN 3.67 PTS: A i 197 Kathavatthu Sutta: Topics for Discussion AN 10.69 PTS: A v 128 Kathavatthu Sutta: Topics of Conversation (1) AN 10.70 PTS: A v 129 Kathavatthu Sutta: Topics of Conversation (2) feedback on this? I predict that such a section woul...
by binocular
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.

SarathW wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:54 am
Vipassana is not the way to enlightenment.
Just sitting ten hours is a waste of time.
Is this a fair criticism?

Who's paying this guy's bills?
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 16
Views: 219

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

dharmacorps wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:23 pm
I think its the other way around. Unhappiness and suffering leads to a spiritual search.
Sure. But success is anything but guaranteed.
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2191

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Self-awareness, thinking about self, having thoughts about self, are objects of consciousness. This is a theory of mind or a theory of selfhood (and we get such theories from other people). What one thinks "self-awareness" is is informed by particular theories that one hears or reads about. One's t...
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2191

Re: "Is there a Self?"

unity of apperception identical subject Imagine if you were to really dedicate yourself to "living in the present moment", always tuning into your current situation as it is (I'm using "situation" the way Ven. NN does). This means that all your standards would be recalibrated as you go. So, for exa...
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2191

Re: "Is there a Self?"

The point is not so much about the unity of something which is presented to us, but the unity of the "us" to which those things are presented. Of course, and I'm saying that the unity of this "us" is a conditioned construct. Other people assume we are such a unity, and they project this onto us fro...
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 16
Views: 219

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor? Why many countries like India and Sri Lanka are poor even though they are the beacon of the spirituality? India or Sri Lanka the beacons of spirituality?? I think most of what passes for "spirituality" is just trickery, confidence artistry . Some...
by binocular
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2191

Re: "Is there a Self?"

I believe what he's getting at is much more primordial than the kind of concern and importance you're referring to. He's taking about the fact that experience points to, signifies, presents itself as for, the self same subject, as Kant and BV have argued, like the melody example in the OP's link. T...
by binocular
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?
Replies: 52
Views: 601

Re: Why does a comedian go to hell or animal womb?

auto wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:09 pm
It is about the point that laughter and happiness doesn't change your destination if you are deluded and bound by bond of passion.
Excellent point!
by binocular
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2191

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Self' as subject can be briefly discussed as follows. As pointed out in PHASSA (b), the puthujjana thinks 'things are mine (i.e. are my concern) because I am, because I exist'. He takes the subject ('I') for granted; and if things are appropriated, that is because he, the subject, exists. Atta I've...