Avatar

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Badges

Welcome home! Please contact lincoln@newbuddhist.com if you have any difficulty logging in or using the site. New registrations must be manually approved which may take up to 48 hours. Can't log in? Try clearing your browser's cookies.

mindatrisk Veteran

About

Username
mindatrisk
Joined
Visits
713
Last Active
Roles
Member
Points
479
Badges
19

Comments

  • Song about being humble ('bitch, be humble')...
  • @Lee82 said: @mindatrisk said: @Lee82 said: There's a clear difference between genocide and slavery/ white rule/ oppression / inequality. That's not what this discussion was about. The Mandela refe…
  • @Hozan said: "There is no such thing as not suitable". Emm Yes there is. "You just argue the point". Maybe a buddhist forum is not the best place for arguing a point to prove a point. Thats not what buddhism is about. "Maybe you h…
  • @Lee82 said: There's a clear difference between genocide and slavery/ white rule/ oppression / inequality. That's not what this discussion was about. The Mandela reference came about because of his imprisonment and the way he dealt with it…
  • @Hozan said: @mindatrisk . In the past week you have maybe strayed into bringing up things that are not suitable or maybe that people find offensive. Straying into examples of " kill yourself to prove your point" or now with the Holocaust example…
  • @Lee82 said: No matter your beliefs, there are governing rules and these change based on location and time in history. Uprisings occur by breaking the rules and can of course lead to positive change as they did ultimately in SA. However the gover…
  • @dhammachick said: @mindatrisk said: @Lee82 said: @federica said: @Lee82, quiet week then....? I linked them. Yes just had a look thanks, dow…
  • @federica said: @mindatrisk, Godwin's Law is not up for discussion here. What's your point? And I would point out, if any redressing of balance were appropriate, that Gandhi was not entirely blameless. His son hated him. And …
  • @Lee82 said: @federica said: @Lee82, quiet week then....? I linked them. Yes just had a look thanks, downloaded the sample of Frankl's book to my Kindle and having a look for Fire Under The Snow now. …
  • @Carlita said: I dont have a high patience level both due to medical neurological issues and things I can control but I dont know how. How do you develop patience around people who irritate you not of their intention by your response? Im usua…
  • @nakazcid said: I thought I'd post a follow up to this topic. Fortunately, things are looking up. I'm out of training and flying solo nights and weekends (rotating shift, ugh.) Obviously, if there's no one around, no awkward topics come up. But e…
  • I lived near to the NKT Madhyamaka Centre in York, UK. At the time I worked with recovering drug addicts, and thought it would be really beneficial to take those in recovery for week long 'working visits' (where you work at the centre in return for …
  • Just to return to the previous discussion about the dangers of assigning labels like 'hate preacher' and 'terrorist', this article is in the Guardian today... https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/15/i-released-2000-minks-fur-farm-co…
  • @karasti said: Just sayin', I totally touch nature all the time and it is absolutely a form of meditation for me. I spend time on sensory walks every day, listening, smelling, and touching nature. Tree hugging is the least of it, LOL. I'll even a…
  • @federica said: Franche-Comté, North East, Haute Saône. Quite an off-the-track area for tourism, more of a passing through region, than a stop-and-stay one.... Very influenced, cuisine-wise, by the previously-German Alsace-Lorraine region. …
  • @federica said: ... In which case, I jumped the gun, so I apologise. But it seemed very coincidental, hence my remark... When I lived in FRance, I used to teach Qi Gong and Zham Zhong, and in the summer, I held classes outside for my pupil…
  • @federica said: @mindatrisk said: What people are we talking about, and what horrific plights? I was just making a small self-aware joke about how meditation etc. is - well, used to be - lumped in with tree-hugging, hippies etc. I was ma…
  • @Hozan said: You seem to have a lot of free time @mindatrisk . Maybe you have fallen into the trap of over thinking, over philosophising? Just be. You seem determined to make some kind of a point. Maybe you are striving too hard? All maybes. O…
  • @federica said: well cut it out. Taking the combined experiences of these people, it is astonishing that you can view them and make light of their horrific plights. Really, sometimes I'm astounded at the sheer lack of compassion here. …
  • @federica said: I would say they are life-saving and invaluable. Though I'm struggling with the 'hugging trees and so on' comment. Are you being flippant, at all...? Perhaps.
  • And for all three there are various supportive structures that are very helpful... meditation, diet, exercise, hugging trees, and so on.
  • @karasti said: so then we are back to my question earlier of what are YOU doing for all of those issues? I'm curious because you seem to be implying that we should all do more in those areas. I'm at a loss for what to do. So what are you doing to…
  • @federica said: ^^ We're back to the little girl and the starfish washed up on the beach... ^^ There's no argument against the small acts of kindness... they all matter deeply. But these small acts haven't been enough to stop wars, to end…
  • @karasti said: @mindatrisk Yes, and I agree. I think we are often capable of much more, but often we have to start small, and you never know where your small gesture takes someone else! If we too often tell people "why bother with the small stuff…
  • @federica said: @mindatrisk said: ....I don't think it stretches the imagination to imagine somewhere down the line the label of 'hate preacher' being assigned to someone who is simply outspoken and critical of certain authorities. This …
  • @federica said: @techie said: @federica said: I think it's far more simple to identify them nowadays than it was in those days. Hindsight is 20/20 vision. Instead of discussing Historical figures, …
  • @federica said: I think it's far more simple to identify them nowadays than it was in those days. Hindsight is 20/20 vision. Instead of discussing Historical figures, who would you say, today, is a good person being labelled as a Hate prea…
  • @federica said: I think you should pick less on notable pacifists and concentrate on people like pol Pot, Genghis khan and Hitler. You might make better and more valid points then. However, we all know what happened to them... and how …
  • @federica said: being labelled a terrorist is not the same thing as being one. No it's not. But the discussion is about solving the problem of 'hate speakers', and if humanity already struggles identifying the moral status of someone like…
  • @Kerome said: @mindatrisk said: @Kerome said: However, if you decide to persecute preachers of hateful beliefs, then I think you would be fairly safe in ending up not prosecuting the likes of Jesus. Pretty much t…
  • @karasti said: I live with this reality every day, with a son who relies on daily medical care to stay alive. If the world goes upside down, he will die in a matter of days without access to his medical requirements. So I am quite aware of living…
  • If that example was upsetting or offensive then I apologise... it was not intended to be.
  • @Kerome said: However, if you decide to persecute preachers of hateful beliefs, then I think you would be fairly safe in ending up not prosecuting the likes of Jesus. Pretty much the only hateful thing he did was kicking the money lenders out of …
  • @Hozan said: @mindatrisk "you should kill yourself and set an example". Terrible choice of words to say the least! I don't think so. I've heard this argument quite a few times regarding population control, and it just doesn't hold up at a…
  • @federica said: Wait, what?? "...you end up killing Jesus too...." ? How the heck dd you make that connection?? Jesus was crucified for his unruly behaviour, i.e. even someone who taught unconditional love and forgiveness can end up p…
  • @karasti said: I wasn't suggesting we ignore the larger problems. But we have literally no control over them. The only control that we have is in our voting and political process and even there, our control is minimal depending on the choices som…
  • @Kerome said: @mindatrisk said: The difference between you and I and an Islamic fundamentalist cutting peoples heads off is circumstances. If you or I were raised under those beliefs, and if we experienced our homelands being destro…
  • @Kerome said: It’s a worldwide issue, there are hotspots like Syria where people seem to be more concerned with waging war in the name of religion than being kind. I think the Dalai Lama was right when he said it was more important to be a…
  • @karasti said: I couldn't tell you how many, but I can tell you I'm part of several groups that consist of thousands of people who are quite aware of the tricks of the mind and are constantly working to improve and change it. I think there are mo…
  • @karasti said: Is it really that complicated or do our human minds just make it so? Developing ourselves and sharing ourselves with others is our nature. We only make it complicated when we think that our development means we should be able to us…
  • @Bunks said: @mindatrisk said: It almost makes me feel like giving my life to Jesus and be done with it. That's gold! Maybe just wait until you're on your death bed Yeah I'm waiting as lo…
  • @Kerome said: Well said, and true, but as with so many of these things it’s about how things turn out in practice. I don’t think many people would have responded as Terry Waite did, by focusing his creativity within the confines of his own mind t…
  • Like everything in life, it's how we respond to our circumstances, not the circumstance themselves, that determine our experience. Within every moment and every circumstance there lies the potential for hell to be experienced and heaven to be experi…
  • Trump is a zit... the natural outgrowth of an unhealthy body. Popping the zit won't solve the problem. The longer he is there then the starker the message to us that we have serious issues that we need to resolve. The worst thing that could happen n…
  • Words aren't true, neither are you What the eff Is a Haiku? Okay, I made that up, and it probably doesn't qualify, but I don't get Haiku's... are they meant to capture a moment... to arouse a state of mind... or what?
    in Haiku Comment by mindatrisk November 1