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by Tlalok
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 42
Views: 712

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

The only requirement to be Vice President is to be alive, and I believe that is merely convention. Is that right? No age requirement for VP? What's the VP's job except to step in in case POTUS dies? I guess Pelosi would be next in line. Whoops, the 12th amendment says that the VP has to be eligible...
by Tlalok
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 42
Views: 712

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

Bernie 2020. Bernie / AOC 2020. All Aboard Bernie. Dunno about AOC. She's not old enough, for one. And that's not just because she's young, but legally, you have to be at least 35 to be president. She needs some seasoning. As much as I like the idea of bringing the Bronx to the White House, I'd lik...
by Tlalok
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 42
Views: 712

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:57 pm
PeterC wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:16 am
The democrat candidate who would be most likely to beat trump is probably Sanders.
Bernie 2020.
Bernie / AOC 2020.
by Tlalok
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 42
Views: 712

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

... Sanders did not meaningfully split the Democratic vote. He didn't stand in the general as an independent. Some of his supporters refused to vote as Democrats for Hillary, hence my use of the term "siphon" rather than "split" the vote. Depending on where those voters lived, the effect may have b...
by Tlalok
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 42
Views: 712

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

If the Democrats pick the wrong candidate (ie, anyone other than a centrist) to run and if Bernie runs again, IMO the Dems will lose. Bernie still has a lot of supporters, and he would once again siphon off Democratic votes. And the Electoral College isn't going away any time soon - reform has been...
by Tlalok
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 42
Views: 712

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

I can see a scenario where Trump wins in 2020, but it requires some truly insane things happening in the next two years.
by Tlalok
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 948

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

Why Compassion , rather than, say, punctuality, or cleverness, or good hygiene, or any number of other possible attributes? This is a very good reply, I think: If you truly understand that all things, independently from their grossness or subtleness, are interconnected and constantly permeating (he...
by Tlalok
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Text/prayer table
Replies: 31
Views: 1018

Re: Text/prayer table

I use this "bed tray" that appears to be designed to prop up a laptop if you're sitting in bed. I've used it for about a year with no problems. Nice and light, and it folds away under a sofa or chair easily. Dimensions: 25.37"W x 13.78"D x 8.06"H. https://www.amazon.com/Winsome-Wood-Alden-Drawer-Fol...
by Tlalok
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools
Replies: 18
Views: 623

Re: Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

Fundamentalism is a personality trait. - low tolerance for ambiguity/uncertainty - values authority figures and strong guidelines - strong distinction between own-group/s and 'others'. This is very true. Like authoritarianism, it develops before personality, and isn't really wedded to any particula...
by Tlalok
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 37
Views: 1923

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

Killing sentient beings always brings heavy negative karma, another human being more so. Self-defence does not justify killing, it only lessens the degree of that karma, it is still a very bad thing. If I'm gonna drink 26 oz of liquor I'm gonna feel like shit. If I drink 20 oz, I may feel a little l...
by Tlalok
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Body building and steroids
Replies: 17
Views: 582

Re: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:03 pm
Tlalok wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:37 pm
I really doubt that you can maintain mass like that on a monastic diet for any real length of time, unless you're getting a frak ton of creatine and whey isolate in your alms bowl.
And steroids.
Oh yeah he's probably juicing. Not knocking the effort required to get there though.
by Tlalok
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped
Replies: 19
Views: 1276

Re: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped

I really doubt that you can maintain mass like that on a monastic diet for any real length of time, unless you're getting a frak ton of creatine and whey isolate in your alms bowl.
by Tlalok
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 65
Views: 1998

Re: Another day in America

Significant or not, they are pointless deaths that could be stopped with very little effort. If Americans were dying in vending machines at this rate, there would be action. Even though its a very small chunk of the total mortality, its a serious public health issue. Look at the rates of mass shooti...
by Tlalok
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1561

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

He was one of those troubled incels. https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/11/03/florida-man-who-killed-two-women-yoga-studio-spoke-incel-hero-elliot-rodger-online-video A bit explicit but the best explanation of incels I have heard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD2briZ6fB0&t=24s Of course he...
by Tlalok
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1561

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

I've had the tv news on for about an hour or more and no report of this. I heard about this here at DW. Terrible that shootings have become so common, they are not even reporting about it (on tv). All the focus is on the mid-terms this Tuesday, but that's no excuse. A man gunned down a class full o...
by Tlalok
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Rate this news source
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: Rate this news source

None of the major reference sites (Wikipedia, Sourcewatch, etc) seem to talk about it, which suggests it's not highly regarded. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/foreign-policy-journal/ says leftish and unreliable - although I have to say I don't know that site well enough to know how reliable it is. ...
by Tlalok
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Dudjom Yangsi Dorje Drollö empowerment Toronto
Replies: 27
Views: 2647

Re: Dudjom Yangsi Dorje Drollö empowerment Toronto

Emaho!

Would this this be the appropriate sadhana text then, based off the empowerment(s) we recieved?
by Tlalok
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Listening to music while doing something else: good idea?
Replies: 12
Views: 635

Re: Listening to music while doing something else: good idea?

Abstention from listening to and performing music is part of the eight precepts kept on holy days in most Buddhist traditions. But, there's no one stopping you from listening to music in your daily life unless you are a monk. It's a good idea to reflect on why it is included in the precepts, and rea...
by Tlalok
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Working in the entertainment industry
Replies: 36
Views: 1532

Re: Working in the entertainment industry

I work in tech and it spins just as much rubbish as the entertainment industry that distracts people from the path. Honestly its like Charles Manson and Jim Jones sometimes with the cult behaviour, hero worship and utterly nonsensical beliefs and attitudes. It's a complete fantasy based on delusion,...
by Tlalok
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6460
Views: 605669

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Miroku wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:02 pm
Tlalok wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:48 pm
What are the requirements to be able to read the Precious Vase? I want to use it to get into the preliminaries in a deeper sense.
Direct introduction from Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
Neat, thanks!

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