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by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Re: Value of interfaith studies

Cannot recall where in the canon this notion is exactly, but Truth or Reality or Dhamma cannot change or disappear whether a Buddha is here to teach about it, or not. The Dhamma-Niyama Sutta? "Monks, whether or not there is the arising of Tathagatas, this property stands — this steadfastness of the...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

I exercised no such choice. If anything, I have tried very hard to believe them and to take as true what they say; but I couldn't believe them. I can find no reason not to believe them; but I also cannot find any definitive reason to believe them (other than evolutionary arguments, which I don't fi...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An Inconvenient Sequel - 2017 climate change documentary
Replies: 1
Views: 34

Re: An Inconvenient Sequel - 2017 climate change documentary

I'll check this out later, but welcome back, santa 100!
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 78
Views: 855

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

chownah wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:48 am
lyndon taylor wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:39 pm
I don't think its wrong to hate evil!!
Which will suffer most, you or evil?
chownah
:goodpost: I like it!
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

I don't know what you mean exactly with "mentation" and I don't understand why you use "mere" to describe it. Mentation means mental activity and isn't mental activity thinking? Not all mental activity is thinking, and far less of it would count as "thinking for oneself", which is what this thread ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

But how come you think you have that choice? You must have some kind of metaphysical background to think you have a choice in whom you'll look to as your teacher in religious/spiritual matters. I believe that actions (kamma) makes a difference to my experience. That's based on common sense, plus wh...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 88
Views: 1328

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

I don't think your question is relevant to the OP. I think it is a false equivalence comparing antagonism to an individual and antagonism to a religion/large grouping (I personally wouldn't choose to use phobia). Entirely relevant, I think. I'm not making any equivalence, just noting that the exist...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

"Ordinary usage" in terms of thinking for oneself is unaffected by the psychology you introduce here. I fail to see how such is the case. If one internalized what the teacher teaches, how can one separate this from the teacher's attitude toward the student? While I agree that such separation is pos...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

Exactly, as I noted above. But what you call "ordinary usage" isn't ordinary usage anymore, when the defining relationship between people is indifference, hostility, competition, or expendability. With those on the rise, individualism is on the rise as well. I think individualism is actually a way ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

In that case, the "self" in that "thinking for oneself" is an abstract, vague entity that gets its appearance of essence and relevance from being glossed over it. (When people use the term "self", what do they really mean by it?) That doesn't follow, I'm afraid. It doesn't follow that a self which ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

How is "to teach someone to think for themselves" not a contradiction in terms? Because the verbs "to think" and "to teach" are conceptually separate. You're leaving out the qualifier "for themselves". "For themselves" and "to teach" are conceptually in conflict. If someone is or needs to be taught...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

One can think for oneself in the same way one can breathe for oneself: under the condition that a solid, separate, self-sufficient self is assumed. To truly breathe for oneself would mean to make one's own oxygen (from nothing, ex nihilo) and have full, conscious control over one's lungs and the wh...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

I think (!) it depends on what is meant by "thinking". In the absence of any such tuition, either overt or covert, there will certainly be mentation, but it will not be that person thinking for themselves. It will be mere mental activity driven by contact with thoughts and sense-impressions, and mo...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 88
Views: 1328

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

One of those who returned has now left again because didn't "want to be part of a community that normalizes islamophobia." What about Trumpophobia? https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=30770 Should that be a proscribed phobia, or licit? Hi Sam I don't see the relevance of your question but ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 88
Views: 1328

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Mr Man wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:29 pm
One of those who returned has now left again because didn't "want to be part of a community that normalizes islamophobia."
What about Trumpophobia?

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=30770

Should that be a proscribed phobia, or licit?
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

All thinking is "mere mental activity driven by contact with thoughts and sense-impressions,"(don't know why "mere" is used here)....what else could it be? Purposive activity which benefits the thinker. You'll certainly think a lot if your clothes catch fire in an accident. Most of it will be mere ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

I think it is a bit odd to say that you are going to teach someone how to think. It is sort of like teaching a vegetable seed to sprout. chownah I think (!) it depends on what is meant by "thinking". In the absence of any such tuition, either overt or covert, there will certainly be mentation, but ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 237

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

How is "to teach someone to think for themselves" not a contradiction in terms? Because the verbs "to think" and "to teach" are conceptually separate. "To teach someone how to drive a car" or "to teach someone how to swim" are different than "to teach someone to think for themselves." Correct. They...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Those Self-Absorbed Buddhists
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Those Self-Absorbed Buddhists

In which case, see the above quote from Mark's gospel. Focus upon one's neighbour seems to be very important, not just on God and Jesus. But with that, we're back at the mere ought. Which is what you were talking about, weren't you? They are supposed to be focused on others - their neighbours - as ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Those Self-Absorbed Buddhists
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Those Self-Absorbed Buddhists

binocular wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:48 am
Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:01 am
Do you mean they ought to be focused, etc., or that people suppose them to be so focused?
The former.
In which case, see the above quote from Mark's gospel. Focus upon one's neighbour seems to be very important, not just on God and Jesus.