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by retrofuturist
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 6
Views: 68

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: 121

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: 233

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: 660

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: 121

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: 31

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: 660

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...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americas new segregationists are on the left.
Replies: 44
Views: 660

Re: Americas new segregationists are on the left.

Greetings Lyndon, ... its not fake news, the rise in income is for the top ten percent, not the bottom 90%, ... If that's what you're being told, I hate to tell you that you're being fed fake news. Trump’s Tax Reform Will Benefit Middle Class More Than Wealthy And that's to say nothing of the radica...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americas new segregationists are on the left.
Replies: 44
Views: 660

Re: Americas new segregationists are on the left.

Greetings Lyndon, What rubbish, half of the people of colour are in danger of being deported Are half of the "people of colour" illegal aliens? Because as far as I can tell, they're the only ones at risk of being deported. the government wants to legalize discrimination against LGBTs Do you have any...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News Awards
Replies: 14
Views: 233

Re: Fake News Awards

Greetings,
retrofuturist wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:49 am
Because he's great...
SamKR wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:52 am
Do you really believe this?
I dont do fake news. 8-)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 12
Views: 121

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: 8
Views: 91

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: 1559

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: 8
Views: 117

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: 7604

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: 13724

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: 2468

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: 7604

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: 14
Views: 233

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: 65

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...