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by mikenz66
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 942

Re: Buddhist Morality

Ever heard of reparations? These and similar programs have been suggested both for Black and and Native Communities. So, in fact, many people have made such arguments. Now, will we implement them? I seriously doubt it. We actually did do this in to a certain extent New Zealand (compensating for ill...
by mikenz66
Sat Dec 26, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What is the name of the sutta?
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: What is the name of the sutta?

MN44 Cūḷavedallasutta, The Shorter Classification https://suttacentral.net/mn44 “Are the three practice categories included in the noble eightfold path? Or is the noble eightfold path included in the three practice categories?” “The three practice categories are not included in the noble eightfold p...
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: An English Translation of Dharmaguprika Vinaya?
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: An English Translation of Dharmaguprika Vinaya?

Update: I've sent you a pm with huifeng's email. He can't currently login...

Mike
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: An English Translation of Dharmaguprika Vinaya?
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: An English Translation of Dharmaguprika Vinaya?

Hi Bhante, Huifeng doesn't come here that often, so I've messaged him on Facebook. Hopefully you'll get a reply at some point from him or someone else. You could also try asking the forum at https://suttacentral.net/: https://discourse.suttacentral.net/ since there is an interest there in sutta/agam...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AI alignment
Replies: 27
Views: 878

Re: AI alignment

Bhikkhu Sujato talked about AI a few months ago, and pointed out (presumably not an original point) that since those AI systems are trained by trawling the Internet, they are backward-looking, not innovative. And they repeat the prejudices you find out there. As an example he claimed that if you st...
by mikenz66
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AI alignment
Replies: 27
Views: 878

Re: AI alignment

Bhikkhu Sujato talked about AI a few months ago, and pointed out (presumably not an original point) that since those AI systems are trained by trawling the Internet, they are backward-looking, not innovative. And they repeat the prejudices you find out there. As an example he claimed that if you sta...
by mikenz66
Sat May 09, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vesak 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1128

Re: Vesak 2020

Thanks for the replies. My confusion remains! It's a bit of a dog's breakfast.... It's only an issue because we now have access to these multiple calendars, rather than just going by whatever happened to be the local convention. The only really important thing is that all the locals turn up on the ...
by mikenz66
Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The World’s First Poor Rich Country
Replies: 60
Views: 3861

Re: The World’s First Poor Rich Country

I wonder why the present differences between us are so great. One big one, surely, is that you had to fight real wars to get the English out, and then to unify your country. Is this where your gun culture comes from? The two things that come to mind are that Australia is still connected to the stab...
by mikenz66
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Ted Talk on Vipassana --- body/mind interaction
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: Ted Talk on Vipassana --- body/mind interaction

is she correct? if we hear a sound while meditating does it first imprint itself onto our body? i wonder, does she make no distinction between body and mind? if there is a sound, can i not mentally reacti? do i need a physical reaction to mentally react to? is the sequence: stimulus > body > mental...
by mikenz66
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment to a form of practice?
Replies: 46
Views: 5832

Re: Attachment to a form of practice?

Hi Crown, ... I couldn't help but think that there is something problematic in the statements he is making and maybe even a little bit comical. If checking your email once a day and making a phone call now and again is already considered a disturbance and possible cause for agitation then what would...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 12417

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

And to those who say they have some ‘liberal’ asian friends, just ask them what they think of guys who want to dress like woman and/or cut their d**** off. I don't disagree that Asian cultures are conservative in many ways. However, Thai culture generally appears quite tolerant of gay and trans, an...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 260
Views: 20953

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

If that's the case, she may well have been seeing windblown dust from Central Australian deserts rather than windblown ash from our East coast. That's possible. Dust from the Gobi desert reaches Japan, apparently. However, she recalls this being during fires. In the 50s she was in Canberra for a fe...
by mikenz66
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 260
Views: 20953

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

Hehe love the part where they say he has tried to present it as 'nothing out of the ordinary'. :D There is basically entire continent on fire, but nothing out of the ordinary mate. It takes balls I must admit and quite admire that. Not that I want to be an apologist for Mr Morrison, but yesterday I...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 74
Views: 8205

Re: Secular Buddhism

I get the impression that Chinese Buddhists in Hong Kong and Taiwan do seem to make outreach more of a priority. The obvious example for me is Fo Guang Shan, who ran kitchens after our earthquakes and provided support after the terrorist attack on local mosques (one quite close to their Christchurc...
by mikenz66
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Buddhism Without Merit"
Replies: 8
Views: 934

Re: "Buddhism Without Merit"

I'd also add that it might also be partially caused by the kind of people dharma draws. At least here where I am from it is still mostly the alternative folks who are either in college or in some way try to escape capitalism, which often equals low income. ... And there's also the idea that "Dharma...
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 74
Views: 8205

Re: Secular Buddhism

What I'm talking about is the religious basis of that interaction. Buddhism has a tendency to focus attention to one's own liberation. Even in Mahayana where the bodhisattva vow encompasses liberation of all - its often framed as something one does only later, upon attaining some advancement. ... T...
by mikenz66
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 74
Views: 8205

Re: Secular Buddhism

I think there are aspects of Buddhadharma that are perfectly conducive to those expressions, though they have developed and express a little differently in the Asian context in a way that might fall short of a Westerner's expectation. That kind of warmth in interpersonal relations will need to be p...
by mikenz66
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Ekottara Agama 3.1 on buddhanusmrti
Replies: 1
Views: 582

Re: Ekottara Agama 3.1 on buddhanusmrti

That's great! :anjali:

The Chinese orginal, and French and Vietnamese translations are here: https://suttacentral.net/ea3
If you turn on the appropriate settings, you can hover over the Chinese to get dictionary lookup.

:heart:
Mike

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