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by Pseudobabble
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control
Replies: 18
Views: 1524

Re: Birth control

DooDoot wrote: Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:04 am
Pseudobabble wrote: Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:24 pmFor a man, this is the correct answer.
Is the above inferring my answer is somehow "sexist", "discriminatory" & "politically incorrect"? It is offensive to women or certain transgenders?
Not at all. This is the simplest and easiest solution to the problem, from a man's perspective.
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

My concern is that when "generosity" is presented as being a good in itself, it misses the calamitous side-effects. And this strikes me as both odd and troubling. Totally agree. Like I said, the merit that is gained and the joy that are given are incidental and should be known as such. What is impo...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control
Replies: 18
Views: 1524

Re: Birth control

DooDoot wrote: Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:06 am Vasectomy
For a man, this is the correct answer.
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

Generosity A requisite for spiritual progress Sure, but making merit for the purpose of advancement is not how its done. That's like trying to pay for Enlightenment. It won't work. Like trying to get jhana. You can't do that, because you get jhana by letting go of trying to obtain it. Proper genero...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

THE LEADER HAS SPOKEN

WE OBEY

ENTER THE STREAM

SEE ITS OMNIPRESENCE

:D
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

But if you could expand, enlarge, expound, explicate a little more, your meaning might be clearer you have the scriptures for that I do, but, wise cappuccino, it would be good, perhaps for my great benefit, to hear it from you. There might be something that you have seen, that I have not. Besides, ...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

Sure, but making merit for the purpose of advancement is not how its done. That's like trying to pay for Enlightenment. It won't work. Like trying to get jhana. You can't do that, because you get jhana by letting go of trying to obtain it. Matthew 6: [1] Take heed that you do not your justice befor...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

cappuccino wrote: Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:13 pm
Pseudobabble wrote:
cappuccino wrote:

jhana is just calm
your posts are too short
I prefer the essence, the heart, the point, the key, the most important
But if you could expand, enlarge, expound, explicate a little more, your meaning might be clearer
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

cappuccino wrote: Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:10 pm
Pseudobabble wrote: because you get jhana by letting go of trying to obtain it.
jhana is just calm
your posts are too short
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

cappuccino wrote: Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:07 pm Generosity
A requisite for spiritual progress
Sure, but making merit for the purpose of advancement is not how its done. That's like trying to pay for Enlightenment. It won't work. Like trying to get jhana. You can't do that, because you get jhana by letting go of trying to obtain it.
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

"And what is right vie..." Where were you seven pages ago?! Thank you. <3 I always thought the whole merit thing was weird too. But it does make sense functionally. As far as I can make out, morality in Buddhism is purely functional. If it was the case that stomping on bugs and blowing people's hea...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

"And what is right view? Right view, I tell you, is of two sorts: There is right view with effluents, siding with merit, resulting in acquisitions [of becoming]; there is right view that is noble, without effluents, transcendent, a factor of the path. "And what is the right view with effluents, sid...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

I still think you can be generous with pure intentions, though it requires constant suspicion of your real intentions, precisely for the reasons you’ve given above (Stalin et al.). And it does make concentration easier, because you have been a good boy, and that does make you feel good. There’s a w...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

Practitioners should keep in mind that encouraging good behavior in others is wholesome but it is not required. Has it ever occurred to you that every "evil" Big Man in history has felt themselves to be doing The Right Thing For Themselves and The People? Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot,... They all felt t...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 7524

Re: Generosity as Poison

Generosity is good because it makes you feel good, which makes it easier to concentrate. It's that simple. I didn't miss it, but I am once again faced with the fact that the Bay Area Buddhists are more wrong than right, and Buddhism boils down to feelin' good , man. Everyone wants to feel good. Don...