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by Buck McGeehy
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech

Particularly from an "engaged Buddhist" perspective, as appropriate here, Right Speech means speaking the truth. Doing so has its own karma/kamma, and not always beneficial. But remaining silent also has its karmic results. There is much more to right speech than not lying, according to Buddha Gaut...
by Buck McGeehy
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Labeling others as a "good person" or a "bad person"
Replies: 1
Views: 1453

Labeling others as a "good person" or a "bad person"

I read the following on a Buddhist forum: This topic is to share and discuss suttas, where the Buddha details criteria by which it is appropriate to judge other people or their actions as being "good" or "bad". The discussion goes on to put forth particular suttas as the basis for the proposition th...
by Buck McGeehy
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech

This is one reason why, if one is going to speak out about a perceived problem, it is worth doing within the guidelines of Right Speech , so as to avoid causing any further trouble. I agree. As stated, speaking out has its karmic consequences. Remaining silent does, as well. It is a balancing act. ...
by Buck McGeehy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Western Buddhists caught again in a web of lies
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: Western Buddhists caught again in a web of lies

... it's just more wasted money on nothing. I disagree. Dozens of indictments and several criminal convictions have resulted. Even if one believes there was something, what is the likelihood of anything happening from it? Something did happen from it. In addition, the question remains open whether ...
by Buck McGeehy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Western Buddhists caught again in a web of lies
Replies: 10
Views: 761

No web of lies

Its interesting how the Buddha so highly emphasised truthfulness; thus doing one's best to be honest, even when not fully informed, to get as informed as possible; or otherwise keep silent. How many Buddhists on the internet were supporting Russia-Gate? You are referring to the investigation that l...
by Buck McGeehy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: NZ prime minister expresses solidarity with Muslims
Replies: 25
Views: 4999

Re: NZ prime minister expresses solidarity with Muslims

Cinnabar wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:33 pm
I don't make the rules.
I don't follow made-up rules that are unhelpful to practice. Kindly direct me to any teaching which supports the view that expressing solidarity with Muslims is a violation of going for refuge in the triple gem.
by Buck McGeehy
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Take the Harvard Implicit Bias Test
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: Take the Harvard Implicit Bias Test

My results were exactly what I would have expected if the methodology works, i.e. a "moderate automatic association for Male with Science and Female with Liberal Arts." (Why would I expect that? Well, society has spent decades drumming that association into me. D'oh.) So maybe the methodology does ...
by Buck McGeehy
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Take the Harvard Implicit Bias Test
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Take the Harvard Implicit Bias Test

For those who are serious about self examination:
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
by Buck McGeehy
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What are the limitations to speech on this forum (beyond ToS)?
Replies: 14
Views: 873

Re: What are the limitations to speech on this forum (beyond ToS)?

Dorje Shedrub wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:55 pm
If the Dharmic relationship is not clearly evident, it would be helpful for the op to explain the connection.
Makes sense to me.
by Buck McGeehy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What are the limitations to speech on this forum (beyond ToS)?
Replies: 14
Views: 873

Re: What are the limitations to speech on this forum (beyond ToS)?

Further clarification: DWE provides an outlet for Dhamma Wheel refugees who wish to discuss politics with Buddhist kalayana-mittas (spiritual friends) for a potential Dhammic perspective in addition to the engaged Buddhism discussion that is also offered here. In my view, we should aspire in our pos...
by Buck McGeehy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What are the limitations to speech on this forum (beyond ToS)?
Replies: 14
Views: 873

Re: What are the limitations to speech on this forum (beyond ToS)?

If I may be of help, the quote is from the last post in the following locked thread: https://dharmawheel.org/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=543&start=20 My understanding of DNS's comment is that there is no prohibition on talking about worldly matters. In fact there are specific chat areas on this forum, I be...
by Buck McGeehy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech

... engaged buddhism is unnecessary and/or inappropriate and focusing on your own path is more important. Thanks for the helpful comment. I find the "passive" approach to be problematic on so many fronts. First, it seems to be used as an excuse to justify bullying behavior, e.g., "never mind what I...
by Buck McGeehy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Self-care
Topic: Tonglen - a powerful practice for "self" help
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Tonglen - a powerful practice for "self" help

I hope the following is helpful to many:

by Buck McGeehy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech

In case anybody cares to engage in this discussion, follow is further explanation of the basic Dhamma concepts: Kamma. Kamma is volitional action. One’s speech and conduct are examples of one’s kamma. One experiences the fruit of one’s kamma. Nobody else experiences the fruits of one’s kamma except ...
by Buck McGeehy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Speaking Out - Engaged Speech
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Speaking Out - Engaged Speech

I have heard it explained from multiple teachers that Buddhist teachings on morality are not like the Ten Commandments, where breaking a precept is a "sin." When we undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech, it does not mean that we undertake to refrain from speaking out publicly to cou...
by Buck McGeehy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: NZ prime minister expresses solidarity with Muslims
Replies: 25
Views: 4999

Re: NZ prime minister expresses solidarity with Muslims

I have been told that expressing solidarity with a religious group is a violation of one's refuge vows. Lousy teacher. Vows are a training tool. What is the point of prohibiting the expression of solidarity with other human beings if it means expressing support for their safety, peace, and goodwill...
by Buck McGeehy
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: NZ prime minister expresses solidarity with Muslims
Replies: 25
Views: 4999

Re: NZ prime minister expresses solidarity with Muslims

Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, desires that all religions should reside everywhere, for all of them desire self-control and purity of heart. "The Edicts of King Asoka", an English rendering by Ven. S. Dhammika. Access to Insight (BCBS Edition), 30 November 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/...
by Buck McGeehy
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech
Replies: 32
Views: 1693

Re: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech

Offensive posts get reported, they get discussed and the Moderating team makes a decision. Only a few decisions are unanimous. Sometimes there are disagreements, even among mods and a decision is made by majority, not all mods or admins. This does not surprise me, given that DWT mods themselves hav...
by Buck McGeehy
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech
Replies: 32
Views: 1693

Re: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech

Correct, I agree Right Speech is utmost importance. And Right Speech includes not generalizing an entire forum and by implication all of its members as having one view in wrong speech remarks such as, "dhammawheel.com attacks . . . ." as if all the members hold those views. Of course nobody believe...
by Buck McGeehy
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech
Replies: 32
Views: 1693

Re: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech

Imposition of right speech by moderators or a political regime or an educational institution etc. is neither Right Speech nor effective in producing either mundane nor supra-mundane Right Speech. This illustrates the crux of the misunderstanding. Nobody can do your work for you. Nobody can impose r...