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by mikenz66
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Nerd humor in gravitational physics
Replies: 23
Views: 384

Re: Nerd humor in gravitational physics

It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles [of physics] have been firmly established … An eminent physicist remarked that the future truths of physical science are to be looked for in the sixth place of decimals. Well - that didn't work out. Indeed. That quote is up there with, ...
by mikenz66
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Starring Grigoris at 1:39
Replies: 31
Views: 827

Re: Starring Grigoris at 1:39

Punya wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:56 am
Accent? What accent? And no NZ that I can detect.
There is some NZ accent there in the background.

But it's probably most apparent to native down-under people... :tongue:

Nice interview, Greg, you present really well!

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 257
Views: 5835

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Hell, in New Zealand, for example, even the police did not carry weapons. It was the SWAT team's job to deal with armed criminals. Yes, it's really a very different atmosphere. Here we have lower-level controversies over such things as whether the police tasering of someone running amok with a knif...
by mikenz66
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Server migration Sept 22
Replies: 43
Views: 1421

Re: Server migration Sept 22

Since I still see problems, there must be others with the same difficulties, so I'm posting my experience. I have no problem with this site, but, even now, several days after the IP has changed, I cannot connect to dhammawheel.com from work (using the same laptop that works fine with my home ISP). T...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: what the buddha didn't teach
Replies: 20
Views: 1266

Re: what the buddha didn't teach

There are different schools of thought, but even from a purely historical viewpoint, no one actually knows the limits of what Shakyamuni taught. This is not a point of view you will find heavily represented on this particular site at any rate, being a site for Mahayana folk. You might want to check...
by mikenz66
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?
Replies: 42
Views: 1519

Re: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?

I guess I'm wondering what the motivation is. If it is to be more resilient in a crisis, then being off the grid one thing. If the idea is to be long-term independent of the grid then you won't have devices such as solar cells and high-tech batteries.

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?
Replies: 42
Views: 1519

Re: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?

Things like solar panels, D.i.Y wind turbines, batteries for storage and good permaculture know how mean that living off grid is as realistic as you're willing to commit to the lifestyle changes. There's a bunch ofp stuff on YouTube. Both traditional homesteads and more modernized approaches. Pardo...
by mikenz66
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 100
Views: 3633

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

Hi Johnny, It does if we are dealing with meditative experiences that are not covered by a secular approach to meditation..all experiences will be filtered through that lens. Can you explain how it is limiting? This may seem completely obvious to you, in which case it should be a simple matter to ex...
by mikenz66
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Monk caught at love motel with woman and drugs
Replies: 10
Views: 872

Re: Monk caught at love motel with woman and drugs

What's really disturbing is that the girl was wearing a "Yeezy for president" t-shirt: That's probably just a result of manufacturing over-runs being dumped locally. You can find all kinds of stuff in street markets in Asia, and I've seen people in Thailand wearing various t-shirts with messages th...
by mikenz66
Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: Language
Topic: How to copy Tibetan from PDF?
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: How to copy Tibetan from PDF?

Hi dharmabum9, This is a perennial problem with special characters. Many Pali or Sanskrit PDFs also give gibberish when copied. This problem is solved with newer encoding schemes, but files generated with older software will continue to be problematical. Older software mapped character codes above 1...
by mikenz66
Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Approach in the West: Scientific vs Spiritual?
Replies: 113
Views: 5677

Re: Approach in the West: Scientific vs Spiritual?

Yes, exactly. For normal civil and mechanical engineering, like sending a rocket to the moon, or building a bridge, Newton's laws are perfectly fine. It would be a huge waste of effort to use the relativistic equations. On the other hand, you need to apply both special and general relativistic corre...
by mikenz66
Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Approach in the West: Scientific vs Spiritual?
Replies: 113
Views: 5677

Re: Approach in the West: Scientific vs Spiritual?

I would like to add that this is pretty much true for any teacher trying to teach any bunch of willing adults anything at all , whether it yoga or tennis or calligraphy: you have to start from where the students are at and introduce skills and concepts at the best rate they can absorb them. Teachin...
by mikenz66
Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: The Perfectly Imperfect Beyond Perfection/Imperfection (Zen) Buddha
Replies: 70
Views: 5364

Re: The Perfectly Imperfect Beyond Perfection/Imperfection (Zen) Buddha

Yes, it would be useful to clarify whether Jundo meant
Jñāna (Sanskrit; Pali: ñāṇa) a term for "knowledge" in Indian philosophy and religion.
or
Dhyāna (Sanskrit) or Jhāna (Pali), which are terms for meditation in general, or meditative absorption/unification in particular.

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Discourse - alternative forum software
Replies: 1
Views: 1004

Re: Discourse - alternative forum software

Here's a Buddhist example:
https://discourse.suttacentral.net/

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why digging out old topics?
Replies: 36
Views: 2808

Re: Why digging out old topics?

I tend to bore into threads and comment on them as that is a common practice in tech forums. A useful piece of information might be found back in a post from 1998. Somebody might have posted something in 1998 and they are following that thread, and are thrilled when some piece of tech wizzardry is ...
by mikenz66
Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road
Replies: 31
Views: 3597

Re: Mad Max: Fury Road

To me, the really nice thing about this series, particularly the latest one and the second one (Road Warrior), was that they deliberately downplayed explanation of what was happening. The viewer has to learn, with Max, what is going on, as things happen. This analysis of Max's first scene in Road Wa...
by mikenz66
Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: New Zealand recognizes all animals as sentient beings
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: New Zealand recognizes all animals as sentient beings

Yes, and I believe that that live export to the middle east stopped some time ago.

:anjali:
Mike
by mikenz66
Sun May 24, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist leaders convene at White House
Replies: 12
Views: 1625

Buddhist leaders convene at White House

Washington Post: A political awakening for Buddhists? 125 U.S. Buddhist leaders to meet at the White House. Are we about to enter the era of the political Buddhist? On Thursday about 125 U.S. Buddhist leaders from across the spectrum will gather in Washington for what organizers say may be the bigg...
by mikenz66
Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Canon in Mahayana & Theravada
Replies: 15
Views: 2299

Re: The Canon in Mahayana & Theravada

Hi Shamati, The Theravada Canon is the only complete canon (and commentaries) from the early sects that has been preserved by a currently existing sect, so in that sense it has a special place. However, there are Canons (incomplete as I understand it) from other early sects, preserved in Chinese, Sa...
by mikenz66
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do enlightened beings still scratch at itches?
Replies: 27
Views: 2307

Re: Do enlightened beings still scratch at itches?

Yes. But if there is no relief they won't get upset by it. And an itch is a very minor thing. It's interesting to note that Theravadan monk Ajahn Brahm claims that arahants still experience physical suffering in Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond . This view also seems to be supported by Ajahn Brahmali ...