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by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: Are we nouns or verbs?

Greetings Kim, He is talking about becoming (bhava). (Verb) This is a requisite for birth (jati). (Noun) "And what is birth? Whatever birth, taking birth, descent, coming-to-be, coming-forth, appearance of aggregates, & acquisition of [sense] media of the various beings in this or that group of bein...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?
Replies: 7
Views: 62

Re: Who is our current 'bad guy', now that ISIL are in decline?

Greetings,
Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:16 pm
Let's nominate Mara!
:clap:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 139
Views: 1547

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

Greetings Saengnapha, Do you have personal objections to me commenting on U.G. outside of the 'Connections To Other Paths' forum? If so, I can refrain, especially if the mods don't approve. I haven't heard anything from the mods at all about not posting here. It is off-topic and not relevant to a Ge...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 7
Views: 74

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Greetings,

Well said.

Religions in toto are something of a mixed bag, but nihilism and post-modernism are arguably worse.

On a related note, you may be interested in this somewhat lengthy, but related topic:

Atheism is an Unskillful False Dhamma

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 64
Views: 7543

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Greetings Sarath,

Thanks.

As I'm sure you know, we're always open to ideas for improvement or how to increase activity, so long as they don't come into conflict with the key principles of the forum, which have served it very well during the periods when they have been enacted.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 428
Views: 13678

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings, Julian Assange says Google and Facebook have become an 'existential threat to humanity' The chief of the whistleblowing platform, who describes himself as a "geopolitical analyst" on his Twitter profile, believes the tech giants have evolved into powerful "digital superstates". "While the...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 159
Views: 2444

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Greetings, I agree with this. In our current time, there is a huge increase in secularization. People might identify as "Christian" or "Jewish" or "Buddhist" but in reality are non-religious, don't attend church/temple services and are basically agnostic and identify with a religion label merely bec...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 64
Views: 7543

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

Greetings Sarath, A far more accurate measure on the level of activity is how many Active Topics there are in the present 7 day period. Keeping in mind I see all forums (even though there are no tracking reports for Active Topics that I can make reference to), it was at 85 when I rejoined the team i...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News Awards
Replies: 8
Views: 129

Re: Fake News Awards

Greetings,

Because he's great...

:heart:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the songs of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
#ReleaseTheMemo

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

Greetings, Bhikkhus, singing is crying in this discipline of the noble ones and dancing is insanity. Bhikkhus, it is childish to laugh too long showing your teeth. Therefore give up singing, dancing and it is suitable that you, delighting in the Teaching should laugh to a certain extent only. ( Sour...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News Awards
Replies: 8
Views: 129

Re: Fake News Awards

Greetings,

Image

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?
Replies: 13
Views: 151

Re: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?

Greetings Robbie, So long as you make clear that you're relaying your own personal experiences, it should be fine. Do try however to avoid hearsay and gossip, sticking only to what you know first-hand to be so. This may help... "There is the case where a certain person, abandoning false speech, abst...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?
Replies: 13
Views: 151

Re: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?

Greetings Robbie,

From a Terms of Service perspective, just be mindful of not making "Unsubstantiated allegations against individuals or traditions".

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2098

Re: Diversity among mods

Greetings Sarath, Some times we all have the tendency to carry away with our feelings so we end up with falling on our own swards. Hopefully less so if we practice the brahma-vihara of equanimity, and aspects of the path such as Right Effort, and Right Mindfulness. That said, we don't expect anyone ...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Hello

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 151
Views: 2098

Re: Diversity among mods

Greetings, Just to clarify a couple of points, since these matters have come up in the conversation: - No, there has been no disciplinary action against Alan in recent times. - No one is discriminated against by staff on account of their political views. Once upon a time this would have happened (as...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 66

Re: Greetings

Greetings,
halden wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:11 pm
Is there a particular forum in which to post questions/thoughts on readings?
Not specifically. Just pick the section that looks most relevant to the subject matter of your question. :)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 16
Views: 132

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Greetings

I just assembled a low and not particularly luxurious bed... Does that count?

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 66

Re: Greetings

Greetings Halden,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

If you ever wish to discuss something you come across during your readings, by all means initiate a new topic, and you'll be sure to get an array of different perspectives in return!

:reading:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All dhammas are personal, not public
Replies: 225
Views: 3652

Re: All dhammas are personal, not public

Greetings C,

To be honest, I wouldn't know, because I am not au fait with the Mahayana Buddhists of old. It could be the same, it could be different, but I would know either way.

Metta,
Paul. :)