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by manas
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 137
Views: 13801

Re: Inspiring Words

Kusala wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:15 pm
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Wonderful quote. :thumbsup:
by manas
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 80
Views: 4635

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

Tibetan tradition is not really Buddhism. Your opinion? Edit: My first post had a wrong link. Sorry about that! https://dharma-documentaries.net/lama-osel-hita Not only has that child in the video grown up, he has also become a top-notch Buddhist teacher. Indeed he has. In the talk below, he begins...
by manas
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Why being a loner may be good for your health
Replies: 18
Views: 1195

Re: Why being a loner may be good for your health

Isolation causes depression. This has been clinically proven. That is my experience. Being unusual-looking, I cop a fair amount of ridicule from strangers, especially teenagers in groups (and some adults also, which surprises me). I'd say I get laughed at or put down by total strangers, about once ...
by manas
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 80
Views: 4635

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

Interviewer: "Are you happy being a monk?"
Lama Osel: (pause...) "Better not...answer this question, please. I don't lie."
Interviewer: "Do you think you'll always be a monk?"
Lama Osel: "I hope so."

Whether or not he really is the incarnation of Lama Yeshe, he's honest and likeable.
:anjali:
by manas
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: A Teen Who Regularly Uses Guns
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: A Teen Who Regularly Uses Guns

I came across this opinion piece in the NY Times, titled "Why I Didn't Join My School's Walkout." I own firearms not only because I think they are cool, but also because they are considered a tool in my family. I have been brought up around guns all my life. Yes, I have used AR-15 semiautomatic rif...
by manas
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: RIP Stephen Hawking
Replies: 33
Views: 1929

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

His body could not move, but his mind could encompass so much. I really enjoyed his book, 'A Brief History of Time', which opened my mind to new possibilities. Vale, Stephen Hawking. May he journey on well.
:candle:
by manas
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Critiquing the life of Stephen Hawking
Replies: 121
Views: 4075

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

dylanj wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:54 am
bodom wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:34 am
A great mind.
Did he keep the precepts?
How could any of us here know? You would have to ask him, and I think it's a bit late for that.
by manas
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 196
Views: 10628

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

Journalists? They are political activists and blocked by a conservative govt. And Assange? Why doesn't he leave the Embassy? Indeed, the Embassy he currently resides in, is luxurious as compared with being locked up in a U.S. jail for years on end. No wonder he dare not venture out onto the street.
by manas
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 14333

Re: Criticism of Islam

That my government so obediently supports the United States in their foreign wars, who sell weapons to the Saudis, who have created the horrors being experienced by many thousands of Yemeni men, woman and children - the children are suffering the most - appalls and disgusts me. So much for 'Western ...
by manas
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 14333

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: 900

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: 900

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: 1314

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: 10628

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: 1314

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...