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by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 118
Views: 1698

Re: Diversity among mods

Hi Sam Vara Well I actually was interested in communicating with No_Mind And I was interested in communicating with you. Presumably if you hadn't wanted anyone else to get involved, you could have PM'd No_Mind. That's how forums work. Board warnings are issued/ posts are removed / threads locked / ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 118
Views: 1698

Re: Diversity among mods

Hi Sam Vara I'm sure No_Mind is perfectly capable of communicating/elaborating on what he means. What I said above is a statement of fact that is all. I'm sure he is, too. I'm not so interested in what No_Mind means, as in what you mean. In what sense is there not full freedom of speech here on DW?...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 118
Views: 1698

Re: Diversity among mods

There is full freedom of speech in DW now which was lacking when I was banned. Hi No_Mind No there is not full freedom of speech in DW now. The forum is moderated. Maybe No_Mind means that he is able to express anything that he wishes to express on DW. This is a reasonable and workable form of nega...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome
Replies: 16
Views: 144

Re: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome

So, as you may or may not know, Anapanasati, Satipatthana, samatha, Vipassana are taught in Theraveda, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayana programs. So what I was taught in the mindfulness practices in Thich Nhat Hanhs organization was simply samatha, and after about ten years of doing it I took it out and won...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 118
Views: 1698

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:11 pm

Have you noticed left wing posters like L.N. and Alan disappearing from the forum, I don't think that's a coincidence.
Alan tends to post intermittently, and was posting just a couple of days ago. Sometimes, things aren't as bad as we think they are.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 34

Re: Hello

Hi SunWuKong,

Welcome to the "other wheel"! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 61

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: 13
Views: 141

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: 30
Views: 302

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: 13603

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: 13603

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: 13603

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: 118
Views: 1698

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: 13603

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: 13603

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: 13603

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: 59
Views: 814

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: 59
Views: 814

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: 97

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: 204

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...