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by binocular
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is meditation?
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: What is meditation?

I agree. But even without a context, the word tends to trigger some images, preconceptions, associations. Because a particular context exists in one's mind already. Is meditation a verb or a noun? When i check the dictionary, it is classified as "noun" but the definition itself often includes the w...
by binocular
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The meaning of "acinteyyāni" ("inconceivable")?
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: The meaning of "acinteyyāni" ("inconceivable")?

SarathW wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:33 am
To eliminate Dukkha you don't have to know the answers to these questions.
That's a statement of faith!
Without eliminating Dukkha many wants to know who created the world etc.
Probably because they believe answering those questions is crucial to solving the problem of suffering.
by binocular
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is meditation?
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: What is meditation?

And yet, the term itself is aiming to make a distinction between meditation and other activities. Activities is what we do all the time, so why to call certain activity meditation? It's seems like an approximate, relative term that, like so many others, gains significance only within a particular c...
by binocular
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it unwholesome to criticise ordained monks?
Replies: 44
Views: 1195

Re: Is it unwholesome to criticise ordained monks?

How is one supposed to trust a monk who smokes, eats in the afternoon, flirts with women, handles money, watches soccer etc.? Many monks in Sri Lanka does these things quite liberally. For instance, the monk who taught Buddhism in my school goes to the toilet and smoke. As kids, we have seen this a...
by binocular
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The meaning of "acinteyyāni" ("inconceivable")?
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: The meaning of "acinteyyāni" ("inconceivable")?

But to shut it down all i need to do is knock out the fuel line or the engine management computer or some other vital part. My analogy is that you don't have to know who, when, how built the house to break it down. Is there anyone who does want to know that? IOW, is there anyone like that man in th...
by binocular
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it unwholesome to criticise ordained monks?
Replies: 44
Views: 1195

Re: Is it unwholesome to criticise ordained monks?

What if a monk breaks the Vinaya? According to the video, it is unwholesome to criticise a monk even if he breaks the rule due to the fact we do not know the reason behind it. To begin with -- is something really criticism of a monk, or just an expression of one's concerns that don't directly have ...
by binocular
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

I believe that the feminist adage: "The personal is political" is 100% correct. I believe it is impossible to (or delusional to believe that one can) seperate the personal from the political. Habits may be personal, but they are also conditioned by social/political interaction. Of course. That's wh...
by binocular
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: holidays
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: holidays

The findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Munich. Martin Marshall, vice-chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said that family doctors “often recommend that patients take some time away from work or go on holiday if they are stressed”. That sounds like avoidance ...
by binocular
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: holidays
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: holidays

I sometimes wonder if it might actually be better to have a little bit of 'vacation' from work, stress in every day and then skipping the week long, two week long vacations. /.../ I agree. Waiting for and relying on vacations is a bit like holding your breath and waiting to exhale at some unspecifi...
by binocular
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

I agree that reducing unwholesome external influence is imperative. But I don't agree that the best way to do this is to introduce further doubt and confusion (papanca, 'cockroaches') about people by claiming that actions which don't conform to our own individual and subjective moral evaluations ar...
by binocular
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Being Offended
Replies: 45
Views: 1454

Re: Being Offended

Okay, so at this point, Buddhist communication is just an instance of the processes and difficulties of any language community (especially when one is not born into it -- I'm imagining someone emigrating to a country where they do not speak the language). ... which has important implications for th...
by binocular
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

seeing all human beings as equally worthy of compassion, as per Buddshist precepts. Such an idea of compassion is more typical for Engaged Buddhism, or Mahayana and Vajrayana. That doesn't mean that Theravadans believe that not all human beings are equally worthy of compassion. I just don't think t...
by binocular
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

Why do you equate Western Buddhism to engaged buddhism? I certainly on't. Copy-paste where I "equate Western Buddhism to engaged buddhism." No need to, just re-read the title of this thread. Why then do you suddenly criticize engaged buddhism as if it had anything to do with the topic of this threa...
by binocular
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2672

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

Why do you equate Western Buddhism to engaged buddhism? I certainly on't. Copy-paste where I "equate Western Buddhism to engaged buddhism." Are you sure that the OP posted the thread with the idea that "Personal labels inevitably lead to quarrels" in mind? Talk about intolerance! I happen to have c...
by binocular
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Being Offended
Replies: 45
Views: 1454

Re: Being Offended

...It seems to me there is an awkward dichotomy in what is officially considered dukkha, and what one might personally consider dukkha. However, in order to practice the Buddhist path, it seems that one has to internalize a set of standards for what counts as dukkha (and what doesn't), become accul...