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by cjmacie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should restaraunts with religious owners be shunned?
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: Should restaraunts with religious owners be shunned?

Depends on the quality of the food, I would say. Otherwise it would be about the same to shun kosher delis.
by cjmacie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 96
Views: 1929

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

As for the North Korea thing, both sources you quoted are highly dubious. Got any better sources? Given that it's a covert operation that's not been publicized (so as to enable Kim to "save face", which in turn helps pave the way for the redemption path laid out for him), there isn't much in the wa...
by cjmacie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 96
Views: 1929

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

... Trump actually did a pre-emptive strike on a North Korean nuclear weapon facility in about November last year, using technology known as the " Rods of God ". Kim realised he was outpowered and outgunned, and was happy to take the "redemption path" being offered to him by Trump... What's the doc...
by cjmacie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is Facebook?
Replies: 43
Views: 941

Re: What is Facebook?

Here's an interesting bit from the Congressional hearings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdqUfJm ... e=youtu.be

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo is represents Silicon Valley, and, btw, Facebook contributed to her re-election campaigns to the tune of some $38,000.
by cjmacie
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 96
Views: 1929

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

Why is no topic here about the important events that are about to happen regarding Syria ? I sometimes come here to check the news. I think "if something super important is happening, it must be there in the dw news section". But since this news is not here, maybe I shouldn't rely on DW to get the ...
by cjmacie
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Awakening expressed in 2 min
Replies: 9
Views: 369

Re: Awakening expressed in 2 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIaY0l5qV0c Thought is an illusory thing.. Who is it that is aware of that i'm thinking?..then thrown into an amazing feeling of freedom of problems... These are sudden realizations so to read it may or may not make sense. We can see he talks even the moments before ...
by cjmacie
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: May someone tell me who this is?
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: May someone tell me who this is?

Now the question is; What do I do with the amulet if I don't believe in it? Pass it on to someone else even though I do not believe in it? This goes against my current understanding of morals. Then I have the conflicting thought of disposing of a gift. Just keep it. It was a gift. If I gave you som...
by cjmacie
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1682

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

In the early days of the bhikkhuni debate I was quite active in supporting full bhikkhuni ordination and I still am but see less of a need to do so now since there are already so many and regular ordinations going on around the world. The last I heard there are some 1,000 to 2,000 fully ordained bh...
by cjmacie
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1682

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

Sorry, this is off topic... I think it's close enough to the topic (at least not as far off as a lot of what goes on in these threads), and indeed might clarify some points for me. Also, I think Ajahn Brahms was "excommunicated" by some sort of official Thai central Buddhist authority, not the Ajah...
by cjmacie
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1682

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

... I think James is spot on. But I don't think it's necessarily a deliberate Orietalism conspiracy. It's what people are familiar with, are able to easily inteact with, and therefore what they notice. That's why a lot of westerners think that the Ajahn Chah monasteries are the Thai forest traditio...
by cjmacie
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Honoring the Devas
Replies: 13
Views: 335

Re: Honoring the Devas

Somewhere in a two-day teaching I've been listening to recently, Thanissaro Bhikkhu explained the recollection of devas rather along the lines of in that quotation in the second post (above, from bodom ): ". .. Whatever <virtuous quality> they were endowed with that—when falling away from this life—...
by cjmacie
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: has the smartphone destroyed a generation
Replies: 38
Views: 980

Re: has the smartphone destroyed a generation

IMO, that SOMETHING may be related to a drastic increase in the rate of change over time. ... The social fabric seems to be unraveling under the onslaught of too much information and no knowlege I think you pretty much nailed it. If too much information and no knowlege are what can unravel the soci...
by cjmacie
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Anywhere I can order bulk dhammapadas cheap?
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: Anywhere I can order bulk dhammapadas cheap?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation, in both PDF and softcover book, is made freely available.

See at bottom item in the list at:
https://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html
by cjmacie
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 85
Views: 2131

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

Hello my friends, I dont found this topic, and i would like to ask you about it. How to do it? :spy: Metta :) Find a good teacher to work with in person, preferably a monastic with long experience (and I don't mean B. Vimalaramsi). (forget amateur lay teachers, e.g. Brasington, Shankman, etc.)
by cjmacie
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven Analyayo on Dependent Origination
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Ven Analyayo on Dependent Origination

mikenz66 wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:55 am
Thanks. I think the book is relatively new?
Came out about 4 years ago. Here's a 1/2-hour SBA interview with her from about that time:
http://secularbuddhism.org/2014/06/07/e ... n-context/
by cjmacie
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven Analyayo on Dependent Origination
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Ven Analyayo on Dependent Origination

In this post: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=30921#p451325 I mentioned Ven Analayo's discussion of Ven Nananada's discussion of name-and-form. ...Ven Analayo points out that Theravada and other sects had both a three-lives and a one-mind-moment interpretation co-existing in their text...
by cjmacie
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Merry Christmas!
Replies: 18
Views: 504

Re: Merry Christmas!

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:53 am
Thanks. That revives memories of their renditions of "Daddy Cool","Sunny", and "The Rivers of Babylon" which were heard everywhere back in the late 1970's when I was living in Germany.
by cjmacie
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?
Replies: 69
Views: 2156

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

Just a little over a year ago a poll was made for DW members' choices for POTUS. That thread was closed just a little over 6 months ago. (So it's a fairly recent thread and poll.) 47% chose Hillary Clinton 17% chose Jill Stein So that's 64% of DW members choosing a left wing or left of center candi...
by cjmacie
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released
Replies: 19
Views: 1577

Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher? The adverb just would imply "a populist Dharma teacher and nothing more." Do you seriously think that this is the venerable's intention? Personally I ...