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by binocular
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 34372

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

tiltbillings wrote:
binocular wrote:If I am a Buddhist, then why am I not enlightened?
Because you have not done the work.
You've missed the point of my post ...
by binocular
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is right Livelihood?
Replies: 37
Views: 5206

Re: What is right Livelihood?

Thus, their chosen livelihood is based on the trading of said items as much as the chosen livelihood of the shop-owner. No. Their livelihood depends on doing their job responsibly and well. If they arrive on time, perform their duties well, and fulfil their duties to their employer, then they have ...
by binocular
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 34372

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

I find the broader question of no-self more difficult. But it is the case that in the suttas the Buddha consistently refused to make ontological statements about self/no-self ( among other things ). And something I find puzzling is the way in which no-self is equated with annihilationism in the Ana...
by binocular
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of advising divorce
Replies: 14
Views: 1851

Re: The ethics of advising divorce

Quite often when one member of an intimate relationship is suffering from acute depression the other member suffers from the same condition. And these things are not always so clear cut. It's tempting to place the exclusive fault and responsiblity on the one party who seems to be acting out the mos...
by binocular
Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anxieties
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: Anxieties

I hope and wish you'll find a way to wholesomely deal with this.
by binocular
Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist
Replies: 68
Views: 10628

Re: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist

... "Who are you to tell people what they should do?!" (even though no such unsolicited advice or judgment was given) I think your view of self-defense is far too narrow. One ought to see danger in the slightest fault. I may have misinterpreted your statements above as advice/judgement, as that is ...
by binocular
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9285

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

I am personally interested in the topic of conversion, for my own sake. I occasionally explore how come other people have converted, hoping for some insight into my own situation. So far, I have to say I have never met or read of a genuine convert - ie. a person who was genuinely practicing one reli...
by binocular
Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of advising divorce
Replies: 14
Views: 1851

Re: The ethics of advising divorce

There's a couple John and Natalie (not real names). Although John is a straightforward guy there are a few things Natalie does not like about John, and so they have issues frequently. Natalie often threatens suicide if John does not act according to her wish (like giving her more time and attention...
by binocular
Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist
Replies: 68
Views: 10628

Re: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist

What places you in a position to tell them what they ought view? If I'm not mistaken, thinking for yourself came up in the suttas as well. Unfortunately, discussions about morality at some point devolve into one party accusing the other of "Who are you to tell people what they should do?!" (even th...
by binocular
Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do you contemplate anatta?
Replies: 85
Views: 9494

Re: How do you contemplate anatta?

A compilation of the not self strategy translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Hope it helps. Thanks. I found this observation interesting: "Although the concept "not-self" is a useful way of disentangling oneself from the attachments & clingings which lead to suffering, the view that there is no self is...
by binocular
Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:55 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Four Western Theravadas
Replies: 17
Views: 4250

Re: Four Western Theravadas

gavesako wrote:Or maybe it would be fairer to say that I'm looking for a way for me to thrive while practicing it here. I'm still looking.

http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... vadas.html
Aren't we all?
by binocular
Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist
Replies: 68
Views: 10628

Re: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist

"Seeing danger in the slightest fault" is a phrase often found in the suttas. One ought to engage in their practice to the best of their own reasoning mind. I think that is why some Buddhist are pacifists and some are not; their reasoning minds lead them to different conclusions. I'm not sure what y...
by binocular
Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist
Replies: 68
Views: 10628

Re: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist

If you ask me, it is worth examining the Buddha's teachings on statecraft to see what he had to say about the sorts of issues and problems you are raising. The Buddha didn't only provide teachings for monks and renunciates; he offered counsel to leaders on how to govern wisely and effectively, and ...
by binocular
Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist
Replies: 68
Views: 10628

Re: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist

As a layperson, I can certainly attest to the truth of this, but what I would question is whether the people involved these hate campaigns and pogroms are displaying "shrewdness and acuity". Their behavior is crude and hysterical. "Crude and hysterical" might just be the winning strategy, as it oft...
by binocular
Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist
Replies: 68
Views: 10628

Re: Buddhist Violence Doesn't Exist

Protecting oneself/one's practice may result in harming others, though. In the case of the explanation I gave, how can that result in harming others? Suppose someone would forcefully try to convert you to their religion, to the point of using pyhsical force. Would you not fight back, which can lead...