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by dhammafriend
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Inspiring University President stands up against intellectual infantilization
Replies: 267
Views: 17384

Re: Inspiring University President stands up against intellectual infantilization

In that sense, DW is not a safe space for me, or people like me. I've read may threads with Thais, Indians etc being racially denigrated as primitive, backward and just not Buddhist enough (whatever the hell that means). In the English speaking 'western' world, you cannot separate racism, white sup...
by dhammafriend
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Inspiring University President stands up against intellectual infantilization
Replies: 267
Views: 17384

Re: Inspiring University President stands up against intellectual infantilization

Greetings, "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred. "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who do not harbor such thoughts still their hatred. Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this wor...
by dhammafriend
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Inspiring University President stands up against intellectual infantilization
Replies: 267
Views: 17384

Re: Inspiring University President stands up against intellectual infantilization

As a black male (not American), let me explain what safe space means to me and people like me. It's a space where we can breathe freely, away from notions of white supremacy and all of the assumptions that come with it. A place where our views about the world are valid, whether they please the scare...
by dhammafriend
Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral
Replies: 56
Views: 3243

Re: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral

As someone who was raised in a Muslim minority community, I need to say 2 things: Muslims to not need to be oppressed or in mortal danger to turn radical. When I was a kid, radical factions terrorised our city with bombings. Targeting innocent people. All this was spurred by political changes sweep...
by dhammafriend
Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:00 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral
Replies: 56
Views: 3243

Re: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral

As someone who was raised in a Muslim minority community, I need to say 2 things: Muslims to not need to be oppressed or in mortal danger to turn radical. When I was a kid, radical factions terrorised our city with bombings. Targeting innocent people. All this was spurred by political changes sweepi...
by dhammafriend
Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What are the ethics of the atheist?
Replies: 76
Views: 4609

Re: What are the ethics of the atheist?

No, because there is no other aspect to atheism other than lack of a belief in one or more god/s. Buddhism isn't an atheistic religion, it's a non-theistic one. Or the lack of belief in the flying spaghetti monster would be a religion... Cittasanto, my position is this: Western culture took Christi...
by dhammafriend
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What are the ethics of the atheist?
Replies: 76
Views: 4609

Re: What are the ethics of the atheist?

I've got to admit the worm fish thing was really just a bit of self indulgence :tongue: I just looked at the dictionary.com definition of religion and it seems good enough. The first part is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as th...
by dhammafriend
Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What are the ethics of the atheist?
Replies: 76
Views: 4609

Re: What are the ethics of the atheist?

Atheism is not a religion. Atheism is the absence of belief in God. A belief in God is not mandatory for a religion. Two different things. So if a belief in a god is not mandatory for something to be a religion, then atheism can still be described as a religion. When it comes to the English languag...
by dhammafriend
Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:11 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: What are the ethics of the atheist?
Replies: 76
Views: 4609

Re: What are the ethics of the atheist?

Atheism is not a religion. Atheism is the absence of belief in God. A belief in God is not mandatory for a religion. Two different things. So if a belief in a god is not mandatory for something to be a religion, then atheism can still be described as a religion. When it comes to the English languag...
by dhammafriend
Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Who is Buddhist?"
Replies: 105
Views: 6968

Re: "Who is Buddhist?"

I just find that, in a general sense (not pointing out anyone, but people in general), people who study Buddhism and then turn around saying "Religion is bad/evil/sucks/etc." is hypocrisy. Sure, you don't need to identify yourself as a Buddhist, but it simply is a fact that what you are studying an...
by dhammafriend
Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Who is Buddhist?"
Replies: 105
Views: 6968

Re: "Who is Buddhist?"

I'm grabbing quotes from his article. This problem of who is a Buddhist and what is Buddhism is one that is something of a hot topic in these days of scepticism about religion. I would say for someone growing up in the English speaking ('western') world, the issue of religious identity is important....
by dhammafriend
Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:08 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Another look at the 4 Noble Truths
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Re: Another look at the 4 Noble Truths

The Sutta A safe Bet may relevant. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.060.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window...
by dhammafriend
Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:01 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Another look at the 4 Noble Truths
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Re: Another look at the 4 Noble Truths

I could not understand your point or your question. :juggling: Hey. Its something I've been mulling over for a while. Essentially, do we really comprehend suffering if we don't or can't see how it sits within a series of lives that go on potentially forever. Secular Buddhists would say yes, and wou...
by dhammafriend
Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Another look at the 4 Noble Truths
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Another look at the 4 Noble Truths

This is essentially my rebuttal to the secular reading of the FNT based on the Dhammacakka Sutta. Or more specifically, my understanding of their position. We know that the truths function as a unity, but often they end up being analyzed in isolation. Secular Buddhists, as far as I can remember, rou...
by dhammafriend
Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha and the Supreme Creator God
Replies: 232
Views: 13682

Re: Buddha and the Supreme Creator God

It clearly states several different Brahmas. How could we be talking about the same singular God when there are multiple according to Buddha? How do u know there's only one god? If you admit you don't know, then all your points are moot. None of the monotheists on this thread have even established ...