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by binocular
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "The Broken Buddha" by Ven.Dhammika and other scandals
Replies: 347
Views: 71074

Re: The Nude Monk's Burning Robes

People often travel great distances for the express purpose of staying at a particular monastery, to study under a particular teacher or method. So you would think wrong my friend If people think that a Buddhist monastery is much like a tourist destination, and that if they're not happy with it the...
by binocular
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 148
Views: 24611

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

tiltbillings wrote:I would guess that these a couple of rich guys who are doing a temporary ordination for merit, probably for a parent or some such thing.
And as such, their parents arrange means of transportation etc.?
Good point.
by binocular
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 28601

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

It's easy to judge and condemn others when one's own arse is not on the line. At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said: "From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering o...
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Share meditation tips here
Replies: 26
Views: 3060

Re: Share meditation tips here

How have you integrated sitting into your life, and overcome difficulties? Any advice for becoming more motivated? This is the place to share. I'm operating on the basis that motivation is key. Please no comments about just sitting without a goal--That's like an unhealthy person who goes to the gym...
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a real world out there?...
Replies: 124
Views: 12765

Re: Is there a real world out there?...

For example, if one is to practice the brahmaviharas, one has to posit that there are other living beings out there toward whom one practices this or that sublime attitude.

How can one practice metta if one believes that others don't really exist or don't matter??
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 28601

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

From Bhikkhu Cintita: http://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/anti-muslim-monks/ A lot of people ask me about reports of anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar, since I live at a Burmese monastery and they assume I might have special inside knowledge. With the appearance of a new cover story in Time...
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: In defence of smilies
Replies: 21
Views: 1285

Re: In defence of smilies

That is a damned-if-you-damned-if you-don't option. If one turn of the smiley display one is left equally annoying text were the smiley would be. As I have said, I have tuned them out for the most part, but I do get pleasure from killing them when I reply to a msg. This damn Universe keeps messing ...
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: In defence of smilies
Replies: 21
Views: 1285

Re: In defence of smilies

Emoticons - not necessarily smileys, though - are useful for online communication, as they can help convey the intended tone of one's message. Spelling things out is sometimes too tedious, or takes away the edge.
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 148
Views: 24611

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ddWkfHeOieWBgWk5oSnGiw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/news/2013-06-17/19238b01-1173-4467-a700-a19fa56ce3ef_thai_monks.jpg Next time, someone needs to make a video, one in slo-mo, where the monks walk slowly and dramatically t...
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Monks in private jets pass test
Replies: 148
Views: 24611

Re: Monks in private jets pass test

Dan74 wrote:but I am not sure about the emphasis on all the corruption here lately.
Ah, that's just an expression of the critic's obvious superiority. :pig:
by binocular
Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a real world out there?...
Replies: 124
Views: 12765

Re: Is there a real world out there?...

Then again I don't think it is important to come to a conclusion about whether there is an external world or not. But I do think it's important to see how fleeting, alterable and unreliable our perceptions of this world really are. But without an external world there would be no sense objects and t...
by binocular
Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 35266

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

chownah wrote:But of course another person's privacy is part of my experience as well as another person's kamma....
Then tell me:
What is my favorite color?
What is it like to be me?
by binocular
Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 505475

Re: the great rebirth debate

And one can easily say that those who have a view of rebirth are clinging to a sense of self and clinging to doctrines and views, but as this thread has shown (by nearly approaching 200 posts) saying such things to each other gets us no where. Instead we should just focus on dukkha and practice to ...
by binocular
Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The vinaya should be updated
Replies: 16
Views: 1605

Re: The vinaya should be updated

A lot of monks seem to be heavy coffee drinkers. I am not, but I find tea useful for staying awake and not falling asleep during evening meditation. This seems to be the long-standing experience of Chinese and Japanese Zen monks as well. All the legal drugs like coffee, tea, alcohol, nicotine only ...
by binocular
Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The vinaya should be updated
Replies: 16
Views: 1605

Re: The vinaya should be updated

A lot of monks seem to be heavy coffee drinkers. But how does this fit with the concept of seeing food (and drink) as a requisite - There is the case where a monk, considering it appropriately, takes his food not playfully, nor for intoxication, nor for putting on bulk, nor for beautification, but ...