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by Nicholas
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Western Buddhists caught again in a web of lies
Replies: 10
Views: 305

Re: Western Buddhists caught again in a web of lies

Dear forum 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? What does this say about the quali...
by Nicholas
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: China and the world order
Replies: 13
Views: 554

CCP a Mortal Danger

Too bad this focus of USA policy wonks was not there many decades ago:

https://presentdangerchina.org/guiding-principles/
by Nicholas
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech
Replies: 32
Views: 604

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...
by Nicholas
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech
Replies: 32
Views: 604

Re: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech

A reminder of the key element in Right Speech (not to mention the other seven): Now, in understanding wrong speech as wrong, and right speech as right, one practises Right Understanding (1st factor); and in making efforts to overcome evil speech and to arouse right speech, one practises Right Effort...
by Nicholas
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Biological Reality, Doctrine of Identify Formation & Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 33
Views: 2313

Re: Biological Reality etc

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:18 am

Can you explain to us the connection between these (admittedly sad and confused) people and the dharma, Nicholas?

:thanks:
Kim
Just another pool of suffering that Dharma activists may choose to engage with and try to drain or not.
by Nicholas
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Biological Reality, Doctrine of Identify Formation & Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 33
Views: 2313

Re: Biological Reality etc

Planned Parenthood has added to their abortion services, transgender services.
Here are some parents writing about the social contagion that seems to be a major multiplier of these cases:

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/02/49686/
by Nicholas
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why politics doesnt matter
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: Why politics does not matter

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority...
by Nicholas
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 36
Views: 5040

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

The article was based on a talk and the talk was rooted in a new book - the last one mentioned. Here is a bit about the author: Alex Berenson is a graduate of Yale University with degrees in history and economics. He began his career in journalism in 1994 as a business reporter for the Denver Post ,...
by Nicholas
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 36
Views: 5040

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

lyndon taylor wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:31 am
he makes a lot of good points, but the link between cannabis and violence is tenuous at best. Amphetamines are far more likely to cause psychosis, paranoia and violence.
But uppers are not being legalized and promoted almost as a panacea.
by Nicholas
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 36
Views: 5040

Dangers of Marijuana

Many studies that reveal the links to violence & mental illness have been ignored. They are often buried in technical studies, but Berenson surveyed them and found that the dangers are real. His psychiatrist wife had pointed out his conventional thinking was all wrong. https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu...
by Nicholas
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: China and the world order
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: China and the world order

Kim,

What better sources than those who have suffered under Communism? Far better than academics & arm chair experts.
by Nicholas
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: China and the world order
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: China and the world order

Domination and control of others is an ugly but persistent feature of human individuals & societies, China is just the latest. The Huawei telecom group is one of the most obvious tentacles of the Communists: https://www.theepochtimes.com/eu-officials-pledge-to-bolster-cyber-defenses-as-more-nations-...
by Nicholas
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: The world's 10-year challenge
Replies: 21
Views: 4309

Re: The world's 10-year challenge

What difference is there, if any, between 'neoliberalism' and 'capitalism'?
by Nicholas
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why politics doesnt matter
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: politics does not matter much

Dawson in 1949 wrote a fine book - Religion and Culture : The events of the last few years portend either the end of human history or a turning point in it. They have warned us in letters of fire that our civilization has been tried in the balance and found wanting – that there is an absolute limit ...
by Nicholas
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Hellish Psyche of SJWs
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: Hellish Psyche of SJWs

It is not just the common point that negative emotions are destructive to one's mind and life, all spiritual paths say something like that. More to the point is that social or political activism combined with indifference to one's mental or emotional state is bad for the activist mind. The 'end' of ...
by Nicholas
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Hellish Psyche of SJWs
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: Hellish Psyche of SJWs

Perhaps the topic should be called "Hellish Psyche of Human Beings." So-called SJW's certainly have no corner on the market of negative emotions. Every one of those listed in the article can apply to anyone at some point. It's why we all practice. [Meta discussion removed - DS] The point is that if...
by Nicholas
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Hellish Psyche of SJWs
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Hellish Psyche of SJWs

Too much social justice warring is bad for the mind.

https://www.americanthinker.com/article ... tions.html