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by DNS
Sun May 27, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 139
Views: 2511

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

Whats a good tone? I think the actual problem is either a lack of (good) leadership, or the conviction that the Dhamma doesn't require or can do without (good) leadership. Lead with an iron-fist, people complain. Lead with laissez-faire, people complain. It's best to try and find the perfect middle...
by DNS
Sun May 27, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 139
Views: 2511

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

If the mods really don't want to ban them they should just restrict them to the lounge subforum where they can ramble on to their heart's content without derailing every single thread on the main forum. I can assure you we still suspend and ban people who violate the terms of service and we also re...
by DNS
Sun May 27, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 139
Views: 2511

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

My favourite metaphor for the job when I did it over on the other Wheel, was actually gardening: encouraging flowers to flourish and removing the occasional weed. Every gardener knows that weeds take over if left unchecked. Don't some racists like to use the weed-metaphor? Here come the weeds, over...
by DNS
Sat May 26, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Is it at all possible to get rid of poverty entirely?
Replies: 22
Views: 490

Re: Is it at all possible to get rid of poverty entirely?

It has been done in small countries (North Europe and Singapore comes to mind) Northern Europe and Western Europe still have poverty, but at a lesser rate than the U.S. https://www.statista.com/statistics/233910/poverty-rates-in-oecd-countries/ Singapore has poverty too, they are just good at hidin...
by DNS
Sat May 26, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 139
Views: 2511

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

I showed a Royal wedding thread to a non-Buddhist and S/he asked me how Buddhist could be so aversion towards the royal family. 1 or 2 Buddhists expressing an opinion (I believe one of them identifies as Hindu) doesn't extrapolate to all Buddhists. I'm a Yank, but have no aversion or dislike of the...
by DNS
Fri May 25, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 139
Views: 2511

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

The Forum is either going to get serious about Buddhism, or not. Most of the members here are householders. As householders we live in a political world, where worldly politics effects our living and work conditions. What if a member wanted to ask a question, trying to find a Dhammic perspective to...
by DNS
Wed May 23, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Race, IQ and Idenity politics: A debate.
Replies: 117
Views: 3863

Re: Race, IQ and Idenity politics: A debate.

Is this racist? It depends on the intention as Bundokji noted and also if evidence to the contrary is considered. Arthur Jensen was controversial because of those writings on race. In a later article, Jensen argued that his claims had been misunderstood: ...nowhere have I "claimed" an "innate defic...
by DNS
Wed May 23, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trouble with buddhism view on suicide
Replies: 11
Views: 360

Re: Trouble with buddhism view on suicide

I'd also be interested in hearing what views you heard and by whom. While Buddhism is opposed to suicide, it takes a much less harsh view of it, compared to other religions. I am not condoning suicide, but there are cases of arahants (mentioned above) who were considered blameless who basically did ...
by DNS
Wed May 23, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Anyone here wearing contact lenses?
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: Anyone here wearing contact lenses?

I wore contact lenses (soft) from around ages 20 to 30 and had a lot of the problems you are experiencing. It could be allergies, but I also had a lot of mucus building up quickly on the lenses and it got to be too irritating, so just went back to glasses. Or it could just be a natural defense again...
by DNS
Tue May 22, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Topicless Friendly Banter
Replies: 57
Views: 1011

Re: Topicless Friendly Banter

binocular wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:57 pm
Meezer77 wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:50 pm
binocular wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:42 pm
Flyweights.
Eh?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyweight
I'm a super-featherweight (58-59 kg). Not that I do boxing, but that's my weight class. :tongue:
by DNS
Tue May 22, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 2558

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

By what standards do these studies measure misery and happiness? By consumerist, worldly standards? I believe it is by self-reporting of their happiness on those surveys. For some that might be worldly standards, for others it might be loftier, spiritual type happiness, general physical and psychol...
by DNS
Tue May 22, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: whoops
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: whoops

forgot to observe uposatha today; since it was last tuesday i did not think it would be monday. good enough if i keep it tomorrow? :/ No. You will burn in hell forever for your mistake! :) :D I was tempted to write something like that to also [sarcastically] show that which day it is doesn't matter...
by DNS
Tue May 22, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 2558

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

I mostly agree with No_Mind; misery can come in all socioeconomic classes, but clearly the most misery is among the impoverished. The biggest gain in happiness comes when one comes out of poverty. It continues to rise up to the peak at about middle-class to upper-middle class. After that it is dimin...
by DNS
Mon May 21, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

Good luck with the forum. You might want to advertise it at the Africana Buddhists facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/8854537357/?fref=ts
by DNS
Mon May 21, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1835

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

The Buddha is said to have been somewhat reluctant to teach due to everyone going around "sleep-walking" but was encouraged to teach due to some with "little dust in their eyes." In this way, it can be seen as somewhat exclusive and elitist in that people have to be ready for it. However, as others ...