“I don't have any particular esteem for Jesus, but I do find it reprehensible for a state to impose the death penalty on religious minorities for simply expressing their beliefs, however tactlessly they do so. I was only questioning the other poster's priorities for criticizing the woman who's about to be executed instead of the state that's going to kill her. It sounds like he or she has doesn't defend the Pakistani state either though.”
“The state is putting her to death for expressing her religious opinions, and you're criticizing HER?”
JL-Sosa on Nov 11, 2010 at 16:35:03
“Yes I am, because she deserves criticism. The fallacy here is that you are equating my criticism of her for support of the state. I don't support it one bit, I think it's barbaric, I think it's insane actually. But yes, she should know better than to say the things she said over there.”
“Theravada monks (and nuns!) are the laypeople's links to the religion. While making progress to their own enlightenment, they help others learn about the dhamma and practice meditation. They also perform ceremonial functions, such as chanting to bless the occasion when a layperson gets married or moves into a new home (though there are some differences within Theravada - for instance, I've heard that Thai monks will chant at weddings but Burmese monks will not).
Another role the monks have played is exerting political pressure on unjust rulers. Most recently we've seen Burmese monks leading the protests against the junta in the 2007 Saffron Revolution, and there are many other examples in history too.”
Schweik on Oct 26, 2010 at 13:17:50
“In almost every religious tradition some religious bureaucracy tries to impose itself as the middleman ( or woman) between deities and the retail public.
Monk's primary function should be to meditate, pray and collect alms.
The further away from politics and social functions, the better for all involved.”
B Silk on Sep 3, 2010 at 21:37:08
“Thank you for the information. I am learning important things from this discussion.”
Fabini on Sep 3, 2010 at 08:15:44
“My question is, what will American Theravadan monks and nuns do to advance Buddhism? With a bow.”
“These Bhikkunis are ordaining under the Theravada tradition, which does not include the Lotus Sutra and other later texts that prescribe any path higher than that of the arhat. Your question is analogous to looking at the Abrahamic traditions and asking why Jews don't follow Jesus and the Christian doctrine - in both cases there are religious differences, and the older tradition should be respected as much as the newer one.”
Myoho Mod on Sep 7, 2010 at 14:58:00
“Respect yes, I think their ceremonies are very pretty as well as their temples. But they miss the point of why anyone should under go the journey. "The only thing worst than not starting the journey is only going half way."”
“While I understand and appreciate the sentiment behind not legitimizing the junta's name-change, the name Burma was itself imposed on the country by British imperialists. Myanmar is actually a more accurate name for what the people living there have called their homeland.”
“I graduated from UVA Law and passed the bar in 2009 intending to find a job as a public defender, and I've been trying to get hired ever since. Sure there's a lot of injustice around, but there are a lot of unemployed attorneys scrambling for a limited pool of paying positions for public service work.”
“As a northerner, I went to Davidson in NC and UVA Law School. At Davidson the majority of the student body came from outside the south, and UVA Law has a pretty big percentage of non-southern students too. Southern schools are often a bit cheaper and have more scholarship opportunities which can draw in people like me from other parts of the country.
As far as literature goes, misery and oppression can spawn great art ;)”
Jqsmeis on Dec 24, 2009 at 22:36:54
“Does that mean comfort and liberty spawn bad art or no art? Hopefully not ;-) Disclosure: I actually live in the North for the present moment, near a spacious art museum which I love, but most of its collection comes from Europe”
dnegri on Dec 24, 2009 at 18:49:24
“I taught for several years at the University of South Carolina. I can safely say that about 75% of my department consisted of Northerners, mostly from New England.”