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by L.N.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: this anthill fumes by night and flames by day
Replies: 6
Views: 1636

Re: this anthill fumes by night and flames by day

I have always appreciated that in this sutta, a deity appears to tell a riddle, then vanishes, leaving a venerable monk fairly puzzled.
by L.N.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: George Soros is not the evil mastermind behind a liberal conspiracy.
Replies: 17
Views: 2692

George Soros is not the evil mastermind behind a liberal conspiracy.

How George Soros Is Playing Both Ends Of The Syrian Refugee Chaos George Soros, the hedge fund speculator turned self-proclaimed philanthropist, and his tax-exempt foundations, are an integral part of that pre-emptive war machine. Greetings, The Farage video seems totally off topic. Maybe you need ...
by L.N.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 584
Views: 63816

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings L.N., :console: May I draw your attention to: Dhamma Wheel complaints procedure Please utilise this process if you feel there's a problem with how this forum is moderated. Please do not publicly complain about moderation, as that is disruptive to the forum and is not the appropriate metho...
by L.N.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Why are far-right political views so predominant on DW?
Replies: 69
Views: 7775

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

Let's try again. Mindful of the rules for the News section, including the following: 2. Whilst you may critique ideas, you may not attack or smear members who ascribe to such views, or who are perceived by you (rightly or wrongly) to be holders of those views. Has anyone else noticed a recurring und...
by L.N.
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 584
Views: 63816

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech (this is not off-topic)

So the Dhamma Wheel team (I presume they are acting as a team) are now using the terms and conditions to close down open discussion. Was this topic so scary and are members so precious that it could not be allowed to stand? Is this level of censorship really needed here? What is up with all the fri...
by L.N.
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 39
Views: 2876

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

I would amend the OP to say that harmony is much more important than trying to persuade someone you are right. Otherwise, harmony and being right are more or less equivalently important. Harmonious toward self and others. Right in one's volitional actions toward self and others. We should be able to...
by L.N.
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 38
Views: 5558

Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

A friend of mine on the Forum provided the following analogy, which is worth a Topic on its own. The analogy is a person inside a large, inflatable bouncy ball. When it comes to Right Speech, my opinion (with which others may reasonably disagree) is that it is best to be mindful of distinguishing be...
by L.N.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Re: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?

The dichotomy of subject/object, mind watching mind, or however you want to explain it, is untouched by sila or any volitional activity. Acting in a certain way can minimize stress but it doesn't unbind the sense of self, the split into subject/object. Wise reflection brings this into focus, but yo...
by L.N.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: What is up with all the fringe, alt-right commentary peppered throughout DW?
Replies: 6
Views: 1089

Re: What is up with all the fringe, alt-right commentary peppered throughout DW?

... I personally regard the alt-right and SJW'ism with comparable disdain, for their ignorance, discrimination, intolerance, irrationality and emotional tantrums. Ok, I think I'm with you so far. We prefer not to be subject to another's ignorance, discrimination, irrationality and emotion tantrums....
by L.N.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: What is up with all the fringe, alt-right commentary peppered throughout DW?
Replies: 6
Views: 1089

What is up with all the fringe, alt-right commentary peppered throughout DW?

Has anyone else noticed a recurring undercurrent of alt-right sentiments and views cropping up in discussions here on DW, even in discussion which are not political in nature, such as Dhamma discussion regarding Right Speech? The following sums up a lot of what I have noticed lately: ... the whole p...
by L.N.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 105
Views: 12698

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

I don't mean to justify the severity of the Burmese governments crackdown on the Rohingya, but as noted in the video the Asian press is reporting the situation differently than the Western press. The Asian press seems to be covering the story with a more balanced nuance that comes as more accurate ...
by L.N.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 919
Views: 126547

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

I don't mean to offend, but the best thing you can do is to stop thinking about free will and whether we have it. It is a make believe problem based on a make believe sense of there being a substantial self that wants to identify with something. I think this is generally true. The idea of "free wil...
by L.N.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Re: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?

I would welcome clarification of any kind. Are images or thoughts like this, results of past kamma? Why would they arise, when our current state of mind is predominantly wholesome (ie, trying to meditate)? The six senses are constantly active, even when we are not paying attention or aware. We filt...
by L.N.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 99
Views: 10824

Re: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe

It has been correctly identified above that the "upheaval in Syria and surrounding area" is a cause for the massive influx of Muslims into Europe... but that wouldn't have anything to do with external influences, would it? Someone wouldn't dare try to influence and engineer both the supply and dema...
by L.N.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 105
Views: 12698

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

It is a hallmark of the fringe alt-right to disregard facts, and attempt to discredit traditional news sources. The Rohingya crisis is not "fake news." The repeated attempts by some DW Members to disparage the Rohingya is extremely unfortunate. Why Prejudice Runs Deep Against Rohingya Muslims Of Mya...