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by Dan74
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 111
Views: 48470

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Welcome, Niina!

There are some knowledgeable and experienced people here and also lots of pointless and rancorous debates. Hope you are good at sorting the wheat from the chaff!
by Dan74
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 53
Views: 1219

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Much could be said about the absurdity of these people's views. Maybe there's a serious point hiding underneath that. Why did the whole topic of identify politics become so important to that generation at that point in time? A few decades ago it was either a non-issue, or it was about civil rights....
by Dan74
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 53
Views: 1219

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I think they were under the impression that Banh Mi were somehow "purely" Vietnamese, like the Vietnamese had just randomly invented something exactly like a baguette... which is funny on a bunch of different levels. :rolling: Though it is worth noting that for a long time, Vietnam was about the on...
by Dan74
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Issues with ending a friendship
Replies: 25
Views: 814

Re: Issues with ending a friendship

Look at two things - your intention and your communication skills. Inexhaustible source of insight in these two and really worthwhile for ours and everyone else's sakes, IME.
by Dan74
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sudden Realization
Replies: 96
Views: 2034

Re: Sudden Realization

On the one hand I get why more experienced practitioners set out to unpick newly interested seekers' views and on the other I imagine how differently these kinds of dialogues would pan out face to face, in a 'lower gear', so to speak. But I get that's just my approach and won't be universally corre...
by Dan74
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Bill Maher on Megexit
Replies: 19
Views: 552

Re: Bill Maher on Megexit

Not a huge fan of royalty, but Maher's portrayal is surely nonsense. It is hardly about golden carriages, antiquated traditions and the notion that they are higher than anyone else. They do a lot for their country. It is basically an institution, a job that is inherited and comes with a pretty heavy...
by Dan74
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sudden Realization
Replies: 96
Views: 2034

Re: Sudden Realization

Hi Suddenrealization :hi: As far as I can tell, Buddhism isn't really a set of beliefs to try on for size but a system of instructions, a practice. Whatever beliefs it promotes are in service of that practice, and as such are provisional. Basically Buddhism is to help folks let go of ignorance and d...
by Dan74
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4464

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Many prominent conservatives did not come from wealthy families. Take the recently diseased Roger Scrutton. Or Jorge Borges who never really enjoyed wealth or privilege in his own country. Or even Tolkien, who after his father's death had to subsist with his mother on the handouts of a few relative...
by Dan74
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4464

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I guess over the years I've become pretty conservative on some social issues. But US Conservatives is something else entirely. For me, classical conservative vs progressive is simply that - emphasis on preserving what is traditional, established vs emphasis on changing, reforming and throwing away....
by Dan74
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4464

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

emphasis on changing, reforming and throwing away. One man's trash is another's treasure? Maybe some people see the progressive politics as an effort to "throw away". I don't think that fairly characterizes the impulse to address systemic injustices. These things that progressives seek to address a...
by Dan74
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4464

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I should've mentioned the other relevant axis - emphasis on the individual (conservative) vs emphasis on the society (progressive). I think both of these have much recommend themselves. Especially if one is prepared to examine one's core principles.
by Dan74
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4464

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I guess over the years I've become pretty conservative on some social issues. But US Conservatives is something else entirely. For me, classical conservative vs progressive is simply that - emphasis on preserving what is traditional, established vs emphasis on changing, reforming and throwing away. ...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 255
Views: 7210

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

It really doesn't help I think to tell other people what they link or use as evidence, is nonsense. Chances are they feel the same way about your 'sources'. People have become so polarised in their views that there is no middle ground on which they can even provisionally meet. There is just the shou...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Surviving my wife’s PMS?
Replies: 15
Views: 457

Re: Surviving my wife’s PMS?

Hi Ed :hi: Thank you for sharing this. Really tough situation. I think justsit's suggestion of couple's counselling is a good one. I totally get that some women are massively affected by their PMS and may lack the insight to recognise what's going on, but hopefully her caring about you and the relat...
by Dan74
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Linjii Rinzai radical?
Replies: 16
Views: 875

Re: Linjii Rinzai radical?

LastLegend wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:11 pm
DNS wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:33 pm
LastLegend wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:28 am
DNS,
I know you.
Cool. Have we met (IRL)? Or is that a koan? :tongue:
I don’t do Koan sir nor practice anything anymore. It could be one though.
Is that what your teacher suggested?
by Dan74
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Post Truth World
Replies: 46
Views: 1608

Re: Post Truth World

Replying to the OP... There is a clear backlash against technology and its progenitors - science, rationality, the Age of Enlightenment. Perhaps the backlash is not even against technology per se, but the worldview it underpins - a mechanistic, logical, cold, clockwork universe that has no plan for ...
by Dan74
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Returning moderator
Replies: 18
Views: 1523

Re: Returning moderator

Thank you everybody for the welcome. Go Ayu! :woohoo: On the other hand, all 'returning moderators' should undergo a compulsory psychiatric assessment... :crazy: :thinking: :toilet: Tell me, who in this world should not meet a psychologist from time to time? Maybe returning moderators have the adva...
by Dan74
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Returning moderator
Replies: 18
Views: 1523

Re: Returning moderator

Go Ayu! :woohoo:

On the other hand, all 'returning moderators' should undergo a compulsory psychiatric assessment... :crazy: :thinking: :toilet:
by Dan74
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 59
Views: 2465

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

el gatito wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:45 pm
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Dan74 wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:09 pm
I have no Zen to express
Just this and this
:D
by Dan74
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 59
Views: 2465

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

I have no Zen to express
Just this and this

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