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by Grigoris
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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

Dechen Norbu wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:28 pm
You sure get a kick from beating the crap out of stawmen, Greg! Read my posts, please... :lol:
My response was general, not personal.
by Grigoris
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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

Still, Greg, never use this argument. We don't, or we should never, get to decide before birth which lives will or will not be precious. I think you will find that in most cases the women that decide to terminate a pregnancy are not really concerned with the theoretical preciousness of human life, ...
by Grigoris
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 45
Views: 933

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

Gendun Chopel was involved with a Maoist group in North India, got him into some trouble upon his return to Lhasa.
by Grigoris
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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

Hey, I was just kidding with the viagra/abortion comment. Yet, I see the value of looking at how certain issues are handled. Definitely don't see it as a moral equivalency argument, more about institutionalized patriarchy. Regardless, the topic deserves serious attention and I am woefully incapable...
by Grigoris
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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

I'm not even strictly vegetarian, truth be told. So work on understanding your own hypocrisy before judging others for theirs. 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 em...
by Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: So the Display of the Mind isn't Real?
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: So the Display of the Mind isn't Real?

So the Display of the Mind isn't real? . . Or something surmised out of Nothing . . Reality, as we experience it, is a bunch of dependently arisen phenomena which rely on causes and conditions. Phenomena and their causes and conditions lack any essential existence independent of causes and conditio...
by Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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 Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_populations 1. "Hindu" is not a single religion 2. Atheist/agnostic is also not a religion. I don't see how that makes sense, given the karmic consequences. Well, I guess Buddhists must be imperfect too. Weird that. Taking an innocent life, perhaps fo...
by Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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

From here: https://lozierinstitute.org/how-the-legal-status-of-abortion-impacts-abortion-rates/ If this research is correct, supporting pro-choice costs more sentient beings lives. Assuming the rationalization is valid to begin with. The "research" is from an anti-choice site. Try digging around an...
by Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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. Do you live 100% by your adopted morals and beliefs, or are you sometimes forced to compromise? No need to answer. Buddhism goes against the grain of worldly affairs Dictating what people should or ...
by Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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

justsit wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:41 pm
Every intercourse must be open to reproduction.
Including rape... :tantrum:
by Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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 Convenient??? ...but it cannot be worth the karmic consequences of condoning killing, killing a sentient being yourself, and asking doctors to kill a sentient bei...
by Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4752

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Astus wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:17 am
If I get you right, the westernised interpretation means relying on canonical scriptures and rejecting practices that cannot be derived from them.
That is some thin ice you are on there my friend. Who gets to decide what is canonical? Who gets to assess derivation?
by Grigoris
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4752

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

that would be awesome. unification of theravada and mahayana in a new, renewed and stronger buddhist path. There is no need to unify, they are already unified under the victory banner of the Conqueror, there just needs to be more mutual respect. One example of this mutual respect is the organisatio...
by Grigoris
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2313

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

Also- Are pro-lifers as concerned about killing animals and eating animal meat? Why shouldn't they all be vegans, respecting life and all. But no, animals are supposedly lesser life forms than humans and don't deserve the "sanctity of life" argument. And let us not even get into how many anti-choic...
by Grigoris
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 207
Views: 14795

Re: Socialism & Communism

The problem with that idea Greg is that most people that are financially well off have worked hard and taken a few chances. If they're then heavily taxed for doing well, it takes a fair bit of the incentive away to initially work hard and taken a few chances. No, most of the hideously wealthy have ...
by Grigoris
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.

Aemilius wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:14 am
How is it that emptiness sounds just boring? The word is so worn out, it is empty of freshness, empty of meaning.
Because it is "boring". Empty is just the way things are. There is nothing exciting about that.
by Grigoris
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Saadi Shirazi
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Saadi Shirazi

From his book of aphorisms (in Persian prose) titled Bustan:
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by Grigoris
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 207
Views: 14795

Re: Socialism & Communism

Personally, if asked, I would like to see an anarchist utopia based on mutual aid. Given that option is highly unlikely, I believe a mixed economy is the best model. I think that all utilities should be owned by the state (electricity, natural gas, petroleum, telephone networks, water, roads, educat...
by Grigoris
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.

What is the Buddhist reading on Emptiness? . . All phenomena arise based (dependent) on causes and conditions, they do not exist exist due to some inherent essence or quality. They are empty of an inherent essence or quality. Is this somehow related to the doctrine of Impermanence? . . Yes, because...

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