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by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: friends list
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: friends list

Greetings,

I'm not sure how that would be done.

I think the point of the function is simply to make it easy to PM regular contacts.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 39
Views: 798

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

Greetings, Srila Prabhupada (the founder of the Hare Krishna movement from India), for example, believed that all trouble in marriage is the wife's fault. I can recall, he once said "women are generally less intelligent" [ie, than men], but to say what you quoted above, would take his culturally acq...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 80
Views: 688

Re: Combatting Guruism

Greetings DooDoot, Personally, I have faith in the perfection of Dhamma, which is defined as "well-spoken". As I posted (as you were replying), most important terms are defined in the suttas and words that are unclear may be understood by doing a contextual analysis, i.e., examining everywhere those...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 80
Views: 688

Re: Combatting Guruism

Greetings, In other words, translations by Bhikkhus Bodhi, Thanissaro, Sujato, etc, are not the Buddha's words. That's true, and even if we're fluent in Pali, our understanding of certain words may differ from what the Buddha originally intended. Nonetheless, to a point made earlier, if we don't hav...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 42
Views: 469

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Greetings, Similar to the ship named Theseus that has its parts changed out as they deteriorate and new parts added, eventually all the parts have been changed and there are no original parts to that ship. Is it still the same ship? No, but there was continuation of sorts in a series and Theseus kee...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 80
Views: 688

Re: Combatting Guruism

Greetings, Is it possible to get a definition of what "Guruism" means? I would say, the belief that the Buddha & his words are not enough but that it is necessary to follow one of his disciples as some sort of middleman to reach the goal. :!: I can find plenty of suttas about seeking out teachers :b...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 42
Views: 469

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Greetings,
Dinsdale wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:41 am
PS Is Nibbana included in "the all"?
Thanissaro gives an explanation of this matter at the end of his translation at Access To Insight.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 439
Views: 13982

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings, Google Has An Actual Secret Speech Police More than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies around the world help police YouTube for extremist content, ranging from so-called hate speech to terrorist recruiting videos. All of them have confidentiality agreements bar...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: MSNBC Rachel Maddow funny report on Romania situation lol
Replies: 11
Views: 177

Re: MSNBC Rachel Maddow funny report on Romania situation lol

Greetings,
DooDoot wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:09 am
Circle5 wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:01 pm
Just as before, apparently nobody gives a damn about the situation in Romania.
I care. :heart:
+1

:group:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Trump - One Year

Greetings,

The left can't meme.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 80
Views: 688

Re: Combatting Guruism

Greetings Dylan, :anjali: I happen to agree with you personally, but I also feel we must respect the intellectual and spiritual autonomy of people, and be accepting of their right to see matters differently. You do lay down a good case though, so if anyone who does see matters differently wishes to ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 42
Views: 469

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Greetings DooDoot, Suñña Sutta says the world is empty or void of self. This cannot be said anymore clearly than that. :roll: Yes, and as is explained by the sutta, "the world" in this context refers to the six sense bases and their objects. It is the same definition of "the world" which is used for...
by retrofuturist
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 166
Views: 2524

Re: Diversity among mods

Greetings Coëmgenu, This forum still has a sizeable population who believe that the Buddha taught Abhidhamma. These people are attacked quite frequently in such manners. Is it these people being attacked, or is it their articles of faith about the origins of the Abhidhamma being challenged? Those ar...
by retrofuturist
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 24
Views: 345

Re: Why are you in this forum?

Greetings,

I selected a few options, including "Other", and since you've asked me to specify, it's to oversee the forum to ensure it's in good order, and is operating in alignment with the Terms of Service etc.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 12
Views: 131

Re: Are we nouns or verbs?

Greetings, When I am at a PC next, I'll try to source a sutta quote which shows how dependent origination is explored in reverse order. ‘Now there arose, brethren, in the mind of Vipassī the Bodhisat, when he had gone to his place, and was meditating in seclusion, the following consideration—“Verily...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News Awards
Replies: 14
Views: 250

Re: Fake News Awards

Greetings,
Justsit wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:01 pm
Seriously, you couldn't make this stuff up.
Well, actually, that's precisely how Fake News works.

If people didn't make things up, there'd be no Fake News... and no Fake News Awards!

8-)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americas new segregationists are on the left.
Replies: 44
Views: 693

Re: Americas new segregationists are on the left.

Greetings chownah, If he really wanted to treat them like people and not minorities then perhaps....just maybe....he would not be making such a big deal about black unemployment statistics. Trump is a master of speaking to people in a way they can understand. If certain people are only capable of se...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 12
Views: 131

Re: Are we nouns or verbs?

Greetings Kim, That seems to be a radical re-interpretation of Wilde Not really. He managed to work back up the chain of dependent origination as far as... "Dependent upon bhava, jati comes to be." Good for him. It sounds as if it was liberating for him, as far as it went of course. Nice work fop. C...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings all!
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Re: Greetings all!

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americas new segregationists are on the left.
Replies: 44
Views: 693

Re: Americas new segregationists are on the left.

Greetings Lyndon, And this is your version of "right view"??? The market does not discriminate???? Yes, Right View is about speaking that which is true. If you need any proof that the opposite of markets is a cause of great suffering, I refer you to Will's classic "Victims of Communism" topic. I bet...