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by Queequeg
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

:rolling:

"Keep your guvment hands off my medicare!"
by Queequeg
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Pursuing Graduate Degree in Buddhist Studies
Replies: 4
Views: 47

Re: Pursuing Graduate Degree in Buddhist Studies

Well, I always have a soft spot for aspiring academics.... Here's the thing... Unless you track for a PhD and academic career, the money is going to be hard to come by. Masters programs will be happy to take your money and you'll buy some precious time with scholars but you'll basically be on your o...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

That's why I also put it in terms of the wealth distribution system. As I see it, we all have a right to share in the prosperity of our civilization. The question is how do we fairly distribute this wealth? The system we have now is not working. And robots will make it worse. No one in the US is go...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: CBD oil
Replies: 3
Views: 91

CBD oil

My wife started giving this stuff to me, and I think it works... I feel like it has taken an edge off. Its actually quite disorienting but not because of any noticeable high. Its hard to explain, but I'll try. I've always had a sensitive and energetic constitution. In good ways, it expresses as an e...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?
Replies: 17
Views: 390

Re: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?

Bcol, Dude here brings up some excellent points. Check out Nichiren's letters to people like this "Letter to Brothers" and letters to Shijo Kingo. These guys were facing all kinds of opposition and persecution, right up to assassination threats, from family, close associates, superiors, the governme...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Like I said, "in 1980..."

http://www.pewglobal.org/2015/04/15/cel ... -lifeline/

Give it a little time...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Entertainment will get cheaper and more effective at control. Once we shift more into the virtual world, providing virtual goodies and benefits will not cost the elites anything at all. For First Worlders? Maybe. And even then it will only be for a certain percentage of the population. In terms of ...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:30 am
Civilisation as we know it is going to implode any day soon, so we won't have a problem. :tongue:
too, true.
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

If only we could figure this out. We are on the verge of unlimited leisure time for humanity. Sure, because the bosses replacing the workers with the robot will continue to pay the workers so they can lounge around in the Bahamas... Leisure is a privilege purchased by money. Unemployment =/= leisur...
by Queequeg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:16 am
Unlimited leisure time would be a nightmare, and blaming wealth inequality on robots is ridic, yo.
Who's blaming inequality on robots? I am suggesting that it will greatly exacerbate what's already broken but grinding along.

You don't need more leisure time? Suit yourself. :smile:
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Human, you are not necessary.

The Robots Have Descended on Trump Country They calculate the job losses resulting from the addition of one robot in a “commuting zone.” Their bottom line: “one more robot in a commuting zone reduces employment by about six workers.” These job losses are concentrated in blue collar occupations such...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

That’s interesting. I’d be interested in reading them, if you have time to find which ones. I'm not sure if its unanimously accepted, but, Conversation between a Sage and Unenlightened Man Shōgu mondō shō (聖愚問答抄). Also mentioned in Establishing the Correct Method of Contemplation Risshōkan shō (立正観...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

I think all of Zen claims the transmission outside the scriptures thing. It’s pretty much the hallmark of the tradition. I don't know what Zen/Chan/Seon teaches. Nichiren lived some seven to eight centuries ago, and he was critiquing his contemporaries. Whether the objects of his critiques continue...
by Queequeg
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: Why was Nichiren's issue with Zen Buddhism?

Nichiren criticized only a certain form of Zen that claimed a transmission apart from the instruction and discipline taught by the Buddha which we have recorded in the various forms, particularly the sutras. More specifically, he criticized those who promoted the teaching that the Buddha secretly an...
by Queequeg
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fukushima and Nuclear Energy
Replies: 21
Views: 237

Re: Fukushima and Nuclear Energy

P.S. This - https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/california-clears-final-hurdle-for-state-solar-mandate-for-new-homes.html institutionalises decentralisation. :woohoo: California clears final hurdle for state's landmark solar panel mandate for new homes A requirement for new homes built in California st...
by Queequeg
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 193

Re: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?

In the latter case, the subjective feeling may or may not correspond with the expressions that are perceived as kind or compassionate. People are the owners of their own perceptions, so all we can really do is work on ourselves. Even the Buddha was slagged off despite being the literal embodiment o...
by Queequeg
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 193

Re: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?

Of the four brahmaviharas, compassion or karuna refers specifically to the feeling one has when perceiving someone suffer; likened to seeing one's mother falling over and breaking her leg. Loving-kindness or maitri would be the secondary resultant feeling that occurs after gratefulness when one thi...
by Queequeg
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 193

Re: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?

:shrug: Being kind is a way of being compassionate. Being compassionate is a way of being kind. :hug: :group: :consoling: :cheers: :twothumbsup: :smile: :applause: I suppose there are eloquent fellows who can distinguish those things. And paragons of conduct who can articulate those things in action...
by Queequeg
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 193

Re: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?

What do you think?

What do those words mean to you?
by Queequeg
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 37
Views: 1719

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

Among Japanese, there is a certain level of inborn acceptance of fate. Anyway, I don't want to take this off topic. Actually, maybe there is something that could be drawn from the Japanese experience on the bad times. Impermanence is a central theme in Japanese art and culture. Mappo, or the Degene...

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