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by boda
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Zen Practice

Yeah, the understanding you express is not surprising after having read Alan Watts.

Like Sentient Light, I also recommend The Rinzai Zen Way by Meido Moore.
by boda
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

So it was a rhetorical question and Grigoris was struggling to say that he can't explain the ch-ch-ch-ch-changes? Eight Worldly Dharmas. I'll remember that the next time I claim something is false but can't explain why it's false. It's ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the Eight Worldly Dharmas......
by boda
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

So it was a rhetorical question and Grigoris was struggling to say that he can't explain the ch-ch-ch-ch-changes?
by boda
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

The question is: do you understand your statements (plural). I made the statements, so obviously I understand them. How do you explain Christianity going from being considered progressive and revolutionary to conservative... How did communism go from being a force for revolutionary change and freed...
by boda
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Anyway, this whole progressive vs conservative thing is a complete fabrication. Christianity was once considered progressive and revolutionary, now it is a force of conservatism. You're saying that's how Christianity was/is considered, but it's a fabrication? Quite an enduring falsehood. Force of c...
by boda
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Most of these definitions and musings are not relevant to today's political climate at all. Exactly JD. Kirk and other cultural conservatives were not and are not 'political', neither in motivation nor practice. As the first page says: Conservatives distrust “abstractions”— that is, absolute politi...
by boda
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Anyway, this whole progressive vs conservative thing is a complete fabrication. Christianity was once considered progressive and revolutionary, now it is a force of conservatism. You're saying that's how Christianity was/is considered, but it's a fabrication? Quite an enduring falsehood. Force of c...
by boda
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

You could, of course, try to argue that TNH is reforming Buddhism, but I don't think you'll be able to convince anyone. We could also argue that each one of us, every day, reforms Buddhism. It's true, too, since every time we choose one text over another, one interpretation of the precepts over ano...
by boda
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

It would if the rule were something like: all conservatives are religious and all liberals are atheists. That would be a stupid rule. The evidence shows that conservatives tend to be religious, or at least identify as religious, at around double the rate as liberals. Source? Pew Research Center. I'...
by boda
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

We could list exceptions all day long, and probably much better ones than those listed so far. Exceptions disprove your fake rule. It would if the rule were something like: all conservatives are religious and all liberals are atheists. That would be a stupid rule. The evidence shows that conservati...
by boda
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Spiritual traditions are traditional , not progressive. The Church of Satan would care to disagree. Spiritual traditions can be progressive. Ever heard of Engaged Buddhism, for example? Secularists can be incredibly conservative. Richard Dawkins / Jordan Peterson are both "secularists" in various w...
by boda
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Secular culture is highly invested in the notion that everyone is equal. Secular culture is highly invested in separating religion and state, particularly religious authority and state. If for no other reason, because unverifiable ’higher truths’ may be abused. An unverifiable higher truth could be...
by boda
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "I didn't ask to be born."
Replies: 30
Views: 732

Re: "I didn't ask to be born."

Silly question but if a soul didn't exist prior to conception then why should it exist after death? We're talking about faith here. If people have faith that God created a soul, what would stop them from believing the soul would survive the death of the body? In the realm of beliefs, anything goes....
by boda
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "I didn't ask to be born."
Replies: 30
Views: 732

Re: "I didn't ask to be born."

Silly question but if a soul didn't exist prior to conception then why should it exist after death?
by boda
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:10 am
Lads & Lassies,

It is only 100 pages, read it for increased clarity.
Given that these principles are so incongruent with the current "conservative" White House administration, they fail to increase clarity.
by boda
Fri May 31, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Kirk and traditional conservatives do not dabble in theory, as was quoted above: Okay, so what is an example of an absolute political dogma? Ask a college graduate - I am not that. A mere dictionary is all that is necessary. A theory is defined as: a supposition or a system of ideas intended to exp...
by boda
Fri May 31, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Kirk and traditional conservatives do not dabble in theory, as was quoted above: Okay, so what is an example of an absolute political dogma? Ask a college graduate - I am not that. How about something very much like belief in “the existence of certain abiding truths which govern the conduct of huma...
by boda
Fri May 31, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Like so many things in life, sounds pretty good in theory . :tongue: Kirk and traditional conservatives do not dabble in theory, as was quoted above: Conservatives distrust what Burke called 'abstractions'— that is, absolute political dogmas divorced from practical experience and particular circums...
by boda
Fri May 31, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Lounge: Dharma Wheel Gold
Replies: 16
Views: 695

Re: The Lounge: Dharma Wheel Gold

Hmm, the topic seems to confirm my observation that the forum is generally lacking in humor. Taking ourselves too seriously is not a sign of spiritual progress. :|
by boda
Fri May 31, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1500

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Like so many things in life, sounds pretty good in theory. :tongue:

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