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by Dan74
Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we not begin serious practice unless we are at the stage in life conducive to commencing it?
Replies: 45
Views: 4930

Re: Should we not begin serious practice unless we are at the stage in life conducive to commencing it?

I think it's a good question, No_Mind. But I am wondering - whatever our constraints, don't we want to make the most of them? So your fat guy with a fractured hip, he could stuff himself like there's no tomorrow, seeing that he is not able to exercise the way he wants to. Or he could eat healthily a...
by Dan74
Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?
Replies: 60
Views: 6979

Re: Whatever happened to meditation on emptiness?

Do you want a discussion of jhana or do you want a discussion of what emptiness means? Do you want to inhale or do you want to exhale? Please surprise us. Not sure if this tone is skillful for one practitioner to adopt towards another, but to return back to the topic, isn't just about any Buddhist ...
by Dan74
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:15 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Joke!!!
Replies: 593
Views: 99384

Re: Joke!!!

Those jokes are serious competitors for the Dad Joke of the Day Award, Robert! :D

Here's one from wumo which I thought was quite Buddhist:
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by Dan74
Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 231
Views: 19305

Re: Victims of Communism

Binocular, I have you in higher regard than that. Would you say that what happened in Awschwitz to jews, blacks and roma, is comparable to the suffering of unemployment? It's not as if torturers, enslavers and mass murderers, wether nazis or communists, treated their victims psychologically well ap...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Gender and Sexuality report
Replies: 54
Views: 3904

Re: Gender and Sexuality report

I've already engaged in meta-discussion, chownah, happy to continue in pm, but briefly I think it was about how we engage (or not) in issues such as these, read 'expert' opinion and form our own view.
by Dan74
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:35 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Gender and Sexuality report
Replies: 54
Views: 3904

Re: Gender and Sexuality report

I had taken Chownah's posts to be satirical. I hope you enjoyed whatever humor you found in my posts. I assure you that they were not meant to be satirical. chownah Well when you said I found it boring because I have no problems or expectations about my sex or gender nor about the sex or gender of ...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 231
Views: 19305

Re: Victims of Communism

Binocular, I have you in higher regard than that. Would you say that what happened in Awschwitz to jews, blacks and roma, is comparable to the suffering of unemployment? It's not as if torturers, enslavers and mass murderers, wether nazis or communists, treated their victims psychologically well ap...
by Dan74
Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Infidels according to Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 2210

Re: Infidels according to Buddhism?

We already pay the price for our blindness (avijja) by being here, trapped in samsara! "Existing" as a "being" is suffering, no need to put salt in the wound! To expand on this - we are all infidels, clinging to our delusions. As Ajahn Brahm says 'the door out of hell is always open, we just don't ...
by Dan74
Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Gender and Sexuality report
Replies: 54
Views: 3904

Re: Gender and Sexuality report

My point was not about being "triggered," it was the fact that it is very disheartening to come to a Buddhist forum and find repeated threads disparaging a minority group via biased articles. It is difficult enough experiencing bias and hatred in the "real world" without finding it here as well. Th...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Opposites of precepts?
Replies: 23
Views: 1554

Re: Opposites of precepts?

The Paramis and the Brahmaviharas?
by Dan74
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Existence (physical/real world) and the All
Replies: 70
Views: 4133

Re: Existence (physical/real world) and the All

I could never really comprehend why Buddhism needs to concern itself with absolutes. Delusion and suffering come not from absolutes but from how we engage with ourselves and the world, in the incorrect notions about ourselves and the world. So it makes sense that it critique these ontologies rather ...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindful Forum Practice
Replies: 28
Views: 2618

Re: Mindful Forum Practice

I think this is an excellent thread and it's a no-brainer that participating on a Buddhist forum should be done with a practice-like attitude, should even be practice, as far as possible. From my years on fora, these are a few attitudes I've tried to cultivate. 1. Avoid assuming any negative attitud...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Trusting in Brahma?
Replies: 72
Views: 4978

Re: Trusting in Brahma?

It's pretty absurd to believe that propitiating any deities is an important part of the Buddha's teaching. But we can't deny that from Tibet to Thailand, it is an important part of what Buddhists do. So where does it leave us, refugees from Western monotheism?
by Dan74
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:29 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Trusting in Brahma?
Replies: 72
Views: 4978

Re: Trusting in Brahma?

Some people try to combine monotheism and Dhamma. I guess monotheism must help inspire them, focus their efforts or encourage brahmavihara cultivation. It isn't what the Buddha taught AFAIK, but who am I to say that it's no good? The proof is in the pudding I guess - if it helps relinquish the unwho...
by Dan74
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana even exist in modern orthodoxy?
Replies: 156
Views: 8146

Re: Does Nibbana even exist in modern orthodoxy?

David, let me offer you this very lame analogy. Suppose there was a great primordial craftsman who fashioned wondrous things with his hands. For aeons he sat creating marvels, so much so, that after millennia, he had forgotten about himself, seeing only his hands and their creations, and the hands, ...