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by AlexanderS
Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: European refugee crisis
Replies: 126
Views: 12467

Re: European refugee crisis

Much more effort in educating its citizens about the world and the US role in it. Dan - The people of the US have largely chosen ignorance and ideology over knowledge and experience of the rest of the world. There are structural reasons for this as well (massive structural poverty and what appears ...
by AlexanderS
Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: European refugee crisis
Replies: 126
Views: 12467

Re: European refugee crisis

I don't think anyone's really arguing "US- all bad, Everybody else - great!", Alexander. I think the US is in a very special position as the most powerful nation in the world. It wields enormous influence and we should demand more from it. Particularly more transparency in regards to its policies a...
by AlexanderS
Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: European refugee crisis
Replies: 126
Views: 12467

Re: European refugee crisis

The US has mainly tried to stay out of the conflict. Au contraire, the US has been interested in dominating the MIddle East -- and getting hold of its oil at no matter what cost -- since at least the mid 1960s. As is very well documented. http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/99/1/208.full I would ...
by AlexanderS
Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: European refugee crisis
Replies: 126
Views: 12467

Re: European refugee crisis

Do you honestly expect me to read all of that first article? :)

From what I've read so far, I cannot see how 95% of the blame can be shifted away from Assad.
by AlexanderS
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: European refugee crisis
Replies: 126
Views: 12467

Re: European refugee crisis

At the end of day in Syria it's a conflict between the Assad regime and rebel factions. It's childish to pin the blame on the US. That is very far from the truth, I am afraid. Firstly, 'rebels' are not a side in the conflict - more like a dozen sides (which often fight against each other, too). Sec...
by AlexanderS
Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: European refugee crisis
Replies: 126
Views: 12467

Re: European refugee crisis

Didn't the world decide after Iraq and Afghanistan that toppling dictators is not morally defensible? I must say it is a bit unexpected to see the Left Party endorse the same politics they criticized when Bush did it. There is no solution to this shit. This is going to get worse for a long time to ...
by AlexanderS
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: European refugee crisis
Replies: 126
Views: 12467

Re: European refugee crisis

It would be grand if the insanely rich Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United emirates would also take in refugee's. Their policy is basically taking in zero.
by AlexanderS
Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Towards a resolution in Israel and Palestine
Replies: 148
Views: 8927

Re: Towards a resolution in Israel and Palestine

What makes you say that? It is the most sacred place to all three religions, ergo, it is the one that will most likely be the object of a terrorist attack. For me it makes less sense that anyone would nuke a place that is sacred to them. I can't see anyone other than religious nutcases being mental...
by AlexanderS
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Towards a resolution in Israel and Palestine
Replies: 148
Views: 8927

Re: Towards a resolution in Israel and Palestine

What makes you say that?
by AlexanderS
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Towards a resolution in Israel and Palestine
Replies: 148
Views: 8927

Re: Towards a resolution in Israel and Palestine

While I have no sympathy for and am hostile to the Jihadists, the choice of a homeland by the Jews is odd. They had other offers and there was even a small counter-Zionist group working for a non-Jerusalem centered nation. It is curious that Islam has sacred turf - Mecca - as do the Jews of Israel....
by AlexanderS
Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Egg protein powder
Replies: 36
Views: 7474

Re: Egg protein powder

Well I would like to use protein powder out of convenience when I can't get some proper food, but yes i'm also quite physically active and I'm also doing the prostrations in the ngöndro. I have an illness that makes it difficult for me to build and maintain muscle mass so protein powder could be rea...
by AlexanderS
Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Egg protein powder
Replies: 36
Views: 7474

Egg protein powder

I apologize if this has been done before. But I'm attempting to go vegetarian, but Im struggling with getting enough protein. I have a quite to poor digestive system and I don't tolerate whey protein powder, nor soy, nor Brown rice protein powder. I was thinking about trying out egg protein powder, ...
by AlexanderS
Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Shamar Rinpoche passed away
Replies: 76
Views: 13602

Re: Shamar Rinpoche passed away

I'm very sad about this. Always wanted to meet him in person, but now that chance is gone.
by AlexanderS
Mon May 19, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The scary truth about pharmaceutical medicine.
Replies: 14
Views: 1490

Re: The scary truth about pharmaceutical medicine.

On a somewhat similar note http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/glaxosmithklines-former-china-chief-mark-reilly-charged-with-bribery-9368321.html As someone who has been really damaged uneccesarily by pharmaceutical medicine i'm not too symphatic about people defending it's reputation. T...
by AlexanderS
Sun May 18, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The scary truth about pharmaceutical medicine.
Replies: 14
Views: 1490

Re: The scary truth about pharmaceutical medicine.

On a somewhat similar note http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/glaxosmithklines-former-china-chief-mark-reilly-charged-with-bribery-9368321.html As someone who has been really damaged uneccesarily by pharmaceutical medicine i'm not too symphatic about people defending it's reputation. Th...
by AlexanderS
Tue May 13, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Should Buddhists even care about "engaging" social politics?
Replies: 113
Views: 11940

Re: Should Buddhists even care about "engaging" social polit

The pure land path is not a quick path, per se. There are many grades of birth described in the pure land sutras, and some people who are born there are born in lotuses that never open, so they never see the face of Amitabha. Of course, in Shinran's pure land school this is all understood rather di...
by AlexanderS
Mon May 12, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tibetan experiences in Tibet, China and India
Replies: 60
Views: 2506

Re: Tibetan institutional religious violence

It is the same logic that was behind the Berlin Wall. I'm not saying it is right. Nations generally behave in a way that is in their interests. It isn't about what is right and wrong, but what is in your interests. The US is no different than China. The US in the last decade alone killed hundreds o...
by AlexanderS
Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is "mystical union" a part of Buddhism?
Replies: 43
Views: 3055

Re: Is "mystical union" a part of Buddhism?

Union of compassion and wisdom?
Unity of bliss and emptiness?
by AlexanderS
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about Bodhisattvas
Replies: 19
Views: 1426

Re: Question about Bodhisattvas

So, generally, one is either under compulsion to exist, out of craving, or one might be re-born voluntarily, out of compassion. It's quite a profound idea, really. Does this mean that the Buddha Gotama ended his cycle of rebirth because he lacked compassion? Or does this mean that the Buddha Gotama...

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