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by binocular
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

What is the difference here between quantity and quality? When you decide to shovel a heap of coal into your basement, that's about quality. When you actually shovel it, little by little, that's about quantity. When you decide that meditating will be good for you, that's about quality. When you act...
by binocular
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

"Sunk cost" effect, do you mean you have invested too much without getting anything in return? there are things that cannot be measured... a thing you learned years ago, might be retrieved at the most unexpected moment, and save you from a situation that is unsavory... Ah yes, the "just in case" me...
by binocular
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Social norms and the recently deceased
Replies: 26
Views: 363

Re: Social norms and the recently deceased

Bundokji wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:35 am
binocular wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:13 am While you may be a black sheep, that doesn't make those around you sheep.
Ad hominem does not add much substance to the discussion.
It's an ad hominem. It's not a fallacious one.
by binocular
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Social norms and the recently deceased
Replies: 26
Views: 363

Re: death of forum member dylanj

Where did i say that he is better off dead? Are you socially inept or something? You said, "I ended my conversation with her by asking how would he spent his time had he stayed longer?" Anyone who is socially competent understands that saying such a thing as in the case of your cousin is a polite w...
by binocular
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

Can you explain what you mean by a "leap to faith"? It's a Kierkegaardian term (often rendered incorrectly as "leap of faith"): A leap of faith, in its most commonly used meaning, is the act of believing in or accepting something outside the boundaries of reason.[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le...
by binocular
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Social norms and the recently deceased
Replies: 26
Views: 363

Re: Social norms and the recently deceased

Bundokji wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:39 amThis state of imperfection is maintained through having too much faith in solutions. These solutions are good enough to maintain this state of imperfection, but not to reach a state of perfection.
While you may be a black sheep, that doesn't make those around you sheep.
by binocular
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Social norms and the recently deceased
Replies: 26
Views: 363

Re: death of forum member dylanj

This post was not in reference to dylanj, but to the issue of the precept that binocular raised. She was quoting me sharing what i experienced with my cousin, and what i told his mother was already after his passing away. You were praising death to her, and basically told her that her son is better...
by binocular
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

Pulsar wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:45 pm Sometimes you fail to see how clever you are, and undermine your potential.
Don't be so. You already understand the Buddha enuf, to take that leap of faith.
No. I refuse to make religious choices out of desperation, under any other kind of durress, or because of the sunk cost effect.
by binocular
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Social norms and the recently deceased
Replies: 26
Views: 363

Social norms and the recently deceased

Few months ago, i lost a cousin who would look very bad on paper, but who also was fully human nonetheless. He was a gambler and drunkard and very disagreeable at times. He was a good friend of mine, i never attempted to change him and he was not open to any sort of advice anyway. He suffered from ...
by binocular
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

There is a passage in the suttas that talks about people who were previously adherents of some other religion before coming in contact with the Buddha's teachings, and that they have specific problems with it. How so? Isn't that because the fetter of doubt is not abandoned until stream entry? Perha...
by binocular
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

Not in the case of the third link, which includes, for example, the multiple leaps to faith of St Augustine. Multiple conversions from one religion to another don't equate to multiple leaps to faith. For example, people who go from one Christian religion to another sometimes do so as an act of refi...
by binocular
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

cappuccino wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:58 pmwhen everything is possible
If you would actually believe that, you would have no objection to what I'm saying.
by binocular
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

Dhammanando wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:55 pmTry telling that to Mrs. Marmaduke Moore. Or the Vicar of Bray. Or any of these guys.
Clearly, you jest, sir.
by binocular
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

Pulsar wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:56 pmHow you underestimate yourself, i know you've got it in you, to take that leap of faith, over and over again. We all do it, over and over again. A miracle does not happen at the first leap.
I refuse to take a leap to faith.
by binocular
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

Hi dear One! Binocular: so Karl's trick did not work for you, but it managed to show me how he understood the idea of faith. It is a bit like I trust you so much, I will take a huge risk for you Buddha! I know you won't let me down. Truthfully Dhamma worked for me like that, now I am a never return...