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by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Small bomb hits Indonesian temple
Replies: 59
Views: 6257

Re: Small bomb hits Indonesian temple

Some sort of Islamic reformation might help to lessen the appeal of fundamentalism... That is precisely one of the reasons Islam is difficult to reform. The scholars keep a very proprietory grasp of the fundamental texts and their interpretation. Whereas in the West, the Christian tradition and the...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

The fact that you're equating sexual acts with 'watching television' debases the meaning of sexuality, doesn't it? You say that the prohibitions around casual sex are aimed at making people feel needlessly guilty, but maybe they're also about preserving the notion that sexuality is in some sense sac...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Small bomb hits Indonesian temple
Replies: 59
Views: 6257

Re: Small bomb hits Indonesian temple

Some Muslims believe there is a 'holy war' between the godless-atheist West and Islam, that the former is bent on destroying religion and traditional Muslim culture by the imposition of what they see as alien and fundamentally godless values. Although I totally and completely abhor and repudiate the...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about Mindfulness
Replies: 14
Views: 1181

Re: Question about Mindfulness

The practice of 'bare awareness' and 'flow' is very influential nowadays, but it ought to be remembered that there are many passages which recommend a much less 'passive' and more interventionist approach: When evil unskillful thoughts connected with desire, hate, and delusion arise in a bhikkhu thr...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:57 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist ethics at a national level
Replies: 39
Views: 7016

Re: Buddhist ethics at a national level

In a dog eat dog world, I can't really see Buddhist values being appropriate at a national level. It would possibly prove quite disastrous if you were in any kind of position of power or not protected by a big brother. I think that the political model suggested by Buddhist ethics was well anticipla...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Small bomb hits Indonesian temple
Replies: 59
Views: 6257

Re: Small bomb hits Indonesian temple

Isn't it possible to make a distinction between terrorist acts and military actions to attempt to prevent terrorism? It seems to me that planting bombs in temples or sending suicide bombers or bomb-laden vehicles into mosques and marketplaces is not morally equivalent to military action taken to try...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

That it's a problem. That is how it occurs for me, and it is not because 'I don't like it'. If I didn't like it, it wouldn't be a problem. I would really rather like to drink scotch and enjoy the occasional bong, too, but in my book all of these things are adharma . I'm generally on the wagon, but y...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

Where that argument falls down is that there are apparently plenty of people engaged in porn who do so willingly and with no apparent adverse effects. One of the articles linked from page 2 of this thread is to research purporting to show that female porn performers are not, contra the received wisd...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

The other interesting thing to reflect on is that what I am proposing is actually 'shocking' in our social context. I think we react against the 'traditionalist' attitude in these matters, in exactly the same way that a 'traditionalist' would react to the 'modern' attitude: namely, shock. This is be...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

Well, it seems to me that whenever somebody here looks at a scripture they seem to take off the "who is the audience the Buddha is teaching to" spectacles. Now while I agree 100% that lust is a mental poison that is mentioned endlessly (and warned against) throughout the canon, to laypeople and mon...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

Of course. What I said was the attitudes have changed. I think they've changed a lot more than you're aware of. You're taking a lot for granted, you have to learn to look through spectacles other than the ones you're comfortable wearing.
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

Bear in mind, attitudes to these matter have changed enormously in the last 50 years. Maybe such things as 'casual sex, masturbation' and so on, were not explicitly mentioned in the early texts, because the terms for them simply not exist, or they weren't considered subjects for discussion. But if y...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Dhyana and the brain.
Replies: 10
Views: 2550

Re: Dhyana and the brain.

Thanks! Important distinction. I will look into that article.
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

Sometimes tolerating sin is unfortunately necessary as the alternative may do more harm than good. This is why I don't support censorship. I'm sure nearly all my friends, and indeed my dear departed father, would agree with you. But in the circumstances, I now see it as misplaced idealism. I think ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 294
Views: 36567

Re: Celibacy

That cuts both ways, though. I think if your motivation is anti-Christian, then you are still being conditioned and influenced by Christian attitudes, only by way of aversion rather than imitation. (And in fact the descriptions of the various hell realms in older Buddhist traditions would give any m...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:07 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Dhyana and the brain.
Replies: 10
Views: 2550

Re: Dhyana and the brain.

Only one empirical study to date has been conducted with regard to jhana/dhyana and the brain. Only one? I seem to remember reading articles about Matthieu Ricard participating in similar studies, and I'm sure there are references to further such studies on the Mind and Life Institute website, and ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Grasping and Self
Replies: 16
Views: 1668

Re: Grasping and Self

Lankavatara makes the the point as something like "things are eternal precisely in terms of their their non-eternality", or like the Way Of the Bodhisattva says "This will never pass again...etc." Personally I think being able to see things this way, a concatenation, and endless net with no beginni...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 14556

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

Actually there's a marvellous quote from an earlier Nagel essay that I often used to deploy on the Philosophy Forum, where he discusses 'fear of religion': I believe that this is one manifestation of a fear of religion which has large and often pernicious consequences for modern intellectual life. I...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 14556

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

I agree that his book has shortcomings. I like Nagel, but he is, as he admits, a very non-spiritual kind of person - lacks what he refers to as 'the sensus divinatus '. But the point about this book is that it is written from 'inside the tent'. He is a tenured Professor in the Western academy, so wh...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 14556

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

This might be a good place to mention Thomas Nagel's book of October 2012, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False . This book is aimed squarely at 'scientism' and is by a hitherto well-respected and decidely non-religious philosopher. Part o...

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