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by Mr Man
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 25
Views: 347

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

I think it is also important for the community to be open to feedback. The Buddha was responsive to feedback and did not automatically dismiss concerns. Gandhi was an activist. I think less use of divisive rhetoric and pejorative terms would be good. I think caution should be used when posting meme'...
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 25
Views: 347

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Maybe rather than "more Buddhist" less un-Buddhist.

Recognizing that there is a problem is a start.
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 17
Views: 240

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Hi rolling_boulder Sounds like the teaching of Ajahn Chah or one of his disciples. This is from a Q & A session with Ajahn Chah http://www.buddhanet.net/bodhiny2.htm Q: I still have many thoughts, and my mind wanders a lot, even though I'm trying to be mindful. A: Don't worry about this. Just try to...
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 25
Views: 347

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Hi Sam

There is this thread - Kindnesss thread

viewtopic.php?t=25723
by Mr Man
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 379
Views: 11459

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech (this is not off-topic)

So the Dhamma Wheel team (I presume they are acting as a team) are now using the terms and conditions to close down open discussion. Was this topic so scary and are members so precious that it could not be allowed to stand? Is this level of censorship really needed here? What is up with all the fri...
by Mr Man
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2122

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Well you can make that correlation but it is not supported by sutta, as far as I know. There were certainly a number of monastics whose behaviour was not great even when the Buddha was still teaching. Are there instances of the Buddha telling someone not to go forth due to being not advanced enough...
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2122

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

The stages themselves require certain level of behavior and mental clarity/strength, which itself can correspond to "very worldly lay people" and "advanced ascetic renunciates" and no matter if you are officially ordianed or not. Hi there Well you can make that correlation but it is not supported b...
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2122

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Do you have some links to where the Buddha taught the "preliminary stages" to non-monastics and framed the teaching in that way. ie Do not go forth stay as a lay person, do this and do that and then in time it will be appropriate to go forth. There are a lot of suttas about gradual path and its sta...
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2122

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

It does seem, though, that a lack of faith is involved. If you *really* have faith that letting go of all craving is the path to the end of suffering then would you disrobe? Sometimes it is, but I think James clearly said this was not the problem in his case. The problem is modern trend of presenti...
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Activism supporting Rohingya
Replies: 82
Views: 1426

Re: Activism supporting Rohingya

Hi Pseudobabble

Let's forget about chownah for a moment.

So kusala wrote
So-called Rohingya refugees. Hmm, Is he taking a selfie?
And underneath kusala posts a picture of people on a boat.

Is there any connection between what kusala wrote and the picture?
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Activism supporting Rohingya
Replies: 82
Views: 1426

Re: Activism supporting Rohingya

Obviously the second picture is what a journlist would use to depict a humanitarian crises while the first picture would be a poor choice. So I guess the msm did a good job. Indeed, but only because you have assumed exactly what Kusala is questioning - the humanitarian crisis. But how does posting ...
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Activism supporting Rohingya
Replies: 82
Views: 1426

Re: Activism supporting Rohingya

I wonder where kusala got the first picture from? Is it even of Rohingya refugees? Is it possible that kusala could be spreading "FAKE NEWS"?
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3216

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

lyndon taylor wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:01 am
I think LN IS making a valuable contribution to this forum.
I agree.
by Mr Man
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1490

Re: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe

Two stories in the news today - One Europe, one USA "A Britain First supporter told police he was going to "kill a Muslim" before twice driving his van into an Indian restaurant, a court has heard." (Not Donald Trunp though) https://news.sky.com/story/man-told-police-im-going-to-kill-a-muslim-before...
by Mr Man
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2122

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading your post. It sounds like you've learned alot about your goals in life and I'm sure your monastic experience was very valuable for you even though you decided to pursue other things. Your dream of living on a sailboat sounds awesome!!! I wish you the best of...
by Mr Man
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 2018 World Cup
Replies: 14
Views: 254

Re: 2018 World Cup

Stiphan wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:55 pm
Bulgaria was good in the '90s when Stoichkov and co were around, since then we've been poor. Our highest point was 4th place in 1994 in the USA.
by Mr Man
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1490

Re: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe

I won't presume to speak for Retro, but my understanding of what he meant was this. Current EU rules allow free movement of EU citizens between EU countries, so the EU in effect tells its member countries who they must accept as immigrants, regardless of their country of origin. Hungary and Poland ...
by Mr Man
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2122

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Hi JamesTheGiant
May monastic life's loss be "normal" life's gain.
:anjali:
by Mr Man
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1490

Re: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe

The UK was already able to impose whatever laws it liked regarding rights of entry, asylum, and citizenship for non-EC citizens (possibly with the exception of asylum). Our border controls were not determined by the EU (except to a minimal extent). I think rights of entry and domicile are one of th...
by Mr Man
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1490

Re: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe

One becomes an EU citizen by virtue of citizenship of any of its member states; the latter is a precondition of the former. The example you give means that a Muslim refugee can live in Germany for 6 years, then would be able to move to the UK or elsewhere in the EU. Yes, that German citizen would b...