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by binocular
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 87
Views: 5870

Re: Is suicide OK?

Not really. I didn't bring up anything about controlling people. I asked if it is acceptable to kill yourself according to Buddhadharma. The answer is pretty well settled - OK if you have no afflictions. If you are afflicted, it doesn't solve the problem you think you're solving, and likely makes t...
by binocular
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 87
Views: 5870

Re: Is suicide OK?

In my 20 something years as a psychologist and social worker I have yet to meet somebody that has attempted to commit suicide that has not regretted their action. Why? Because mainly because their decision to commit suicide was always based in a despair that did not allow them to see the possibilit...
by binocular
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Turkey
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Hello from Turkey

bakiciailenolduruldu wrote:
binocular wrote:Hi.
What does your screen name mean?
Actually that's no meaning at all.
It sure sounds like "The family's nanny was killed."
by binocular
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Anonymity on Buddhist forums
Replies: 105
Views: 6364

Re: Anonymity on Buddhist forums

So your source is a name given to you by other people? Interesting concept of a source. When we know who a person is, what they do, who their teachers are, there is more basis for trust in what they say. See? Not all ad personams are fallacious. Now, if you could only teach that to more people. By ...
by binocular
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Turkey
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Hello from Turkey

bakiciailenolduruldu wrote:Hi everybody;
Hi.
What does your screen name mean?
by binocular
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

I have to say, I find it odd when people with no interest in Buddhadharma hang around Buddhist sites. Don't you think your time would be better spent on sites where others share your interests? Just a thought. I think our ideas about what constitutes or what could constitute the Buddhadharma are so...
by binocular
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Sprouticus wrote:What, then, is the corrective? How can we sidestep this pitfall?
(Have you looked at the Dunning-Kruger Effect I linked to earlier?)

By consciously making an effort not to talk or act beyond one's competence and jurisdiction.
Doing so, however, can prove to be alienating and make one a misfit.
by binocular
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Binocular, you are very difficult to communicate with so this will likely be my last attempt for some time. I think you are very difficult to communicate with. We were explicitly talking about the teachings on egotism, remember?? You bought it up.There are very clear translations of the Tripitika o...
by binocular
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Karma rebirth predators
Replies: 64
Views: 3839

Re: Karma rebirth predators

Do predatory animals kill other beings with the intention to harm them ? Do cows eat grass with the intention to harm it ? It's not clear whether the concept of "intending to harm" applies to animals. https://www.quora.com/Do-animals-have-memory-of-harm-done-to-them-and-can-they-take-revenge-on-the...
by binocular
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

You seem to think that people use the 'get out of jail free free card' with skillfull means all of the time yet this really only occurs in exceptional circumstances. The most mundane, everyday example I can think of is telling a white lie to someone if telling the truth might cause them undue suffe...
by binocular
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

WTF do ad hominems have to do with what I asked you??? I aksed if you could explain yourself a little more clearly to me because I was having problems understanding. And I did explain myself. But you don't read. I did not say anything about teachers and their personal qualities. That was tiagolps. ...
by binocular
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Karma rebirth predators
Replies: 64
Views: 3839

Re: Karma rebirth predators

If karma exists. What happens to wolves or other predators that have to intentionally harm other creatures to survive? Do predatory animals kill other beings with the intention to harm them ? Do cows eat grass with the intention to harm it ? It's not clear whether the concept of "intending to harm"...
by binocular
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1001
Views: 63865

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

The US is only 15% of the climate change problem. This is bad but there is not much to be done. Count in all the dirty industry that the US has outsourced to other and esp. to poor countries, and all the industry to produce the things the US unnecessarily imports from other countries (does the US r...
by binocular
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

People keep saying such things, but there is no evidence that such is true. Which is basically saying that the teaching against egotism are not true, as there is no evidence. No, it doesn't say that, because absence of evidence is not yet evidence of absence. If those people who propagate teachings...
by binocular
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

Some doctors smoke and warn their patients against smoking, does that mean medicine is wrong? No, they have to warn their patients anyway. Worldly comparisons like the one with smoking aren't fuly adequate. With smoking, one at least has some idea that it's harmful. When it comes to spiritual thing...
by binocular
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

You've been running around in some cults! Not at all. What foolish people think of you and themselves is their projection, what you think of yourself and others is your projection, what the buddha sees is the naked truth. And who decides what it is that "the /B/uddha sees"? Which one of the dozens ...
by binocular
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Tobacco
Replies: 15
Views: 1081

Re: Tobacco

tiagolps wrote:That is almost Impossible right now.
Why? Is that you don't know any such people?
by binocular
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

People keep saying such things, but there is no evidence that such is true. If those people who propagate teachings against ego-tism would heed them, then those teachings would be more believable. You do realise you are saying two contradictory things here? Do elucidate the contradiction as you see...
by binocular
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism
Replies: 521
Views: 30723

Re: "highest practices" and anti-intellectualism

You keep saying things have no evidance, but you fail to give counter-evidance yourself. I'm speaking from my own perspective: Since most people who know me seem to think I am lowly and stupid and worthless, and they sometimes tell me that, clearly then these people believe they are better than I a...
by binocular
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Tobacco
Replies: 15
Views: 1081

Re: Tobacco

E.g.: Spend time with people who don't smoke.