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by BlackBird
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Name and Form in DO from a psychology perspective
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Re: Name and Form in DO from a psychology perspective

Why would you want psychology to interpret the Buddha's teachings? I say this as a budding psychologist. They are different domains and different styles of thinking. Psychology has little to no value in verifying or interpreting the Buddha's teachings.

Be well
Jack
by BlackBird
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: why westerners dont beleive in after life world
Replies: 56
Views: 15293

Re: why westerners dont beleive in after life world

many westerns are offsprings of christians and they all thought about heaven and hell many times due to reading bible etc.. why cant they read buddhism with 31 planes and devas, brahmas and mara? why they try to find secular buddhism without myths? Indians were atheist from long time (charvaka foll...
by BlackBird
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: chat at the bottom of every page?
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Re: chat at the bottom of every page?

its called the "gossip column" One thing i noticed about Buddhist population is that hardly anybody has any kind of breakthroughs in regards to understanding and there is little to no agreement i mean nobody announces this and there is no particular 'group' among theravadins on these forums i mean,...
by BlackBird
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Fair enough, but you can do much to prevent harm from coming to them. Even if it doesn't harm you as you say, it is wrong view and unskillful on their part, and that has its kamma. Clearly this issue has been somewhat stressful for you or you wouldn't ask about it. I think you are approaching it in...
by BlackBird
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

However, I am also not of the nature of cutting people out of my life when their actions don't harm me. A good person should be tolerant of people's idiosyncrasies if they see good in those people. If you feel it doesn't harm you, and is simply a personal idiosyncracy on the part of this, then I am...
by BlackBird
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Remember, what they are doing is incredibly arrogant, unskillful, and disrespectful. Losing someone like this in your life is not a big problem. I don't think it's arrogant or disrespectful. I think my friend is 100% genuine and believes it has changed her life and wants to help me experience that ...
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Sure, but worrying about a friend's consumption of alcohol (for example) seems different to worrying about their religious or political beliefs. Same underlying mechanism, harm minimization. I don't believe I can change the fact that she believes this form of christianity that requires proselytizat...
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Coëmgenu wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:02 am I figured the OP was worried about the Christian inadvertently putting themself in a position where they denigrate the Buddha to their own demerit in their zeal to convert. But it seems that's not what was meant?
Hah, nah you nailed it the first time, what exactly gave you cause for doubt?
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Trying to persuade them to adopt 'right' beliefs is one thing, not explicitly supporting them holding onto 'wrong beliefs' is another. Obviously, the latter is the preferred option in some cases. Really depends on the situation and its particulars. And, it goes without saying: just because two peop...
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

DooDoot wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:17 am
BlackBird wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:10 amI rarely, if ever discuss the Dhamma with people in real life.
Yes. It is good to avoid misrepresenting the Dhamma. Those that don't understand Dhamma should avoid discussing it.
Delicious irony.

Be well
Jack
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Something that I happen to agree with in face-sentiment but not ontology, in that we have a natural inclination towards ignorance, and thus greed, hatred and delusion. If you truly had a nature of total depravity, you would never be able to become awakened without intervention from a 3rd party, YHW...
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

I have always been somewhat of a fundamentalist in the strict sense of the word See... i told u so.... yet not seeming to comprehend a real "fundamentalist Buddhist" would be happy for the Xtian criticizing the Dhamma Can you rephrase that mate? That wasn't quite clear. why she chose Christianity, ...
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Ya she's absolutely trying to convert you. That technique is called Bearing Witness, and Giving their Testimony. I've lived with evangelical Christians and they told me all the tips and tricks they use to get people to the next step. Jeesus, Jamie. Now you've got me second guessing what seemed to m...
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

So the big question is whether by going along I am giving these people an opportunity to do harm to themselves. I suspect this is the case, my understanding is that it's pretty severe demerit to try and persuade someone to adopt a wrong view of things. The above sounds like Buddhist fundamentalism....
by BlackBird
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 982

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

I get the impression she is trying to convert me, as she has expressed her views with me on why she couldn't accept Buddhism and why she chose Christianity, how happy she is with a personal connection with Christ and how much she wants others to experience that. Ya she's absolutely trying to conver...