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by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

Debating publicly is looked upon as an inferior and unnecessary skill in Asia. :namaste: Things seem to have changed since this guy: Saccaka the Nigaṇṭha-son went to those Licchavis and, on arrival, said to them, "Come out, good Licchavis! Come out, good Licchavis! Today will be my discussion with ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

I'm curious about this too. I can see diversity of individual opinions, diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultural diversity as valuable on certain ocasions, especially the diversity of individual view points. But racial diversity, in and of itself, is quite the mystery to me. When did th...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature is stranger than we can imagine
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Actually no. He was trying to take a photo. He was a local and knew better than to provoke a wild elephant. He seemed to raise his hand and call out to the elephant though (for what reason no one can quite understand). This is from account of others who were nearby and whose accounts were reported ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

I'm not interested in making a case that there is "full freedom of speech in DW now", as that would be, as I have said earlier, a logical nonsense in any situation. The concept is unintelligible. ???? Could it be completely true or is it an unintelligible concept? And if you thought "full freedom o...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

No_Mind asserted that there was "full freedom of speech in DW now" and I said this was not the case. I can tell you what I am not free to say. I am not free to say things and use language that is inappropriate to minors. Do I have a problem with that? no. But that does mean I do not have "full free...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

the reason diversity is so important is that each race and gender has certain positive and otherwise attributes that they can bring to the table that a member of another race or gender might not even be aware of, its not about equality, its about welcoming diverse and differing viewpoints into the ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

The forum has restrictions on certain kinds of speech. That is all I am saying. "there is not full freedom of speech in DW now". Do you think that what I said is incorrect? The terms of service, which clearly restrict certain kinds of speech are in place whether an individual chooses to break them ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

i mean to put it simply, Sam, the forum says your free to say this, and this, and this, and this, but you're not free to say this and this and this. How can that possibly be considered Freedom of Speech. Its moderated speech. Providing one does not want to violate the ToS, then one's speech is free...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:57 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:48 pm


Whose speech is not free?
Everyone's on the forum. Anytime you take away someone's right to call an axx an axx, you have given up true freedom and entered the realm of moderated forums.
Unless you want to call an axx an axx, then no freedoms whatsoever have been given up.
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

lyndon taylor wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:43 pm
Mr Man made a very good point, almost no public forum allows true Freedom of Speech, "Freedom of Speech" within the confines of TOS is not Free speech, but moderated speech, I don't see how this is not quite clear.
Whose speech is not free?
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

The Concise Pali English Dictionary gives the same word (hasati) for both laughs and smiles, so this might be a difficult one to disentangle according to context. https://suttacentral.net/define/hasati You will also see from the link that there is some kind of conflation with being excited, which fu...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

Sam Vara The terms of service restrict the speech of everyone who participates in this forum. If they want to break the restrictions or not is not relevant to the original point. "No there is not full freedom of speech in DW now. The forum is moderated." I have answered many questions for you Sam V...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

Hi Sam Vara That is irrelevant. They do restrict speech. But not your speech, it seems. Or, if they do, you are unwilling to tell us how. They only restrict the speech of those who want to break the terms of service. Do you wish to be an advocate of such people? There is certainly no rule against t...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

Hi Sam Vara Yes anyone is free to respond but I was interested in communicating with No_Mind within the context of this furum/discussion. If I want to go against the "terms of service" is neither here nor there. The point is the "terms of service" restrict speech. This really is undeniable, in my o...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

Re: Diversity among mods

Quite simply its not Freedom of Speech because you don't have the right to break the TOS, you don't have the freedom to call someone an axx, etc.. Its also no Freedom of Speech when posters of one political persuasion are censored more than posters of another political persuasion, that used to happ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2057

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: 151
Views: 2057

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: 151
Views: 2057

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: 19
Views: 191

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: 151
Views: 2057

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.