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by Daizan
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 2286

Re: Emotions = suffering?

Emotions = suffering is just a really bad way of saying that grasping and aversion result in suffering. Analogously, it's like saying that all colors are white. That may be true in a sense, but it doesn't explain anything and may only prove to be misleading. Blue is not white, and happiness is not s...
by Daizan
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Human birth and the chance it offers to escape the wheel of life and death is precious. Not all human life is precious, according to the teachings. A precious human birth is a specific type of human birth. Actually I think you will find that most humans use their lives to generate demerit and the c...
by Daizan
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

I take it that you are organic vegan then. I'm not even strictly vegetarian, truth be told. The whole truth is, I'm pro-choice. I was merely taking a position, a political position I suppose, that was opposed to my own. I am sorry if you cannot see the value of empathizing with a different view tha...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:28 pm
your ignorance of what it means to force someone to have a child is really a large blind spot to have in a discussion like this.
I want to force people into having children? Next you'll be claiming that I want to force people into being vegan.

You are too emotional. I'm out.
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

What is your view on livestock slaughter? Do you think, as Buddhists, that we should be opposed to it, given how many sentient beings lose their lives? Keep in mind that the first precept is about killing sentient beings, not just about killing humans. Similarly to what I've suggested about abortio...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

On which planet is that exactly? Buddhism is the third largest religion globally. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_populations You will find that Buddhists engage in termination of pregnancy too. I don't see how that makes sense, given the karmic consequences. Taking an innocent life...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

One argument frequently made by supporters of legal abortion is that the incidence of abortion is not affected by its legal status. As such, proponents of legal abortion maintain that legalizing abortion will not result in more abortions, but will instead improve the safety of abortions – ensuring ...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

This is not the ideal world and so everything is negotiation and compromise. Things can be compromised beyond the point of recognition, Queequeg, if you know what I mean. We can't substitute our judgement for others. You say so yourself. People are going to do what they do. What we can do is offer ...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

No one said it's easy to take the leap of faith required to actually live by our values and beliefs. It might make us unpopular with our liberal friends and associates. We don't need to shout it from the rooftops, however, or picket abortion clinics. Buddhism goes against the grain of worldly affair...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 4093

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

As I read through the comments in this topic, I must confess amazement. Abortion may be a convenient solution to a life-changing problem but it cannot be worth the karmic consequences of condoning killing, killing a sentient being yourself, and asking doctors to kill a sentient being. Human birth an...
by Daizan
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying: Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 45
Views: 4106

Re: Lying; Is it Acceptable?

Whether it is acceptable or not is irrelevant, either way there will be karmic consequences (vipaka). Any action executed from a self-centred view is going to have stronger negative consequences. Why would lying be a bad karmic consequence ? Can u elaborate more? Suppose you had a girlfriend that y...
by Daizan
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto Practice At Home
Replies: 9
Views: 2344

Re: Soto Practice At Home

Dosho charges $125 per hour. Still less than the plumber I paid yesterday.
by Daizan
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 2501

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

The Pew Research Center studies linked to above show that women are globally more religious than men across the board with few exceptions. If true, child rearing would appear to be either irrelevant or somehow conducive to religiosity. personally i see huge difference between being religious and be...
by Daizan
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 2501

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

The Pew Research Center studies linked to above show that women are globally more religious than men across the board with few exceptions. If true, child rearing would appear to be either irrelevant or somehow conducive to religiosity.
by Daizan
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 2501

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

Its really best not to argue if we can.. Lots of reasons but yeah. :) Argumentation is a method for resolving disagreements, and people always run into disagreements. In most cases I'd guess argumentation doesn't resolve disagreements. But of course to agree that one disagrees is a fine agreement. ...
by Daizan
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?
Replies: 59
Views: 2771

Re: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?

Thing with Yogacara and Shentong is that this True Self is not an "I" as such. It has a number of characteristics, but they are not even vaguely related to the five skandha that we normally consider as an "I". The five skandha are a description of suffering and not an I. I did not say they were an ...
by Daizan
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 2501

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

Its really best not to argue if we can.. Lots of reasons but yeah. :) Argumentation is a method for resolving disagreements, and people always run into disagreements. I don’t think it would serve the greater good to alway be subservient to others. That might bring peace to ourselves but harm to oth...
by Daizan
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 2501

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

Why they tend to spirituality? Why do you think that is? It makes intuitive sense to me that women are more interested in religiosity than men for the basic reason that women are physically more positioned to be caregivers to children and must therefore be at least somewhat more naturally nurturing...
by Daizan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 2501

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

I don't see your reasoning. What ideas I recall you mentioning were not convincing, and I gave reasons why. :shrug: Anyway, assuming the Pew Research Center's data is reasonably accurate, we might generally attribute the relatively low interest women have in Buddhism to its traditionally patriarcha...
by Daizan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?
Replies: 63
Views: 2501

Re: Are men or women more interested in Enlightenment?

I don't see your reasoning. What ideas I recall you mentioning were not convincing, and I gave reasons why. :shrug: Anyway, assuming the Pew Research Center's data is reasonably accurate, we might generally attribute the relatively low interest women have in Buddhism to its traditionally patriarcha...

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