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by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Only one more week to the winter solstice!
Replies: 12
Views: 131

Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Greetings,

Also, feel free to give the Earth's axis a nudge, if you have the means to do so... balancing out the seasons a bit would be nice.

(I can just imagine the climate change activists recoil in horror at my suggestion...)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 59
Views: 784

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Eelco, This type of inquiry comes up every so often after a Forum has had a chance to develop to some maturity over time. As people come and go the dynamics of the forum and the outlook/incentive to participate of "older" members change, So a better question other than making a forum more ...
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 59
Views: 784

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings,
lyndon taylor wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:18 am
Forgive me, but doesn't this sound just a tad bit authoritarian??
It's OK, Lyndon. I forgive you.

:group:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
Replies: 72
Views: 1479

Re: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

Greetings,

OK... Chechnya only came up as a point of comparison... let's not get distracted by it.

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 16
Views: 157

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

Greetings Spiny,
Spiny Norman wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:43 pm
Could you be more specific about which sankhata dhammas cease in your view?
All of them, but as you know from previous discussions you have a different understanding of what constitutes a sankhata-dhamma than I.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 71
Views: 1177

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Greetings,
oncereturner wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:55 pm
Despite the complicated procedures, I will go into psychiatric hospital or rehab.
I respect your determination... It will serve you well.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Only one more week to the winter solstice!
Replies: 12
Views: 131

Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Greetings, Down under it's the opposite, of course... long days and plenty of sunshine! (Which I really appreciate given that I tend to briefly get Seasonal Affective Disorder around our Winter solstice, so this is the complete opposite) I love this time of year, because Christmas is coming up (whic...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 16
Views: 157

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

Greetings Sarath,
SarathW wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:52 am
Now it make sense.
:thumbsup:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 59
Views: 784

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Mr Man,

In turn you can't support your claim it's false... so what of it?

:shrug:

Does your portentous and pernickety interrogation make this forum more Buddhist?

Or is it just more inane weirdness?

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 59
Views: 784

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Mr Man,

What "personal attack"? Please stop being so dramatic.

I'm not giving you the moderator logs.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 16
Views: 157

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

Greetings Sarath, What is the Pali word for "being"? Two options that come to mind are "satta" or "bhava" - I'm no expert, but the satta seems like a noun, and bhava seems like an adjective. Bhava obviously makes an appearance in the paticcasamuppada formula, so it's probably most apt here (translat...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 16
Views: 157

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

Greetings Sarath, Is Nibbana a cessation of being? Yes. Is cessation means annihilation? Cessation means the cessation of sankhata-dhammas. Do you speak of "annihilation" in the context of dhammas? I find it more natural to see it in terms of the second half of the standard idappaccayata structure. ...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 59
Views: 784

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings,
Crazy cloud wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:13 am
If one doesn't have a teacher one make use of the 5 precepts and the 3 refuge
Indeed...
DN 16 wrote:Whatever Dhamma & Vinaya I have pointed out & formulated for you, that will be your Teacher when I am gone.
Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 84
Views: 1519

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Greetings,
Pseudobabble wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:26 am
Now you're getting it! :D What can we really know for sure? Who am I anyway, or you, for that matter? Is what we read true, or is it just someone else's view?
Keep it quiet though....

:spy:

... or someone might call you a solipsist.

8-)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

Greetings binocular,

Here's an example of the kind of thing I was referring to.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 84
Views: 1519

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Greetings chownah, so, retrofuturist, perhaps you should please calm down. Don't worry, I'm cool. 8-) From my perspective, we're all against murder, all against rape, all against violence, all against dislocation and the wanton destruction of property. (Someone correct me here, if I'm wrong...) I fi...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!! 2.0
Replies: 76
Views: 2323

Re: Joke!!! 2.0

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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: 27
Views: 237

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: 59
Views: 784

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: 84
Views: 1519

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Greetings Chownah,

Please calm down.

Metta,
Paul. :)