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by Maitri
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: can someone with depression ordain?
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: can someone with depression ordain?

Yes, definitely. That's a very inspiring and noble pursuit. Go become a monk to come to complete end of your problems once and for all. The Buddha would take anyone who had depression or what ever problem they had without exception. You become a monk so you can realize the end of your suffering. I'...
by Maitri
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1752
Views: 148448

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by Maitri
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: can someone with depression ordain?
Replies: 10
Views: 694

Re: can someone with depression ordain?

Yes, definitely. That's a very inspiring and noble pursuit. Go become a monk to come to complete end of your problems once and for all. The Buddha would take anyone who had depression or what ever problem they had without exception. You become a monk so you can realize the end of your suffering. I'...
by Maitri
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 434
Views: 12625

Re: Trump turns Boy Scouts event into political rally

I'm curious to know American citizens who have had their constitutional rights taken away. Remember, illegal immigrants and foreign nationals aren't U.S. citizens. They are not covered by the same laws that guarantee citizens the same rights. Do Noncitizens Have Constitutional Rights? http://www.sl...
by Maitri
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 434
Views: 12625

Re: Trump turns Boy Scouts event into political rally

in any regard tho? i don't know how unhealthy inherently all transgender people must be, but there is definitely misunderstanding. undergoing hormone therapy and having a surgery doesn't make one incapable or else there wouldn't be transgender athletes, who have been shown to excel in some cases. L...
by Maitri
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: was jesus an arahant
Replies: 130
Views: 3455

Re: was jesus an arahant

No. Jesus was not an arahant. He was a 1st century Jewish Rabbi and probably a Zealot/Essene. Though he was a very charismatic teacher and gifted speaker of spiritual insight, he taught his own people's religious tradition and history. There is no need to overlay Buddhist teachings and categories o...
by Maitri
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN
Replies: 22
Views: 940

Re: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN

The woman was white and the policeman who shot her was black. Therefore, using liberal logic, it was a hate crime motivated by racism. By the way, it was not the first time that officer does something like that: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4722336/Woman-suing-police-officer-shot-Justine...
by Maitri
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN
Replies: 22
Views: 940

Re: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN

When the police take down a gang or put a serial killer in prison, that is acting out of concern for the safety of citizens. Yes, I don't think that anyone is disputing that. When policing power is used for the good of the community, then this is a boon for everyone. I don't think so. I think the r...
by Maitri
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 434
Views: 12625

Re: Trump turns Boy Scouts event into political rally

I can't believe the fever pitch reactions people have to Trump over literally nothing Ever see a Trump rally? :tongue: Seriously, millions of people losing their health insurance and their civil rights, collusion with foreign governments, attempts to circumvent the rule of law, nepotism, gross miso...
by Maitri
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 434
Views: 12625

Re: Trump turns Boy Scouts event into political rally

i actually voted for trump, but when i heard today on tv that he is outright trying to implement a ban on transgenders in the military, i am outright against this president. not that i support the military in regards to war, but they are useful when there are natural disasters. no one should be ban...
by Maitri
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: was jesus an arahant
Replies: 130
Views: 3455

Re: was jesus an arahant

No. Jesus was not an arahant. He was a 1st century Jewish Rabbi and probably a Zealot/Essene. Though he was a very charismatic teacher and gifted speaker of spiritual insight, he taught his own people's religious tradition and history. There is no need to overlay Buddhist teachings and categories on...
by Maitri
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 434
Views: 12625

Re: Trump turns Boy Scouts event into political rally

Unless we see all political opponents put in labor camps or executed, comparisons of Trump with Hitler or Hillary with Stalin are really out of place. You need at least some assasinations of political opponents, journalist put in jail, cleansing of public institutions of people that don't support h...
by Maitri
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN
Replies: 22
Views: 940

Re: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN

How many people here would like to have a career in law enforcement in america? If we want to solve this problem then perhaps if people who were more sensitive to the problem became police officers this would help. Seems like people here are more sensitive to the problem.....what's keeping you from...
by Maitri
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Does Buddhism really "resist" secularism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1979

Re: Does Buddhism really "resist" secularism?

Secularism or materialism applied to any traditional religion is not a modifier, but purely destructive. Many moderns require above all, comfort, comfort in sensory realms and comfort emotionally & intellectually. Only the visible matters, brain = mind etc. Ancient truths of invisible, intangible r...
by Maitri
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Does Buddhism really "resist" secularism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1979

Re: Does Buddhism really "resist" secularism?

how can a secular Buddhist even read the Nikayas? Wouldn't it make them feel odd? its really religious intolerance it's like an advanced form of a hate crime. It's religious genocide. :goodpost: I think the lack of reading source material in many Buddhist circles is a problem. Even more so for the ...
by Maitri
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why do students prepare to pay to learn Dhamma?
Replies: 21
Views: 895

Re: Why do students prepare to pay to learn Dhamma?

I some times wonder why some students prepared to pay so much money to attend a retreat while there are so many free retreats available. Are there any special attractions in the paid retreats. Some discussion related to this topic. https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/is-it-appropriate-lay-people-t...
by Maitri
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: about the 5th precept
Replies: 41
Views: 1502

Re: about the 5th precept

I think that too many in the West get wrapped up in fitting the rules to themselves in a legalism borrowed from Christianity. The majority of Buddhists in the West are lay people and don't have to live the strict moral life of monastics. The rules aren't for punishment like the Mosaic law, but to t...
by Maitri
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN
Replies: 22
Views: 940

Re: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN

How many people here would like to have a career in law enforcement in america? If we want to solve this problem then perhaps if people who were more sensitive to the problem became police officers this would help. Seems like people here are more sensitive to the problem.....what's keeping you from...
by Maitri
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How To Become A Buddhist ( Satire )
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: How To Become A Buddhist ( Satire )

I'm super offended by this video! Luckily, he has a guide on that too!

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by Maitri
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN
Replies: 22
Views: 940

Re: Meditation Teacher Shot by Police in MN

While obviously this is a tragedy, we know almost nothing about what happened and therefore can't ascribe motivations or judgements to people involved. Yes, I agree. In all these instances I wait until getting more information until I make a judgement call. Even then it can be difficult as it is fi...