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by Justsit
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 16
Views: 210

Re: Trump - One Year

We are not discussing the money made in share market but share prices as an indicator of economic well being. Usually rising share prices indicate fiscal deficit that is under control, government spending that is under control, and other positive macro economic indicators. How'd that work for us in...
by Justsit
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 16
Views: 210

Re: Trump - One Year

It's interesting to see how Trump appears to non-Americans. Some think he is doing a great job. The view on the ground here is a bit different. Overall, the most radical change I've seen in the past year is the deepening of the split between Trump supporters and those who do not support his policy g...
by Justsit
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 11
Views: 172

Re: Loneliness

Considering the development of communication it is hard to believe there are so many lonely people. Communication isn't the same thing as social interaction, just as information isn't the same as knowledge. Sitting alone day after day typing on a computer is hardly equivalent to a good hug and know...
by Justsit
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is my ancestry? who cares.
Replies: 20
Views: 278

Re: What is my ancestry? who cares.

Genetics is very useful in the study of diseases that occur in certain populations. Examples include thalassemia in Mediterranean countries; Tay Sachs disease among Ashkenazi Jews, some French Canadian, and some Cajuns; or sickle cell anemia in persons from sub-Saharan Africa, parts of India, the Ar...
by Justsit
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living

This set-up seems to work well for this person, at this time in his life. He has an income that doesn't require "going to work" every day, so 5 t-shirts and a pair of jeans are sufficient. It leaves him time to spend doing laundry essentially by hand, etc. He is apparently single, seems to be health...
by Justsit
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 159
Views: 2452

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Hold on! I have always known that in the West [by which I mean Canada and USA (barring Mississippi, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Oklahoma) and all of Europe (barring Balkans, Greece, some parts of Italy, Romania, Hungary) and Australia,...
by Justsit
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we test the state of our mind in a lab?
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Can we test the state of our mind in a lab?

chownah wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:22 am
Your last link goes to a picture and not an article.
chownah
Fixed it, thanks.
by Justsit
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we test the state of our mind in a lab?
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Can we test the state of our mind in a lab?

Could you rephrase your question? I'm not clear exactly what you're asking. Thanks. Rinpoche has been part of an ongoing study of long term meditators (pics here of Matthieu Ricard undergoing the same testing https://news.wisc.edu/newsphotos/davidson08.html ). Interview with the researcher https://w...
by Justsit
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 159
Views: 2452

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

I cannot understand it. Are some of you saying there is social pressure of some sort? I find it strange from what little I know of the West (through internet, tv, movies, books) I am quite unable to believe you .. that being a Buddhist in West requires evasion and lying. Media often do not produce ...
by Justsit
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is wrong with this sound meditation?
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: What is wrong with this sound meditation?

The video is a very brief part of a teaching given at Lerab Ling in France in 2010. As such it doesn't cover the entire instruction Rinpoche would have provided. Also, I wonder if some the "looking around" might be due to confusion over language - the teaching was in heavily-accented English, to a p...
by Justsit
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?
Replies: 24
Views: 314

Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

OK, I first gave up TV in the early 2000's, for about 4 years. Then moved and went back to the tube around 2005; finally gave it up for good in 2007. I no longer own a TV set. Any important news can be found online, with no soundtrack. I don't watch many movies (though most any can be streamed onlin...
by Justsit
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Feminism for men
Replies: 131
Views: 2553

Re: Feminism for men

Be prepared to also teach them why they keep getting friend-zoned, and walked all over, because their fathers taught them to pander to women, and act weird. Then perhaps the fathers need to step up and start doing a better job, as the author in books Manas referred to elucidates. Women want to be t...
by Justsit
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 495

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

Person A: "! think XX Politician is a jerk and XX's political party are all jerks. XX Party should be abolished" Person B, who belongs to XX political party:"I do not agree with the content of what you say, but I agree that you have the right to say that ." (emphasis mine) This is very different fr...
by Justsit
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 495

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

It is defending the right to hold and express views, it isn't a defence of a particular view. In practice, how is there a difference between the two? By defending someones rights you are defending your own. It's not clear that many people interpret this this way. Real-world example with regard to i...
by Justsit
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Feminism for men
Replies: 131
Views: 2553

Re: Feminism for men

Rather than encouraging men to take up the feminist mantle, how about, let's get men educated about how to father their sons better, so they can better model respectful behaviors towards women and girls - in other words, not remain overgrown boys, but grow into true men of integrity? Here's a great...
by Justsit
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 495

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

Isn't there a limit to free speech? Would you, for example, defend the rights of ISIS to set up a recruiting station or a website calling for genocide? Yes, there are limits on free speech, at least in the US. The most frequent example cited is that a person does not have the right to yell "Fire!" ...
by Justsit
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 210
Views: 4050

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

Circle5 wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:11 pm
I remember there is even a quote somewhere where Buddha said that a stream enterer will always be succesfull and be doing good with money if he is a lay person.
I'd like to see that quote.
by Justsit
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why is Mahayana so different?
Replies: 29
Views: 641

Re: Why is Mahayana so different?

In this video what the teacher is saying is very different from what I have learned about Buddhism. Does Mahayana and Theravada have such fundamental differences (5:20 to 13:00)? Can anyone explain how and why is their approach so different (e.g. she says, Buddha said "not one atom of our being is ...
by Justsit
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: I got a tax cut! What will I do with it?
Replies: 78
Views: 1255

Re: I got a tax cut! What will I do with it?

Greetings, Not so sure, if Bannon runs. If Trump is alive and kicking, and willing and able to run again, then there is absolutely no reason for Steve Bannon to run. Metta, Paul. :) Just an interesting idea that's floating around the Net. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/12/bannon-for-president...