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by DNS
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 16
Views: 168

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

But alan . . . . why don't you tell us how you really feel? Come on, don't be shy. :tongue: It looks like the GOP tax plan is going to pass. It will lower corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. And then there are numerous other tax cuts in that bill. How are they going to pay for it? We just got out of...
by DNS
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 327

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

All precepts should be kept, they are all good. But I'd say there is a reason not killing is the First Precept. Killing any living being is the worst thing you can do to a person. No one should lie, but if you lie to someone, they are still alive.
by DNS
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 327

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

I think those are false dilemmas and a sign of lacking creativity. There are more options as to what to say than lying, saying Yes, or being silent. One could say, for example, "I have nothing shameful to hide." Yes, I've heard Ven. Thanissaro say that as an option. That might work and could be wor...
by DNS
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 327

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

And I know some will say these hypotheticals are not realistic in today's world, but is that really so? Genocide and totalitarian regimes still exist. In those cases, they are not realistic in the sense of not accounting for the likely (or even standard) reaction of those seeking the refugees. But ...
by DNS
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 327

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

Here we go again, with the famous / infamous Jews hiding in the attic scenario. :popcorn: "Don't lie when Nazis come asking for jews to murder", I think that's a very one sided view of the situation. It only considers the kamma made from lying and doesn't consider all the kamma being made. It ignore...
by DNS
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 63
Views: 897

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

From another thread on nibbana and cessation: I've nothing to add to the substance of this debate, but the above exchange might profitably be read by those who think there is something wrong with this site: too much politics, personalised stances, etc. Two people engaging in a civil discussion about...
by DNS
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Taking Refuge and Precepts
Replies: 22
Views: 2479

Re: Taking Refuge and Precepts

Unearthing this old topic (and there are other similar ones too if you look around) for binocular: If one doesn't have a teacher one make use of the 5 precepts and the 3 refuge :( How can one take refuge without a teacher? -- Anyway, this is for another thread ... :thumbsup: One can take the 3 Refu...
by DNS
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Only one more week to the winter solstice!
Replies: 14
Views: 155

Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

No cold and no snow here. It's been around 72 degrees F (22 Celsius) and sunny. Global warming, I guess, we've been having very nice winters the past few years, but then we pay for it in summers with temps over 100 F.

8-)
by DNS
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
Replies: 75
Views: 1526

Re: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

... That article appears to be wrong. I don't see any mention of Nalanda being destroyed in recent years. See the timeline here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalanda_University#Timeline I like Nalanda Univ., I even have a license plate frame commemorating Nalanda, but it is not the first universit...
by DNS
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The case against coffee (important)
Replies: 62
Views: 3806

Re: The case against coffee (important)

Coffee gives me the runs, so I can't drink it anymore. In situations like that I like to ask, "What would Wally do?" dt090409.gif :lol: As we get older, there is a tendency to get constipated. The elderly are five times more likely than younger adults to develop problems related to constipation. ht...
by DNS
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 63
Views: 897

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

DNS: I see there are currently about 89 active topics over the last 7 days. Eleven of these topics are in the News sub-forum, so about 12% of all topics. The vast majority of topics are in the other sub-forums on various Dhamma topics; meditation, jhanas, precepts, etc. What about number of posts, ...
by DNS
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 63
Views: 897

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

I see there are currently about 89 active topics over the last 7 days. Eleven of these topics are in the News sub-forum, so about 12% of all topics. The vast majority of topics are in the other sub-forums on various Dhamma topics; meditation, jhanas, precepts, etc. I still see no reason why those wh...
by DNS
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Political Compass
Replies: 54
Views: 1903

Re: Political Compass

DooDoot wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:01 pm
I am also a 'wog'.
Is that Australian slang for person of color? If you don't mind me asking, what is your ethnic background?
by DNS
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 308

Re: Religion quiz

Oh, okay, it could be the assigning the neutral value to some of the questions. I'll have to tweak some of my answers so I can 'score' as high as you did on the Dharmic traditions; so I can be a better Dharma Paths administrator :D

:yingyang:
by DNS
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?
Replies: 69
Views: 932

Re: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?

I moved the political compass posts and posts relating to where the Dhamma fits in politics to the political compass thread here:
viewtopic.php?f=54&t=25405

For behavioral analysis and meta-discussion, continue here, if you must. :tongue:
by DNS
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Political Compass
Replies: 54
Views: 1903

Re: Political Compass

Expressed more briefly, I suppose Western politics historically was primarily about economics or how to allocate wealth (where most people generally held the same sexual values). But, more recently, sexual morality appears to have become an aspect of politics. Thus, it terms of economics, I lean to...
by DNS
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Political Compass
Replies: 54
Views: 1903

Re: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?

To conclude, as an Australian, my political compass is generally not the political compass Judaic intellectuals & mass media have largely created for the American public. As Australians, our political compass is not dominated by Jewish narratives. Okay, now that you explain in greater detail your p...
by DNS
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 308

Re: Religion quiz

binocular wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:35 pm
DNS wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:39 pm
I like your results. How did you get those results? I like how they're all Dharma Paths. I run the forum Dharma Paths but your results are better suited than mine to run Dharma Paths.
Did you see how many 0% I have?
So you made up your results? :tongue:
by DNS
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Political Compass
Replies: 54
Views: 1903

Re: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?

limited role for government - probably not buddhist; while buddhism would not support big govt, it does support govt rather than law of the jungle limited social programs - yes & no buddhist; buddhism supports self-reliance but also a charity safety net promoting traditional social values - very bu...
by DNS
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 308

Re: Religion quiz

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:57 pm
1. Theravada Buddhism (100%)
2. Jainism (99%)
:thumbsup: Cool, further evidence for my theory that Jainism is the closest religion to Theravada. Sometimes I think Theravada has more in common with Jainism than it does with Mahayana.

https://dhammawiki.com/index.php/Buddhism_and_Jainism