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by boda
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4495

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

The following sentiment has been voiced a couple times or more in this thread - that Democrats and Republicans are basically the same... There's a deep criticism of the overall system that can be directed at both parties, and to an extent they engage in similar distasteful behaviors... but if you r...
by boda
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4495

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

The following sentiment has been voiced a couple times or more in this thread - that Democrats and Republicans are basically the same... There's a deep criticism of the overall system that can be directed at both parties, and to an extent they engage in similar distasteful behaviors... but if you r...
by boda
Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Too many deleted posts
Replies: 56
Views: 2378

Re: Too many deleted posts

8-) How dare you! Have a merry Christmas! :heart: This is hate speech.You should be saying "happy holidays" not "merry Christmas". Don't want to be offending non Christians. How dare you! If you want to reach any constructive outcome, you need another strategy. Rather, you need to develop a sense o...
by boda
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

When one acts virtuously, one accumulates what's called inner merit, which is inexhaustible and lasts throughout every lifetime. When one acts in a way such as what you're describing, where one wants to do something good, there is still a positive effect, but it's different. It's called outer merit...
by boda
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

I don't recognize Buddhist virtue in other systems. Of course, but I said that you recognize virtue in what you're calling 'other systems'. For instance, in the previous paragraph to the quotation above you wrote, "Ending hunger and poverty is good." You may consider this animal behavior or whateve...
by boda
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

I'm saying you started this conversation by arguing "karma is a tool used by Buddha to get people to act morally and does not necessarily reflect the way reality works" which is not what Buddha intended. I'm telling you you are misunderstanding Buddha's teachings because you are using your own defi...
by boda
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

Only if metaphysical reality exists in such a way that logic exists as a correspondent of truth. Otherwise, logic is just putting together concepts that appear to make sense but have no correlation to reality. This doesn't make any sense to me at all. Realized practitioners by definition always act...
by boda
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

Logic is inseparable from metaphysics. Not in the sense that we can apply logic in areas besides metaphysics. Crazy wisdom is not devoid of virtue. I didn’t say that it was. Each aspect of Buddhist teachings on relative reality, whether they are ethics or cosmology or meditation or whatever, are al...
by boda
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

What are you talking about now? This thread started off being about "secular Buddhism", maybe some of the foibles of modernity seeping into Buddhist practice. I thought the OP was essentially a conservative (though not political) lamenting how Buddhism is being adopted in the West. Unfortunately fo...
by boda
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

Buddhist virtue is not the same principles as other ideas of virtue like Greek for instance Seems there's a couple of ways to interpret this. 1) Buddhist standards of moral behavior differ from that of other standards (such as Greek). Too bad Gregory isn't here to corroborate. :tongue: 2) Buddhist ...
by boda
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

The definition of virtue is behavior showing high moral standards. Do you know of any society so bereft of good moral behavior that getting to work on time is considered high? I don’t think that you do. I’ve actually spent some time with the criminal class. Their having a job at all is a high moral...
by boda
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

Getting out of bed and making it to work on time everyday is virtuous. So yes it helps in this life. I'm wondering if my question is destined to die in non-sequiturs or if someone might take it seriously. The teaching on the results of karma includes the awkwardly worded “result that reflects the g...
by boda
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

Virtue itself is a metaphysical concept. You have to believe it exists in order to believe it's "helpful". You appear to be claiming that the nature of virtue, and perhaps help, is conceptual. In my opinion, it’s a valid point of view to say that everything is conceptual, but I don’t know how this ...
by boda
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

Does anyone believe that developing virtue in life is ‘helpful’, regardless of their metaphysical beliefs? Virtue itself is a metaphysical concept. You have to believe it exists in order to believe it's "helpful". You appear to be claiming that the nature of virtue, and perhaps help, is conceptual....
by boda
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

Does anyone believe that developing virtue in life is ‘helpful’, regardless of their metaphysical beliefs?
by boda
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

PeterC wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:27 pm
what is the point in developing virtue if that does not help you in this life?
I appreciate your thoughtful reply, PeterC, and the only thing I take exception to is the quotation above. You don’t believe that developing virtue in life is helpful (helpful in what way could probably use clarifying)?
by boda
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

I have seen, a couple times, people say “you don't have to accept rebirth to be a Buddhist”, or that “Buddhism is a scientific religion”, that Buddhism is fundamentally different from other religions because it is somehow rooted in a philosophy and viewpoint that is in alignment with scientific ske...
by boda
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Topic
Replies: 96
Views: 4255

Re: New Topic

I have seen, a couple times, people say “you don't have to accept rebirth to be a Buddhist”, or that “Buddhism is a scientific religion”, that Buddhism is fundamentally different from other religions because it is somehow rooted in a philosophy and viewpoint that is in alignment with scientific ske...
by boda
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Goals & Non-Attachment
Replies: 36
Views: 1218

Re: Goals & Non-Attachment

I am having contradictory feelings about practicing non-attachment while setting goals (personal, professional, etc). I am naturally a Type A personality who likes to plan and execute towards an goal. Naturally, I put in a lot efforts to achieve my goal. My understanding of non-attachment is that I...
by boda
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Contemplation
Replies: 15
Views: 931

Re: Contemplation

No idea, as I am a pretty lousy student. I don’t imagine even the Buddha could tell us. In the end, we have do our own work. I do understand and trust the instructions, though. _/|\_ Keith So what is the point then, busywork? Really not interested in this dance, Boda, as we have done it all before....

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