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by David N. Snyder
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: termites infestation at home
Replies: 27
Views: 261

Re: termites infestation at home

Yes, absolutely. I only presented that in response to a certain commonly held view (found here on dhammawiki for example: https://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Insects_and_pest_control ) It appears that although negative kamma, the killing of insects would be like a salt cube in the River Ganges a...
by David N. Snyder
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2020, part 1
Replies: 134
Views: 7964

Re: POTUS 2020, part 1

Many nations, especially rogue nations don't follow UN resolutions, they just ignore them. A lot of us here might not see it, since we're too old, but for those 20 years old or younger, it is possible that they'll see a Star Wars type global war in their lifetime, with much more sophisticated and la...
by David N. Snyder
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Joke thread too long?
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Joke thread too long?

I just tried it too; yes there does seem to be some problem. Maybe you're right that it got too long with too many attachments? Perhaps try making a new Joke thread, part 2. If we fix the issue, they could always be merged in the future.
by David N. Snyder
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: By laws for non profit
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: By laws for non profit

From googling "Buddhist temple bylaws" I found some here: https://www.buddhisttempleoftoledo.org/operating-procedures https://www.dharmawheels.org/who-we-are/our-bylaws/ http://www.stlthaitemple.org/ByLaw.pdf http://www.daibosatsu.org/bylaws.html Several years ago I had a 501c3 just for th...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 214
Views: 6895

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

It is remarkable how "free speech" has become an alternative appellation for "extremist/racist/hate speech" these days But it also exposes their ignorance and delusion. White supremacists were chanting "Jews will not replace us" and "blood and soil." I realiz...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 214
Views: 6895

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

"Free speech" is just the lubricant on the nail. Some lube, some don't. Some just stop to do it, when needed. But all they want, is to get you in the net. That's the way it has always become. That's the way it will always become. See what I mean? No. So are you for free speech or against ...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 214
Views: 6895

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Yet, there are a few beings in this world, (most of them pretending to be "bhuddist" - and full of "metta" - and conceitless - and harmless [hum!]) who have granted themselves 99% of this cake. And athough they call themselves "brothers" (who "know",) they do...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 345
Views: 8144

Re: POTUS 2017

ONe way to downsize the gov't is through making a mess of everything so that nothing gets done. chownah Correct, sometimes gridlock is good, it keeps the government from doing anything including all the bad stuff. In the "go-go" 90s the economy boomed. Bill Clinton took credit. The Republ...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Keep to your own preserves...your ancestral haunts"
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: "Keep to your own preserves...your ancestral haunts"

Buddha said: “Wander forth, O bhikkhus, for the welfare of the multitude, for the happiness of the multitude, out of compassion for the world, for the good, welfare, and happiness of devas and humans. Let not two go the same way. Teach, O bhikkhus, the Dhamma that is good in the beginning, good in t...
by David N. Snyder
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 345
Views: 8144

Re: POTUS 2017

So, no, I don't cheer when "repressive regimes" are overturned. That doesn't mean that I'm siding with those regimes. I'm just skeptical as to how much change those who have overturned those regimes are actually capable of. More and more people agree that on the whole, life in former Yugo...
by David N. Snyder
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 345
Views: 8144

Re: POTUS 2017

Maybe all statues of bill clinton should be torn down because he smoked pot while at college and his claims that he did not inhale be damned as the bald attempt to whitewash the scandal which it is. AFAIK, there is only one in the US, in Rapid City, SD, one of a set of all the presidents. There are...
by David N. Snyder
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bhikkhu bodhi playing piano
Replies: 20
Views: 398

Re: Bhikkhu bodhi playing piano

chownah wrote:Is he good?
chownah


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so decide for yourself:

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by David N. Snyder
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Dictatorship in Latin America and its possible effects
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Dictatorship in Latin America and its possible effects

Perhaps it's good that president Enrique Peña Nieto cannot seek re-election so that someone else from Partido Revolucionario Institucional can run. I heard Nieto is not very popular right now.

:popcorn:
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bhikkhu bodhi playing piano
Replies: 20
Views: 398

Re: Bhikkhu bodhi playing piano

Bhikkhu Bodhi spent much of his time as a monk in Mahayana monasteries; Bodhi Monastery and Chuang Yen Monastery and I believe he is still at Chuang Yen? In addition, it appears to be part of a charity event. I believe the Mahayana allow monks to engage in music and singing as a skillful means. I we...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 1849
Views: 62864

Re: Nirvana is a Transcendent Reality

... Thanks for those points and all that info. Perhaps neither the classical Theravadins nor the suttanta Theravadins can be generalized to a specific view on nibbana. There is a wide range of views in all of them. I was familiar with Buddhaghosa not accepting the nihilist view, but I had thought m...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 1849
Views: 62864

Re: Nirvana is a Transcendent Reality

I wouldn't mix up Sujato with Brahmali. His ideas are more subtle. And neither takes Nibbana as an existent ultimate reality! I thought they agreed on parinibbana, but not sure, so you might be right. Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Boowa, Ven. Thanissaro, Ven. Sumedho and many other Thai forest monks tend to foc...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 1849
Views: 62864

Re: Nirvana is a Transcendent Reality

I think the classical view is pretty much universally that Nibbana is an unconditioned ultimate reality. Nibbana with residue means the destruction of hatred, greed and delusion, which occurs during life when the mind takes the unconditioned as an object. Nibbana without residue means all five aggr...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Bhante Lucky!
Replies: 5
Views: 81

Re: Happy Birthday Bhante Lucky!

Happy Birthday, bhante!!
by David N. Snyder
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4180
Views: 241459

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Yes, I don't doubt that. I should clarify, I meant if everyone were Buddhist and upholding the 5 precepts. So one can not uphold the 5 precepts, and still count for a Buddhist? Niiice. :redherring: The key word in my sentence was: IF I have never claimed that there was any litmus test for what it t...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4180
Views: 241459

Re: the great vegetarian debate

chownah wrote:Where I live in thailand everyone is buddhist and everyone eats meat. Buddhists do the killing.
chownah


Yes, I don't doubt that. I should clarify, I meant if everyone were Buddhist and upholding the 5 precepts.

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