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Danger Zone / east and west
« on: November 18, 2020, 04:41:32 AM »
i'm just curious if people from what's referred to the east and west really think in tremendously different ways. Ideas about this are a lot of the reason why Americans and Europeans turn to buddhism.

Overall this is kind of sensitive and problematic discussion, yet I do think it's worth having. In strict buddhism your not even really supposed to talk about other people, but you can have insights or study the way that people different from yourself think.

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Open Discussion / Practicing absolute humility when other's refuse it
« on: November 17, 2020, 05:41:41 PM »
Through a lot of my meditations and studies of Buddhist books, I've come to the conclusion that I would be better off if I were able to be un-affected by insults, yet the problem is I have always wanted that and been able to do it. Of course, I need to move in that direction through mindfulness...but it seems that on the internet, whether i react to the insult or not doesn't really make any difference. Of course in real life, it's easier to make a show of indifference especially when there are things more important than your ego at stake, yet I think I'm still really bad at this overall.

How does one mostly live for the benefit of others? That seems to be what hindu and buddhist wisdom keeps telling other people to do. It is true that if you feel like you are the protagonist in your life that just leads to suffering because you get attached to self-preservation.

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Tea Room / What do you use the internet for?
« on: October 11, 2020, 11:58:43 PM »
I mostly just ask this out of curiosity...using the internet I've always had to be really careful about it to make it a pleasant  experience.

The biggest problem that i've had is using it to compensate for talking to people in real life...it often feels more like an addictive drug in this way, sometimes it bites me in the ass. Yet I enjoy the internet overall for research and entertainment...there are big discussions being had about how social media is an issue, for me i'm personally just happier without that type of thing.

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Danger Zone / Do buddhists talk to much about politics now?
« on: October 11, 2020, 12:47:58 AM »
Just a question, i've seen articles in tricycle where i feel the writer carelessly uses these really broad politicized terms in a sloppy manner, this isn't so much about that specific author as a creeping feeling i've had that this has been a trend as of the past decade...but of course i need a little comparison to she light on the issue.

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Where are the places a serious buddhist should and shoudn't go when they talk about the affairs of the world? Is there even anything unique about the current situation, or is it just an event in the wheel of samsara.

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