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by Nicholas
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Altruism
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Altruism

Fundamentally, to the extent that altruism permeates our minds, it is expressed instantaneously when we are confronted with the needs of the other. As the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor wrote: “Much modern moral philosophy has focused on what it is right to do rather than the nature of the goo...
by Nicholas
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Altruism
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Altruism

An excerpt from page 22. It seems legitimate, then, to speak also of altruistic or selfish dispositions according to the mental states that usually predominate in a person—all the stages between unconditional altruism and narrowminded selfishness are conceivable. The Scottish philosopher Francis Hut...
by Nicholas
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Altruism
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Altruism

Have not finished the book, but if one has a selfish, secular, science is all, atheist acquaintance this large (700pp) book may change their outlook on life. It is science based survey of many facts & arguments for living more altruistically. Ricard is a Mahayana Bhikshu, but this work is not a text...
by Nicholas
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Beyond Meat
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: Beyond Meat

Found these black bean & veggie burgers from Don Lee are tasty:

http://www.donleefarms.com
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: China and the world order
Replies: 16
Views: 914

Re: China and the world order

Another view of Chinese protests in 1989 and the massacre of some protesters:

https://blog.independent.org/2019/06/03 ... -massacre/
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: China and the world order
Replies: 16
Views: 914

Re: China and the world order

Communism as practiced was and is inhuman.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tiananmen- ... ars-later/
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: fewer Doctors = more Death
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: fewer Doctors = more Death

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:32 am
(1) How do you know that?

and, quite separately,
(2) Is it the government's job to maximise workers' incomes?

Kim
1) Psychic powers. 2). No, evidently in the UK its job is to minimize worker doctors' incomes.
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: fewer Doctors = more Death
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: fewer Doctors = more Death

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:29 am

Neither of these solutions seem to have occurred to the article's author.

Kim
Nor did they occur to the UK government which implemented the policy.
by Nicholas
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: fewer Doctors = more Death
Replies: 5
Views: 139

fewer Doctors = more Death

UK tax policy seems to be a factor in driving doctors to quit practicing.

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/art ... rs-offices
by Nicholas
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Russell Kirk (d. 1994)
Replies: 0
Views: 66

Russell Kirk (d. 1994)

Concise Guide To Conservatism-2019.pdf
(1.68 MiB) Downloaded 9 times

A new edition of an old, 1957 classic, by the sagely writer of ghost stories and social commentaries.
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: 606

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: 16
Views: 914

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: 1315

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: 1315

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: 2864

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: 2864

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: 852

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...