What would the Buddha teach today?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths - what can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Post by binocular » Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:03 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:He might present the teachings differently. For example, to reach more people, he would most likely use the internet.
I don't think so.
Some drawbacks of online communication:
Online communication lacks the element of respect otherwise inherent in face-to-face interactions between a teacher and students or other listeners.
Online, there is also the issue of diminishing respect that comes from being able to listen to a teacher at one's own convenience, as opposed to at the will of the teacher.
Online, avenues of doubt open that are otherwise impossible or rare in face-to-face communication. Online, things can easily seem clean and sterile, quite different than they are IRL.
To say nothing of the role of simple human warmth.
Every person we save is one less zombie to fight. -- World War Z

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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Post by Mkoll » Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:06 am

manas wrote:A modern day man can see more naked or scantily clad women in one day, via the Internet, than a man in the Buddha's day would have seen in his entire lifetime. Very hyper-stimulating, and opposed to the cultivation of true metta for our fellow human beings.
AKA a supernormal stimulus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernormal_stimulus

For example:

Pornography as already mentioned
Junk food - processed sugar and salt combined with fat (like chocolate and butter) gives the tastebuds a stimulus that is never found in nature
Synthetic drugs culled from plants giving much stronger effects than the plants could give alone
Television, movies, music, video games - special effects; you get to watch people without worrying about being watched back
Internet - stimulate your brain's desire for information in whatever way your craving takes it

:anjali:
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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