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by mal4mac
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Virtue Signaling
Replies: 47
Views: 4584

Re: Right Speech: Virtue Signaling

Please provide canonical support for your proposition that one standard for Right Speech is that it is ok to call other people names (such as bullshitter) so long as one does not know it to be untrue. The Buddha often calls someone a "foolish man", how's that any different from calling someone a "b...
by mal4mac
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Orthorexia
Replies: 18
Views: 2225

Re: Orthorexia

“And how does the disciple of the noble ones know moderation in eating? There is the case where the disciple of the noble ones, considering it appropriately, takes his food not playfully, nor for intoxication, nor for putting on bulk, nor for beautification, but simply for the survival & continuanc...
by mal4mac
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Copying CDs from library
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Copying CDs from library

You would need to check the laws of your country to find the answer to this, and things keep on changing in this area:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/3 ... ns-new-law
by mal4mac
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 113
Views: 11153

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

A pessimistic person, for example, thinks, "Yes, there are all those small pleasures, food, and drink, and parties, and relationships, and work, and surely mindfulness can provide a measure of relaxation or happiness. But what good are all those pleasures, when sooner or later, one has to die and i...
by mal4mac
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 113
Views: 11153

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

I agree. I need some advise as to when I should stop flossing my teeth. After a certain age the only benefit to be had from flossing is to the aesthetics of your skull's smile after death. So....at what age should I stop? chownah Actually there is little evidence that flossing does any good at all,...
by mal4mac
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 113
Views: 11153

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

If a person has a nihilistic or pessimistic outlook on life, can (secular) mindfulness meditation work for them? Well if you are so pessimistic that you think MBSR has no chance of relieving your stress, somewhat, I can't see it working as you will not be able to generate the enough "right effort" ...
by mal4mac
Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: what are all the direct paths
Replies: 9
Views: 1330

Re: what are all the direct paths

The Satipatthana sutta (MN 10, DN 22) states both in the introduction and conclusion that mindfulness is the direct path to realisation... No it doesn't, here are my summary notes from Anãlayo Satipatthãna: The Direct Path to Realization: ---------------------- 1.1 OVERVIEW OF THE SATIPATTHÃNA SUTT...
by mal4mac
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: What is it about Hollywood?
Replies: 40
Views: 4348

Re: What is it about Hollywood?

I've never heard this before, but that statement immediately strikes me as containing some truth. Of course, I believe that meditation (and its preliminaries) can do this far more effectively than art ever can. Bryan Magee "The Philosophy of Schopenhauer": "Although this sense of harmony and well-b...
by mal4mac
Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: What is it about Hollywood?
Replies: 40
Views: 4348

Re: What is it about Hollywood?

"Any beings who are not devoid of passion to begin with, who are bound by the bond of passion, focus with even more passion on things inspiring passion presented by an actor on stage in the midst of a festival. Any beings who are not devoid of aversion to begin with, who are bound by the bond of av...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 19
Views: 2777

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

V. Analayo's keen and broad scholarship is quite noteworthy, if sw dry at times. Perhaps related to that reservation, his interpretations, however, are s/w uneven in quality, and unstable over time. Notably the length to which, in his first Satipatthana book, he goes to justify "direct" for ' ekaya...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Alternative Forms of Vipassana
Replies: 35
Views: 4708

Re: Alternative Forms of Vipassana

Vipassana with a small ’v’ is the central process of the NEP: No it's not, your quote suggests vipassana -bhavana is one "process" in the path. So, indeed, vipissana is not a technique, and it cannot be taught. If vipissana is an apple, then how can an apple be "taught"? It's just there. But, of co...
by mal4mac
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Alternative Forms of Vipassana
Replies: 35
Views: 4708

Re: Alternative Forms of Vipassana

I'm getting slightly confused by this thread! I find Anãlayo's "Satipatthãna: The Direct Path to Realization", somewhat helpful: https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/pdf/5-personen/analayo/direct-path.pdf Also useful is "What Exactly is Vipassana Meditation?" by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana: htt...
by mal4mac
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 58
Views: 6916

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

You could apply the same critique you apply to the no-work hippy-dippy Daoist to the vinaya-observing monastic. Hardly ... alcohol is banned to the monastic, and following the path is hard work! The taoist license to act with "wu wei", to act without "without effort" and "without control", seems a ...
by mal4mac
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 3750

Re: Anger

The second is the large (as in, large) framed picture of Kwan Yin serenely standing on the back of a raging dragon he removed from his backpack and his subsequent explanation of how her view (stance? attitude?) might possibly assist me (me, as in, the person who had presented him with this hypothet...
by mal4mac
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 221
Views: 19236

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Why do you think all your problems are so connected? Believing that will make it very difficult to develop the will power to defeat them. Baumeister's book, which I mentioned earlier, makes it clear that we have only a small amount of energy to give to will power, and can only solve one (or a few) p...