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by binocular
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts to positive
Replies: 38
Views: 5201

Re: Negative thoughts to positive

befriend wrote: Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:41 amWhat are your thoughts on changing all your negative thoughts into positive thoughts.
How did you do that? What's the process for changing one's negative thoughts into positive thoughts?
by binocular
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravāda is
Replies: 25
Views: 3794

Re: Theravāda is

Ceisiwr wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:21 pmIs Theravāda the bearer of the torch, or is it merely a schismatic sect?
It's whatever you want it to be, depending on how much power you have.
by binocular
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

But another thing that sticks out to me is that you practically never respond to the exhortations to practice, to introspect. Why is that? Because, dearie, your "exhortations to practice, to introspect" are like telling me to put my shoes on when I already have them on. You don't listen to me, you ...
by binocular
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

It can be a great relief to drop the labels - Buddhist, non-Buddhist, worthy, unworthy, etc etc and just focus on one's experience. We are all human, we experience stuff. This is the arena for practice, not the labels. We focus on our experience, become aware of it, own it. Like the reactions to wh...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

You know, this looks like another one of those giant elephant in the room discussions, hence the obsessive morbid focus on the term "killing" as if it here it were about stabbing people with knives, strangling them, poisoning them, shooting them, or throwing them off cliffs. But it could also be tha...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

Why in a topic which has been about metaphorical "killing" since the very start, would you suddenly come to think it's about literal "murder"? Because as good Buddhists we must assume no-self, which means that we must not think ourselves as persons, which means we must not own our perspective, but ...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

Quite the reverse. You were dividing people up into Buddhists and non-Buddhists, whereas I never bother. I am routinely on the receiving end of this division. I didn't make it up, I didn't start it. I'm referring to it merely because that's what I get from people who call themselves Buddhists. Call...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

Why in a topic which has been about metaphorical "killing" since the very start, would you suddenly come to think it's about literal "murder"? Because as good Buddhists we must assume no-self, which means that we must not think ourselves as persons, which means we must not own our perspective, but ...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

it's typical internet disrespect It seems to be more than that. Character assassination is a proselytizing and apologetic strategy that I've seen many times, online and IRL. Whether it's in the form of quoting the sutta about the man who refused to have the arrow pulled out without first learning w...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

binocular, you're still angry for me having said that discussing with Pascal2 was "a waste of precious life hours"? And for defending my position of the objections you raised against my post (you have ignored all my posts so far)? You have proven abundantly that you don't need me for this or any ot...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

1) Is there a particular group of people who are correctly identified as "Buddhists"? There are Buddhist countries, and voluntary associations such as monasteries and meditation groups, but who exactly do you mean? If you mean online, and more specifically here on DW, then is there a special sectio...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

What do you expect? We said the sutta was quoted out of context, posted the full sutta, explained its meaning... You say we are doing worse than what is being described in the sutta, judging you, and ridiculing you—but we are doing precisely the opposite of what is described in the sutta. Several p...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

None of us are Buddhas, so we don't know who is unteachable. Yet look at the ease with which so many Buddhists declare others to be unworthy, unteachable, worthless, not worth talking to, a "waist" of time, impossible to reason with. That can't be a mistake, a flaw, a bias on the part of the Buddhi...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

You left out the context that could clarify the metaphorical meaning of "kill". Knowing about the conventional connotations of "kill" that is at least grossly negligent. Why is it so hard to consider that I quoted only the salient part of the sutta for the sake of brevity, assuming that everyone [a...
by binocular
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

Re: "Killing" the unworthy aspirants

but who is unworthy aspirants? who knows? Pretty much every Buddhist knows this. It seems to be an essential part of being a Buddhist. - - - Fine, but it has been clarified meanwhile by Ven. Dhammanando above that "kill" is not to be understood literally as shown already in the sutta you have extra...