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by Buddha Vacana
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
Replies: 7
Views: 91

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Here is an interesting research that may apply to many discussions these days http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/27/why-facts-dont-change-our-minds Where it gets us into trouble, according to Sloman and Fernbach, is in the political domain. It’s one thing for me to flush a toilet without know...
by Buddha Vacana
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1757
Views: 42218

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

In an interview on Fox News earlier this month, Bill O’Reilly asked Donald Trump if he respected Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said he did. “He’s a killer, though,” O’Reilly said. “Putin’s a killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” Trump replied. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What, you think...
by Buddha Vacana
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Historical Range of What is Considered 'Dhamma'
Replies: 23
Views: 334

Re: To "Early Buddhist" reconstrutionist Buddhists

Greetings Coëmgenu, Just to forestall any inadvertent strawmen, as a follower of the suttas, I have no personal interest in having subsequent developments being altered in any way to fit the suttas. Rather, I believe in correct attribution of ideas and concepts, so that people can decide for themse...
by Buddha Vacana
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 17850

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

If it helps some of us stop condoning such actions then it's worth discussing
by Buddha Vacana
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 129
Views: 2219

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Is a University a proper place for a religious leader to speak anyway? Would one imagine the pope or a Hindu master giving lectures in universities? What is the size of that "crowd" of Chinese students anyway? Even if they succeed that's not such a big deal. If the DL could not speak at al...
by Buddha Vacana
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Executive Action of Deportations
Replies: 49
Views: 855

Re: Executive Action of Deportations

Prominent Christian leaders take out full-page ad in Washington Post denouncing President Trump’s refugee ban Last month, evangelicals wrote a letter to President Donald Trump, telling him they were “troubled” by his executive order banning refugees and asked him to reconsider. The letter was signe...
by Buddha Vacana
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 17850

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

Let's talk about those barbarians who will stop at nothing other than to kill or let me have strategical control over your country and/or your natural resources. What the advocates of violent "counter-terrorism" are completely blind to is the fact that western nations, USA first, are among...
by Buddha Vacana
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: ACA mandate removed
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: ACA mandate removed

In the mean time, insurance companies have doubled their profit... follow the money :toilet:
by Buddha Vacana
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Executive Action of Deportations
Replies: 49
Views: 855

Re: Executive Action of Deportations

U.S. arrests Mexican immigrant in Seattle covered by Obama program U.S. authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could be the first detention of its kind under P...
by Buddha Vacana
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1757
Views: 42218

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

When you are honest you make less money.

Law and order for regular citizen, harsh measures for foreigners and unrestrained feast for the rich.
by Buddha Vacana
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1757
Views: 42218

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

Trump signs repeal of transparency rule for oil companies It is the start of one front in an aggressive deregulatory effort that the Trump administration and the GOP Congress are undertaking to roll back Obama-era rules on fossil fuel companies, financial institutions and other businesses that they...
by Buddha Vacana
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1757
Views: 42218

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

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by Buddha Vacana
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 17850

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

Bhante, may I trouble to ask for an example? No, I would prefer not to cite the example of any particular war, for (as I know from other forums) whenever this is done it always results in a long, heated and unfruitful argument about counter-factual history. Let it suffice to say that I would agree ...
by Buddha Vacana
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 17850

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

Dhammanando wrote: there are sometimes occasions when the proportionalist argument for war is more compelling than any of the arguments that pacifists typically urge against it.

Bhante, may I trouble to ask for an example? I am having a hard time trying to find one.
by Buddha Vacana
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Executive Action of Deportations
Replies: 49
Views: 855

Re: Executive Action of Deportations

An extract from a Jataka:

As in the days of former kings, large numbers of immigrants came together to be admitted into the realm, so should you admit them.
by Buddha Vacana
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 17850

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

The quote above includes " Always protect those who live justly" which could imply self-defense of oneself and / or others. In the cakkavatti sihanada sutta (The Lion's Roar on the Turning of Wheel) of the long discourses of the Buddha (Digha Nikaya 26), Buddha justified the requirement o...
by Buddha Vacana
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 43
Views: 942

Re: Fake News

Since then the "fake news" dichotomy has been turned on its head and is now used as an appellation to designate actual media outlets and journalists that publish stories about Trump that he finds to be fraudulent... all in the space of a couple of months! Type "cnn is" into goog...
by Buddha Vacana
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Monks and night practices
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Monks and night practices

This happens in the Ajahn Chah tradition on Uposatha days.

Monks are allowed to rest on their spare time.
by Buddha Vacana
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 17850

Re: Executive Action of Deportations

There are steps that can be taken to pacify a genocidal regime without going to war. Thinking a little outside the box can be useful. Among non lethal actions that can be taken: develop and use non lethal weapons that neutralize people without killing them, for example with powerful soporific substa...

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