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by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:58 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 110442

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

pueraeternus wrote:The same thing can be said about what you and Viniketa have put forth.
Could you please point to something I have put forth that appears to be a quarter or half truth?

Thank you.

:namaste:
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 110442

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

I do not ask to be antagonistic nor to play cards. If there is evidence, I would like to be informed. Is it not obvious? I don't need to write a whole monograph on these points. -In complex societies there are almost always working classes, slaves and general grunts who get paid little in terms of ...
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Buddhist Photo Albums
Replies: 20
Views: 6696

Re: Buddhist Photo Albums

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:namaste:
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:39 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 110442

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Huseng wrote:Is it really necessary to get antagonistic with me and play the academic card?
I do not ask to be antagonistic nor to play cards. If there is evidence, I would like to be informed.

:namaste:
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ‘Mayans were right, world is ending’ - Julia Gillard
Replies: 10
Views: 1603

Re: ‘Mayans were right, world is ending’ - Julia Gillard

But, dude! I like Christmas decorations :tongue: There is a certain sense to having a bit of extra light during the darkest days of the year, and Christmas lights are pretty, but they sure are a drain on our energy resources. More "natural light", such as luminarias, please. :smile: :namaste:
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: theravadabuddhist doesnt get real enlightenment
Replies: 33
Views: 5913

Re: theravadabuddhist doesnt get real enlightenment

My mistake, iI wrote wrong, dalai lama said: its important to help other people. according to my own way It isnt right to not be helpfull to other beings book is called my way to sucess. HHDL never wrote a book by that title. I think those posting on this thread my be feeding a troll... :thinking: ...
by viniketa
Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?
Replies: 64
Views: 10600

Re: Is Buddhism just as irrational as other beliefs?

Sure, I mean the history for which we have a material archive: texts, artifacts, bodies you can count, pain you can describe qualitatively and quantitatively and attribute to various determinations and causes. I mean this in distinction to idealist historiography, which posits the movements and tra...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 110442

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

There are huge problems afoot. It still surprises me that so few people mention the massive over population of the globe. Currently, the population stretches resources, but if we are conservative, the resources are adequate. However, if the current trend of exponential growth continues, it won't be...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Balance of Good and Bad Karma.
Replies: 4
Views: 1340

Re: Balance of Good and Bad Karma.

If once we die, and the amount of good karma surpasses that of bad karma, will we still have to serve time in hell? Or will the bad karma cancel out the good karma? and from that, we will be decided where we will be sent off to? Hello, LYH - Welcome to DW. You ask very good questions. As lowlydog n...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 110442

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Society is evil by virtue of how it is established and how it operates (exploitation of the proletariat, animals, the environment, etc...) Please cite your sources, data, and proof for the assumption that societies, invariably, throughout time, have only been established through exploitation of the...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:27 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika
Replies: 43
Views: 8884

Re: Labeling and inherent nature - Svatantrika vs. Prasangika

I've been thinking about this for a while but I can't figure it out. My understanding is that Svatantrika criticizes Prasangika by saying that without inherent existence any given collection of aggregates can be labeled as anything. So a book could be labeled a cat, car, or cloud. Why not? There's ...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:02 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 110442

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Lovely, but that doesn't address the fact that almost our entire global industrial infrastructure depends on finite fossil fuels which are disrupting the climate and killing off plenty of species. I don't dispute any of the facts presented -- in fact, I teach at the post-secondary level and I, and ...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:37 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: KIVA - Microloans
Replies: 20
Views: 5219

Re: KIVA - Microloans

I like the concept of KIVA. It appears to follow the philosophy of " give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life ". Heifer incorporates that principal as well. I wish I could figure out hoe to imbed videos here, but a link will have to do: http://www.youtube...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: KIVA - Microloans
Replies: 20
Views: 5219

Re: KIVA - Microloans

I don't know anything about Kiva, but speaking for myself I would much rather just give $25 to somebody in need than loan them the $25. More than charity, I would want to challenge those institutions and systems that keep them in poverty. Kiva's lending partners are all non-profit organizations who...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Right Speech?
Replies: 6
Views: 1689

Re: Right Speech?

Just from my own point of view, gossip about others, and tall tales/embellishment about oneself are generally the most engaged in, and worst form of wrong speech I am likely to do or be around. This was double or triple as a teenager than as a middle aged person. I might cuss every now and then, bu...
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Buddhist Photo Albums
Replies: 20
Views: 6696

Re: Buddhist Photo Albums

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:namaste:
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Brain Tumor on a family friend
Replies: 9
Views: 2152

Re: Brain Tumor on a family friend

:bow: oṃ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye mahābhaiṣajye bhaiṣajyarāje samudgate svāhā :bow:

:namaste:
by viniketa
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 110442

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

I can't afford the false optimism and groundless hope of an earlier generation - a generation that has consistently failed to face reality. I am very grateful to Huseng for bringing these issues up and for addressing them from a Buddhist perspective. I would rather hear a harsh truth than a comfort...
by viniketa
Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Infinite Past
Replies: 12
Views: 2499

Re: Infinite Past

anjali wrote: you can count to infinity by twos {2,4,6,...},,, Puts the bodhisattva vow in perspective.
Ah, bijection in set theory, now I understand the exclusion statement. Thanks!

Yes, the bodhisattva vow is daunting - couldn't agree more.

:namaste:
by viniketa
Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Infinite Past
Replies: 12
Views: 2499

Re: Infinite Past

Given an infinite number of sentient beings, there are ways of counting back to an infinite past that will exclude infinite numbers of beings yet to be liberated in the infinite future.... anjali - you lost me with this statement.... Since there are infinite sentient beings, then ignorance must be ...

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