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by retrofuturist
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?
Replies: 5
Views: 63

Re: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?

Greetings, FYI... 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 is entirely opt...
by retrofuturist
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 375
Views: 11317

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings L.N., :console: May I draw your attention to: Dhamma Wheel complaints procedure Please utilise this process if you feel there's a problem with how this forum is moderated. Please do not publicly complain about moderation, as that is disruptive to the forum and is not the appropriate method...
by retrofuturist
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hi i am Eric
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: hi i am Eric

Greetings Eric,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11950
Views: 574545

Re: Word Association Game

Introspective
by retrofuturist
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Glad to be back at Dhammawheel
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Glad to be back at Dhammawheel

Greetings Chris,
cooran wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:09 am
After a considerable absence and many changes in my life, I am glad to be back at DhammaWheel.
Wonderful to have you back!

:hello:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 375
Views: 11317

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings, Antifa Australia Goes For The Jugular The first rule of antifa is you do not talk about antifa. Not to a journalist, at any rate. It is less an organisation than a broad objective across the radical left; a determination to block, frustrate and ultimately silence far-right politics. It is...
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 30
Views: 536

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

Greetings Stiphan, Agreed. I think it is important to have a charitable attitude towards oneself and others. Not necessarily charitable in the "relating to the assistance of those in need" sense (though of course that is a good thing too!), but moreso in the "apt to judge others leniently or favoura...
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 30
Views: 536

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

Greetings Stiphan, ...but we must recognize that first we must be at peace with ourselves before we are at peace with others, and by this you can already see how difficult it is to create a peaceful community. Inner harmony is difficult to achieve, so the inner arguments we have with ourselves must ...
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 375
Views: 11317

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings, Vietnamese Blogger Gets 7 Years in Jail for Reporting on Toxic Spill A chemical spill that devastated the coast of central Vietnam last year claimed another casualty on Monday when a 22-year-old blogger was sentenced to seven years in prison for posting reports on the disaster. After a br...
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 30
Views: 536

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

Greetings Stiphan, But since this is a discussion forum where each of us have our own opinions and views and we - even though we are Buddhists - still have our defilements and are only making our own different-paced progress towards love and compassion - it is only normal that things are as they are...
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 30
Views: 536

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

Greetings Stiphan, Well said, and I doubt you'll find any objection to that. If someone is looking to make their own actions harmonious at a micro-level then that is a good thing. More broadly though, in groups (online & offline) some people seem determined to "socially engineer" harmony at a macro-...
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?
Replies: 40
Views: 395

Re: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?

Greetings,

It isn't just suffering, or else we wouldn't be here, because we'd have all committed suicide.

The fact we're having this conversation now suggests we've decided life is worth living, and by virtue of that, it renders your premise moot.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 34
Views: 312

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Greetings Manas, I think MN 2: Sabbasava Sutta is a good place to start. The sutta summarises the situation as follows... "Bhikkhus! There are āsavas that should be removed through vision, āsavas that should be removed through restraint, āsavas that should be removed through proper use [of requisite...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 30
Views: 536

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

Greetings Polarbear101,
polarbear101 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:40 pm
In any event, I don't see why being right and being harmonious are mutually exclusive.
Like you, and Sarath above... I agree entirely.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 30
Views: 536

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

Greetings Stiphan, ... except that the precursor of the whole Noble Eightfold Path is Right View, not Harmony View. 8-) Now, obviously I'm being a little cheeky there, but when non-comforming views are suppressed, any harmony that arrives from that pressure to conform, is truly superficial, restrict...
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3135

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Greetings Modus.Ponens,

Excellent post, well said.

TL;DR - Necessary reformation of Islam, in keeping with the principles of modern civilization, will dampen the threat of both Islamic extremism and the far-right.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Contracted/Constricted Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 277

Re: The Contracted/Constricted Mind

Greetings,
SarathW wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:47 am
So attachment, aversion and ignorance seems to be the contracted mind.
Yes.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3135

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Greetings, Case in point of disparate views; a good friend of mine is Catholic, one of her aunts, Catholic as well, was big into an obscure tradition that daily prayed for armageddon so as to speed the arrival of the rapture. I'm inclined to think any similarly big enough, old enough religion will h...
by retrofuturist
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 462

Re: How much happy are you?

Greetings,

No real problems here other than being a bit tired of "the daily grind". Thankfully, I've got a bit over a couple of weeks' break coming up over Christmas... just what the doctor ordered.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Activism supporting Rohingya
Replies: 82
Views: 1402

Re: Activism supporting Rohingya

Greetings, Not quite... Trump's policy is largely non-interventionist, with overseas involvement only when collaboration with other governments (e.g. Saudi Arabia, China, Japan) is deemed to be in their mutual interests. I'm not sure how the current situation meets that brief, as I don't see how it ...