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by Bundokji
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to have a negative view of Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, Judiasm)?
Replies: 28
Views: 3442

Re: Is it wrong to have a negative view of Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, Judiasm)?

Sam Vara wrote: And don't forget that we often have the option of not engaging with people who annoy us. If there are internet forums where people are aggressive, we can try avoiding those forums (and other situations) altogether.
I second that :anjali:
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist response to Muslims
Replies: 218
Views: 27871

Re: Buddhist response to Muslims

As for ISIL's aggressive expansion of territory, well that does seem to be a fact, and it doesn't seem like they are going to stop. The problem with fanatics is that you can't negotiate with them, so I'm pretty sure all that is going to end badly. ISIL's expansion does not necessarily mean that the...
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why we can be certain that God does not exist
Replies: 37
Views: 4280

Re: Why we can be certain that God does not exist

I would go even further than apatheism as far as "God" is concerned. It's just a non-issue, no "ism" needed. I could not agree more! Dhammanando pointed out what I was reluctant to say, which is that Bhikkhu Sujato may have not outgrown his theistic upbringing. If I may use psychoanalytical termino...
by Bundokji
Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why we can be certain that God does not exist
Replies: 37
Views: 4280

Re: Why we can be certain that God does not exist

Hello,

I am not sure why Sujato wasted his time writing and arguing about the non existence of God!!

In my mind, the best position that suits Buddhists in relation to this issue is Apathesim.

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Peace
by Bundokji
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist response to Muslims
Replies: 218
Views: 27871

Re: Buddhist response to Muslims

Personally, I am a bit cautious when it comes to believing what I watch in the news. Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the jo...
by Bundokji
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist response to Muslims
Replies: 218
Views: 27871

Re: Buddhist response to Muslims

Islamic fundamentalists are still a small minority and not very powerful, so let us not help to rise to power by repeating the same mistakes :smile: I see what you're saying about history, the problem now is that ISIL are expanding their territory by military force, so it's does look rather like Hi...
by Bundokji
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist response to Muslims
Replies: 218
Views: 27871

Re: Buddhist response to Muslims

Instead of comparing the Nazis with Muslim fundamentalists, it could be more fruitful for westerners to avoid assisting them by repeating the past mistakes and to give them enough time to deal with their own problems. We tried that with Hitler and he invaded Poland. They tried this with Hitler afte...
by Bundokji
Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist response to Muslims
Replies: 218
Views: 27871

Re: Buddhist response to Muslims

However, I doubt that it can ever be reformed. Greetings, Not only can it be reformed, it has been reformed...several times over, in the form of the various lineages of Sufism, Mutazila, Ahmadiyya, Babism, Quranism, Muslims for Progressive Values, etc. Turkey is supporting scholars in editing the H...
by Bundokji
Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist response to Muslims
Replies: 218
Views: 27871

Re: Buddhist response to Muslims

Hello :smile: As I live in the middle east in a Muslim country, I thought I can share with other discussants (from my limited observations) how people who live here reacted to this issue and how they see it. In some parts of this post I will be merely conveying, and in other parts I will be speaking...
by Bundokji
Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Which (whose) side you are in?
Replies: 8
Views: 1455

Re: Which (whose) side you are in?

Could you please explain what do you mean by "tolerant" and "extreme"? For example, if I have to choose between two parties, one is calling for the ban of alcohol (which is considered an extreme by many) and the other would allow it (which can be described as tolerant/liberal), so which one should ...
by Bundokji
Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Which (whose) side you are in?
Replies: 8
Views: 1455

Re: Which (whose) side you are in?

Buddha's teaching is to follow the Middle Path and avoid the two extremes. In politics, there might be one party that is extreme in its views, while the other is tolerant. In that case one should take sides with the moderate view. Could you please explain what do you mean by "tolerant" and "extreme...
by Bundokji
Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Do we create our own reality?
Replies: 18
Views: 2966

Re: Do we create our own reality?

Hello :smile: According to your friend's theory, all the kids who starve to death in Africa, and the millions of people who got killed during the Holocaust have caused that to themselves! This way of thinking does not lead to compassion, and those who believe in it might blame the victim. I like sat...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Happy for no reason
Replies: 7
Views: 1228

Re: Happy for no reason

I tried to deliberately think happy thoughts about a breath and few times was able to experience bodily bliss. I wonder, why can't I do that more often? In most cases this didn't work...? Hello Alex123, First I want to wish you and your loved ones a happy new year :smile: Its difficult to reconcile...
by Bundokji
Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6801
Views: 815581

Re: "One-life-only" negates Dhamma

Depends on how you think about it. It could be that the ego wants to believe in more than one life to ensure its own continuity, it finds consolation in such a belief. I don't find consolation in rebirth. I started practicing Buddhism in the hope of destroying the slightest chance of being reborn. ...
by Bundokji
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:10 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Should Alms round be banned in Western Countries?
Replies: 78
Views: 9375

Re: Should Alms round be banned in Western Countries?

I am just wanting someone to show that such a things as "inalienable rights" has any sort of independent existence.. I don't think they exist independently, but when you mentioned Iran and Saudia Arabia I thought that you were mplying that "inalienable rights" exist independently somewhere else, Ap...