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by Pseudobabble
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The second precept and Anarcho-Capitalism
Replies: 96
Views: 1216

Re: The second precept and Anarcho-Capitalism

Bundokji wrote:I am not sure if describing welfare as "forcibly taken" to be accurate!


Well, try not paying your taxes then.
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Capitalism.
Replies: 83
Views: 1826

Re: Victims of Capitalism.

lyndon taylor wrote:Capitalism is the worship of rich, greedy people. It is a degenerate philosophy.


Capitalism is the freedom to exchange goods, and the enforcement of the fairness of those transactions.
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: any connection to anarchism
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: any connection to anarchism

was anyone an anarchist before they became a buddhist i was and i was specifically an anarcho-pacifist, then a nihilist/post-modernist can't discern if all that was a distraction or if it's related hard to tell what's real and fiction or not I'd say I was and still am, emotionally, an anarchist. Ri...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: First Do No Harm
Replies: 83
Views: 4239

Re: First Do No Harm

So many labels, so many identifications, so many ways to agree or disagree. Am I this? Am I that? Does Master Gotama have any position at all? A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappea...
by Pseudobabble
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN
Replies: 22
Views: 833

Re: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN

binocular wrote: Arguably, a coherent notion of justice is possible only in monocultures.



This is exactly the point. There will never be a general agreement on what is justice - therefore the media should tone down the outrage, they are only increasing the problem.
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN
Replies: 22
Views: 833

Re: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN

The officers’ body cameras were not turned on.


:quote:
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A fitting new member of the Sangha?
Replies: 19
Views: 683

Re: A fitting new member of the Sangha?

If you are aware that there are significant discrepancies between what you believe and what Buddhists believe, then how can you imagine yourself "understanding the Dhamma properly"? If you are aware that there are significant discrepancies between what you believe and what Buddhists belie...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Hello

Hello Phoebe, I'm also in the UK. Welcome to the place.
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 26
Views: 742

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

paul wrote:...


ToVincent wrote:...


Two extremely useful posts (for me, can't speak for our friend binocular). Many thanks.
by Pseudobabble
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Attain pure spiritual life
Replies: 9
Views: 290

Re: Attain pure spiritual life

Warrior_monk1 wrote:It's one of my dreams to become a Zen Warrior Monk, who is always training and do the good things in life.

What do you guys think?


It's a good aspiration. Don't let it fall away as time passes.
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 26
Views: 742

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

binocular wrote:I can't relate to those modern Western clinical and popular approaches to mindfulness.


I also find it hard to get along with them. They are inoffensive to me, but seem rather anodyne, without flavour.
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 132
Views: 3094

Re: Theosophy

Here's a recent article about him from The Guardian: "Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse" Triratna, which has tens of thousands of followers, is battling to protect its reputation May I have nothing to do with honor , Nagita, and honor nothing to do with me. Whoever cann...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 26
Views: 742

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

I can't imagine that. I mean, when I read what those authors say who consider mindfulness to be "nonjudgmental awareness", I feel like either I am from another planet, or they are. It's entirely foreign to me and has been for as long as I can remember; it doesn't even have anything to do ...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 26
Views: 742

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

If I get angry, I can judge that anger as "my fault" or "their fault", etc. Or, without that sort of judgment, I can note the anger in the present moment, realize it doesn't require immediate action, and proceed with greater awareness, a greater ability to align my actions with ...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Breath meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Breath meditation

Sam Vara wrote: any fool can upload a video


Witness:

by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 26
Views: 742

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

How does one "observe what is happening without judging it"? It's not actually possible. But Westerners are so used to thinking, and judging, and thinking about what they thought, and then making judgements on the judgements they made about what they thought, that saying, 'stop judging', ...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Does Buddhism really "resist" secularism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1699

Re: Does Buddhism really "resist" secularism?

The way I see it, a truly honest appraisal of the world entails admitting that we can only be sure of two things: our own experience, and logical tautologies. Our own experience can be inaccurate, as with optical illusions, but even then, we experienced the illusion. The person who 'knows' that phys...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical references about dark phases on the path (dark night, depression, etc)
Replies: 17
Views: 518

Re: Canonical references about dark phases on the path (dark night, depression, etc)

binocular wrote:But that anger was never debilitating, was it?


It certainly hindered my practice and made me upset.
by Pseudobabble
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Wondering
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Wondering

Hello, Thank you for reading this. The question I would like to put forward is "how to find something like a Buddhist-Temple Practice, but for Home Use". One that has been consolidated/organized/written (preferably in a printer friendly format! ). I would like to attempt such a thing if i...

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