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by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?
Replies: 16
Views: 107

Re: Is it possible to practice Brahama Vihara without reaching the fourth Jhana?

Greetings,
DooDoot wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:47 am
I think mastering jhana before BV represents saving oneself before trying to save or help others.
Just like the emergency instructions on an aeroplane.

8-)

Metta,
Paul
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 44
Views: 516

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Mr Man, Which religion is that? I don't intend to mention it, for the reasons stated above. Besides, it doesn't matter, because I'm advocating for equal, not unequal treatment of non-Buddhist traditions in the eyes of the Terms of Service. Do you object to that? I don't think what you are ...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 73
Views: 1316

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Greetings Chownah,

Please calm down.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 44
Views: 516

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings, Connection to Other Paths has a fair number of attacks against other religions or sects without even an attempt to explore connections, comparisons, or relevance to Theravada Buddhism. I would suggest yanking such posts. I would consider moving anything particularly contentious to the New...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 44
Views: 516

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Will, Never mind noble Will who is saving his soul from the ravages of contention, what about the others? I bet the percentage of posts in News is more than 12% of all DW posts over a month period. I think it's quite clear from David's response, that if any others have a concern about the ...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 44
Views: 516

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings, First choice would be for David to evaporate the News-Events-Politics forum. There are vast numbers of online & other media for that. But I fear he will not - so the other option is for all of us to not post there at all. Just some history (for the sake of background, not to say it needs ...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 44
Views: 516

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings, It is a shame to because even after a heated debate people would have the option to consider the other view rather than having fortified their own. Though you rarely ever see such contentiousness end that way around here. Maybe though, but you never know though. I mean, is there anyone he...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 44
Views: 516

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

... well we just had a recent topic on the "person within the ball". I guess it was only a matter of time before we had a topic about the balls within the...

Oh, nevermind.

8-)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 44
Views: 516

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings SDC, What we have on this forum are people with such fundamentally different modes of operation that disunity is just a matter of fact, and that lack of commonality is grounds enough for some to settle for blood when knowledge does not seem viable. Yes, "Dhamma of the Theravada" is the the...
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Report on UK "Faith Schools"
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Report on UK "Faith Schools"

Greetings Paul, Such schools should not be looked upon as religious, but rather an expression of the culture of the community they represent. According to the millennial characteristic, diversity of minorities will dominate the new demographic, so such schools can be expected to increase in number u...
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Report on UK "Faith Schools"
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Report on UK "Faith Schools"

Greetings, It's an interesting one, because obviously there's certain aspects in traditional religions which will not gel well with the current PC interpretation of what "tolerance" means. The conflict is less that these schools are doing something inherently wrong, but that their very existence and...
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Dhammas
Replies: 9
Views: 103

Re: Dhammas

Greetings Otto, Not really... it seems like a complex summary of something which I cannot discern whether it is my view or not. I'm more inclined to think of dhammas as things/phenomena created via the process of paticcasamuppada . To use your language, "rules" and "patterns" are encompassed by such...
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Dhammas
Replies: 9
Views: 103

Re: Dhammas

Greetings,
Any views on this view?
Only that I see no reason to adopt it, and will therefore stick with understanding the term "dhamma" as either "thing", or "phenomenon".

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Political Compass
Replies: 53
Views: 1874

Re: Political Compass

Greetings,

Mine's about where I thought it would be nowadays...
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... how and why it's shifted over the years has been explained previously here.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 73
Views: 1316

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Greetings, A reminder... News#5. We do understand that politics can be an emotional or disruptive subject for some people. Therefore if you wish, you may voluntarily opt out of the News section by following the instructions here. Because participation in the News, Current Events & Politics section i...
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 73
Views: 1316

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Greetings Lyndon,
lyndon taylor wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:11 am
So you blame the victims???
What do you mean by "blame the victims"?

What exactly are you alleging that a member is doing?

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 73
Views: 1316

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Greetings Lyndon,

I must have missed that too.

Again, feel free to point to a post where people are defending rape and murder, in order to demonstrate that this isn't mere projection or conjecture on your part.

Thank you.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 73
Views: 1316

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Greetings Lyndon,

Has anyone said that people being murdered or raped is OK?

I don't remember anyone saying or implying this. Perhaps you could show where this was said, so we can rule out the possibility of this allegation being mere projection or conjecture on your part?

Thanks.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 37
Views: 357

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Greetings L.N., Don't you see that words might elicit reactivity in others? That is part of what this discussion is about. There's a spectrum of possible responses, none of which are in the control of the speaker. If enough people go on to read a certain innocuous comment, someone in that group is b...
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 44
Views: 516

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings, I really like this topic. My personal objective remains to give members this space, free of coersion, and not telling people what they ought to do with it. Therefore, it's refreshing to see people wanting to take some personal ownership of what they want this forum to be, and leading them...