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by binocular
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Burning and human remains
Replies: 26
Views: 538

Re: Burning and human remains

SarathW wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:28 pm
It is like the hunger strike.
Mahatma Gandhi used this technique to protest.
And how effective is it?
It's blackmail.
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Burning and human remains
Replies: 26
Views: 538

Re: Is it unwholesome to criticise ordained monks?

Idappaccayata wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:49 pm
He was mostly protesting the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnam government at the time, let by the president Ngo Dinh Diem, who was Catholic and trying to convert the entire RVN
But how is setting oneself on fire a protest?
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?
Replies: 36
Views: 630

Re: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?

Sorry, I don't have any experience with cults, Would be helpful if you did. The point you are defending sounds cultist to me. and I don't get your point about spousal rape. You said: Understood. If you axiomatically preclude certain possibilities, relating to them becomes hard, doesn't it? I counte...
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?
Replies: 36
Views: 630

Re: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?

Understood. If you axiomatically preclude certain possibilities, relating to them becomes hard, doesn't it? That's trivially true for anything. "Spousal rape is an expression of spousal love." Yeah, it's possible to be so open-minded that your brain falls out. Do you really think that cultist menta...
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?
Replies: 36
Views: 630

Re: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?

Maybe, except in the cases I have heard of, they didn't. I don't think there is any venue, religious or not, where people would be encouraged to verbalize such concerns. Human communities are typically hierarchical and authoritarian, with a less or more obvious taboo on talking about this order of ...
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?
Replies: 36
Views: 630

Re: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?

I think you misunderstand this point. Those people who - much later - understood the point of what Ajahn Chah said to them were at the time incapable of that insight. Their defilements precluded the insight. Or it might have nothing to do with their defilements per se, but that they had other conce...
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?
Replies: 36
Views: 630

Re: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:33 am
Alas, defilements make it hard, and no easier way is known.
Only for those who don't like conversation.
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: adjectives go before or after noun in Pali?
Replies: 8
Views: 270

Re: adjectives go before or after noun in Pali?

Dmytro wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:46 am
Why do you think these are adjectives?
Those terms are attributes / modifiers / qualifiers. A very common type of attributes are adjectives, hence it's easy to conflate the terminology.
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Burning and human remains
Replies: 26
Views: 538

Re: Is it unwholesome to criticise ordained monks?

There's a lot of bullshit and nonsense in Buddhism. I don't see it. I suspect that what might sometimes look like nonsense is actually a clever strategy. I'm probably under the influence of the Mahayana notion of skillful means, so I always expect there's a fancy point behind everything, no matter ...
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?
Replies: 36
Views: 630

Re: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?

Then the sutta is some kind of hybrid? Every sutta is a hybrid in the sense of being a mixture of what the Buddha (or someone) said, and somebody else's recollection and interpretation of that utterance. A hybrid between what was said by someone who was enlightened, and what was said by someone who...
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?
Replies: 36
Views: 630

Re: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?

Not relating to it is fine. It's a perfectly intelligible idea, though; it just means that "discipleship" does not logically imply happiness with all aspects of instruction. /.../ Christ's disciples also frequently misunderstood his teaching and found it hard to accept. Indeed, various biblical pas...
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Buddha's Dietary & Lifestyle Recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: The Buddha's Dietary & Lifestyle Recommendations

It seems natural to me to go to bed at around 10 PM.
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do you have to have the death wish to become a monk?
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Do you have to have the death wish to become a monk?

SarathW wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:30 am
Yes I thought the same when I posted it until I read the post from Pegembara.
Her'es a nice relatively short essay on this:
Ven. N. Nyanamoli: BREATHING TOWARDS DEATH

Practising the mindfulness of breathing correctly, means practising the mindfulness of death correctly.
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do you have to have the death wish to become a monk?
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Do you have to have the death wish to become a monk?

Do you have to have the death wish to become a monk? Not a death wish, but a readiness to die (and the readiness expressed in tangible terms). On a linguistic note: death wish : the conscious or unconscious desire for the death of oneself or of another https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dea...
by binocular
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?
Replies: 36
Views: 630

Re: Why does the monks not happy with Buddha's teaching ?

Read the final paragraph again. "Delight is the root of suffering.... the bhikkhus did not delight in the Buddha's words" If they delighted in him saying that delight itself is the root of suffering, it wouldn't make sense. Delighting in the Dhamma always makes sense. Delight in sensual pleasures i...