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by Dan74
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3132

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

I totally agree, that's exactly my problem with mathematics as is taught today, i.e., without the mystical side which by all evidence the Pythagoreans did emphasize. Perharps it was a peculiar development in a specific society and thereafter suited only to a peculiar type of personality. But it has...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 65
Views: 3141

Re: Alan Watts

Until that is, I did my first actual Zen retreat. And then I realised I had not the faintest idea. What made you realize that? Meditation? Other sources / studies it were taught to you there? Meditation, initially. Restlessness, not coping with pain, Endless story-making and getting caught up in it...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 65
Views: 3141

Re: Alan Watts

I think he was just a brilliant guy, very very clever and with an incredible gift of gab. Zen to him was a wonderful intellectual adventure, not a praxis. I enjoyed his book The Way of Zen tremendously. It made perfect sense to me and I thought I had Zen figured out. Until that is, I did my first ac...
by Dan74
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3132

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

an overly intellectual, thought-focused disposition can be a huge hindrance to Dharma practice I totally agree, that's exactly my problem with mathematics as is taught today, i.e., without the mystical side which by all evidence the Pythagoreans did emphasize. Perharps it was a peculiar development...
by Dan74
Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3132

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

I largely agree with Malcolm. Perhaps not 'no role', but not a major role. Logic can be helpful and clear thinking, concentration and devotion to truth are important, IMO, and they are arguably qualities that mathematical training helps develop. FWIW, I am a trained mathematician, phd, publications,...
by Dan74
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 117
Views: 63737

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Welcome, Niina!

There are some knowledgeable and experienced people here and also lots of pointless and rancorous debates. Hope you are good at sorting the wheat from the chaff!
by Dan74
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 56
Views: 4153

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Much could be said about the absurdity of these people's views. Maybe there's a serious point hiding underneath that. Why did the whole topic of identify politics become so important to that generation at that point in time? A few decades ago it was either a non-issue, or it was about civil rights....
by Dan74
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 56
Views: 4153

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I think they were under the impression that Banh Mi were somehow "purely" Vietnamese, like the Vietnamese had just randomly invented something exactly like a baguette... which is funny on a bunch of different levels. :rolling: Though it is worth noting that for a long time, Vietnam was about the on...
by Dan74
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Issues with ending a friendship
Replies: 25
Views: 2379

Re: Issues with ending a friendship

Look at two things - your intention and your communication skills. Inexhaustible source of insight in these two and really worthwhile for ours and everyone else's sakes, IME.
by Dan74
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sudden Realization
Replies: 96
Views: 6778

Re: Sudden Realization

On the one hand I get why more experienced practitioners set out to unpick newly interested seekers' views and on the other I imagine how differently these kinds of dialogues would pan out face to face, in a 'lower gear', so to speak. But I get that's just my approach and won't be universally corre...
by Dan74
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Bill Maher on Megexit
Replies: 19
Views: 1487

Re: Bill Maher on Megexit

Not a huge fan of royalty, but Maher's portrayal is surely nonsense. It is hardly about golden carriages, antiquated traditions and the notion that they are higher than anyone else. They do a lot for their country. It is basically an institution, a job that is inherited and comes with a pretty heavy...
by Dan74
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sudden Realization
Replies: 96
Views: 6778

Re: Sudden Realization

Hi Suddenrealization :hi: As far as I can tell, Buddhism isn't really a set of beliefs to try on for size but a system of instructions, a practice. Whatever beliefs it promotes are in service of that practice, and as such are provisional. Basically Buddhism is to help folks let go of ignorance and d...
by Dan74
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 9353

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Many prominent conservatives did not come from wealthy families. Take the recently diseased Roger Scrutton. Or Jorge Borges who never really enjoyed wealth or privilege in his own country. Or even Tolkien, who after his father's death had to subsist with his mother on the handouts of a few relative...
by Dan74
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 9353

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I guess over the years I've become pretty conservative on some social issues. But US Conservatives is something else entirely. For me, classical conservative vs progressive is simply that - emphasis on preserving what is traditional, established vs emphasis on changing, reforming and throwing away....
by Dan74
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 9353

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

emphasis on changing, reforming and throwing away. One man's trash is another's treasure? Maybe some people see the progressive politics as an effort to "throw away". I don't think that fairly characterizes the impulse to address systemic injustices. These things that progressives seek to address a...
by Dan74
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 9353

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I should've mentioned the other relevant axis - emphasis on the individual (conservative) vs emphasis on the society (progressive). I think both of these have much recommend themselves. Especially if one is prepared to examine one's core principles.
by Dan74
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 9353

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I guess over the years I've become pretty conservative on some social issues. But US Conservatives is something else entirely. For me, classical conservative vs progressive is simply that - emphasis on preserving what is traditional, established vs emphasis on changing, reforming and throwing away. ...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 260
Views: 16559

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

It really doesn't help I think to tell other people what they link or use as evidence, is nonsense. Chances are they feel the same way about your 'sources'. People have become so polarised in their views that there is no middle ground on which they can even provisionally meet. There is just the shou...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Surviving my wife’s PMS?
Replies: 15
Views: 800

Re: Surviving my wife’s PMS?

Hi Ed :hi: Thank you for sharing this. Really tough situation. I think justsit's suggestion of couple's counselling is a good one. I totally get that some women are massively affected by their PMS and may lack the insight to recognise what's going on, but hopefully her caring about you and the relat...

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