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by cjmacie
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1757
Views: 42199

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

That "interviewer" is hilarious, isn't he? He's the one being triggered... He looks and acts like a stunned mullet... Disgraceful... :thinking: Mike Referring to the Tucker-Taylor interview posted by retrofuturist? I found she was behaving disgracefully, or rather, more practically speaki...
by cjmacie
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Marine Le Pen and monasticism
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Marine Le Pen and monasticism

. Turbans, other head covers, robes, habits, etc. are all distinctly different than the "niqab" as a facial mask, virtually hiding identity. Masking has a traditional place in certain European (i.e. Western) customs -- "masked balls", carnival / mardi-gras type celebrations, etc....
by cjmacie
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: exact meaning of the fetter "attachment to rites and rituals" & the term "precept"
Replies: 20
Views: 249

Re: exact meaning of the fetter "attachment to rites and rituals" & the term "precept"

Greetings friends, I am curious about the Pali semantics of these concepts... Maybe not directly answering on the linguistics, but not that far off-topic: Reading discussion of this "attachment to rites and rituals" by Mahasi Sayadaw (I think in the series of talks on the Dhamma-wheel-tur...
by cjmacie
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 43
Views: 928

Re: Fake News

Greetings, Donald Trump aide Sebastian Gorka accuses BBC of 'fake news'- BBC Newsnight [video]...[/video] Metta, Paul. :) Very interesting. Not sure how/why this is being brought-up here, but looking at the interview, and s/w surprised, I would say the journalist made a very poor showing, and the o...
by cjmacie
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to deal with "found cash"?
Replies: 15
Views: 183

Re: How to deal with "found cash"?

Someone once forgot to take the money they withdrew from the ATM, and I found it... Another approach would be to note the exact date & time, take the cash, and as soon as possible inquire / notify the bank or management of the location of the ATM. It should be possible to trace from the time to...
by cjmacie
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 54
Views: 572

Re: Academic ridiculousness

... yes, this type of conference is nothing to do with academia: it is simply a business venture (an unsavory one). I would doubt that they would get many or any bona-fide nuclear scientists attending.. Having said that I present at conferences around the world , and sometimes I am tempted to join ...
by cjmacie
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 129
Views: 2216

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

I'm again reminded of the first verse of Yeats' Second Coming: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is...
by cjmacie
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Patisambhidamagga
Replies: 27
Views: 1922

Re: Patisambhidamagga

.... Huh? We have our rules, to memorize tipitaka, that the reader never pay their attention on. I mentioned an historical succession of major canonical and commentarial texts that, arguably, attempt comprehensive overviews along the trajectory of the post- suttanta tradition -- adding-in the Vimut...
by cjmacie
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Patisambhidamagga
Replies: 27
Views: 1922

Re: Patisambhidamagga

My impression was that a sort of intermediate stage of development is found in the Vimuttimagga (ca. 1st-C CE, though only via a later Chinese translation) -- i.e. between the Patisambhidamagga (2nd-3rd-C BCE) and the Vissudhimagga (5th-C CE). The Abhidhammamathasangaha came another 6 or 7 centurie...
by cjmacie
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: American Exceptionalism
Replies: 104
Views: 1536

Re: American Exceptionalism

lyndon taylor wrote:AH, except that NASA uses the metric system.

Since the 1980s-1990s -- way after the Apollo moon missions back in the 1960s-1970's.
by cjmacie
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Patisambhidamagga
Replies: 27
Views: 1922

Re: Patisambhidamagga

My impression was that a sort of intermediate stage of development is found in the Vimuttimagga (ca. 1st-C CE, though only via a later Chinese translation) -- i.e. between the Patisambhidamagga (2nd-3rd-C BCE) and the Vissudhimagga (5th-C CE). The Abhidhammamathasangaha came another 6 or 7 centuries...
by cjmacie
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oroville Dam on the Verge of Failing
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: Oroville Dam on the Verge of Failing

I mentioned climate change... The irony lies in the contrast between the issue of climate change, as seemingly well-substantiated, and the article referred to that belittles California's financial situation – an article coming from a political corner that's one of the major financial supports for a...
by cjmacie
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oroville Dam on the Verge of Failing
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: Oroville Dam on the Verge of Failing

Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes We can only hope that Jerry Brown has the wisdom and the humility to work with President Trump to address this crisis. 1 --This and the 2nd post here: The facts of the situation at the dam are misread, in the rush to forward equally ill-conside...
by cjmacie
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: buddhist meditation and qigong
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: buddhist meditation and qigong

Can anapasati be considered a form of qigong since it deal exclusively with breath? The short answer, as noted by caodemarte and including reasons given there, is “no”. “ Anapanasati ” is refers to a quite specific Theravada meditation technique that uses breath as frame of reference. “ QiGong ” is...
by cjmacie
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oroville Dam on the Verge of Failing
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: Oroville Dam on the Verge of Collapsing

...It is the spillway which is collapsing... The dire threat is not the hole / breakdown half-way down the main (concrete) spillway, though that's dramatic enough. The issue is the secondary, "emergency" overflow that was going over, for the first time ever, on the left-side (seen from in...
by cjmacie
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Executive Action of Deportations
Replies: 49
Views: 854

Re: Executive Action of Deportations

(tangentially on/off-topic) Another curiosity in this area -- that large numbers of Iranians have settled in the USA, largely since the regime-change in the 1970's. Here in California, at least. Large, rather well-to-do communities in the LA and SF areas. I once worked in a small company in SF owned...
by cjmacie
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Principles of right speech in argumentation
Replies: 27
Views: 583

Re: Principles of right speech in argumentation

When Theravada monks disagree about a point of Dhamma or Vinaya, they may well debate the matter, but nowadays it's seldom that the debate will be in the public arena, except of course when it takes the form of publishing articles. ... Proponents of Thanissaro's view of jhāna vs. proponents of Brah...
by cjmacie
Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4101

Re: What is the future of Dhamma Wheel

...More complex system like on the old Serif forums count posts as well as reputation votes. As the post count passes certain thresholds you get a new label like Guru, Master, Expert, etc., while the reputation votes add up to green squares (or red squares if someone only makes negative posts)... T...
by cjmacie
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Is The Need Of Studying Philosophy?
Replies: 34
Views: 399

Re: What Is The Need Of Studying Philosophy?

I personally studied most of philosophy from west and east by more then 10 years. I have right view on philosophy and know it very well from different views and context. From ancient-medieval period mostly, without modern or postmodern ones. What I can say, some philosophers are wonderful beings, c...
by cjmacie
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Visuddhimagga Summary?
Replies: 15
Views: 390

Re: Visuddhimagga Summary?

...Sorry, image not clear, this pdf of the Chart should be better... Yes, a bit clearer... with some interesting differences to compare... and a chance to brush-up on my meager knowledge of Chinese... My original copy (not yet found) was also black-and-white. (Amazing the resources to be found amon...

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