No_Mind wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:55 am
Self-centered means to be preoccupied with oneself and one's own affairs. It has nothing to do with "self and no-self" in Buddhism.
So a mistaken sense of self has nothing to do with self-centeredness. Have you heard about the khandas?
...and I request you to not engage me in conversation unless you are able to understand basic English.
Lacking logic and knowledge you turn to racism. Well done!
He taught the 4NT so that every human can bring an end to their own suffering. There will always be suffering in this world. There will be drought, famine, flood, pestilence, gender inequality, racial divide, war, civil war, rape and other similar atrocities and injustices.
So the Buddha wasted his time? I mean, if there is always going to be suffering then why teach an end to it, right?
All that an average individual can do is help to some extent (a refugee needs shelter and food for few days .. to help with that) .. beyond that one can do nothing. If you want to become inflamed with emotions .. that is your prerogative. A Theravadan Buddhist will not choose to be involved in this world's suffering. He will retreat to the forest.
Really? So why do Theravada Buddhists set up orphanages? Schools? Hospitals? Etc...
At this point any further conversation about this between you and me is meaningless. I will not henceforth reply to you on this thread. Please do not write a post aimed at me ending with a ?
I will reply to whomever I wish, that is what discussion boards are all about. As long as my replies are within the ToS, there is nothing you can do about it. You, on the other hand, are quite welcome not to read and reply to my posts if you so wish. There is also a "foe" option in the user control panel, if you wish to use it.
I did not quite understand. Are you sad about the fact that they died or are you sad that their graves spoil the scenery?
If the former .. it was their Kamma If the latter .. then build a more visually attractive burial ground.
No. I am just showing you how what is happening in Syria impacts directly on my reality. How my concern about the war in Syria is a reasonable and intelligent reaction. I am trying to show why I am not "unnaturally worried". The Syrian war has also been one of the factors leading to a dictatorship and Turkey. This in turn has lead to an escalation in tension between Greece and Turkey. This is bad for me (living on an island 5km off the coast of Turkey) and my Turkish friends currently suffering under yet another US and EU backed dictatorship. But then again: you have no idea about my situation.
Being soft and teary is not the Buddhist way.
Ever heard of the Four Immeasurables (appamaññā), or Abodes of Brahma (cattāri brahmavihārā)? Ever heard of Metta practice? I guess not, probably because, as you said earlier: You are not a Buddhist. These are Theravada practices, BTW.