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by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: Greetings

Greetings, halden! :hello:

I hope you find what you are looking for.
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 12
Views: 95

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

And the Lord saw those people who were looking for a boat, looking for a raft, and binding together a raft of reeds to get to the other side. And seeing their intentions, he uttered this verse on the spot: ‘When they want to cross the sea, the lake or pond, People make a bridge or raft — the wise h...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 12
Views: 129

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Hello: It depends on a lot of aspects. But some times people maintain celibacy for wrong reasons: to hide a pedophile inclination, porn and masturbation addiction, mental illness, fear of the opposite sex, lack of status and low self esteem, etc. Regards. Good point. Years ago I was on retreat and ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13546

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

... Many thanks, Mr Man. Some of these represent the usual piecemeal assault on free speech, which is a great pity. Once the right has gone, it is difficult to get it back. Some of them look as if they are designed to limit damage arising from the circumstances in which free speech occurs. I think ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13546

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Mr Man wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:21 pm

"James Damore is wrong. It’s fine to discriminate against bigots and bullies"

Is the title of the article.
Indeed, but I'm none the wiser as to who the bigots and bullies are for knowing that Laurie Penny entitled her piece that way.
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13546

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Mr Man wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:51 pm
Worth a read.

James Damore is wrong. It’s fine to discriminate against bigots and bullies
Damore might, of course, have included things which are factually wrong in his memo. But how does this tie in with bigotry and bullying?
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 76
Views: 1191

Re: Diversity among mods

What I would encourage is for everyone show their location - at least to state or country level. It helps us get a sense of where the other person is coming from in terms of (likely) life experiences and (likely) language skills. :namaste: Kim Good point. I've just amended my profile to include loc...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13546

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:17 pm


What I do find amusing about this Google case is James Damore's t-shirt.

Image

Metta,
Paul. :)
Excellent! I might buy one! :jumping:
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13546

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

What you don't seem to understand is Private institutions like google and facebook have no legal reason to be equanimious to both left and right viewpoints, they're fully allowed to be a left wing or right wing institution, you don't see anyone complaining about Fox News (another private institutio...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13546

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

This one's a beauty. David Reynolds on the Damore action against his former employer, Google. http://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/the-google-archipelago-steaming-morsels.html Here, Paññobhāsa doesn't need to work himself up to his usual towering disdain - but he does anyway. He ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 43
Views: 632

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

BMC 1 , Chapter 2 ("Nissaya"), pg. 36 (bottom), Section "Duties", sub-section "The pupil's duties to his mentor" (and "mentor" expands to meaning both Acariya and Preceptor), item 2 ("Assisting the mentor in any problems he may have with regard to the Dhamma and Vinaya. The Mahavagga lists the foll...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 43
Views: 632

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

I'm a Majjhima monk (9 vassas), not a Senior monk. If I were to try to have a discussion (in the Westerner sense of that term) with a monk of, say, 20 vassas, then it probably wouldn't really be a discussion (again, in the Westerner sense of the term). Hierarchy would probably make it such that I'm...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Are ten hours a day surfing the net shrink 10% of the key brain regions?
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Are ten hours a day surfing the net shrink 10% of the key brain regions?

Are ten hours a day surfing the net shrink 10% of the key brain regions? Above statement is from the following video. What is the logic behind it? If I spent ten hours a day surfing the net to understand the Buddha's teaching how it reduces my brain function? The most specific statement about this ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 196

Re: Invasive animal species and the first precept

The smaller and more numerous the target species, the less cost-effective the technique becomes. :namaste: Kim A while ago, I read something about using a synthesised sex hormone to disrupt the breeding cycle of an insect pest. No need to chase and vasectomise every critter if we can get them to hu...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation and Silabbatupadana
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: Meditation and Silabbatupadana

Is there a canonical account of what would constitute clinging to rites and rituals, or a description of it? I ask because I have heard monastics present this in two different ways: 1) As a form of "magical thinking" which attributes supernatural power to publicly understood rituals such as petition...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?
Replies: 8
Views: 172

Re: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?

I see that there's a Theravada monastery near me, but it doesn't have any regular meeting times for lay practitioners like the Zen centers I'm used to. It does say that you can talk to the monks from 7am to 5pm, would it be a good idea to go there anyway? As well as the advice given above, I would ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 76
Views: 1191

Re: Diversity among mods

What I would like to understand better is the role of a moderator in terms of the Dhamma. A moderator has administrative power; but is a moderator to be regarded as someone who also has superior Dhammic attainment (and can therefore adjudicate in matters of the Dhamma)? Because it seems to me that ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This/that conditionality in DO
Replies: 14
Views: 200

Re: This/that conditionality in DO

Thanks, that the sort of thing I was looking for. I read Wings to Awakening some time ago, but will have another look at it. It seems that both modes can apply to phassa > vedana. Do you think that both modes apply to all the relationships in DO? It's worth looking at Thanissaro's The Shape of Suff...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 43
Views: 632

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

Luang Por Sumedho debating "consciousness is permanent"/"awareness itself is not conditioned" with, er, well, with any other monk outside the tradition of Ajahn Chah.
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 151
Views: 2265

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

I'm saying that since the arbiter of the Dhamma (ie. the Buddha) isn't here with us, that changes the terms of engagement when we try to discuss the Dhamma. Of course I believe in investigation and discussion (just look at the number and content of my posts, for example). But it's not clear whether...