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by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 5136

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

Grigoris wrote:
Joka wrote:I ask because of practical reasons regarding the world we live in that is entrenched in violence and conflict.
It's also "entrenched" in ignorance, so why do you not ask about notions of justified stupidity and foolishness in Buddhism?
Yes, there is ignorance also. I agree.
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: The Goal Of Meditation.
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: The Goal Of Meditation.

When one meditates, what is its goal for the individual? What is its purpose? What is meditation fulfilling? Zanmai-o-zanmai (SBGZ, BDK ed, vol 3, p 371): To transcend the whole universe at once, to live a great and valuable life in the house of the Buddhist patriarchs, is to sit in the full lotus ...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: The Goal Of Meditation.
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: The Goal Of Meditation.

Since this was posted in the soto section, I'll give the soto take on it. I like how Alan Watts once expressed it: "...Zazen is most fundamentally not a method for achieving anything. It is, like dancing, an expression of achievement". When I heard that, it clicked for me why Dogen insisted that "w...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 5136

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

Nemo wrote:Sometimes the best course of action if losing. Being brave does not only mean fighting and winning. Winning always comes with a cost.
Can you extrapolate on that more? I think that I understand what you're saying but more would be helpful.
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 5136

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

Another reason I created this thread because in ancient past Buddhist warrior monks like the Sohei fought very passionately for what they believed in. I'm told (sorry, can't source it) that originally you could not be a monk and a soldier. Professional killers were excluded from the sangha. I would...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 5136

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

tiagolps wrote:
Joka wrote:
Malcolm wrote:This is a Japanese corruption of Buddhadharma.
Somehow I think Japanese people would disagree.
Most japanese never liked the sohei, they were controversial back then as well. They were mafia disguised as monks
Can you explain that further?
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2375
Views: 193911

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by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1002
Views: 75056

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

Malcolm wrote:
Joka wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
There will always be inequality. This is a result of karma.
Maybe so, but this inequality is only increasing with the modern world being the epitome or apex of it.
So, who is going to pick winners and losers?

Karma is unerring.
Anarchism is where nobody gets to pick.
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: John Oliver interviews the Dalai Lama
Replies: 26
Views: 2409

Re: John Oliver interviews the Dalai Lama

Malcolm wrote:
Joka wrote:Horse milk in Mongolia?

They make a kind of alcoholic drink out of it called "kumis."
Interesting, never heard of that before.
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 5136

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

There's quite a few Buddhist countries in the world. They've all got a military, police force and judicial system. That tells me that buddhist or not sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do. Unfortunately it's a real world we live in not a Buddhist utopia. And that is one of the points I'm...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.
Replies: 55
Views: 5136

Re: Notion Of Justified War Or Violence.

What is a Buddhist to do say in the presence of a group of people that above all else desire power and will do anything to keep that power including all spectrums of human unspeakable acts or behaviors? Buddhists probably say that such is karma, with everything that entails. Does the Buddhist sit o...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2375
Views: 193911

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by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2375
Views: 193911

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by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1002
Views: 75056

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

Direct democracy does not scale well. It works fine at the village and town level, but that's about it. Secondly, the success of any democracy depends on the education level of its constituents. Poorly educated people tend to make poor choices. That is why I support small time localism within a sor...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: John Oliver interviews the Dalai Lama
Replies: 26
Views: 2409

Re: John Oliver interviews the Dalai Lama

Horse milk in Mongolia?
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2375
Views: 193911

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by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1002
Views: 75056

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

The theory of the necessity of an authoritarian vanguard party is not common to all strains of Marxist political thought, but is particularly associated with Marxism-Leninism. Many Marxists, on the contrary, seek to establish a social order in which the means of production, and all other institutio...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1002
Views: 75056

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

When one meditates, are they not connecting to nature its primordial connection to everything in totality? Much of the problems human beings face are self-inflicted within the constrained realms of civilization because of turning our backs on nature. Yes, turning our back to nature and we go to liv...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1002
Views: 75056

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

When the Dalai Lama was asked he put it like this: Q: You have often stated that you would like to achieve a synthesis between Buddhism and Marxism. What is the appeal of Marxism for you? HHDL: Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while...
by Joka
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Anarchism
Replies: 1002
Views: 75056

Re: Buddhist Anarchism

When the Dalai Lama was asked he put it like this: Q: You have often stated that you would like to achieve a synthesis between Buddhism and Marxism. What is the appeal of Marxism for you? HHDL: Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while...

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