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by Dan74
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 89202

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Dan74 You say "Any cursory encounter with an SJW would fix that wrong perception." And this is the truth for you. Perhaps Bhikkhu Sujato's experience of SWJs does not match yours. Its a universal truth. A SJW is full of an absolute sense of being right, hence the totalitarianism. It is only a unive...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 89202

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Dan74 There is a lot of circumstantial evidence to support what the Bhikkhu is saying (apart from what was already mentioned, Trump's close friendship and frequent visits to Jeffrey Epstein). I think the key word there is "circumstantial". Whether or not he is correct to draw the conclusion he does...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 89202

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Coëmgenu If you are so inclined, take it from someone working in the court system that a lack of a conviction does not mean innocence in the purest sense of the word. I don't doubt that for a moment, but innocent until proven guilty is an important maxim to uphold. There is a lot of circumstantial ...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1194
Views: 70646

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

cappuccino wrote: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:16 pm
Dan74 wrote:
cappuccino wrote: then you seek everlasting Nirvana?
:thinking:
the Deathless isn't death
Nobody said it was.
by Dan74
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1194
Views: 70646

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

cappuccino wrote: Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:17 pm
Dan74 wrote:
cappuccino wrote:

are you wishing for annihilation?
No, how does that follow?
then you seek everlasting Nirvana?
:thinking:
by Dan74
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1194
Views: 70646

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

What does 'real' mean? Not dependently originated, permanent? Doesn't seem so. are you wishing for annihilation? No, how does that follow? Some teachers do teach permanent awareness or original nature or some such. The danger is of course that we take that as an object, something to covet and attac...
by Dan74
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1194
Views: 70646

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

When one clenches the fist and then opens the hand up, where is the fist gone? Does an open hand state exist? Or should we call it a non-fist? Blah blah blah... i like it, i have no idea where the fist goes. So the ordinary reality is the real one. thumb up. What does 'real' mean? Not dependently o...
by Dan74
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1194
Views: 70646

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Ending the ignorance and delusion and their off-shoots: greed and hatred, is possible. That's what Nibbana is. Whether or not one calls it "a thing" or something that exist is just word games, seems to me. When one clenches the fist and then opens the hand up, where is the fist gone? Does an open h...
by Dan74
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 1194
Views: 70646

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Ending the ignorance and delusion and their off-shoots: greed and hatred, is possible. That's what Nibbana is. Whether or not one calls it "a thing" or something that exist is just word games, seems to me. When one clenches the fist and then opens the hand up, where is the fist gone? Does an open ha...
by Dan74
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns
Replies: 84
Views: 3626

Re: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns

I don't recollect hearing any Bhikkhunis talk about sex, but that's probably my male conditioning (and woeful lack of Bhikkhunis...). H :heart: Mike Former bhikkhuni Ajahn Thanasanti gave a talk on it when she visited our Buddhist Society at Monash Uni back in 2004, I think. A similar talk by her i...
by Dan74
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns
Replies: 84
Views: 3626

Re: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns

Having heard a number of monks and nuns on this topic, my impression is that the celibates remain human beings, that is sexual beings, at least until awakening. This does not mean that they break their vows, of course, but that they practice with their sexuality. So a gay monk to me does not mean a...
by Dan74
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns
Replies: 84
Views: 3626

Re: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns

I guess gay people face varying degrees of discrimination in different countries, but perhaps it's not only about that. As practitioners, we work with our kamma. Sexuality, it seems to me, is one of the major things we with with in the course of Dhamma practice, so wouldn't it make sense that gay p...
by Dan74
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns
Replies: 84
Views: 3626

Re: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns

I guess gay people face varying degrees of discrimination in different countries, but perhaps it's not only about that. As practitioners, we work with our kamma. Sexuality, it seems to me, is one of the major things we with with with in the course of Dhamma practice, so wouldn't it make sense that g...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hsuan Hua - opinions
Replies: 34
Views: 7631

Re: Hsuan Hua - opinions

People are mixed bags, even great dhyanins (or whatever the proper plural is). One of my supervisors' was an anti-Semite, he also helped me the most (I am Jewish). :shrug: Ven Hsuan Hua may well have been a saint and held a repugnant belief at the same time. Perhaps it is easier to comprehend if on...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hsuan Hua - opinions
Replies: 34
Views: 7631

Re: Hsuan Hua - opinions

People are mixed bags, even great dhyanins (or whatever the proper plural is). One of my supervisors' was an anti-Semite, he also helped me the most (I am Jewish). :shrug: Ven Hsuan Hua may well have been a saint and held a repugnant belief at the same time. Perhaps it is easier to comprehend if one...