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by zsc
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Culture of Shut Up.
Replies: 25
Views: 2588

Re: The Culture of Shut Up.

[quote=""Chris" from the comments - currently at +136"]I think it's telling that these sorts of articles are in and of themselves a form of pearl-clutching and declaring some level of outrage to be “beyond the pale.” It's a pretty convenient way of saying “shut up” in its own way, since the argumen...
by zsc
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Personal Experiences of Discrimination
Replies: 142
Views: 7296

Re: Personal Experiences of Discrimination

Adults who engage in acts of abuse, are people who are capable of judging consequences and questions of the morality behind their actions, and thus are wilfully engaging in what we can only call sociopathic or psychopathic behaviour. To tackle that we need proper law enforcement. Speaking from pers...
by zsc
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Personal Experiences of Discrimination
Replies: 142
Views: 7296

Re: Personal Experiences of Discrimination

In India you are slowly seeing change take place. But it must be change on the terms if Indian women themselves, not Western feminism. I agree. Mainstream feminism has a bad habit of assuming that resolutions that apply to the typical western white woman would apply to every woman who is not those ...
by zsc
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:29 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Culture of Shut Up.
Replies: 25
Views: 2588

Re: The Culture of Shut Up.

[quote=""Chris" from the comments - currently at +136"]I think it's telling that these sorts of articles are in and of themselves a form of pearl-clutching and declaring some level of outrage to be “beyond the pale.” It's a pretty convenient way of saying “shut up” in its own way, since the argument...
by zsc
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:05 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How do you experience PL?
Replies: 49
Views: 4934

Re: How do you experience PL?

Good call. Pureland is so popular because it is a lay practice that anyone can do. All respect to monks and nuns but that life isn't for everyone. Look how PL has taken off in Thailand as the numbers ordaining has dropped off. Yeah. Without over-drawing similiarities, PL is a kind of "protestant" f...
by zsc
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Professional & Spiritual life - Unpacking limiting Beliefs
Replies: 15
Views: 1028

Re: Professional & Spiritual life - Unpacking limiting Belie

I'm reading the book "Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With The Heart Of A Buddha" by Dr. Tara Brach right now, and so far I'm in agreement with the author when she says that we defeat ourselves when we see our stress and imperfections as a sign that something is deeply wrong with us. As long...
by zsc
Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your gender and sexuality
Replies: 353
Views: 17808

Re: Your gender and sexuality

In discussions of race, gender, class, etc., that amounts to shifting the burden of proof to those of the minority group. This proof has been provided by a lot of us in spades. I do not think anyone who has studied these issues with any amount of depth (beyond internet forums) would say otherwise. ...
by zsc
Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your gender and sexuality
Replies: 353
Views: 17808

Re: Your gender and sexuality

Along with untxi's points, I'd offer: i.e. counting on Occam's Razor to make it simpler for us to understand: This is actually controversial when it is applied outside the realm of material reductionist science. When it comes to philosophy and social phenomena, it loses its relelvance, for the obvio...
by zsc
Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Personal Experiences of Discrimination
Replies: 142
Views: 7296

Re: Personal Experiences of Discrimination

Well, the notion of homosexuality is pretty unknown in China, it's known now in Taiwan, but if you bring up the issue with someone who only lived in the PRC their whole life, they may have never heard of it. The real issue, at least as regards history and tradition, is also that the notion of marry...
by zsc
Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your gender and sexuality
Replies: 353
Views: 17808

Re: Your gender and sexuality

JKhedrup - I do appreciate the experiences you have shared here. That is generous beyond a doubt. So make no mistake -- I'm not dismissing you. My only critique is that asking people to share here seems to come with a lot of strings. To be specific, your statements that say people are not appealing ...
by zsc
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your gender and sexuality
Replies: 353
Views: 17808

Re: Your gender and sexuality

No one has actually posted 'their story about oppression' yet. As stated above I tried to facilitate that but the attempt was unsuccessful. If someone does post their story, then people will have something concrete to consider and work with. That is why Jane Elliott's work is effective. You have to...
by zsc
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mans desires must overshadow his needs!
Replies: 35
Views: 1729

Re: Mans desires must overshadow his needs!

Beholding and taking control of the unconscious is the crux of this matter. Tame the Ox or Elephant, and don't let it be tamed by the greedy ones. nothing needs to be tamed when we exclude nothing... tote those bales, haul that barge and be free Excluding nothing is far from acceptable. That is why...
by zsc
Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:56 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How do you experience PL?
Replies: 49
Views: 4934

Re: How do you experience PL?

About practice, I am a little flickering: sometimes I will have daily recitations and be aware of Amitabha and in such times I am more peaceful, more confidente and aware of things; other times I need to make a break...as a human prone to desires, I feel the need to do "anti-renunciation" stuff: li...
by zsc
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Precepts
Replies: 34
Views: 7793

Re: Precepts

If one spends time in serious meditation or retreat, the necessity of ethics becomes more clear. Non virtous behaviours leave disturbing imprints on the mind that come up as images or memories during meditation. I've often felt in the west we emphasize seated meditation while ignoring ethics and mo...
by zsc
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:03 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Intention
Replies: 84
Views: 8586

Re: Intention

Intention (or motivation) is the first of the four conditions that influence the ripening of karma (the other three being: the action itself, the extent of the action and the feeling that arises in ones mind in regards to the action). I would also recommend you go read some Abhidhamma or Abhidharma...
by zsc
Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions about bodhisattva vow
Replies: 15
Views: 1474

Re: Questions about bodhisattva vow

I'm not sure what "root bodhisattva vow" you refer to. http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/practice_material/vows/bodhisattva/root_bodhisattva_pledges.html I would copy and paste the downfalls, but it's...a lot. It looks like it's attributed to the Gelug lineage but I don't know for sure ...
by zsc
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:49 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 90737

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

About public transit: Where I live, public transit is crap, due to budget issues and/or racism. On the east side of my state (MI), white flight out of Detroit caused a massive infastructure problem. The city is made to support a dense population, so now it doesn't have enough people paying taxes to ...
by zsc
Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your gender and sexuality
Replies: 353
Views: 17808

Re: Your gender and sexuality

And the result of all of this otiose verbosity in reality ? Nothing... nada, frig all.... Samsara remains samsara. Dukkha remains dukkha. Egos are stroked. Indignation is felt pleasingly. Thats all. If we want a nightmare to end we don't fix the dream. We wake up. Why are you wasting your time with...
by zsc
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: 'No, You Can’t Call a Buddhist Student’s Faith “Stupid”'
Replies: 6
Views: 994

Re: 'No, You Can’t Call a Buddhist Student’s Faith “Stupid”'

Well, I'm hoping the family remains safe through all of this. There was a girl in that same part of the world who tried to start an Atheism club in her school. Her school has many bible clubs. She won the legal battle, but abandoned the effort because she was receiving death threats . What is legal...
by zsc
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your gender and sexuality
Replies: 353
Views: 17808

Re: Your gender and sexuality

things that are social constructs or fictions of academics. I think this may be where some of the issues come from. While social constructs aren't "real", it is taking it too far to say that they don't matter. "Constructs", "fictions", etc. Our language doesn't acknowledge that we are talking about...

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