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by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2434

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

So wait, now you want the staff to tell you what you can or cannot say? Didn't you call me an "arrogant schoolmaster" merely for arguing with you? How many tongues do you have available to speak with? Furthermore, I'm pretty sure that was you in the Lounge years back constantly engaging in politica...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2434

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

In Buddhism you are indeed morally responsible for your actions or inactions. In this case, the owner and administrators are responsible for the Buddhist site and what it used for. They decide what kind of audience they want to attract; what they will allow and not allow. They do that already. The ...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Constant lack of energy
Replies: 44
Views: 829

Re: Constant lack of energy

Meezer77 wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:17 pm
Is the gardening a hobby or something you have to do?
I have to do it. But when I'm this tired, it's easy to think of it as a hobby, too.
:woohoo:
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard

Are we reading the same passage? I don't see that at all. Much of the article seems to me to be encouraging people to not just mindlessly follow a particular approach, but to figure out what works for them. What is this "what works"?? This or that works only in regard to a particular goal. In the c...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard

Just try telling your mindfulness-friendly doctor that your goal is complete cessation of suffering, for example. He or she will do things to make it clear to you that you are not supposed to have this as a goal. Are you sure about that? :spy: Yes. Perhaps there was some misunderstanding in the dis...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Constant lack of energy
Replies: 44
Views: 829

Re: Constant lack of energy

Meezer77 wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:02 pm
I was miserable before I discovered Buddhism.
/.../
But on the contrary the concept of impermanence helps me immensely.
If you still feel miserable, then the concept of impermanence hasn't been helping you immensely, but just a little.
:tongue:
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Constant lack of energy
Replies: 44
Views: 829

Re: Constant lack of energy

Not sure if it's vitamin D deficiency, but I do know for certain that the sun improves my mood. But on the contrary the concept of impermanence helps me immensely. We've been having bright sunny days. I've done about 5% of the work that I need to do in the garden and around the property by about Ma...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distinction between cult and religion
Replies: 24
Views: 363

Re: Distinction between cult and religion

Is it possible to distinguish between the two given that weird and crazy things happen in mainstream religious organisations as well as cults? The crucial point is probably this: Is it possible to distinguish between a religion and a cult in terms of their metaphysics, their doctrine? Odd social pr...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bill V. on Theravadan nihilism
Replies: 11
Views: 452

Re: Bill V. on Theravadan nihilism

The "Maverick Philosopher" blogger Bill Vallicella is generally sympathetic to Buddhism, and apparently has a daily meditation practice. He has written some insightful pieces about Buddhism. Here, however, he misses the mark in an embarrassing manner: http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Constant lack of energy
Replies: 44
Views: 829

Re: Constant lack of energy

For the last few months or so I've been feeling really sluggish, with low energy and am finding it hard to get the motivation to do even simple things. I think a lot of it is due to the lack of sunlight where I'm from as when I go abroad to somewhere sunny I feel like a different person. I don't th...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Constant lack of energy
Replies: 44
Views: 829

Re: Constant lack of energy

Meezer77 wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:36 pm
I've considered taking vitamin D pills. Not sure if they would work. Is there a brand you would recommend?
For this, it's probably better to see a doctor, have them measure your vit. D level, and, if necessary give you shots of vit. D.
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity
Replies: 25
Views: 544

Re: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity

While Antisemitism if genuine racism & stereotyping is obviously against Buddhist principles, it seems some are presenting Antisemitism in a manner that accords with the ancient tribal self-cherishing doctrines of ancient Judaism & Brahmanism. What do we think? People, esp. in terms of their ethnic...
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New moderator: Sam Vara!
Replies: 40
Views: 1597

Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Sam Vara wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:39 am
The path of the humourist is indeed a hard one, beset with difficulties on every side...
Depends on whom he wishes to humour.
by binocular
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: ban heretics
Replies: 73
Views: 2025

Re: ban heretics

The solution to the problem of heresy is simple enough:

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Suitable for men with ties, too.
by binocular
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Curse from member claiming to be arahant
Replies: 9
Views: 509

Re: Curse from member claiming to be arahant

My point was should those who self proclaim to be a Noble One be allowed to bring in rules of Vinaya and say that one has committed a sin against a Noble One? Well, this is a Buddhist forum. Expect some characteristically Buddhist activity. I know well that bullying is never isolated and next time ...
by binocular
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard

Are we reading the same passage? I don't see that at all. Much of the article seems to me to be encouraging people to not just mindlessly follow a particular approach, but to figure out what works for them. That is "figure out what works for them within the framework of goals and values as specifie...
by binocular
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard

Very interesting article with a number of very specific useful suggestions. Those with PTSD or anxiety issues often have trouble concentrating, and will undoubtedly find the information helpful. I didn't find it helpful at all. In fact, I find such advice extremely frustrating. It's like telling on...
by binocular
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: keep liberalism out of buddhism
Replies: 126
Views: 2741

Re: keep liberalism out of buddhism

The "problem" comes when people abdicate personal responsibility for their actions, and for their mental and physical well-being. For one, some people who blame others don't necessarily mean it. Blaming others for one's own wellbeing is sometimes a form of manipulation, a way to get the upper hand,...
by binocular
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Creating a Practice When Life is Hard

The problems she discusses are all quite common and her solutions seem very appropriate. The problem she discusses is probably common, but the solutions she proposes are not appropriate. She omits wisdom and morality, but she wants to do meditation? That's a recipe for failing. Although you are not...
by binocular
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1138

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

Having a gun does not equal successful self-defense.

But more generally, whether one will remain alive and for how long is ultimately not in one's control. This is why there is no choice like "hate-and-live and love-and-die".