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by clw_uk
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha
Replies: 5
Views: 248

The Buddha

When reflecting on the qualities of the Buddha I always wish that I could have met him. Does anyone else here wish they could have met the Buddha, even just once?
by clw_uk
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What attracted you to the Dhamma?
Replies: 10
Views: 212

What attracted you to the Dhamma?

What attracted you to the Dhamma? What made you convert to Buddha-Dhamma?
by clw_uk
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1973

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

Circle5 Really it's not that difficult to understand. You can change such things in your life right now if you want, just try it. It really doesn't take too much time. Changing from straight to gay surely will take more time since it's a stronger attachment than a fetish but it works exactly the sam...
by clw_uk
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1973

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

Circle5 Is that the same opinion that you have about sexual fetishes ? Sexual fetishes generally refer to non-living objects or a non-genetial body part. I believe no cause has been established for sexual fetishes. A theory is that early childhood experience and an error in imprinting is the cause, ...
by clw_uk
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 3001

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

we should respect (despite no agreement) any person even criminals because people acts according conditions and kamma. So still more with the founders of the great religions. Cannot understand the later insistence in this board with Islam despite there is an high interest in the world to use the Is...
by clw_uk
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1973

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

What difference does it make whether sexual orientation is genetic or if it is acquired? chownah My own view is that sexuality is determined by genetics and hormones, with epigenetics as a possible explanation for the abnormality of homosexuality. I do not see a logical argument as to how choice ca...
by clw_uk
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1973

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

David N. Snyder wrote:I can't believe we yanks (U.S.) beat you (Down Under) on this one. We've already had full legal gay marriage for about a year or so.

And cannabis
by clw_uk
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1973

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

I'll have to respond in full tomorrow as it's late, but I'd just like to add that from my understanding and reading into the matter sexual orientation is beyond ones control. Some humans are bisexual, some are completely homosexual (my own position) or completely heterosexual.
by clw_uk
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?
Replies: 68
Views: 1129

Re: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?

Greetings, Strictly speaking, self-interest is at the core of the free market, and thus could be said to be at the core of market capitalism. The actual core of libertarianism is autonomy. Is autonomy Dhamma friendly? Yes it is. Metta, Paul. :) Yes. There is no reason why people can't choose social...
by clw_uk
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"
Replies: 105
Views: 2201

Re: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"

Secular belief denies non-causal phenomenom such as mind designation (no-self) and meaning as not exsisting because it cannot be measured or weighed materially. Therefore it believes a human being is reducable to the functions of a biological robot (body), a computer (brain) and algorythmic program...
by clw_uk
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 48
Views: 739

Re: Drug liberalisation

Well, alcohol is a harmful drug, and prohibition in the US just led to a lot of criminality. And now it is legal and there is still a fair amount of criminality which is alcohol related. And vehicular manslaughter and vehicular injuries due to driving under the influence of intoxicants. And those p...
by clw_uk
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 48
Views: 739

Re: Drug liberalisation

binocular We are at a Buddhist forum, for crying out loud! Yes, and? Adopting a classical liberal/libertarian position on these issues doesn't mean we are endorsing drug use. It means recognise that citizens are adults, not children of the state, and can make up their own mind on such issues. You ca...
by clw_uk
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?

I am curious, because it involves the State "taking" money from people. But on some level, at least in some governments, the taxation does seem to be cooperative as well as coercive. What do you all think? Does taxing others, or raising tax rates, count as "taking what is not given"? In the section...
by clw_uk
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?

I am curious, because it involves the State "taking" money from people. But on some level, at least in some governments, the taxation does seem to be cooperative as well as coercive. What do you all think? Does taxing others, or raising tax rates, count as "taking what is not given"? Additionally, ...
by clw_uk
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Socialism/Communism and Capitalism
Replies: 98
Views: 1933

Re: Buddhism, Socialism/Communism and Capitalism

Greetings Mike, I'm also a little flummoxed, trying to catch up with this thread. As far as I can see any potential lens is covered by the Satipatthana sutta, so I'm not sure why you specifically mentioned "leftist identitarian lenses". If you return to the original usage of the term , you'll see t...
by clw_uk
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1973

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

DooDoot My two gay friends who have been together for over 40 years, one is voting 'yes' (although, like me, he does not want the term 'marriage' used but only 'civil union') and the other is voting 'no'. The 'no' voter said he agrees with (lesbian) K D Lang's opposition to gay marriage. He says he ...
by clw_uk
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1973

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

chownah wrote:One of the reasons for marriage is to reinforce a monogamous relationship which means one can have sex without fear of contracting diseases.
chownah
Or polygamy
by clw_uk
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 48
Views: 739

Re: Drug liberalisation

binocular What people do in their private lives often reverberates into what they do in public. Intoxicants are a good example of that. It is in the nature of consuming intoxicants that the person cannot adequately discern between the private and the public anymore, and so their private actions spil...
by clw_uk
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1973

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

One can still choose to get married. The process of finding a potential spouse is a different matter. There are plenty of poor people, ugly people, etc who get married. The process of finding someone might be a littler harder for some, easier for some, but almost anyone can still find someone, if t...
by clw_uk
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 48
Views: 739

Re: Drug liberalisation

Will wrote:There are enough addictive elements in society as it is. So legalizing more craving driven poisons is stupid & destructive. (Pardon, I forgot, samsara rules most of the time.) :toast:

Mandatory drugs for everyone :jumping: