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by binocular
Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Bare Awareness and Right Concentration?
Replies: 16
Views: 3055

Re: Bare Awareness and Right Concentration?

I am generally wary about the idea of "bare awareness" and the idea that mindfulness is somehow about "just watching, without judgment." I have never seen any reference in the suttas for this. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/ud/ud.1.10.irel.html Alright, thank you. For one, this seems li...
by binocular
Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Getting used to sobriety
Replies: 25
Views: 5189

Re: Getting used to sobriety

Sadge wrote:No no real dependency apart from weed. I've taken a lot of different drugs, so quite hard to become dependant on one when you mix and match.
Doesn't really matter if it's ten or one - as long as one is dependent on drugs as such ...
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by binocular
Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Light Cone – The scientific explanation for Kamma
Replies: 16
Views: 3469

Re: Light Cone – The scientific explanation for Kamma

I believe that the Kamma can be explained by using modern physics. If we accept that light can be viewed as a wave or a particle, then we can argue that the particle can also be viewed as a wave. If we use this knowledge with the theory of light cone, past Kamma (cause) is the past light cone and t...
by binocular
Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Be a person with two eyes
Replies: 7
Views: 1503

Re: Be a person with two eyes

Thank you! Be a person with two eyes - that's from a talk by Ajaan Lee: Be a person with two eyes. Sometimes an object looks good, but we don't look for its bad side. Sometimes it looks bad, but we don't look for its good side. If something looks beautiful, you have to focus on its bad side as well....
by binocular
Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha can't help
Replies: 26
Views: 5039

Re: Buddha can't help

Self reliance in the context of knowing the merely dependent arising of the sense of self is the most efficient way. Self reliance in the context of taking the merely dependently arisen sense of self as self the most futile one. Thank you for this distinction! Self reliance in the context of taking...
by binocular
Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:10 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Bare Awareness and Right Concentration?
Replies: 16
Views: 3055

Re: Bare Awareness and Right Concentration?

I am generally wary about the idea of "bare awareness" and the idea that mindfulness is somehow about "just watching, without judgment." I have never seen any reference in the suttas for this. Although reading some books in Western psychology that work with mindfulness (that is, _their_ idea of mind...
by binocular
Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha can't help
Replies: 26
Views: 5039

Re: Buddha can't help

However, we, as a human being sometimes have a difficult/very/extremely difficult period. During this period or in any circumstances, as Buddha stated very clearly I cannot help you, you need to make your own self an island of refuge. But when you are going through a very difficult period and are i...
by binocular
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness
Replies: 41
Views: 9769

Re: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness

There is nothing bad about aversion against fetters if one wants to get rid of these. The aversion does not necessarly have to become a fetter itself. Sure. To be dispassionate about heedlessness would be quite heedless! "If evil, unskillful thoughts — imbued with desire, aversion, or delusion — st...
by binocular
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What are we ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2009

Re: What are we ?

yes it helps - thanks Two more from Thanissaro Bhikkhu: "And it bogs you down. If you assume that the mind is basically bad, you won't feel capable of following the path, and will tend to look for outside help to do the work for you. If you assume that the mind is basically good, you'll feel capabl...
by binocular
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.
Replies: 113
Views: 19886

Re: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.

In rejecting the Buddha's teaching, it ceases to be following the Buddha. He certainly is free to do that, but there is no point in calling it the teachings of the Buddha. It is the teachings of Ingram. I wonder how come some people do that. They have their own ideas about what the Buddha taught, a...
by binocular
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.
Replies: 113
Views: 19886

Re: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.

I created this thread out of a feeling anger, so perhaps my motivation is not entirely pure in regards to criticizing these yogis. There are still some emotional burns left in my psyche. If this at all discredits what I'm saying, please consider the motivation as to why I'm making these criticisms,...
by binocular
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A disgusting religious tradition, that has resulted in death
Replies: 26
Views: 2700

Re: A disgusting religious tradition, that has resulted in d

A disgusting religious tradition, that has resulted in death It's not clear what this has to do with religion, other than hastily being called that way ... It's how one can get a lot of doubts, confusion and hesitation about religion, including Buddhism (which is probably why some people call Buddh...
by binocular
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness
Replies: 41
Views: 9769

Re: Suffering, revulsion, loathsomeness

I appreciate that there is difficulty in translating from Pali. However these words seem very loaded and for me imply an emotional engagement with things that seems just the opposite of dispassion, observation of the way things are without judgement, letting things that arise naturally pass away ag...
by binocular
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Be a person with two eyes
Replies: 7
Views: 1503

Be a person with two eyes

Hello, First of all, gratitude to the moderators who have registered me during this forum transition time! I guess I'm kind of speshal right away, given that the date of my official joining is not when I actually joined. Something to remind me of falling asleep at the wheel ... :smile: About myself:...