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by manas
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americas new segregationists are on the left.
Replies: 44
Views: 662

Re: Americas new segregationists are on the left.

No, the left stands up for the rights of the oppressed, at least the good left does, you can always find bad in every group, but under Trump oppression of minorities is getting worse, not better, oppression of the poor, much worse, and protection of the super rich, much stronger, is that really wha...
by manas
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?
Replies: 8
Views: 92

Re: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?

Zom wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:42 pm


Still one more guy left 8-)



:rofl: Can't he just be satisfied with wrestling bears?


(fresh) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42752298
by manas
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: -Gratitude to teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 32

-Gratitude to teachers

Like a moth to a flame Has this deluded being been drawn to the sublime Dhamma Often as if dragged against his will, almost unwillingly Yet, little by little, more and more convinced Every time it's evident truths are seen. Despite my modest level of understanding Even this much, I could not have re...
by manas
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Can you link me the ven. Thanissaro dhamma talk about postmodernism? Añjali Hi, the talk is primarily about how Romanticism has influenced how Dhamma is taught in the West, but yes there is a direct correlation to Post-Modernism. To listen (it's quite entertaining also), here is a link where the au...
by manas
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?
Replies: 8
Views: 92

Re: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?

Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:16 pm
Let's nominate Mara!
Good one :thumbsup: however, I was speaking more in the temporal, political sense.
by manas
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?
Replies: 8
Views: 92

Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?

Greetings, who is the current 'bad guy' against whom, according the the controlled Mainstream Media, we can all unite? ISIL seem to have gone off the radar; it seems to be Kim Jong Un at the moment, but he's turning out to be somewhat pathetic; then again, Iran, long on the back-burner, might be pre...
by manas
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Greetings all, ever since listening to Thanissaro Bhikkhu's series, 'Romanticizing the Buddha', in which he explains how the modern malaise of Post-modernism in Western lands, has it's roots in the philosophy of the German Romantics, I've become more aware of how, usually while being quite unaware o...
by manas
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 159
Views: 2479

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

I agree with this. In our current time, there is a huge increase in secularization. People might identify as "Christian" or "Jewish" or "Buddhist" but in reality are non-religious, don't attend church/temple services and are basically agnostic and identify with a religion label merely because they ...
by manas
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome
Replies: 24
Views: 254

Re: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome

My experience with jhana/samadhi is leading me somewhere I just need a road map and some fellow travelers. Hi, the best road map I've found, is from the Samannaphala Sutta. I'm only posting the section from 'abandoning the hindrances' on, up to the first jhana, but there is much more in the sutta. ...
by manas
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 313

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

I had to choose between not killing, and not lying, and although my gut response was 'not killing', I chose 'not lying'. I have heard from two respected monks that, from the time the Bodhisatta resolved to become a Buddha in a distant future lifetime, right up to his eventual full awakening as the B...
by manas
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How to deal with a monk who's reputation is tarnish by a sexual scandl?
Replies: 17
Views: 380

Re: How to deal with a monk who's reputation is tarnish by a sexual scandl?

I think you find in a lot of these cases the person is eventually held to account. Takes a while, for instance look at Sogyal Rinpoche. Because some of these people become so high powered and celebrity like they think that the standards that apply to the rest of us don't to them I don't understand ...
by manas
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lay people should still try
Replies: 16
Views: 317

Re: lay people should still try

Sometimes when I sit, I kind of intuit that with so many family troubles at present, it's unlikely (but not impossible) that the mind will be getting very calm in that sitting. But, i just treat it as practise, as always. It's all practise. Even if I can only manage good sati-sampajanna for a few br...
by manas
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaining when children leave home
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Ordaining when children leave home

Bhikkhu_Jayasara wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:46 pm
...
Although not the OP, I'm in a similar situation; thank you for that informative post, Bhante. Sounds do-able.
:anjali:
by manas
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikhuni ordination?
Replies: 26
Views: 362

Re: Bhikhuni ordination?

Women were not in the beginning welcome by the Buddha to ordain as nuns into his Sangha! So, it should not be an issue of women's right. It is the matter of the Sangha. Thomas I can't find the quote offhand, but I recall reading that the Buddha was concerned for their safety (with good reason), tra...
by manas
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paranoid-schizoid position
Replies: 39
Views: 501

Re: Paranoid-schizoid position

And limit efforts to understand others to a few significant, close, mutual relationships. This makes sense to me. I need to understand my children so as to be able to better help them, to grow to maturity - so there's a benefit for me to be able to delve into their mental and emotional worlds, so t...
by manas
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 497

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

Living in an authoritarian dictatorship, under near constant surveillance, such as in Nth Korea, would quickly prove the value of the statement quoted by the OP. Because without protected free speech, that's how we could end up.
by manas
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bannon tells all in new book about Trump
Replies: 77
Views: 924

Re: Bannon tells all in new book about Trump

Yes, I don't think Antifa has set up any concentration camps, or burned any synagogues!! To clarify, I meant, Neo-Nazis, the small-time folks who hold rallies in the U.S. from time to time, I wasn't referring to the original, Third Reich Nazis, who make their modern admirers look like boys at a Hal...
by manas
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "I'd like to have an argument..."
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: "I'd like to have an argument..."

Sam Vara wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:18 pm
No, you wouldn't!
If I didn't, I wouldn't keep checking the 'News and Current Affairs' sub-forum. For some reason, a good argument does spark my interest at times, although maybe I'll give it up for Lent. ;)
by manas
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: question regarding not-self of volition and conscious action
Replies: 10
Views: 435

Re: question regarding not-self of volition and conscious action

Hello all, I've hit a bit of a road block when it comes to the experience of anatta and was hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction. During meditation, considering the body, thoughts and other formations it makes sense that they could be considered not self. I have little to...
by manas
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bannon tells all in new book about Trump
Replies: 77
Views: 924

Re: Bannon tells all in new book about Trump

The Left used to primarily be about economics - provision of basic services, progressive taxation, safety nets, workers' rights and the right to assembly, free speech, stopping privatization etc.... now it's increasingly about culture, identity classifications, social engineering and promoting stat...