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by binocular
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 36
Views: 1048

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

If you're going to manipulate your own wrong understanding, you have to interfere with it indirectly. If you go at it directly, you play by its rules, by Self's rules; you inherently grant the idea validity and from that position Self cannot be interfered with. By going indirect, you undermine the ...
by binocular
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Bound by Ignorance

I think anyone who has made a serious effort for any number of years would not be able to reoccupy a position they have worked to undercut - with or without stream entry it is no longer stable or comfortable. You cannot just pull the eject button and go back there. Oh, the things one can live with ...
by binocular
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Bound by Ignorance

Your presumption that I could fall back on those things and accept a normal mode of understanding without being broken and distraught could not be more wrong. I don't assume you wouldn't be broken and distraught. Maybe you would be, maybe you wouldn't be. Unless you have attained stream entry, your...
by binocular
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Bound by Ignorance

SDC wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:52 pm
I didn't/don't have this luxury at all. You're giving me too much credit.
You have a solid job, a family, a good reputation ... right?
by binocular
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Bound by Ignorance

You'll only know for sure what is sufficient in retrospect, after you start pushing. It is impossible to know beforehand. If it was possible, there would be no need to develop the framework of saddha. I mean "sufficient" in the sense that "things make sense" at that point, at least theoretically; s...
by binocular
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Bound by Ignorance

Do you see "trajectory" here as being a whole life, or a temporary part of it that coheres together? Is it possible for some of our projects and intentions to spring from wisdom rather than ignorance? This ties in with the point (often made here on DW) that one needs to sort out Right View first, o...
by binocular
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bound by Ignorance
Replies: 33
Views: 742

Re: Bound by Ignorance

For me, I would have rather crashed and burned and gone insane in my pursuit of Dhamma than to stay in that ordinary mode. I have a reservation here: A person can talk the way you do above if the ordinary mode is relatively secured for them. Like that spoiled child who criticizes his family but nev...
by binocular
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Breath and Thief of Dhamma
Replies: 16
Views: 539

Re: Breath and Thief of Dhamma

Pulsar wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:23 pm
'If you really want to learn the dhamma, think like a thief' says who?
Think Like a Thief
by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aren't we losing much with attachment?
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: Aren't we losing much with attachment?

I'm not sure (Theravada) Buddhists would pass a psychological evaluation test very well. They'd probably be evaluated as asocial, depressed, above-average neurotic, with low-esteem, an impoverished inner life (!). Do you have any evidence for this assertion? Are Theravadan Buddhists more prone to t...
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 36
Views: 1048

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

/.../ I read your post three times, with pauses inbetween. I'm not sure what you're saying. Everytime I revise my understanding about your position when you say things like the above, I make a move to support that direction. Or at least, what I assume to be the direction you are referring to. At wh...
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aren't we losing much with attachment?
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: Aren't we losing much with attachment?

Most medical authorities understand that there is in most contexts (especially those to do with mental health) a wide range of what constitutes "normality", and don't concern themselves with it except in so far as it affects sickness and health. There are psychological evaluation tests one has to p...
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is "mono no aware" compatible with Early Buddhism?
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: Is "mono no aware" compatible with Early Buddhism?

Sam Vara wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:27 pm
Mono no aware does seem to involve, though, a type of subtle relishing of ideas and perceptions. My guess is that this, as an aesthetic stance towards the world, would gradually be eliminated by the practice.
But there is no such aesthetic stance in Theravada, is there?
by binocular
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aren't we losing much with attachment?
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: Aren't we losing much with attachment?

SilaSamadhi wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:52 pm
A basic question, perhaps, but aren't we all losing much by practicing mindfulness and unattachment?
We also lose the prospect or risk losing the prospect of being regarded as "normal" by the medical authorities in the society we live in, which can have adverse consequences for us.
by binocular
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 36
Views: 1048

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

You'd fit right in on Wall Street lol Not at all. I don't have the viriya for it, to say the least. If power is what you want, you'll find it in Buddhism, just don't expect it to cover the cost of access to the Dhamma. Earlier I said the the difference between Buddhism and Dhamma is that the former...
by binocular
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 36
Views: 1048

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

Again, you claim you have no power and wisdom in terms of Dhamma, yet boldly claim up to 99% certainty that you know how someone with wisdom would behave. Either you have both power and wisdom, or you are using inapplicable criteria. Residue from your Christian background? I follow the money, as th...