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by chownah
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

It's in the nature of intoxication that the person loses control over their use of intoxicants [/quote] Million of people receive highly addictive pain killers every year for legitimate medical conditions. Only a tiny minority of them have problems with habituation. It seems that there is a small p...
by chownah
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I need some guidance asap!
Replies: 9
Views: 125

Re: I need some guidance asap!

lotuspadma wrote:As a matter of fact, I do. It helps because I can notice patterns. For instance, lack of sleep is a major risk factor.

Do you record your sleep on the calendar too?
chownah
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

As for the what appear to be premature deaths from drug use: You are talking about some ideal situation in which people don't have to obtain drugs illegally on the street that are mixed with all kinds of other poisons or of unknown potency, but instead have access to medical-grade intoxicants. As t...
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

/.../ All these evils are a result of thier drug being illegal. Taking opiates using clean paraphernalia and pure drugs is in itself not really so bad for the body as some people make it out to be....and people doing so can live long lives. Either way, you're not being critical of drug use. This is...
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In what ways can Dhamma be said to be "life affirming?"
Replies: 28
Views: 147

Re: In what ways can Dhamma be said to be "life affirming?"

Phil, One angle to connect dhamma with life affirmation is perhaps that ignorance and craving lead one to a deluded or clouded vision of life while the dhamma cuts through that ignorance and craving letting the splendor of things as they really are be experienced. For someone heavily fettered the dh...
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

Its as if responsible drug users do not exist. They do not; at least not for long. William burroughs died at age 83 and bella lugosi at age 74.....just to name a couple of well documented cases. Most of the things which lead heroin users to die young are things resulting from the fact that heroin s...
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

You can't legislate behavior leading to enlightenment. Which means that ...[please complete the sentence] Yeah, my meaning is not clear....it means: The discussion is about drug laws.....you mention that two regular heroin users are not enlightened.....my comment is that by having drug laws is not ...
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In what ways can Dhamma be said to be "life affirming?"
Replies: 28
Views: 147

Re: In what ways can Dhamma be said to be "life affirming?"

There are the suttas which talk about how rare it is to be born as a human and how being human is exceptional in its possibility for the arising of enlightened awareness.
chownah
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question on fruits and vegetables offerings
Replies: 8
Views: 86

Re: Question on fruits and vegetables offerings

Even if you stab a vegetable with a knife, the seeds are still viable. And in modern times a layman is more likely to throw the seeds in a plastic trash bag than plant them. If the idea is to save the life in the seeds, the best way would be for the monks to collect them out and plant them. This so...
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"
Replies: 84
Views: 979

Re: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"

But to assert the 'other world' is a different kind of mental state due to kamma that occurs in this life can be verified as true. I think that to DEFINE 'other world' as being a different kind of mental state etc. does lead to a verifieable 'other world'....but it says nothing about whether the or...
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions
Replies: 21
Views: 155

Re: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions

From a theravadan standpoint I would say that the tao te ching is like the suttas and the other stuff is like the mahayana literature.

And, at some times in some places in the world alchemy was mainstream.
chownah
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

binocular wrote:
chownah wrote:William burroughs died at age 83 and bella lugosi at age 74.....just to name a couple of well documented cases.

And they are examples of enlightenment, right?

You can't legislate behavior leading to enlightenment.
chownah
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I was the first
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: I was the first

Damn, a great apocalypse happened and I missed it......again....
chownah
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I need some guidance asap!
Replies: 9
Views: 125

Re: I need some guidance asap!

lotuspadma wrote:Just having my 7th nervous breakdown of the year. (

How do you keep count of them? Do you mark them on a calendar?
chownah
by chownah
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism, Socialism/Communism and Capitalism
Replies: 94
Views: 1062

Re: Buddhism, Socialism/Communism and Capitalism

I agree that it is better as a private discussion.....but I have had a front row view of what is allowed and what is not in this administration and in the past one and this sort of expresses my views on how it has changed or at least the first couple of lines do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvMQ...
by chownah
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

Its as if responsible drug users do not exist. They do not; at least not for long. William burroughs died at age 83 and bella lugosi at age 74.....just to name a couple of well documented cases. Most of the things which lead heroin users to die young are things resulting from the fact that heroin s...
by chownah
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

I think that pharmaceutical companies should develop better recreational drugs without side effects like addiction. If people want to be drugged out that is their business and I think that with a bit of research we could let those who want to be drugged all the time do it in a place where they coul...
by chownah
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Drug liberalisation
Replies: 42
Views: 346

Re: Drug liberalisation

I think that pharmaceutical companies should develop better recreational drugs without side effects like addiction. If people want to be drugged out that is their business and I think that with a bit of research we could let those who want to be drugged all the time do it in a place where they could...
by chownah
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?

Governments do not take precepts. You can not violate a precept that you do not take.
chownah
by chownah
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 122
Views: 761

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

One of the reasons for marriage is to reinforce a monogamous relationship which means one can have sex without fear of contracting diseases.
chownah

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