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by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Musings on Race (Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?)
Replies: 37
Views: 251

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

So if I shoot someone in a video game (someone with an user_id) .. I have broken the first precept? Note - I am not asking about effect of video games on youth and their tendency towards violence .. just a simple Yes/No ..is shooting someone dead while playing Call of Duty breaking the first precep...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 86
Views: 778

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Similar can happen in religion. People "go with the program", never questioning the fundamental assumptions about what they do. And when dealing with people who have also "gone with the program" but who do have fundamental questions, they are surprised and disappointed as to how this can happen. I ...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Musings on Race (Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?)
Replies: 37
Views: 251

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

The difference being, in the "real world" there are repercussions for one's behavior that accrue to oneself. In the virtual world, a poster can spew vitriol with impunity and get away with it. IMO this allows people - those who are passive-aggressive in particular - to indulge their negative emotio...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 86
Views: 778

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Sorry, excepting the personal anecdote, I consider the whole of your post to be factually inaccurate and muddled. If you could relate to it, we wouldn't be having this conversation; and we wouldn't be having it either if I would be more like most others. Good luck to you too. I have related to it. ...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 13
Views: 184

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

In addition: 5. The speaker often speaks of a " transcendent god" however, apart from some lip-service (e.g. Matthew 5:45 ), the god generally has remained a " tribal god ". A real transcendent god is described as follows: Listen esp. from 4.18 onward. Petersen says, "The proposition that underlies...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 86
Views: 778

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

binocular wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 11:20 am
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Sorry, excepting the personal anecdote, I consider the whole of your post to be factually inaccurate and muddled. But good luck with it anyway.
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 86
Views: 778

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

binocular wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 11:03 am
Sam Vara wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 10:31 am
I'll give credit when I think that your appropriation shows some glimmerings of wisdom, and is not an utter waste of time.
Oh, you're one of the enlightened ones!
:woohoo:
No, not at all, just someone refraining from giving credit when it is asked for.
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 86
Views: 778

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

You should be giving me credit for not appropriating Buddhism. Why? You "appropriate" Buddhism just as much as anyone else does. The only relevant difference is that after nearly a decade and 5,200-odd posts here, you are saying things like: I don't feel excluded from Buddhism because of my "bad ex...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thoughts and Suffering
Replies: 24
Views: 343

Re: Thoughts and Suffering

I was thinking of DO, where craving ( and by implication, aversion ) arise in dependence upon feeling, and feeling arises in dependence upon contact via one of the sense-bases ( including mind ). So here there is aversion arising in dependence upon a mildly unpleasant feeling arising "at" the mind-...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 13
Views: 184

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

Indeed, Peterson would probably agree that mere belief - in any entity - is incapable of changing anything, unless it informs actions as well. Kierkegaard pointed out that Christendom was probably the greatest threat to Christianity, and a version of this particular dichotomy is often to be found i...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thoughts and Suffering
Replies: 24
Views: 343

Re: Thoughts and Suffering

I was thinking of DO, where craving ( and by implication, aversion ) arise in dependence upon feeling, and feeling arises in dependence upon contact via one of the sense-bases ( including mind ). So here there is aversion arising in dependence upon a mildly unpleasant feeling arising "at" the mind-...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 13
Views: 184

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

The belief in "God" appears to have not brought peace to the world; with World War 1 as probably the greatest example of moral failure of the nations of Christendom. Indeed, Peterson would probably agree that mere belief - in any entity - is incapable of changing anything, unless it informs actions...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 13
Views: 184

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

Yes, I've seen that clip before, and I love it because - unlike his book, which tends to be a bit laboured - JP is flying and veering towards free association there. Inspirational, allusive lecturing at its best. What he says does not, of course, apply to Buddhism, because kamma provides that transc...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 21, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump and the NHS
Replies: 9
Views: 144

Re: Trump and the NHS

Where did you hear the rumour about trade and drugs? The BBC article seems to be about no more than his predictable disdain for the NHS, and his possible misunderstanding of the motives behind a protest march. From an email asking me to sign a petition to make trade deals more transparent. Could be...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 21, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump and the NHS
Replies: 9
Views: 144

Re: Trump and the NHS

Where did you hear the rumour about trade and drugs? The BBC article seems to be about no more than his predictable disdain for the NHS, and his possible misunderstanding of the motives behind a protest march.
by Sam Vara
Mon May 21, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 86
Views: 778

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

There are two sets of questions here. The first set is to do with "exclusivity" in social and psychological terms; whether Buddhism as expressed tends to exclude certain types of people and rule them out as unworthy or incapable of understanding or following or achieving some specified bits of the ...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 21, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 86
Views: 778

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

That's an interesting and thought-provoking video; many thanks. There are two sets of questions here. The first set is to do with "exclusivity" in social and psychological terms; whether Buddhism as expressed tends to exclude certain types of people and rule them out as unworthy or incapable of unde...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 21, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thoughts and Suffering
Replies: 24
Views: 343

Re: Thoughts and Suffering

The other sense doors have only neutral feeling. Really? Why then do I get irritated with the yappy dog barking next door? Maybe because the sound triggers your thoughts about dogs, neighbours, and our assumed right to hear only what we want to hear. Sounds can actually hurt, but they need to be ve...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 20, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 303

Re: Bangkok's death cafe

We have lots of these "Death Cafes" in the UK, some permanent, some temporary "pop-up". None as far as I know are specifically Buddhist, but Buddhist ideas and insights would probably be welcomed.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... bout-dying
by Sam Vara
Sat May 19, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Yesterday Trump Called Latinos "Animals"
Replies: 46
Views: 985

Re: Yesterday Trump Called Latinos "Animals"

So do you think The President should be calling gang members (if you don't consider gang members a demographic) animals? I personally have no opinion on the matter. Okay, thanks. You've carelessly missed out a bit of my response. When asked "So do you think The President should be calling gang memb...