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by daverupa
Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
Replies: 311
Views: 33449

Re: The Very Idea of Buddhist History

I'm trying to avoid getting into an argument... Mahayana and Theravada scholars, when they are honest ... :thinking: Odd, really, since ...what is at issue is how reliable a record for pre-sectarian Buddhism certain texts are. All y'all've already been given a paper on this; maybe read it, see what...
by daverupa
Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:02 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
Replies: 311
Views: 33449

Re: The Very Idea of Buddhist History

Then, read those 100+ pages, and comes visit me on the other side of the wheel.

:anjali:
by daverupa
Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
Replies: 311
Views: 33449

Re: The Very Idea of Buddhist History

I've gotten into trouble on this forum many times; so, I've offered a venue for discussing these topics that doesn't come with that danger. That's not a wiggle, that's a maneuver for the sake of social lubrication.
by daverupa
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
Replies: 311
Views: 33449

Re: The Very Idea of Buddhist History

This is a very optimistic assessment, It's quite middle-of-the-road, actually: http://ocbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/authenticity.pdf There's a lot of wiggle-phrasing going on in your post, but I won't address it here, this is the wrong forum. Come over to the other DW if you'd like to hear ab...
by daverupa
Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Very Idea of Buddhist History
Replies: 311
Views: 33449

Re: The Very Idea of Buddhist History

Of course, the Pali canon was compiled hundreds of years after the Buddha (and Theravada emerged well after that and the Mahayana). The Pali Canon is a compilation spanning a very long time, it's true; but the Nikayas from within that set, when compared with the Agamas, show a common baseline - the...
by daverupa
Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Refraining from Halloween
Replies: 52
Views: 3750

Re: Refraining from Halloween

Halloween is a modern form of ancient Stone Age celebrations involving feasts and the honoring of ancestors & spirits with offerings of food.

Does this sort of celebration exist in any Buddhist traditions, I wonder? Maybe there's a way to put a Buddhist Halloween together, for example...
by daverupa
Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: World Population Balance
Replies: 33
Views: 2811

Re: World Population Balance

We're still able to say that for those not in such situations, creating a child is at present an immoral action. This ongoing situation which seems to require immoral action for some folk then becomes an overriding concern.
by daverupa
Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: World Population Balance
Replies: 33
Views: 2811

Re: World Population Balance

For most of the world's population, having children is an economic necessity. More children = more workers for the field and social security. So having children is for two reasons: 1. labor 2. labor --- I'm unimpressed. This argument assumes that continuity is a value & that economics is the primar...
by daverupa
Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: World Population Balance
Replies: 33
Views: 2811

Re: World Population Balance

Anti-natalism is contrary to the human biological imperative, despite being the only moral choice in the modern day. This can be put another way, in a more forward way: having children is unethical. But now go try to convince someone of this fact (i.e. that anti-natalism is the only ethical approach...
by daverupa
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We've been doing it wrong....
Replies: 34
Views: 2179

Re: We've been doing it wrong....

Totally Mendacious.
by daverupa
Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: We've been doing it wrong....
Replies: 34
Views: 2179

Re: We've been doing it wrong....

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by daverupa
Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: SCOTUS Decision
Replies: 335
Views: 16334

Re: SCOTUS Decision

So far no one has made a convincing argument in that vein at all, rather a kind of clumsy claim that mores of Indian Buddhist society (in particular ambivalence or antipathy about homosexuality) should somehow be a set of universal Buddhist ethics, with little qualification, but lots of insistence....
by daverupa
Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: SCOTUS Decision
Replies: 335
Views: 16334

Re: SCOTUS Decision

To be honest, there's a lot of Buddhism (doesn't matter the time period or culture) that's simply irreconcilable with neo-liberal western values... if you want your cake and to eat it too as a Buddhist, you're ultimately going to have a hard time reconciling your religious scriptures with these sor...
by daverupa
Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:14 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: SCOTUS Decision
Replies: 335
Views: 16334

Re: SCOTUS Decision

:good:
by daverupa
Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: SCOTUS Decision
Replies: 335
Views: 16334

Re: SCOTUS Decision

Well, no; the studies are on small sample sizes, etc. There simply isn't good data yet, afaik.
by daverupa
Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: SCOTUS Decision
Replies: 335
Views: 16334

Re: SCOTUS Decision

But for every one of him, there are many more gay people who have very many relationships (or should we say 'liaisons').p As with straight people, and others. Wow, this is amazingly myopic... the principle of marriage This involves body parts that essentially, to you? One can only hope so, as I thi...
by daverupa
Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: SCOTUS Decision
Replies: 335
Views: 16334

Re: SCOTUS Decision

So what I feel is that the definition of what constitutes normality is being changed. Welcome to human history. the gender roles are complementary, for biological, social, and even spiritual reasons. For the first, we have homosexuality in many animals, so it is in fact a natural biological act. Fo...
by daverupa
Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Spread of Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 2081

Re: Spread of Buddhism

Sure; but, let's have some literature on the subject, shall we? This is an Academic subforum...
by daverupa
Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Spread of Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 2081

Re: Spread of Buddhism

Luckily, the article covers that:

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...or do you mean something else?