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by JeffR
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hillary gave Away all our Uranium!
Replies: 16
Views: 280

Re: Hillary gave Away all our Uranium!

chownah wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:15 am
Innocent until proven guilty....indictment is not proof of guilt.
chownah
There are a lot of "innocent" people who have committed dangerous crimes roaming free under this adage.
by JeffR
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 55
Views: 1198

Re: Pretty pictures

https://i.cubeupload.com/X9cABq.jpg A bit of contrast to Alan's warm water photos. Most people don't like the cold, so have to enjoy the beauty of cold weather scenes via pictures. This is Lake Superior about 10 miles into Minnesota from the Canadian border. The lake is fresh water and it was about...
by JeffR
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Social Media
Replies: 28
Views: 389

Re: Social Media

... in Social Media, we see how stupid and ignorant most people really are. And how easily there are manipulated. One Idiotic thing can be spread to so many people who do not have the ability to reason.... It really shows how much dukka and delusion there is and causes for it doesn't it? A good inc...
by JeffR
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature is stranger than we can imagine
Replies: 14
Views: 378

Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Enjoyed the Elephants. Thanks for those postings.

Here's a link to a livestream of an Eagles nest, operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Eagles just returned to the nest today (Jan. 23).

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/web ... index.html
by JeffR
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 55
Views: 1198

Re: Pretty pictures

How do I post pictures from my computer? I was going to post a few but copy/paste isn't working.
by JeffR
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 210
Views: 4807

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

alan wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:45 am


Note: Typed too fast. So edited. And, if someone is going to say, "Hey Alan, you are being judgmental", well, yes I am. And you should be to. We need a judgement on this Crazy Man. Smart people, I think, will judge him poorly.
Judgemental? Seems more like accurate observation to me.
by JeffR
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 576

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

Ask them questions. Give them some information and let them process it on their own; then guide them towards the right solution (if there is a "right" solution). The important thing is to ask questions that make them think, rather than just stuff them with information.
by JeffR
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!! 2.0
Replies: 88
Views: 4798

Re: Joke!!! 2.0

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by JeffR
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 156
Views: 3734

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Garrib wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:03 am
You matter and people care about you.
Find people you can talk to who will support you in staying sober. The Buddha has said that good companions are the whole of the holy life.
by JeffR
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 51
Views: 1121

Re: Debt to ones parents

If one's parents were abusive and otherwise harming their own children, imagine the suffering and hell that they are going through. Were they really going through suffering and hell, though? In most cases; absolutely, no question about it. There are some exceptions. For example, I was treated quite...
by JeffR
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 51
Views: 1121

Re: Debt to ones parents

I want to see someone actually work out the details of how a person from a dysfunctional background can develop such a view. In addition to what's been said; Karuna & Panna- Compassion and understanding. If one's parents were abusive and otherwise harming their own children, imagine the suffering a...
by JeffR
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wholesome and unwholesome thinking (MN 19)
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: Wholesome and unwholesome thinking (MN 19)

... Or maybe it is related to the teaching (in a commentary, I think) that we are all born with different preponderances of the wholesome and unwholesome roots. Maybe I do not have the strong tendency towards ill-will that I do towards greed/lust. ... I don't recall reading it from the Tripitika; b...
by JeffR
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: protocol for visiting a temple for the first time
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: protocol for visiting a temple for the first time

Katina will be celebrated at most SE Asian Theravada temples soon (various ones in this area of Minnesota are having them on Oct. 8, 14 & 15). This is a good time to get to know the lay people and how the temple operates & meet the monks. Find a phone# for the temple (or stop by and find someone) an...
by JeffR
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question on fruits and vegetables offerings
Replies: 12
Views: 408

Re: Question on fruits and vegetables offerings

I recall reading somewhere [perhaps Thanisarro's 'Buddhist Monastic Code'] that the rule disallowing bikkhu's from clearing brush and killing plants came about so as not to upset the Jains and others who thought it was unbecoming of an aesthetic to involve themselves in harming plants in such a way....
by JeffR
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do you know if you've entered the stream?
Replies: 28
Views: 1510

Re: How do you know if you've entered the stream?

Maarten wrote:
budo wrote:How do you know if you've entered the stream?
Check if your boots are wet? :D
:toast:

Good one, I was actually thinking something similar when I opened this thread today and laughed out load reading your response.
It's not just a joke though, there is a good metaphor there.
by JeffR
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Meaning of "crores" in Buddhavamsa
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Meaning of "crores" in Buddhavamsa

Thanks Kim. Yes, the context in which I was reading it seemed like it should be something akin to 'householders', 'anagami', 'tradesmen', etc. or the like. Now coming across it, after looking up the meaning, it does make sense in the context of a very large number. Most of the time in the Buddhavams...
by JeffR
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Meaning of "crores" in Buddhavamsa
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Meaning of "crores" in Buddhavamsa

What is the meaning of 'crore' as used in the Buddhavamsa? In reading the Buddhavamsa I'm coming across the term "crores" quite a bit. The context is of crores becoming converted; participating in a ceremony; gathering in congregation, etc. I tried to look it up online and the definitions I came acr...
by JeffR
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Metta Meditation Center
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: Metta Meditation Center

Triple Gem has almost reached enough to make the down payment, but still needs several thousand more. It's getting down to the wire, so if you are able to help out you can mail a check; mail it to the Mindfulness Center, 212 N. Chestnut St., Chaska MN 55318, USA (Write “Metta Meditation Center” in t...
by JeffR
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Longest period of Meditation!
Replies: 9
Views: 400

Re: Longest period of Meditation!

Have you seen the movie Samsara (2001)? That was a pretty good movie about a Tibetan Buddhist monk who goes on a 3 year retreat in a cave. After he comes out, he still struggles with lust . . . I won't be a spoiler so won't tell you the rest . . . unless you want to hear it. :tongue: I've seen it. ...
by JeffR
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!! 2.0
Replies: 88
Views: 4798

Re: Joke!!! 2.0

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