Re: DN31 Advise to Sigalaka
Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:23 am
The above is not a "fact". It is merely your personal opinion. I recall you chastised (criticised) a person on another chatsite. The person you chastised said he brought a lady through a long phase of suicidal feelings & thinking but you said that person was wrong. You faulted the person because the person was not a money-leaching professional psychologist.
In summary, in my view, little you say is related to Buddhism. Allow me to summarize how I view your views:
1. You believe in "liberalism" and "freedom of self-expression". Obviously, this is not Buddhist. DN 31 says a "libertine" is a dangerous friend. Buddhism teaches a define path of living, be it 5 , 8 or 10 precepts or Vinaya.
2. You believe laypeople should do meditation retreats & remain in a state lost in their hindrances, even though DN 31 says the duty of monks is to teach people morality. While I used to be involved in mass-market meditation retreats, I would probably never do it again because DN 31 does not say laypeople should practise meditation. DN 31 says laypeople should be taught morality.
3. You seem to support the "client-centred" (rather than 'Dhamma-centered") industries of mass-market meditation retreats & professional psychologists, which do not generally teach morality and which use the model of the client looking for their own solutions, which maximizes the business revenue of those businesses (because the clients keep returning due to never resolving their issues). Since I have been trained as a secular counsellor, I understand the client-centred model, which I do not agree with because it is unrelated to Buddhism. Buddhism teaches people to follow the Buddhist path rather than find their own path.
4. You seem to believe a mother should readily accept the homosexuality of her daughter than than the daughter accept the resistance of her mother. You appear to view homosexuality as the norm (as though millions of years of evolution has occurred due to homosexuality) and family values as something abnormal (similar to how Feminists believing women wanting & having children is abnormal; even though the suttas say in many places women generally delight in having children).
5. You seem to believe making promiscuous homosexuals (engaged in narcissistic actions) feel better is more important than the promotion of family values (which are 'dhamma' that sustain the world).
6. You seem to believe the Buddha's silence on homosexuality & harems of the nobles was the Buddha's approval of these things (rather than the Buddha's avoidance of these things that completely fall outside of his teachings).
7. You seem to believe the Buddha taught all of society rather than merely those who approached him for teachings.
Personally, I read little in your views that can be supported by the texts.