Critique or Criticism

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Critique or Criticism

Postby Reductor » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:25 am

Hi there, everyone.

I'm posting a request of critique or criticism of myself, and would welcome comments via PM or left in this thread.

When I joined DW I was looking for a good place to hang out and read the thoughts of other Buddhists. For that I have found the right place, and really appreciate that it exists at all. On occasion I try to contribute, and so I share what I have. My interest is in knowing how often I am wrong, or unclear, and how I might be more helpful. So, if you have ever felt that I am wrong or unclear, or anything else, let me know - so I might improve.

Thanks.
Michael

The thoughts I've expressed in the above post are carefully considered and offered in good faith.

And friendliness towards the world is happiness for him who is forbearing with living beings. -- Ud. 2:1
To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72

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Re: Critique or Criticism

Postby Ben » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:38 am

Hi thereductor

I am touched by your humility.
Keep in mind that none of us are perfect - not yet.
Ignorance conditions our views here as well as our perceptions of others.
Self-reflection and the acute awareness of our own falibility is testament, I believe, to progress on the path.
There is nothing that you have written that immediately comes to mind as requiring 'correction'.
Personally, I think you're a fine member of our little community!
Though I do have one question...
I am intrigued by your nick 'thereductor' - does it have a special meaning for you? If so, do you feel comfortable talking about it?
metta

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Re: Critique or Criticism

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:24 am

Greetings thereductor,

I like your posts, and thank you for contributing to Dhamma Wheel.

Metta,
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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Critique or Criticism

Postby Guy » Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:25 am

Hello thereductor,

No critique or criticism necessary, I agree with Ben and Retro, it is good to have you in the DhammaWheel community.

With Metta,

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2) Throwing things away
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4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Re: Critique or Criticism

Postby appicchato » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:59 am

retrofuturist wrote:I like your posts, and thank you for contributing to Dhamma Wheel.

Ditto...
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Re: Critique or Criticism

Postby Fede » Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:44 pm

thereductor wrote:Hi there, everyone.

I'm posting a request of critique or criticism of myself, and would welcome comments via PM or left in this thread.

When I joined DW I was looking for a good place to hang out and read the thoughts of other Buddhists. For that I have found the right place, and really appreciate that it exists at all. On occasion I try to contribute, and so I share what I have. My interest is in knowing how often I am wrong, or unclear, and how I might be more helpful. So, if you have ever felt that I am wrong or unclear, or anything else, let me know - so I might improve.

Thanks.


If ever it would seem to me that you are unclear, I would happily ask you to elaborate, but would never presume that the 'fault' lies with you. Rather, my immediate assumption would be that my understanding is flawed.
Similarly, I, most certainly, would never presume to state you are 'wrong' about anything, because this is something allied to perception, understanding, knowledge or experience. Should you ever be factually incorrect, others would be happy, no doubt to discuss the matter, but in ways which I believe you mean.....nope.... can't say I would find fault, when so much more lies here in my lap......but this is how interesting discussions come about. Through an exchange of views, perceptions and ideas.....
As Ben rightly points out, part of the process is that we're all walking together, all tripping up, faltering, fumbling and finding our way. the key operative word though, is 'together'.
It's a wonderful journey, made all the better by sharing it with like-minded travellers and friends.

And remember what they say.
The dumbest question is the one you decide to not ask.
So contribute as you always have.
I see no fault, not any reason to criticise.

Personally. ;) :)
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Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Critique or Criticism

Postby Reductor » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:19 pm

Thank you all for your kind responses.

It was not long ago at all that I was as deeply mired in grief as any person could be, and all because of my own poor conduct and ignorance. Well, since then I have managed to become a decent person, on most accounts. But it seems prudent to keep an eye on my own understanding as well as any potential pitfalls that might arise from my participation here on DW (like over confidence in my interpretation).

So, if I have been helpful, than I am glad, but do not hesitate to set me straight or ask me to clarify my statements. It would be of the greatest help to me.

And Ben, I don't mind telling you about my nick. The name refers to the idea that I am 'the reductor' or my own craving and misery, and ignorance (although that credit rightly belongs with the triple gem). Not long before joining this forum I had realized that, to reach the goal, I would have to actively reduce every form of accumulation, and so it would be easier to analyze what was left over.

Bye.
Michael

The thoughts I've expressed in the above post are carefully considered and offered in good faith.

And friendliness towards the world is happiness for him who is forbearing with living beings. -- Ud. 2:1
To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72

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