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by Dan74-MkII
Thu May 09, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gender Equality Poll
Replies: 55
Views: 6131

Re: Gender Equality Poll

Well, we can wax lyrical about 'physicists at a top-twenty five research university', as if we are part of this exalted club or have anything to do with by virtue of being male (maybe some vicarious glory will rub off on us?), but in actuality, so many factors go into making a top physicist that we ...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon May 06, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: loneliness
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Re: loneliness

according to the survey the lone people seem to be a little more likely than others to have issues. But actually both alone and not percentages were pretty high. Indeed they were high and probably quite a bit higher now. One thing that perhaps bears saying is that people with CMD are more likely to...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat May 04, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 3718

Re: Generosity as Poison

Did you see that "if" in my sentence? Maybe not. "I had family members executed by people who murdered in the name of gnostic insights into who is and isn't worth killing. A problem, yes, but I remain committed to the principle that they were wrong in the particular but right in the broad strokes. ...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat May 04, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks and Social Justice
Replies: 24
Views: 1365

Re: Monks and Social Justice

[ Split from An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers ] I find Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of suttas, The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony , to be an excellent anthology for laypeople (even though a lot of the suttas are addressed to monastics). ASIDE: The Ven. Jeff Block is high...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 3718

Re: Generosity as Poison

Totally agree. Like I said, the merit that is gained and the joy that are given are incidental and should be known as such. What is important is the direction of action, if it is all coming from AND going towards "me me me", yeah you'll gain merit, but you won't gain any wisdom. The key is to give ...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 3718

Re: Generosity as Poison

Hmm... if I were sure it was the right thing for the other person, I would help euthenise them. Anyone who says that they could be "sure" that the "right thing for the other person" would be to kill them is exactly the worst possible person to be making that decision. This does a very good job of s...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 3718

Re: Generosity as Poison

Totally agree. Like I said, the merit that is gained and the joy that are given are incidental and should be known as such. What is important is the direction of action, if it is all coming from AND going towards "me me me", yeah you'll gain merit, but you won't gain any wisdom. The key is to give ...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 3718

Re: Generosity as Poison

Remember the Metta Sutta? Cherish every living being, it says. No mention of your mental states. I take your general point, but there is quite a lot about mental states in the Metta Sutta. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.1.08.than.html Yes, you're right, but as a benefit, not as...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Generosity as Poison
Replies: 132
Views: 3718

Re: Generosity as Poison

My concern is that when "generosity" is presented as being a good in itself, it misses the calamitous side-effects. And this strikes me as both odd and troubling. Totally agree. Like I said, the merit that is gained and the joy that are given are incidental and should be known as such. What is impo...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right livelihood or harmlessness
Replies: 14
Views: 763

Re: Right livelihood or harmlessness

I would think it's a question of intention. If one uses the toxic flame-retardant in order to have more profits, while a healthier option is available, that's bad intention. If one sells cars, for instance, and cars can kill and pollute the environment, is that wrong livelihood? I don't think so, bu...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 15
Views: 961

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

.....Oh, and Japan, well I don't see much Buddhism in Japanese Buddhism really. I think it is good they just keep to their Zen philosophy. It is clear that you are very unfamiliar with global Buddhism. Keep in mind that your first thought is often really, really wrong. BTW, Zen Buddhism is indeed B...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 15
Views: 961

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

Hi polo :hello: I have had some exposure to Mahayana and Theravada, done Mahayana retreats, particularly in Zen, and a Theravada retreat, been to lots of talks too (Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Brahm, Aya Thanasanti, etc) and read a fair bit. My sense is that the various Buddhist schools have largely the sa...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 2016

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

What I wanted to know is whether you think it impossible. In the sense that, Buddhism is wrong. I think it is possible not to grasp. I just don't think it is possible to live (ie. work for a living, having some kind of social life) in modern secular society while not grasping. I also don't think it...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 2016

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

What I wanted to know is whether you think it impossible. In the sense that, Buddhism is wrong. I think it is possible not to grasp. I just don't think it is possible to live (ie. work for a living, having some kind of social life) in modern secular society while not grasping. I also don't think it...
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 2016

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

It seems to me that all Theravada/Early Buddhism wants is the end of ignorance. Sometimes sold as unbinding or the end of suffering/dukkha. When looked at more closely, it seems to me to be much more about losing than gaining. Losing delusion. By losing delusion, one does hope to gain something: tr...