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by Bundokji
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Bill Maher: The Fudge Report
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Bill Maher: The Fudge Report

I think its more difficult to assign responsibility to obesity in the same way we do with other behaviors that we consider harmful. One reason is that the act of eating itself is considered necessary and healthy (unlike smoking or drinking for example). Also not all forms of obesity are a result of ...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Buddhist Economics

I think its easy to see why many would link Buddhism to the idea of sustainability, whether it is environmental or economic sustainability. In Buddhist practice, we are encouraged to see the danger of a certain trade-off between short term pleasures/comfort and long term well-being. The choices, as ...
by Bundokji
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Minogue, Multiculturalism and an appreciation of more Noble Truths
Replies: 12
Views: 205

Re: Minogue, Multiculturalism and an appreciation of more Noble Truths

So with all that said, given that this is an "Engaged Buddhism forum, a nonsectarian community discussing the application of the Dharma to social and environmental issues" how do you use the Dhamma to [1]"see through" and [2] not be impacted by secular ideological tyranny in the 21st century? I thi...
by Bundokji
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: UTC eliminate time zones?
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: UTC eliminate time zones?

KathyLauren wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:49 am
Let's keep it simple for now and just eliminate daylight saving time.
Indeed!
by Bundokji
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Beyond GDP
Replies: 1
Views: 95

Re: Beyond GDP

Interesting speech. Where i live, we had a relatively long public holiday last week and one famous and wealthy businessman sent a letter to the prime minister complaining about public holidays which stirred a debate within the country. Its difficult to tell if he was describing the excesses of publi...
by Bundokji
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Beyond Meat
Replies: 19
Views: 1177

Re: Beyond Meat

I think different parts of the world experience different trends. When i was young, food was very well balanced where i live consisting of a main source of carbs (rice or bread), vegetables and a small amount of animal protein. We used to eat a small amount of meat only during lunch which is the mai...
by Bundokji
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Another war in the Middle East?
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Another war in the Middle East?

Iranian official threatens to seize British oil tanker An Iranian official has said a British oil tanker should be seized, if a detained Iranian ship is not released. British Royal Marines helped officials in Gibraltar to seize the super-tanker Grace 1 on Thursday, after it was suspected of carryin...
by Bundokji
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Europe is for Europeans, says Dalai Lama
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: Europe is for Europeans, says Dalai Lama

The statement also said comments in which he said refugees in the European Union should ultimately return home "may have been misinterpreted." "He certainly appreciates that many of those who leave their countries may not wish or be able to return," it said, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-4884...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Europe is for Europeans, says Dalai Lama
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: Europe is for Europeans, says Dalai Lama

I think the Dalai Lama is echoing the sentiment shared by many Europeans that Muslim immigration is a long term threat to stability and demographic balance in Europe. However, such suggestions will face a lot of practicle difficulties. Is he talking about about future refugees? or the ones who alrea...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Is there a crisis on the US Southern border?
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: Is there a crisis on the US Southern border?

I voted yes. I view it as a crisis because the issue of illegal immigration has been long debated in US politics without reaching an agreement.
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: This forum could become stagnant...
Replies: 25
Views: 5154

Re: This forum could become stagnant...

The low level of activity on this site does not have to be a bad sign. Maybe the lack of major political events since this site was initiated played a role, and if this is one of the reasons, then it is a blessing, or as it is often described: no news is good news :tongue: I also think that most act...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Is there a crisis on the US Southern border?
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: Is there a crisis on the US Southern border?

I feel the question raised by the OP and the answers being limited to either yes or no is somehow playful. On the one hand, the question is presented as innocently objective (Objectively, is there a crisis on the US southern border? hence warranting yes or no answers) but on the other hand, there is...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Another war in the Middle East?
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Another war in the Middle East?

US deploys F-22 stealth fighters to Qatar amid Iran tensions

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/ ... 30291.html
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Engaged Buddhism, Revolution, and Climate Change
Replies: 16
Views: 700

Re: Engaged Buddhism, Revolution, and Climate Change

The validity of the perception of an imminent threat of climate change is never (or not rightly) questioned? Can you say more about "what constitutes a crisis is not where it begins or ends, but when it is declared."? From my limited understanding of the teachings of the Buddha, the four noble trut...
by Bundokji
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Engaged Buddhism, Revolution, and Climate Change
Replies: 16
Views: 700

Re: Engaged Buddhism, Revolution, and Climate Change

But it is "distinctly different from what is happening all the time," because climate has never changed this quickly in all of human history. I understand that what you described is integral to the rational behind presenting climate change as distinctive phenomena, along with attributing it to huma...
by Bundokji
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Engaged Buddhism, Revolution, and Climate Change
Replies: 16
Views: 700

Re: Engaged Buddhism, Revolution, and Climate Change

But climate change is no more a "scientific idea" than the fact that a car heading towards you will squash you unless you get out of its way. It is an observed fat. It is not as obvious to the senses as the car, which is why it took scientific study to notice it, but it is something which is happen...
by Bundokji
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Engaged Buddhism, Revolution, and Climate Change
Replies: 16
Views: 700

Re: Engaged Buddhism, Revolution, and Climate Change

I think the problem arises when we try to connect a scientific idea such as climate change, with metaphysical concepts by raising moral questions. If i may illustrate the problem by raising another theoretical question, not as a deviation from the OP, but as an attempt to better frame the problem: W...
by Bundokji
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Another war in the Middle East?
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Another war in the Middle East?

DNS, not sure what you mean about the "21 Trillion dollars in debt". Actually, it's 22 trillion now. https://www.usdebtclock.org/ The 22 trillion no longer looks a huge amount of money when one knows that the cost of the drone shot down by Iran is 176m USD https://time.com/5611222/rq-4-global-hawk-...
by Bundokji
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Another war in the Middle East?
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Another war in the Middle East?

There is airspace, of course. If the drone was not over Iran, it was within the rules. And the only reason to violate the rules would be to provoke a war--which, even by the mindless standards of Trump, would be foolish. It's the fringe elements of Iran testing the limits of what they can do, and s...
by Bundokji
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Another war in the Middle East?
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Another war in the Middle East?

US confirms Iranian missile has shot down drone A US military drone has been shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile while in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, US officials say. Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace, ne...