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by Dan74
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:15 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Joke!!!
Replies: 593
Views: 105393

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: 21631

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: 4352

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: 4352

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: 21631

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: 2438

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: 4352

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: 1724

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: 4638

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: 2816

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: 5647

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: 5647

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: 9243

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, ...
by Dan74
Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Getting something out of Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2188

Re: Getting something out of Buddhism

I think it's important to embrace what is appropriate for our situation. The Buddha also counseled us to throw away the raft, but it would be foolish to do this before we reach the other shore. Some people practice deeply in the here-and-now relinquishing all concepts of 'the other shore', 'somethin...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Great anattā/anātman debate
Replies: 588
Views: 39328

Re: On anattā/anātman

I'm a bit lost, binocular. Are you saying that we are conducting this exchange in a way that lacks a good heart connection as Dhamma brothers and sisters? Of course. I also don't think it is about "creating a warmer feeling around the exchange"; it could be more about approaching the exchange in an...