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by well wisher
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 16732

Re: Socialism & Communism

Also IMO, poverty-like ascetics are much more noble and better than rulers, no matter how noble the ruler might seem to be. Ascetics are less selfish, less tyranny, and less damaging impact to the world overall. This is why there are differences between Buddhas versus Chakravartis (dharma wheel kin...
by well wisher
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Why Many Vietnamese Workers Die In Japan
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Why Many Vietnamese Workers Die In Japan

Wonderful that a Japanese temple has adapted to meet the needs of these foreign workers in Japan. Its heartbreaking that the deaths of these temporary workers is so significant that they've had to create a special memorial for them. The Japanese foreign worker programs are deeply flawed. IIRC, to r...
by well wisher
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 16732

Re: Socialism & Communism

Now now, I think Nemo make some very good points here. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Those who are knowledgeable about history thoroughly might become quite cynical, and rightfully so. IMO, most monarchs & government rulers all along history are heavily motivated by their own s...
by well wisher
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 16732

Re: Socialism & Communism

To me, an economy that is based off of consumption and those who can potentially consume the most, i.e. the wealthy, hold the honor of "success" and/or "power" already seems to be starting off on the wrong foot. In a globalized, technically sophisticated world where abundance is easy to be had, the...
by well wisher
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 16732

Re: Socialism & Communism

Freedom is not free, especially when Communist totalitarian China want to control Hong Kong: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-18/hong-kong-resets-democracy-push-with-peaceful-mass-march-in-rain?srnd=premium-africa Agreed, although this problem is not limited to China alone. In recent...
by well wisher
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?

I also find some ancient philosophers quite inspiring, like Socrates the ancient Greek sage. "Socrates questioned Athenian authorities constantly and insisted to the right of individual freedom of consciousness" - Source from wikipedia "He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the...
by well wisher
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 146
Views: 32276

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by well wisher
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Your favorite quotes.
Replies: 57
Views: 10199

Re: Your favorite quotes.

“Let my doing nothing when I have nothing to do , become untroubled in its depth of peace, like the evening in the seashore when the water is silent.” - Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing. - Lao Tzu So I say to you – This is how to contemplate our ...
by well wisher
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara

Are you talking about Buddhavamsa - the chronicle list of named buddhas for the human realm? It does not seem to name any other Buddha before Lord Tanhankara. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_named_Buddhas Sorry, that's all I know regarding this topic. But I do not think knowing all the nam...
by well wisher
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The law of karma as a means of humility with injustice (social, political, etc.)
Replies: 9
Views: 241

Re: The law of karma as a means of humility with injustice (social, political, etc.)

As history already shown, any systems can be abused by extremists authoritarians / dictators, so that includes the concept of Karma and courts & justice system, and financial systems as well. The question of fairness and responsible freedom always needs to be asked - ideally no one should be above t...
by well wisher
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting New Yorker Article on Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Interesting New Yorker Article on Buddhism

Very interesting article with historical & environmental context that supports travelling.
But I feel it is important to keep in mind. that Buddhism has a universal context behind it, and not limited only to a few countries like India or China or Nepal; it belongs to the whole world and the universe.
by well wisher
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

:twothumbsup: Get involved in politics. And build local communities in every way we can - shop locally, eat out locally, walk or cycle, take your kids to play in local parks, talk to neighbours ... :namaste: Kim If you want to change things, locally/regionally is a good place to start. A good examp...
by well wisher
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

Well, yes and no. Sure the system sucks in many ways and can and should be improved. At the same time, people buckling down and doing their best under the circumstances, rather than delegating all responsibility for their fate to the unjust system is an inspirational thing. It has become de rigeur ...
by well wisher
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

Soon we'll have a new whole category of hero: The brave men and women who risk their lives to stop mass shooters in the act of mass shooting. They shall be lauded and given enormous gold pendants which they will wear at all times to remind the rest of us that we live in a country of heroes. There w...
by well wisher
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Dad in hospital
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Dad in hospital

Defintely, I wish your dad well and speedy recovery in the hospital.
by well wisher
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China Destroys
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: China Destroys

Ya, China is crazy again. I'm surprised more people aren't fleeing. Yes, on a related note, lots of news coverage for Hong Kong huge protests recently (against tyrannical Chinese Communist government rule). Some of the populace wants to stand their ground and protect their home/family/livelidhood, ...
by well wisher
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies
Replies: 16
Views: 548

Re: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies

Source: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/ariyesako/layguide.html One of the bhikkhu's requisites is a water filter. This is employed to prevent the killing of (visible) waterborne creatures when making use of water from a well or stream. Practically, this also leads bhikkhus to take extr...
by well wisher
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Not for a better Samsara
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Not for a better Samsara

Am I wrong in thinking the human condition as expressed by us all contributes to or denies samsara according to our buddhist practice (or lack thereof). If we where to all deny it successfully at the same time would our connection to the material world cease or would we simply interact as harmoniou...
by well wisher
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Not for a better Samsara
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Not for a better Samsara

No matter how much we help other beings in worldly ways, the benefits of them are temporary. This is why the Enlightened Beings never taught the Dharma to create a better Samsara. I recommend you go read the vows of the Buddha Sangye Menla (Medicine Buddha Sutra), it seems he disagrees with you. An...
by well wisher
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What brought you to the dharma & what's your biggest challenge?
Replies: 15
Views: 631

Re: What brought you to the dharma & what's your biggest challenge?

What has brought me to the Buddha-dharma: My own parents & older family members (like father/mother & grandmother) when I was young! Being borned in Taiwan, and indoctrinated very early on to cultural Buddhism, received my precept in a temple around age 2, before I was schooled or can remember thing...

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