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by pulga
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 287
Views: 9115

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

I don't want to entice anyone into a thoughtcrime, but Professor Gilley's essay is available -- at least for the time being -- online and downloadable.

The Case for Colonialism.
by pulga
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 68
Views: 956

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

The Wit and Wisdom of Ven Nanavira Thera by Michael Rae – However, since I was first introduced to Nanavira’s writings, I have found no other thinker who evidences the same wisdom and sense of personal authority. For me, this demonstrates that Nanavira’s claims of achievement are valid – and beside...
by pulga
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide
Replies: 68
Views: 956

Re: Better to kill oneself than to marry a "hideous widow": Thoughts on Nanavira's suicide

I've been meaning to consult one of my infectious disease/microbiology colleagues on the issue of amebiasis and relevant pharmacotherapies used at that time, but haven't gotten around to it. According to wiki metronidazole became common in France in the 60s, so I'm guessing it wasn't that (its a ma...
by pulga
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Evola: Dharma for Fascists
Replies: 49
Views: 737

Re: Evola: Dharma for Fascists

I interpret "unflinching determination" more along the lines of existential commitment.
by pulga
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Evola: Dharma for Fascists
Replies: 49
Views: 737

Re: Evola: Dharma for Fascists

There is no reason to be so tolerant nowadays - there are hundreds if not thousands of better resources available for learning about the Dhamma. The book is worth reading if only to try to appreciate what the two men found so inspiring in Evola's views and sentiments. Certainly Ñanamoli and Ñanavir...
by pulga
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Evola: Dharma for Fascists
Replies: 49
Views: 737

Re: Evola: Dharma for Fascists

I had only heard of him as the writer who initially inspired Nanavira, but it turns out that he had a very colourful career indeed. Not only Ven. Ñanavira, but also his friend Ven. Ñanamoli were initially drawn to the Dhamma through their reading of La dottrina del risveglio . Both men were apparen...
by pulga
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 67
Views: 2108

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

Though he fails to see the contingency of "primary presence", he does seem to have a good grasp of the phenomenon, and explains it with clarity. What is it for you that secures this contingency? Just like Yogacara Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta espouses the idea of the‘self-luminosity’ ( svaprakas´atva ...
by pulga
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 67
Views: 2108

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

Advaita is usually defined as a Vedantic doctrine that identifies the individual self (atman) with the ground of reality (brahman); Shankara being perhaps the most famous exponent. Brahman, however defined, is fundamentally real. "All is one" is an acceptable, if coarse, summary. In various forms a...
by pulga
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 67
Views: 2108

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

An excellent essay on Advaita Vedanta by Prof. Wolfgang Fasching: "I Am of the Nature of Seeing". Phenomenological Reflections on the Indian Notion of Witness-Consciousness Though he fails to see the contingency of "primary presence", he does seem to have a good grasp of the phenomenon, and explains...
by pulga
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 1289

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Will wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:46 am

Very valid for Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles etc. Most large cities and many states have very restrictive gun laws. But thugs & drug gangs have plenty of illegal sources - no surprise.
There are so many guns in America it boggles the mind: somewhere around 300,000,000.
by pulga
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 1289

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Americans are free to remove the 2nd Amendment any time they like. Within our federal system it takes just a 2/3 majority in Congress in support of its removal, and the ratification of 3/4 of the states. The important thing is that such a removal be approved of by the states through ratification. Le...
by pulga
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Socialism/Communism and Capitalism
Replies: 97
Views: 1718

Re: Buddhism, Socialism/Communism and Capitalism

These young men are being radicalized largely through the work of a popular group of new far-right internet personalities whose videos, blog posts and tweets have been consistently nudging the boundaries of acceptable conversation to the right — one of the explicit goals of racist extremists everyw...
by pulga
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"
Replies: 105
Views: 2041

Re: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"

‘Nāmarū­papaccayā viññāṇan’ti iti kho panetaṃ vuttaṃ, tadānanda, imināpetaṃ pariyāyena veditabbaṃ, yathā nāmarū­papaccayā viññāṇaṃ. Viññāṇañca hi, ānanda, nāmarūpe patiṭṭhaṃ na labhissatha, api nu kho āyatiṃ jāti­jarā­maraṇaṃ duk­kha­sa­muda­ya­sam­bhavo paññāyethā”ti? “No hetaṃ, bhante”. “Tasmātih...
by pulga
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 48
Views: 683

Re: Drug liberalisation

Heroin and other hardbdrugs are seriously problematic. In the past society held people accountable for their actions much more than it does today. So long as we feel the government is obliged to help drug addicts, the government should have the right to regulate hard drugs. If we were to absolve th...
by pulga
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: I am thankful to be an American
Replies: 85
Views: 2188

Re: I am thankful to be an American

Because lending rates are at historical lows, the U.S. can afford to pay the interest on its debt without too much pain. What about the capital (non-interest) component? With the economy growing so slowly, that's a matter the U.S. simply isn't ready to address. During the campaign Donald Trump prop...
by pulga
Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: I am thankful to be an American
Replies: 85
Views: 2188

Re: I am thankful to be an American

Is this for real? So what is the future price of this? Who are the creditors (lenders)? What can they demand from the US state? Because lending rates are at historical lows, the U.S. can afford to pay the interest on its debt without too much pain. But if or when rates begin to rise again we'll eit...
by pulga
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 403
Views: 11361

Re: POTUS 2017

Very cute.....intentionally very cute. When will we get to see trump petting some kittens? That would be great. Remember this is from Bezos's The Washington Post . It went out of its way not only to present a positive story, but to provide all the facts as well. Frank had previously written to Pres...
by pulga
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 403
Views: 11361

Re: POTUS 2017

A nice story from The Washington Post :

Trump lets an 11-year-old boy mow the White House lawn
by pulga
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha teach tolerance and missionary proselytism?
Replies: 22
Views: 363

Re: Did Buddha teach tolerance and missionary proselytism?

As Bhante Khemindas clearly pointed out, the Buddha didn't advocate violence or intimidation in any form. But when he deemed his speech to be truthful and beneficial, he certainly didn't mind offending those of other religious beliefs, even to the extent of directing his criticism at the very tenets...
by pulga
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 403
Views: 11361

Re: POTUS 2017

If his statement is meant to say that he has no intention of letting it expire then why didn't he just come out and clearly say that? President Trump's way of dealing with the DACA dilemma may not be quite the same as Obama's. I don't know what exacttly he has in mind, but the matter is still weigh...