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by Nemo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 45
Views: 493

Re: So, you read pirated books?

"Piracy" as such is completely unavoidable given technology, and will continue to be an issue. I have a teacher that gives out a whole Dharma library to students on a thumb drive. On a personal level I spend a good chunk of money for things to support publishers, plus I can't get into texts the sam...
by Nemo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 45
Views: 493

Re: So, you read pirated books?

No one should own knowledge. OK, but what about the time and effort that goes into finding, creating, researching, and vetting that knowledge and then writing/formatting that knowledge in a way that can be shared with others? In terms of copyright, that is exactly what copyright law says. It is the...
by Nemo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 45
Views: 493

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Copyright was originally a way to make textbooks affordable for schools. It limited the maximum prices publishers could charge. You don't see the problem with knowledge being profit based? This is most clearly shown in scientific journals. Where the publisher takes 100% of the thousands in annual f...
by Nemo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 45
Views: 493

Re: So, you read pirated books?

The next time you read a book that you download off the internet... consider this: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/opinion/book-piracy.html Copyright was originally a way to make textbooks affordable for schools. It limited the maximum prices publishers could charge. You don't see the problem wi...
by Nemo
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 37
Views: 733

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Americans suck, but we suck less than anyone else in a position to be emperor right now. Last night in the Dem debate, one of the first questions was what to do about the China sanctions - if elected, will you lift the sanctions? They gave the question to Yang first - I'm not sure if that was kind ...
by Nemo
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 37
Views: 733

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

I was talking about Chinese world domination the other day with a policy analyst working for the Japanese government, particularly the belt road initiative and African investment. Both of us are skeptical the Chinese will be able to take this far and the reason is this: the tendency to centralizati...
by Nemo
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 37
Views: 733

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Han supremacy and the scapegoating of foreigners has made most of my friends in China leave already. It's becoming insane. Even if you marry someone Chinese you never get the rights of a citizen. The ever growing racism and implementation of a technological dystopia are making it a very unwelcoming...
by Nemo
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?
Replies: 54
Views: 3526

Re: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?

Everyone has different strengths. I don't like when people imagine what celibacy and a monastic life is like. That leads to terrible problems. Though the drama does at least relieve the monotony of monastic living. Some people love their own company and have the subtle body to do incredible work sol...
by Nemo
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 37
Views: 733

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Han supremacy and the scapegoating of foreigners has made most of my friends in China leave already. It's becoming insane. Even if you marry someone Chinese you never get the rights of a citizen. The ever growing racism and implementation of a technological dystopia are making it a very unwelcoming ...
by Nemo
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?
Replies: 90
Views: 1465

Re: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?

I think this is a good question. I have been contemplating this as it also relates to my own practice in a way. I think the point is that we ought not practice for material gain. Happiness cannot be found in samsara. It is a fool, errand as everything is impermanent, dissatisfying, and selfless. Tr...
by Nemo
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?
Replies: 54
Views: 3526

Re: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?

Celibacy saves so much time and energy. Particularly at advanced stages where you realize the huge amount of effort you commit to being a sexual being. Being attractive, witty, having the lifestyle and qualities a partner would want, watching your weight, working out, protecting your status, etc. A ...
by Nemo
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?
Replies: 90
Views: 1465

Re: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?

Only 10 years? Probably not long enough ;) When I was young I was rather haunted. I have a tendency to being a soldier so I would guess that is where my creditors come from. High Lamas would often have to do Vajrakila and Yamantka to keep them in check as well as many Sur offerings. Sometimes in the...
by Nemo
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Copyright questions
Replies: 8
Views: 273

Re: Copyright questions

Owning ideas is an incredibly recent concept. Created by capitalism it is responsible for massive inequality and creating billionaires who do almost nothing. The modern concept of copying ideas being theft would make no sense in the ancient world. Even modern China thinks it's a crazy concept. When ...
by Nemo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 199

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

If the cultural Revolution didn't kill them, nothing will. We, as humanity, don't need another one of those, even if it perfects the revolution. America under FDR, Canada or Norway today are infinitely more socialist and redistributive in practice than any of the so called commie republics. I think...
by Nemo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 199

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

Sure, the appropriation of the territory had/has a lot to do with this. But the cultural genocide, which was at its worst during the cultural revolution, was indeed largely about undoing feudalism. What I found interesting of late is that Mao was ineffective. 84% of the elite ruling class today in ...
by Nemo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 199

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

Plus of course it’s strategic importance in straddling China and India and the fact that the Tibetan plateau is very rich in minerals. Sure, the appropriation of the territory had/has a lot to do with this. But the cultural genocide, which was at its worst during the cultural revolution, was indeed...
by Nemo
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: On the Rohingya in Myanmar
Replies: 38
Views: 8500

Re: On the Rohingya in Myanmar

Buddhist Monk Stands Firm Against Hatred and Violence in Myanmar https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/buddhist-monk-stands-firm-against-hatred-and-violence-in-myanmar :anjali: True, now that the genocide is complete no need to use religion to stir up resentments anymore. Like the equally massive genoc...
by Nemo
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Global Warming Solutions (Split from: Reversing Global Warming)
Replies: 14
Views: 385

Re: Global Warming Solutions (Split from: Reversing Global Warming)

The problem is perception. The corporate veil of liability has allowed profiteering at the expertise of sentient life with reduced liability and obfuscated causation while a generation was sated on the fulfillment of desire. I had been shaken to the core of my being decades ago at the decline of th...
by Nemo
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Global Warming Solutions (Split from: Reversing Global Warming)
Replies: 14
Views: 385

Re: Global Warming Solutions (Split from: Reversing Global Warming)

The billionaire class has been delaying action globally for decades now. Having worked for some years ago they don't have countries or even races. They have more in common with each other than average citizens of their country of origin. Some even lived out of private jets like billionaire backpacke...

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