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by David N. Snyder
Tue May 23, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Facts VS fiction: Buddhist themes in Yuval Noah Harari's writings
Replies: 14
Views: 378

Re: Facts VS fiction: Buddhist themes in Yuval Noah Harari's writings



See especially from the 16:10 mark and beyond; he praises Buddhist meditation.
by David N. Snyder
Tue May 23, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Facts VS fiction: Buddhist themes in Yuval Noah Harari's writings
Replies: 14
Views: 378

Re: Facts VS fiction: Buddhist themes in Yuval Noah Harari's writings

Dreaming the world Sapiens rule the world, ... The real difference between us and chimpanzees is the mysterious glue that enables millions of humans to cooperate effectively. This mysterious glue is made of stories, not genes. We cooperate effectively with strangers because we believe in things lik...
by David N. Snyder
Sun May 21, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Facts VS fiction: Buddhist themes in Yuval Noah Harari's writings
Replies: 14
Views: 378

Re: Facts VS fiction: Buddhist themes in Yuval Noah Harari's writings

The dominant religion today is consumerism. For the first time in human history, we find that the majority of practitioners of the dominant religion are practicing their religion correctly. For most of history Christians did not practice the teachings of Christ. For most of history Buddhists did no...
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 19, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Politics forum
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Politics forum

(moved to the News sub-forum) The U.S. system is not like the parliamentary system where the PM can be removed by a simple vote of no-confidence. In the U.S. the president literally has to do some crime. Some in the U.S. have been calling for Trump to be removed from the time before he was even inau...
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 19, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Capitalism.
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Victims of US imperialism.

Perhaps you have to say victims of capitalism. :) The original title of "Victims of U.S. imperialism" is better. There are plenty of capitalist nations that are not imperialist. In fact, most nations are capitalist and not imperialist. The Libertarian Party in the U.S. is the "most&q...
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 19, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Traveling to Nepal/india: seeking recommendations, tips, tricks
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Traveling to Nepal/india: seeking recommendations, tips, tricks

Chi wrote:Will visit mahabodhi when I'm in Ladakh.


:thumbsup:

It will be hot! But it will still be worth it and it may not bother you too much, knowing the historical and spiritual significance of the place.

:buddha2:
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 19, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5314

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

cjmacie wrote:How is this (your) attitude, with certainty, to be distinguished from currently popular cultural bias?


I am not referring to any specific examples out there, just to the reports in the Suttas of what noble attainers do and do not do.
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 19, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5314

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

I agree with the other posters here that smoking cigarettes probably does not violate the precepts. However, since it is craving, it would not be performed by an anagami or arahant. If someone claims a certain monk is an arahant and this same monk is a smoker, then they are mistaken. How can you be...
by David N. Snyder
Thu May 18, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 29
Views: 587

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

The graphic is very pretty, David, but it's profoundly wrong: it doesn't show ANY cross-fertilisation between traditions, schools or religions, and it doesn't show ANY vagueness, unknowns or uncertainties. Reality is always far messier than our pictures of it (pictures are always simplified abstrac...
by David N. Snyder
Thu May 18, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 29
Views: 587

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

Buddhism is Hinduism but with more refinements and hence the potential to reach higher level. No, I don't think so. That is a common misconception that Buddhism is a reform of Hinduism or that it is a more advanced level of Hinduism, or that it evolved from Hinduism. See this graphic: http://funki....
by David N. Snyder
Wed May 17, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 29
Views: 587

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

Buddhism and Jainism are both shramana paths, that focus on mendicant monastics who receive alms food, live monastic lives and practice varying degrees of asceticism. Hinduism has some similarities to Buddhism too, but more so to Mahayana whereas Theravada has more in common with Jainism due to the ...
by David N. Snyder
Wed May 17, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd
Replies: 39
Views: 530

Re: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd

while I am sure that many of us are very curious as to the answer ( I know I am, I have literally lain awake at night thinking about this question and why DavidB is among us), I do not feel like it is appropriate to put him on the spot like this. A pm might be a better way of asking. Calling someon...
by David N. Snyder
Tue May 16, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Having just joined.
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Having just joined.

Welcome to DW!

Correct, when you edit a post, it goes back to the moderation que. You'll be in the moderation que just for the first few posts or so. That way people who join to spam, never get to see their posts show up.

:anjali:
by David N. Snyder
Tue May 16, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 29
Views: 587

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

davidbrainerd wrote:"Buddhism is for enlightened white atheists; Hinduism is for superstitious brown people" -- the creators of Western Buddhism said in their head.


And what is the religion for davidbrainerd? (not a rhetorical question, genuinely curious, since it's obviously not Buddhism)
by David N. Snyder
Mon May 15, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we bridge the two vehicles?
Replies: 42
Views: 1002

Re: Can we bridge the two vehicles?

I think that on the path to the goal that both vehicles must be abandoned. chownah You abandon the raft on the other shore, not while you are still on the path. The Blessed One said: "Suppose a man were traveling along a path. He would see a great expanse of water, with the near shore dubious ...
by David N. Snyder
Sun May 14, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 87
Views: 5647

Re: Thumbs up button

Bill Maher says it brilliantly here:



:twothumbsup: :oops:
by David N. Snyder
Sun May 14, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Mother's Day!
Replies: 0
Views: 35

Happy Mother's Day!

classic video on the importance of mothers:

by David N. Snyder
Sat May 13, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Email notifications back up and running!
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Email notifications back up and running!

Our webmaster fixed the email notification system. Be sure you have the email in the DW system that you currently use to receive your emails. And then when you subscribe to sub-forums, you should receive an email notifying you of that, even when you are not logged-in here. You can also set your noti...
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 12, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: I am thankful to be an American
Replies: 19
Views: 416

Re: I am thankful to be an American

Yes, there is good and bad in all nations. Nearly all nations displaced some indigenous groups, had histories of discrimination, even slavery, etc. and then improvements. Some nations are doing well now, but have lots of warfare, blood, and discrimination on their hands. History? I'm thankful to be ...
by David N. Snyder
Fri May 12, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW is secure site
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: DW is secure site

All fixed!

Until the next glitch.

:meditate:

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