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by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 309
Views: 9993

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Hi Pseudobabble So..... all those people murdered by their evil governments (USSR, Nazis, Khmer Rouge, there are many) deserved it, because they broke laws instituted by those murderous governments? Seriously, think what you are actually saying. That is not what I am actually saying. To be more dir...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 309
Views: 9993

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Hi pulga Certainly Mr. Sweden doesn't deserve to be sentenced to prison. I guess that would depend on what he did and the laws of the land in which he lives. So..... all those people murdered by their evil governments (USSR, Nazis, Khmer Rouge, there are many) deserved it, because they broke laws i...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Have a great day everyone!
Replies: 8
Views: 151

Re: Have a great day everyone!

No its not a bad idea, its a very good idea.

I appreciate L.N. for (his/her?) constructive attitude, and efforts to keep things on a good track.
by Pseudobabble
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 125
Views: 1682

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Whether speech is Right or moral or appropriate is a matter of judgement. Why don't each of us just make our judgements, and let each other do the same. What someone says about someone else's religion is a matter between them, not a matter for the forum police, or the law or suchlike. It's just word...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 92
Views: 1030

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

That would depend on who the reader is. For a follower of Aristippus of Cyrene I shouldn't think there would be any problem at all with it. The whole book would serve as a splendid guide on how to maximize his enjoyment of the five cords of sense-pleasure. On the other hand, a follower of the Buddh...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 125
Views: 1682

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

When reading some of these posts it becomes clear some of these people have never had any Muslim friends, and when you hear there opinions, it becomes clear why they don't have any Muslim friends. So lyndon.... some of your best friends are Muslim? :D Anyway, jokes aside, every religion deserves to...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 56
Views: 1078

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

form wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:47 am

An expert is not an expert. A not expert is an expert. :mrgreen:
That's some Daoism right there folks.
by Pseudobabble
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 125
Views: 1682

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Greetings, Just a few comments... I'm not particularly interested in other religions, but when (as has been pointed out above) it is written into the scriptures of certain religions that infidels (i.e. most people on Earth) are to be killed, is it somehow "lacking in compassion" or "intolerant" to ...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Strong Mantra's for evil thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Strong Mantra's for evil thoughts

TreeSleeper wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:07 pm
Buddho.
:goodpost:
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 421

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Trying to meditate. The mind simply does not stay on the breath for a simple 5 seconds. I have been doing this for months. What is wrong with me? Vipassana has to be done after achieving some level of samadhi, right? I guess they recommend at least the first jhana before u do vipassana. I am nowher...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1255
Views: 92839

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

chownah wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:05 pm
hard to imagine that coal is going to be a hugely important industry in the future
Plentiful, cheap, energy store, easily converted to heat and power, without the need for advanced technology. Coal will be the first choice of any developing nation for a while to come.
by Pseudobabble
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1255
Views: 92839

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

In this case, the 'relative advantage' is on the side of those who do act. Firstly because the sooner we act, the less it will cost us. Secondly because the people and countries who get in quickest will become leaders in the industries of the future. Those are medium and long term advantages - and ...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1255
Views: 92839

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Paris accord: Syria plans to join climate agreement, leaving US only country opposed Syria has announced it intends to join the 2015 Paris agreement for slowing climate change, leaving the United States as the only country in the world opposed to the pact. Syria, racked by civil war, and Nicaragua ...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Phenomenal correlate of Piti
Replies: 21
Views: 394

Re: Phenomenal correlate of Piti

For myself, Piti=Rapture, has always been associated with a deep meditative absorption as described very clearly by teachers like Bhikkhu Bodhi and Ven. Payutto in his Buddhadhamma. When samatha reaches a certain point of concentration, my brain and body are overwhelmed by a wave of blissfulness th...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 38
Views: 470

Re: Free Will

There is no 'objective domain' where we can re-run the process, removing the factors one by one, until we understand which factor in the initial conditions or process effects which element of the outcome - ie, no way to treat the matter with the experimental method. So we are left with categorical ...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Phenomenal correlate of Piti
Replies: 21
Views: 394

Re: Phenomenal correlate of Piti

All over really. Interesting. In previous meditations, I've experienced what felt like 'stone body', where the whole body felt immobile, energised, and pleasant. Similar to the 'electric shock' feeling you describe. This is good. I feel that it is quite easy to miss the states described in the text...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Phenomenal correlate of Piti
Replies: 21
Views: 394

Re: Phenomenal correlate of Piti

Hi everyone, I have been wondering for a while what exactly the phenomenal correlate of Piti is - meaning, how can I know which element of my experience is Piti? I want to know what is the referent of the word, how can I match its use to my experience. I hope that knowledgable members could offer t...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 38
Views: 470

Re: Free Will

"Then does Master Gotama hold the view: /.../ only this is true, anything otherwise is worthless'?" "...no..." The concept of free will (and determinism) seems to be imported from some other, non-Buddhist discourse, hence the problems with it when we try to make sense of it in the Buddhist context....
by Pseudobabble
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 38
Views: 470

Re: Free Will

I would invite someone to provide a coherent explanation of the difference between "choice" outcomes and "random" outcomes. Assuming that determinism is not true, then how does a "choice" outcome (or "free will" outcome) differ in substance from a "random" outcome? This is very interesting, and I t...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 38
Views: 470

Re: Free Will

I don't quite understand - could you expand on this please. Yes, sorry - I should have been clearer. In his references to kamma, or action, the Buddha says that we are responsible for what we do, and its results. Our actions are what cause us to have certain experiences; were we to act differently,...