Open mindedness

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
User avatar
Cittasanto
Posts: 6524
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin
Contact:

Open mindedness

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:25 pm

What do you think open mindedness is

do you dismiss alternatives or consider them and find it worthy to question your theories through various means?
Last edited by Cittasanto on Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:36 am, edited 1 time in total.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

Yana
Posts: 397
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:45 am

Re: Open mindedness

Postby Yana » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:49 am

Hi Cittasanto,

I think open mindness is keeping an open mind to other things besides our belief.It's not that we go just accepting everything.But atleast we can consider testing these various different theories.

:hug:
Life is preparing for Death

User avatar
mirco
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:12 pm

Re: Open mindedness

Postby mirco » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:43 am

Well, I can't watch that video in my country due to copyright protection.

I think open mindedness is to accept everything that is going on in mind, without resisting or pushing anything away.

These processes in mind are just dependent arisen and impersonal, but if we start to take them personal and clinging starts, closed mind already happens. My two cents.

Regards :-)
"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

User avatar
ground
Posts: 2591
Joined: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:01 am

Re: Open mindedness

Postby ground » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:22 am

Open mindedness is often advocated by those who want to put forward their beliefs, i.e. as a means of persuasion.

Not believing anything while accepting that others believe regardless of what they believe is perfect open mind. Such an open mind may be the result of mindfulness. :sage:

User avatar
tiltbillings
Posts: 23012
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:25 am

Re: Open mindedness

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:42 am


User avatar
ground
Posts: 2591
Joined: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:01 am

Re: Open mindedness

Postby ground » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:52 am


User avatar
tiltbillings
Posts: 23012
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:25 am

Re: Open mindedness

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:14 am


User avatar
ground
Posts: 2591
Joined: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:01 am

Re: Open mindedness

Postby ground » Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:21 am


User avatar
tiltbillings
Posts: 23012
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:25 am

Re: Open mindedness

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:22 am


User avatar
Cittasanto
Posts: 6524
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin
Contact:

Re: Open mindedness

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:28 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

User avatar
Spiny Norman
Posts: 4918
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:32 am
Location: Spam, wonderful spam

Re: Open mindedness

Postby Spiny Norman » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:32 am

"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
Dairy Lama

User avatar
Cittasanto
Posts: 6524
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin
Contact:

Re: Open mindedness

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:46 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

nibbuti
Posts: 155
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:36 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Open mindedness

Postby nibbuti » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:15 am


User avatar
Spiny Norman
Posts: 4918
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:32 am
Location: Spam, wonderful spam

Re: Open mindedness

Postby Spiny Norman » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:51 pm

"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
Dairy Lama

nibbuti
Posts: 155
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:36 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Open mindedness

Postby nibbuti » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:59 pm


whynotme
Posts: 479
Joined: Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:52 am

Re: Open mindedness

Postby whynotme » Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:15 pm

nibbuti, you are wise
Please stop following me

User avatar
Cittasanto
Posts: 6524
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin
Contact:

Re: Open mindedness

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:56 pm

Another video from the same author which is of relevance.

particularly the 2min mark


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

User avatar
mirco
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:12 pm

Re: Open mindedness

Postby mirco » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:47 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

User avatar
mirco
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:12 pm

Re: Open mindedness

Postby mirco » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:52 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

User avatar
Cittasanto
Posts: 6524
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin
Contact:

Re: Open mindedness

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:08 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.


Return to “Connections to Other Paths”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 19 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine