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by Brunelleschi
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 1511

Re: Dharma Ending Age

Scriptural literalism is the worst. Ugh. :roll: Right after making it up as you go along. Keep clutching those words and letters. That list is why women are repressed, minorities persecuted, etc. etc. in certain Buddhist cultures. Fortunately, the Buddha taught us about suffering and the end of suf...
by Brunelleschi
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 1511

Re: Dharma Ending Age

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:03 pm
Just wanted to chime in to say that I really appreciate your posts - I always learn a lot. Anywaaay... :juggling:
by Brunelleschi
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

Hi Brunelleschi: My original intent is not to argue nor debate, rather I was trying to "cheer up: and present some rays of hope in the views. I only have a bachelors degree in Computer Science, so I dare not to claim to be as good in psychology as you are. Statistical surveys like this PEW demograp...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Thread with no words
Replies: 100
Views: 12910

Re: Thread with no words

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by Brunelleschi
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

Well, no need to get so depressed about the future ;) I agree the humankind will always be in the need the Buddha-dharma. And in seems the universalist buddha-dharma itself is invincible. I see the basic components of Buddhism itself has a lot of commonalities with other religions: eg. 5 precepts b...
by Brunelleschi
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

“If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favors nor your hate.” – Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3. Indeed. When we look at the turning points in history, the people living through them had no idea...
by Brunelleschi
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

I'm not so concerned with declines in religious affiliations. The question for me is what ideas are guiding us, if not various stripes of religion. Is it some sort of scientific materialist humanism? That's not so bad in the scheme of things. What concerns me is if we are devolving to little more t...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:34 pm
This is the perspective of someone on a yogic path, essentially, and that is not the only valid way to approach Buddhadharma. In fact, for many people such practice is pretty much out of the question, including many people in traditional Buddhist cultures.
:good:
by Brunelleschi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

I am not saying that it would not be good if there were many buddhists, it would be marvelous and good for them and everyone. But dharma will not survive just because of number of followers. Yes I am white, liberal also male homosexual and central European. Temples and centers are good, but with th...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

I found the the same study - only updated for 2017. However, the predictions are similar.

http://www.pewforum.org/2017/04/05/the- ... landscape/


EDIT: NB! This thread is no way meant to bash other religions.
by Brunelleschi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

That is an old survey / study (year 2015). I believe if they updated it, they would find the unaffiliated / agnostic numbers higher and also higher for 2050 as well. As nations get developed, many start to leave religions (of all types). For sure, agnostics and atheist is growing group. However, fr...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

Absolutely irrelevant. What Buddhism needs are good realized practitioners not a huge number of followers. Well, I (humbly) disagree - and I think it is a mistake to make such a clear cut division between different "classes" of practioners. If less people practice Buddhism, statistically over a lon...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Topic: Future world demographics(PEW) - decline of Buddhism in 2050

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/religious-projections-2010-2050/ What are your comments on these PEW-polls on the future demographics of religious groups? Christianity(mainly Catholicism I believe) and Islam are the two fastest growing religions (mainly due to hight fertility rates). In 2050 Chri...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 4489

Re: Circumcision

This: Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did. If we all asked our local preacher, we might get 1,000 different answers, depending on the denomination and the level of apologetics of that sect. Some see God as impersonal, others take the literal wor...
by Brunelleschi
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 4489

Re: Circumcision

All the rationales for this practice that I have been exposed to are cultural and not scientific (specifically, references to Biblical or Quranic tradition). I find those arguments completely unconvincing. [Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did.] ...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2355

Re: Yidams on a bikini

Yes, it is really sad to see bikinis with yidams on them. It's really stupid. And if we are to do anything, it'd be asking them to please stop, and have some respect, and otherwise giving general information such as this being religious symbols that should be treated with respect. But we can't real...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2355

Re: Yidams on a bikini

However hideous the examples, I place freedom of expression above all restriction of speech which offends people. In the UK we now have a culture which is reaching the point where it drags people into court for offending anyone about anything. Literally, anything. Then there needs to be a debate ab...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2355

Re: Yidams on a bikini

It's a crude, borderline racist joke at the expense of a community that in the west faces subtle and not-so-subtle racism on a daily basis. It's my comment you have a problem with? Alrighty then. :coffee: I'll make this general, in the context of the OP: We need to be free to take the piss out of a...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 4489

Re: Circumcision

All the rationales for this practice that I have been exposed to are cultural and not scientific (specifically, references to Biblical or Quranic tradition). I find those arguments completely unconvincing. [Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did.] ...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2355

Re: Yidams on a bikini

I'm exiting this thread - I've said my piece. We'll have to agree to disagree.

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