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by DNS
Tue May 22, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 99
Views: 1332

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

By what standards do these studies measure misery and happiness? By consumerist, worldly standards? I believe it is by self-reporting of their happiness on those surveys. For some that might be worldly standards, for others it might be loftier, spiritual type happiness, general physical and psychol...
by DNS
Tue May 22, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: whoops
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: whoops

forgot to observe uposatha today; since it was last tuesday i did not think it would be monday. good enough if i keep it tomorrow? :/ No. You will burn in hell forever for your mistake! :) :D I was tempted to write something like that to also [sarcastically] show that which day it is doesn't matter...
by DNS
Tue May 22, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 99
Views: 1332

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

I mostly agree with No_Mind; misery can come in all socioeconomic classes, but clearly the most misery is among the impoverished. The biggest gain in happiness comes when one comes out of poverty. It continues to rise up to the peak at about middle-class to upper-middle class. After that it is dimin...
by DNS
Mon May 21, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

Good luck with the forum. You might want to advertise it at the Africana Buddhists facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/8854537357/?fref=ts
by DNS
Mon May 21, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 80
Views: 663

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

The Buddha is said to have been somewhat reluctant to teach due to everyone going around "sleep-walking" but was encouraged to teach due to some with "little dust in their eyes." In this way, it can be seen as somewhat exclusive and elitist in that people have to be ready for it. However, as others ...
by DNS
Sun May 20, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: Bangkok's death cafe

Actually, this raises an interesting question. Why can't a combat soldier contemplate on death? He can and he does. But it's a tiny bit different between the kind of contemplation done in the deadly heat of the jungle while staring down the gun nozzle of an enemy combatant 20 yards away versus that...
by DNS
Sun May 20, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: Bangkok's death cafe

Do you hold that Buddhism is not a missionary religion? Given how many times I've been told, with missionary zeal (!) that it's not a missionary religion: Yes. Were you told that (it is not a missionary religion) mostly from Western Buddhists or Asian Buddhists? I imagine it was most likely from co...
by DNS
Sun May 20, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 540
Views: 23647

Re: POTUS 2017

Trump will not be impeached. Many Democrats and liberals are hoping to elect a big blue wave this November in the hope of impeaching Trump. It's not going to happen and here it is explained why it won't happen by a progressive/liberal; Bill Maher. https://youtu.be/pmdEcZZoEWE?t=2855 47:35 edit: appa...
by DNS
Sat May 19, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter
Replies: 32
Views: 721

Re: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter

Here's a good video about the recent history of the region and why the settlements are curtailing peace.

by DNS
Fri May 18, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 99
Views: 1332

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

Meghan Markle's mother and father were married in the SRF (Guru Yogananda) temple in Malibu, California. Her mother was a yoga teacher and social worker. https://www.refinery29.com/2018/04/196845/meghan-markle-biography-details https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/Yogananda_Center_-_L...
by DNS
Fri May 18, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 99
Views: 1332

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

No_Mind wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 5:23 pm
What about dressing up as a Nazi officer?
It was a costume party. I personally would never do that. Everyone makes mistakes, that's why pencils have erasers (Lenny Leonard).

Bad taste perhaps, but not a serious sin.
by DNS
Fri May 18, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 99
Views: 1332

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

No_Mind wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 4:50 pm
Whatever I may feel about her grandson .. I have always respected the Queen ..
Harry? What's wrong with Harry? He likes Vegas, after all. :tongue:

I think it's pretty certain he won't be frolicking around Vegas any more.
by DNS
Thu May 17, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter
Replies: 32
Views: 721

Re: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter

The UN. What civil law would prevail under the UN? Well, that was the plan under the 1947 UN agreement, so I'm sure they'd figure it out as they go. :tongue: It's not my original idea, although it's perfect, in my opinion. Jerusalem always has been and always will be the stumbling block to stop all...
by DNS
Thu May 17, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter
Replies: 32
Views: 721

Re: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter

A lot has changed since the partition plan though. Israel, as a political entity, did not exist before 1948. The partition plan was an attempt to create it. There was a Kingdom of Israel back in biblical times. Actually there is virtually no country on earth today that has a definite historical peo...
by DNS
Thu May 17, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter
Replies: 32
Views: 721

Re: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter

Getting back to Jerusalem, even if we want to make it as international city, what would be the nationality of the residents of the city? I imagine they would be able to choose from either Palestine or Israel. who would control its sovereignty? The UN. who would be entitled to benefit from the incom...
by DNS
Thu May 17, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter
Replies: 32
Views: 721

Re: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter

But the real legitimate question which is resurfacing again and has been ignored for a long time: why there is a border between Israel and Gaza in the first place? And there is also a border, big wall separating the West Bank from the Jewish areas. In my opinion, just use these barriers and walls t...
by DNS
Wed May 16, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Attachments in human life.
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Attachments in human life.

What is your thought of the importance of letting go of everything? If you take that to the extreme, you might even let go of your clothes, like the Digambara Jain monks do. Middle Way is best. 8-) " Monks, these two extremes ought not to be practiced by one who has gone forth from the household li...
by DNS
Wed May 16, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Hello

Welcome to DW!

:toast:
by DNS
Wed May 16, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?
Replies: 14
Views: 368

Re: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?

It has to combed, brushed, groomed, styled (okay maybe those are all the same thing), colored (if you're old); all related to vanity and identity. When you're bald, you just shave it, no styling or coloring needed. It takes time to shave my head every day, but I still prefer it to the time it takes ...
by DNS
Wed May 16, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter
Replies: 32
Views: 721

Re: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter

What is scarey is how Israel will deal with the demographic reality of a majority Arab Israeli population. I'm not 100% sure, as I'm not an expert on Israeli law and their Constitution, but I think they have that figured out by only granting limited rights to non-Jews. They can run for office, but ...