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by binocular
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Sectarianism - draft changes to ToS for comment
Replies: 13
Views: 4192

Re: Sectarianism - draft changes to ToS for comment

Ayu wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:38 pm
And I'm quite sure anybody can understand what is an personal attack when they see one.
I find that most personal attacks are such that they cannot be adjudicated by the ToS.
by binocular
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 7502

Re: Avatar and User placements

and seeing a photo as an avatar does not tell you how a member thinks Oh, but it does, and pretty much everyone knows it, that's why people are so conscious of their appearance, and why there is so much effort being put into attempting to make this venue of information appear irrelevant. Because al...
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 7502

Re: Avatar and User placements

Dorje Shedrub wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:02 pm
You cant judge a book by its cover. Viewing another's appearance does not tell you how they think - only how you think.
Again:
binocular wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:07 pm
But this is a stereotyped, simplified, caricaturized interpretation of what goes on when people assess eachother's appearances.
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Sectarianism - draft changes to ToS for comment
Replies: 13
Views: 4192

Re: Sectarianism - draft changes to ToS for comment

A personal attack covered by this rule might be, "You couldn't possibly understand this point because you're a [insert name of school here]," or, "People like you who spend all their time meditating don't understand Engaged Buddhism." The examples you give are sometimes actually true, are neither f...
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Experience
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 14
Views: 5186

Re: Work in Progress

egon wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:31 am
No back-patting, please... my hand is probably in the way anyway.
Some say that false humility is false pride, and that thus false humility is okay.

But it's not.
:toast:
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 7502

Re: Avatar and User placements

" it is very important to declare ones gender, ones age." So that the person can be neatly put in the perceptual box labeled "certainty" ... nailed down, categorized, defined. But this is a stereotyped, simplified, caricaturized interpretation of what goes on when people assess eachother's appearan...
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Sectarianism - draft changes to ToS for comment
Replies: 13
Views: 4192

Re: Sectarianism - draft changes to ToS for comment

Rule 2 (g) says - Personal attacks, including the vilification of individuals based on any attributes - whether related to their personal attributes (e.g. gender, nationality, sexuality, race, age) or their approach to the Dhamma (e.g. their practices, level of experience, or chosen tradition) i ha...
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 7502

Re: Avatar and User placements

The analogy she is making is to illustrate that people discriminate based on appearances. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. People discriminate based on appearance all the time, it's necessary for survival. The comparison is between seeing an auditioning musician and seeing an avatar portrait. ...
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 7502

Re: Avatar and User placements

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:23 pm
The topic is "Avatar and User placements".
... on a _Buddhist_ forum.
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 7502

Re: Avatar and User placements

Real name? Doesn't matter. Age, Gender, Ethnicity? Would sometimes make the conversation easier but the danger of unconscious bias is very real. Professional orchestras always audition potential new members, who get up on stage and perform for principal orchestra members and management. Some years ...
by binocular
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Sectarianism - draft changes to ToS for comment
Replies: 13
Views: 4192

Re: Sectarianism - draft changes to ToS for comment

Pseudobabble wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:27 am
What exactly is the difference between an 'attack on someone's approach to the Dhamma' and questioning their reasoning?
Seconded.
by binocular
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Biological Reality, Doctrine of Identify Formation & Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 8700

Re: Biological Reality, Doctrine of Identify Formation & Engaged Buddhism

If you desire to be helpful to non-buddhists in a way other than sharing the dhamma, you're going to have to get to know their point of view, not evaluate them solely based on yours. Indeed! I once had a very lengthy conversation with a Zen Buddhist who insisted that "everything is empty"; and it w...
by binocular
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Offsprings vs. No-Offsprings Debate - birth controll justice
Replies: 36
Views: 9503

Re: Offsprings vs. No-Offsprings Debate - birth controll justice

For example, I don't have children. The people who have children not rarely look down on me, as to them, my not having children means that I have not produced anyone who will pay for their and my pension. So they see my not having children as their future financial loss, and they see me as a less th...
by binocular
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Offsprings vs. No-Offsprings Debate - birth controll justice
Replies: 36
Views: 9503

Re: Offsprings vs. No-Offsprings Debate - birth controll justice

I think that this attitude is fine but people should know that for the long run having only one or two children is adequate for population reduction. That's a relatively slow process. Two important questions that need to be dealt with: 1. How can the economy adapt to a decreasing population? With f...
by binocular
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 7502

Re: Avatar and User placements

" it is very important to declare ones gender, ones age." So that the person can be neatly put in the perceptual box labeled "certainty" ... nailed down, categorized, defined. Not necessarily. I think it's part of Dhamma practice to share some information about oneself -- in roundabout the same inf...
by binocular
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Biological Reality, Doctrine of Identify Formation & Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 8700

Re: Buddhism and LGBTQ Issues

Thank you for that perspective. I am familiar with the doctrine of anatta, and fully believe it. Yet I tend to set it aside when engaging in the conventional world, because I find trying to keep both perspectives in mind at the same time to be difficult. Perhaps I need to try harder. Or do things i...
by binocular
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 7502

Re: Avatar and User placements

I'm having trouble even composing a response to this without being indignant. It is preposterous to suggest that users of an internet forum should offer any information other than what feels right to them. But this isn't just any internet forum. This is a Buddhist forum, for Dhamma practitioners, i...
by binocular
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: One thing leads to another
Replies: 10
Views: 2777

Re: One thing leads to another

I guess that Binocular doesn't agree with you, VividAwareness, but I merely think you're over-complicating it and think I agree with you. I'm not sure, though. Could you visualise me as a reasonably bright and willing-to-be-convinced ten-year-old and explain it to me again? I summarized his post in...
by binocular
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Biological Reality, Doctrine of Identify Formation & Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 34
Views: 8700

Re: Buddhism and LGBTQ Issues

I think this is where we must differ then. As I see it, 'gay man' and 'straight man' and the rest of it, is identity view. These are categories into which we attempt to classify people and ourselves, on the basis that certain types of actions define membership of the categories. But the reality is ...
by binocular
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Should references be cited when giving statistics?
Replies: 39
Views: 8364

Re: Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees.

If you were to relate this forum 'cyberspace' to a comparable 'meatspace' ... what would it be? The family dinner table, a cafe, a university classroom, a dissertation review committee, a temple, a science lab, a lecture hall? A point which I sometimes bring up, and which usually gets aggressively ...