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by Monsoon
Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist ethics at a national level
Replies: 39
Views: 5711

Re: Buddhist ethics at a national level

Really? Look at the success of nationalism where people become ready to lay down their lives for the state, or throw away their religious morals to kill and steal for the country . Or for that matter, look at how successful new Marxist morals and ethics were in the Buddhist world not so long ago. T...
by Monsoon
Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist ethics at a national level
Replies: 39
Views: 5711

Re: Buddhist ethics at a national level

Apologies Indrajala but I think you are incorrect. Morals that are forced upon people are rarely strongly held, and often easily bypassed with the right inducement. I understand your point concerning the coercion of people into patterns of behaviour though. No, a nation can be defined. It is a subje...
by Monsoon
Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:58 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist ethics at a national level
Replies: 39
Views: 5711

Re: Buddhist ethics at a national level

So what? :shrug: Morality/ethics can never be forced on people. Meaningful change only occurs under one of two distinct conditions: 1. If enough people willingly adopt it to create a ripple out effect. 2. Survival imperative. Legal systems and national/international policies may seem to constrain be...
by Monsoon
Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11290

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

If something has not or cannot be measured it doesn't meant that it does not exist - which seems to be the default position of a lot of science-oriented people - but could equally mean that we don't yet have the tools to do the measuring... yet! Brain neuron activity can be measured, but how this ac...
by Monsoon
Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Condensed Summarization of Buddhism?
Replies: 32
Views: 3417

Re: Condensed Summarization of Buddhism?

There is no spoon? :shrug:




I'll get me coat...
by Monsoon
Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:02 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1012
Views: 81517

Re: Yes or No ...

no. Do you drink green tea with chrysanthemum?
by Monsoon
Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris on Buddhism
Replies: 112
Views: 11290

Re: Sam Harris on Buddhism

I rather liked : I practiced Pure Land and later on Chan which is just Chinese for Zen. The Chinese will be thrilled to finally know the truth of this - just pulling your leg a bit, but only a bit. Reincarnation is... well, I'll come back to this later perhaps. The Universe is the ultimate recycling...
by Monsoon
Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:55 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1012
Views: 81517

Re: Yes or No ...

No,

Do you think kali yuga is the equivalent of the Christian 'End of days'?
by Monsoon
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:31 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Full lotus and lower back pain, a survey
Replies: 10
Views: 2427

Re: Full lotus and lower back pain, a survey

Johnny D. wrote: The one exception I think of to this is standing Qigong postures like holding the tree, where the spine is almost stacked straight, even then, there is a kind of muscular exertion involved to hold oneself up. Differences exist between sitting meditation and static standing meditatio...
by Monsoon
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is time linear?
Replies: 11
Views: 1338

Re: Is time linear?

Without an observer there is no time of which to speak.
by Monsoon
Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Full lotus and lower back pain, a survey
Replies: 10
Views: 2427

Re: Full lotus and lower back pain, a survey

There is a small niggling concern I have about back pain and sitting meditation, and it's this: your back (spine, muscles, as well as associated viscera) are not designed or structured to remain immobile for lengthy periods of time. Nearly all ancient exercise regimes (I'm thinking physical yoga, Da...
by Monsoon
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: compromise and relationships
Replies: 12
Views: 1151

Re: compromise and relationships

I'm a little late to this thread but I wanted to make a note on the transformation of satisfaction (don't know whether that is the right terminology). Over the last few years I have thought much on the nature of compromise in the relationship context. One of my tentative conclusions is that (a lot o...
by Monsoon
Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Still here
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re: Still here

Excluded, on 2 points:

1. Most everybody else here is orders of magnitude wiser than I.
2. I am the worst follower of my own advice in the perceived universe.

I really just wanted to say not to sweat it and that there is plenty of support here (even if it is only at a distance).
by Monsoon
Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Still here
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re: Still here

There is no pressure to do this. Take it at your own pace. If you need breaks, take them. Community is always here, and there are many here who can offer much good advice (myself excluded of course!).
by Monsoon
Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:34 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Is it ethical to work with the Buddhist Association ofChina?
Replies: 27
Views: 2854

Re: Is it ethical to work with the Buddhist Association ofCh

Basically, the BAC under the control of the government of China is little more than an organization designed to manipulate Buddhism to serve the government's purposes and nip things in the bud when there is a threat to government control. This is not about whether Chinese or Tibetan Buddhism is bet...
by Monsoon
Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Is it ethical to work with the Buddhist Association ofChina?
Replies: 27
Views: 2854

Re: Is it ethical to work with the Buddhist Association ofCh

When someone can offer an analysis that is unbiased (or as objective as possible) then we can move forward. I am not seeing this in this thread. As this is (one would assume) a pro-Buddhist forum then all argument about the position of Buddhism in China is biased. What I would like is for some of th...
by Monsoon
Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:38 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello virtual sangha!
Replies: 7
Views: 916

Re: Hello virtual sangha!

One would imagine so...
:rolleye:
by Monsoon
Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If samsara had a theme song...
Replies: 39
Views: 3604

Re: If samsara had a theme song...

Lots of songs singing about all the bad things. How about a more positive note...Like this!