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by manas
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 12556

Re: Criticism of Islam

History shows the whole world as butchers par exceclence, and the europeans as the first civilized area of the world who managed to stop slavery, stop wars, invent democracy and improve living conditions for the whole world through the french revolution and industrial revolution. Without the europe...
by manas
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Schools are teaching kids empathy and self-control.
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: Schools are teaching kids empathy and self-control.

In an era when a PS4 acts as a nanny and instead of reading books kids play Half-Life .. what is to be expected? :namaste: Don't worry, after their confused, socially & emotionally deprived childhoods, they can get therapy as adults, and spend many years in recovery from their crappy unbringing. Th...
by manas
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Schools are teaching kids empathy and self-control.
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: Schools are teaching kids empathy and self-control.

That schools feel they have to undertake this task, doesn't say much for the quality of a lot of parenting nowadays. Empathy doesn't need to be 'taught' as a subject in school, if it is lived and practically demonstrated by the parents from the day a child is born, through his/her childhood and ado...
by manas
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Seeing the hindrances as stress, helps the mind let go of them
Replies: 31
Views: 1008

Re: Seeing the hindrances as stress, helps the mind let go of them

I have also found it very useful to see the hindrances in terms of the discernment which the Buddha recommends we adopt towards that which can preoccupy us: what is its origin, what is its passing away, what is the allure, what is the danger or drawback, and what is the escape from it? thank you , ...
by manas
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 196
Views: 9078

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

At this point in time, we have something of a "do-nothing" government in place here in Australia. If anything, all that they do is allow for excessive immigration... We have a chronic shortage of housing, especially for those on low incomes; we have about 100K homeless citizens; yet, our govt lets ...
by manas
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Seeing the hindrances as stress, helps the mind let go of them
Replies: 31
Views: 1008

Seeing the hindrances as stress, helps the mind let go of them

Greetings all, this might be 'old news' for those accomplished in jhana (I'm not one of them), but in case anyone hasn't encountered this passage before: there is a set of analogies the Buddha gave, that I find useful when a particular mental hindrance is afflicting the mind, during sitting meditati...
by manas
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is this sutta called, please?
Replies: 10
Views: 402

Re: What is this sutta called, please?

I am surprised if it's not in the Pali Canon, because I seem to recall a Monk telling the story. It sounds like a Buddhist parable to me, Not to be flip, but monks tell lots of stories. Sometimes from the canon and sometimes not. I can assure you this is not in the Nikayas or Vinaya. Doesn't mean o...
by manas
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is this sutta called, please?
Replies: 10
Views: 402

Re: What is this sutta called, please?

I am surprised if it's not in the Pali Canon, because I seem to recall a Monk telling the story. It sounds like a Buddhist parable to me, because it shows how craving for sensuality, many neglect their true, long-term welfare, ie, how to get out of the pit (of Samsara) to get free from the dangers a...
by manas
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What are you attached to?
Replies: 24
Views: 880

Re: What are you attached to?

Just the usual: beautiful women, sex, tasty food, music, and also, thankfully, the Buddha-Dhamma. Like most of us here, I'm a work in progress.

Don't beat yourself up for not being perfect. Just stick to the Path that leads to purity.
:anjali:
by manas
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence
Replies: 22
Views: 784

Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

Its an important reminder that we all have defilements. Buddhists are human and are no different than the humans of other religions. Buddhists are most definitely prone to tribal violence in the name of their faith as history and recent events in Myanmar and Sri Lanka have proven. If a Buddhist tak...
by manas
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is this sutta called, please?
Replies: 10
Views: 402

What is this sutta called, please?

I'm placing this topic here, to avoid clogging up other subforums with a topic that only needs one reply. [mikenz66] It's better to start posts in an appropriate place so I've moved it... Furthermore, it has a number of interesting replies. I can recall a sutta in which an analogy is given: a man is...
by manas
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence
Replies: 22
Views: 784

Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

It is understandable for the Sri Lankan authorities to try and restore order and calm, and for the local Buddhist population to be upset. However, the 'Buddhists' who did this, can't even seem to observe the most basic of Buddhist moral precepts: "On Tuesday morning, the body of a 28-year-old Muslim...
by manas
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 196
Views: 9078

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

I think in a general sense this is true everywhere in the world. People in the countryside who aren't exposed to diverse cultures, ethnic groups, etc. develop a narrow way of looking at things. Their minds remain closed to new ideas. It's like they are trapped in a time warp. Again, this is a gener...
by manas
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 196
Views: 9078

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

Guns banned, more police presence, more CCTV, stronger sentences, that is the way. Kevin Hi Kevin, I share your distaste for guns, however the first three of your proposals are some of the justifications for why the Second Amendment (in the U.S.) is important. Do you really trust the State that muc...
by manas
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Trump's tough stance on Nth Korea appears to have worked
Replies: 26
Views: 896

Re: Trump's tough stance on Nth Korea appears to have worked

I'[m realizing how much more complex this situation is, I think I gave Trump too much credit. Sometimes I forget that appearances are so often different from reality. It could well be that many of the 'conflicts' in the world, are utilized as 'theatre for the masses', to keep us rabble busy thinking...