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by Modus.Ponens
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

We need some catchy slogans, like

"It's the best religion in the world. Just sit."

"Come for the jhana, stay for nibbana."
by Modus.Ponens
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2440

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Well, I think that this thread demonstrates that we are all capable of having a collective think on these thorny issues, and if nothing else, that the situation is not at all black and white. It is difficult, complex and inherently contestable. What this leads to or ought to lead to probably should...
by Modus.Ponens
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2440

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

But the point is that people cannot want their cake and eat it too. FREE ANJEM CHOUDARY http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/free-anjem-choudary/18661#.Wsy9CC7waUk The man who pledged alligiance to ISIS is in jail? Oh, now you've got me! What kind of free speech supporter would be in favor ...
by Modus.Ponens
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2440

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Either the forum has a politics section, or not. If it has a politics section, then the principle of free speech must apply. No single person holds the entire truth on every political subject, which means that the only way to correct falsehoods is through repeated interaction by honest, and open min...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2440

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Anti semitism is as unpleasant a plague as it gets. It's funny that the far right, the far left, and the islamofascists all have deranged opinions of jews, for often contradictory resons.... PS: I'm not jewish. I just get really upset with anti semitism. It is usually a mark of a totalitarian minds...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2440

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Anti semitism is as unpleasant a plague as it gets. It's funny that the far right, the far left, and the islamofascists all have deranged opinions of jews, for often contradictory resons. PS: I'm not jewish. I just get really upset with anti semitism. It is usually a mark of a totalitarian mindset....
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2440

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Anti semitism is as unpleasant a plague as it gets. It's funny that the far right, the far left, and the islamofascists all have deranged opinions of jews, for often contradictory resons. The solution to bad speech is better speech. Shaming anti semites won't do anything to changes their minds. Ther...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 63
Views: 1073

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

These two things are not the same. They can exist at the same time, or just one of them, or neither.... The "dark night" is quite similar to the grieving process associated with the death of a loved one, or with knowing that you have a deadly illness. Except this grief is not brought about by the d...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 63
Views: 1073

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

The Dark Night, in the buddhist context , refers to a phase in a vipassana meditator's practice when the meditator can be filled with feelings of dread, fear, anger, depression, worry, and so on. There's already a term that covers that: samvega. The question is, insofar "samvega" and "the dark nigh...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 63
Views: 1073

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

but the terms seems to have slipped its Catholic moorings by now: Agree. That is why I confused about this. It seems some people use this word to denote "depression" Hello. The Dark Night, in the buddhist context , refers to a phase in a vipassana meditator's practice when the meditator can be fill...
by Modus.Ponens
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 63
Views: 1073

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms? What mental state is this? It has to do with insights into unsatisfactoriness. One of the ways of describing the progress of insight is taught in this short dhamma treasure by Mahasi Sayadaw: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mahasi/pr...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Critiquing the life of Stephen Hawking
Replies: 121
Views: 2146

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

As I see it his main contribution to the world was the spreading of materialist-scientism which is founded on wrong view. Physics is wrong view? Would you care to elaborate. Also, why call his work scientism? He was a "real" scientist and was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge .. an...
by Modus.Ponens
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: RIP Stephen Hawking
Replies: 30
Views: 983

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

I don't think we should praise him because he was famous & well-liked & is now dead. I think you should not praise him if you see nothing to praise in him. Other people find things to praise about him and this thread is a place where they have come to remember him and to mention those things which ...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Good movies to watch
Replies: 44
Views: 3084

Re: Good movies to watch

Hello. I just watched "American Beauty" and it inspired me to make this topic . I would like to hear your sugestions of good movies to watch. I have my own: American Beauty Idioterne Spider Fight Club Dead Poets Society Cube Amelie Throw your own :) Metta Erm... this particular sentence did not age...
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sensual desires and ill will are uprooted by equanimity of fourth jhana?
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Sensual desires and ill will are uprooted by equanimity of fourth jhana?

Zom wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:18 pm
4th and 5th fetters are destroyed by attaining fruit of non-returning, which is based on jhana. No jhana alone by itself can destroy fetters.
Why is non returning based on jhana? I've read that before, but I don't understand why jhana is specifically emphasised for non returning.

Anjali
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 8911

Re: Criticism of Islam

Its a shame that anyone who brings up any rational criticism of Islamic teachings gets silenced by getting names called upon such as 'neo-conservative' Hi Dharmasherab Do you have an example of someone calling you (or someone else) a 'neo-conservative' because of their "rational criticism of Islami...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 24
Views: 1312

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Hello. Stephen Hicks wrote an excelent book about postmodernism, focused on its political and philosophical components, rather than its artistic component. The audiobook version is freely available on youtube and on the author's website. Chapter 1 gives a good summary, but I'll link to the whole boo...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Negative feelings after meditating on Anicca
Replies: 17
Views: 499

Re: Negative feelings after meditating on Anicca

This is what happens when one starts not with things he should start with. Hello, Zom. Your answer is a bit vague. Can you please clarify? I've been listening to Ayya Khema lately. She advises to practice insight after (sutta) jhana. She lays out the insights that one can gain in post jhana contemp...
by Modus.Ponens
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 85
Views: 2149

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

How to do it? Read and follow this book . It has been highly effective for me. Please bear in mind this is something that will require dedicated daily practice, with sessions of 45 minutes minimum , and continual mindfulness throughout the day. Thank you Pseudo :) This book not goes against Bouddha...