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by Dechen Norbu
Thu May 16, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 207
Views: 10942

Re: Existence

Per Buddhism, what does "to exist" mean? Can this be answered (satisfactorily) without reference to the two truths? If so, please do. :namaste: That depends. For Theravadins phenomena have ultimate existence, while the self doesn't, to put it simply. In the context of Mahayana, no. I mean, you may ...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So this gym rat says to me
Replies: 18
Views: 393

Re: So this gym rat says to me

:rolling:
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 47
Views: 809

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

Yes. Unfortunately there's so much stupidity surrounding this issue... Criminalizing abortion solves nothing. It only creates a very ugly black market. Letting abortion become a substitute for birth control is also completely imoral. There's a middle ground, a sane middle ground. Solely blaming men ...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 47
Views: 809

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

Yeah, let's throw a little more sexism into the mixture, as if it hasn't enough already.That will surely help. :roll:
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 47
Views: 809

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

Things are getting much worse than I thought over there...
What's their rationale behind that stupidity?
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 47
Views: 809

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

Insane. Criminalizing abortion plus banning most birth control methods? Are you sure? That's insane.
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 47
Views: 809

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

I was responding to the suggestion that the choice to abort is always due to an individuals wanting an easy life of pleasure Marcos. Many women choose abortion with an anguished mind set, because they see the alternative as worse for themselves and the child. I am not arguing their case. I am just ...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

Here in the U.K at least- the plastic bag tax has seen a reduction in bags ending up as coastal ocean litter. Which sounds nice but any long term benefit is probably hampered by all of the other plastics being manufactured. But it still shows there can be some tangible benefits. UK supermarkets oft...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 47
Views: 809

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

Tell that to 15 year old rape victim or a woman in an abusive relationship. The life of zygotes and foetuses do not constitute an absolute. Sometimes it’s about finding the least worst action, leading to the least worst vipaka. It became a sort of cliché to use that argument, Simon. If it was mostl...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

I agree but also think that occasionally some benefit for the overall movement can still arise from this. An easy example is supermarkets who jump on the current anti-plastics and palm oil trend. It's clearly about their own profit since they're not really calling for much meaningful sustainability...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

I had to read that a couple of times. You’ve heard of a theory that meat consumption reduces greenhouse gasses? :lol: yes. How a massive change to a vegetarian diet would make the situation worse. We all heard that if you inquire a complex phenomena with a biased approach and hammer data enough wit...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

I had to read that a couple of times. You’ve heard of a theory that meat consumption reduces greenhouse gasses? :lol: yes. How a massive change to a vegetarian diet would make the situation worse. We all heard that if you inquire a complex phenomena with a biased approach and hammer data enough wit...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

Vasana, you understood each of my ideas perfectly. You also did a much better job explaining them. It doesn't help not being a native speaker, posting from a very annoying virtual keyboard on my smartphone and, usually, being on a hurry by knowing I'm leaving other things left undone. I had promised...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 183
Views: 3082

Re: For the science and religion crowd

:anjali:

boda, i'm just teasing you.

I really like exchanging ideas with you. You pose very good and challenging questions. I say this very honestly and with heartfelt respect. You strike me as an intellectually honest person and I value that a lot.
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 183
Views: 3082

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Evolution and other scientific discoveries conflict with religious accounts of the world. Ancient people simply didn't know a lot of things that we know now. No shame in that. No reason to deny it even if there were. This could be a problem for Theravadins, who are realists, not Mahayanists. We can...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

did you see my comments to your post before this conversation about vegetarianism started? Ah, yes, sorry, went back to them. So, I don't think there are, or should be, two sides to the climate change issue. There's only one reality, one fact of the matter, which is that human activity is drastical...
by Dechen Norbu
Wed May 15, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

You guys keep writing interesting stuff and you reel me back while I'm putting more important things on hold! :lol: I agree with Seeker's point - that one of the many consequences of climate change is that society is going to need to adapt alternative food sources, and reduce reliance on meat. I thi...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue May 14, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 183
Views: 3082

Re: For the science and religion crowd

I've skimmed through a couple of Pinker books and I don't recall him talking about philosophical materialism, in support of or otherwise. I've watched a good amount of Sagan and Tyson and I don't recall them talking about philosophical materialism on Cosmos. What it is, is simply the belief that li...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue May 14, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

We all know I think attaching other agendas to climate change is problematic. We are not going to agree. So let's leave at that. I don't know if 'agenda' is the right word to use since reducing anything that contributes to climate change is on the same todo list. Also, you haven't as yet made a con...
by Dechen Norbu
Tue May 14, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 782

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

Is it so difficult to understand that many people still need to believe climate changes are real, we are causing them and that attaching to this other divisive ideas is problematic? Groups pushing their own agendas is one of the reasons few got done so far, be it politics, taxes or... vegetarianism....

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