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by justsit
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 248
Views: 8902

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

It occurs to me that “An Olive Branch” would most likely not have a license to practice law in Canada. Or France, where they have been mentioned in regards to the Rigpa situation also. Here is An Olive Branch's website https://www.an-olive-branch.org/ . Here are the princpals https://www.an-olive-b...
by justsit
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Deathbed visions
Replies: 11
Views: 540

Re: Deathbed visions

Without being a specialist in neuropharmacology, I can only speculate that perhaps the varied chemicals produced during the dying process could stimulate different areas of the brain, producing particular types of hallucinations. I have no idea how one would go about researching this, as there is no...
by justsit
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Deathbed visions
Replies: 11
Views: 540

Re: Deathbed visions

From a strictly physiological, Western medicine point of view, the "normal" process of death includes increasing hypoxia with decreasing levels of oxygen in the body and increasing levels of carbon dioxide. Hallucinations are a well known and documented effect of hypoxia. Other chemical levels are i...
by justsit
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Pics from my recent trip.
Replies: 8
Views: 438

Re: Pics from my recent trip.

Ah, Missoula. Rode my motorcycle out there, summer of 1984, beautiful area. The Garden wasn't there then. Did you get up to Lolo hot springs?

Great pics, lots of good memories. :smile:
by justsit
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Replies: 7
Views: 574

Re: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

It is about him. There are identifying details in the article that one who is familiar with his sangha can pick up on. Also, In the original thread, Malcolm posted this link which clearly links the author to Kongtrul Rinpoche's sangha. https://archive.li/Go0ik That link goes to a page about a trans...
by justsit
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Replies: 7
Views: 574

Re: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

My one experience with him dates to 2010, when I attended a weekend event where he hosted Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Yangsi at Pema Osel in Vermont. The teachings seemed very traditional and orthodox, and he explained some difficult concepts very clearly. The sangha members seemed to be serious student...
by justsit
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2212

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

the notion of a 'constructed social identity' would not naturally align with that, as it is presumably amongst the things that is to be renounced. The problem there, as I see it, at least in the West, is that the default "normal" identity, as it were, is always "white, cis, het" and is not consider...
by justsit
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 26867

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

...... If you are not willing to read the articles then its senseless to try and respond to them. I couldn't read the whole things due to time constraints. OK, now I have read them both. The first one starts, "In my first story on Medium, we discuss some of the ways in which left of center media so...
by justsit
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 26867

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

https://medium.com/s/story/the-surprisingly-solid-mathematical-case-of-the-tin-foil-hat-gun-prepper-15fce7d10437 I couldn't read too far into that story, or the previous one by the same author, but far enough to get the gist. IMO, the gun debate isn't about statistics, or what the probabilities are...
by justsit
Tue May 22, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 26867

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Some more statistics here http://www.politifact.com/florida/state ... ldiers-co/.

"So far this year, more students have been killed in schools than soldiers in combat zones." Rated mostly true.
by justsit
Sun May 20, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 26867

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 2:50 am
justsit wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 9:43 pm
Statistics are meaningless to those with the power to affect real change ...
https://tinyurl.com/yc9c3h4a
How is that graph relevant to this discussion?
by justsit
Fri May 18, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 26867

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

...we will be heard and we will roll Republicans in 2020, there is no doubt. Kevin... You could rally your laser intensity for the mid term elections in 2018 as well. They historically have a very poor turnout, and a big Democratic burst of enthusiasm right about now could help significantly change...
by justsit
Fri May 18, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 26867

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Statistics are meaningless to those with the power to affect real change, and real danger isn't close enough to home. Maybe when some posh white boy goes off and slaughters a classroom of private school kids something will get done. Public school kids are disposable.
by justsit
Fri May 18, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5679
Views: 503777

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Just passing through and thought I'd pass this on - there are two copies of Precious Vase for sale on eBay at the moment, one for $22 or BO in US and one for $172 plus $34 shipping in Germany. I know in the past some people have "rescued" these and passed them on to those who need them, wasn't sure ...
by justsit
Mon May 14, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 61
Views: 2145

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

... the consequences of the action will depend on the motivation for the action: anger, jealousy, pride, desire, etc... Would you venture a guess if the person committed suicide due to a severe psychotic episode? This happened to my cousin who was living at a dharma center with his guru and a few o...
by justsit
Mon May 07, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ebay Flum Fakery
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Ebay Flum Fakery

This Brit would be put off buying from them just from the name alone! :) Lol. There is actually an ongoing boycott of the company among knitters, many of whom are women, and other crafters and LGBT allies due to the US Supreme Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. The decision allows many empl...
by justsit
Mon May 07, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ebay Flum Fakery
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Ebay Flum Fakery

Sadly, some antiques are being stolen to order. We have a Museum of East Asian Arts locally with no real security when they are open, and it has twice been attacked by armed robbers, successfully the second time, the thieves taking only very rare and special items. As you say, provenance is really ...
by justsit
Fri May 04, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Young people are loneliest?
Replies: 56
Views: 1851

Re: Young people are loneliest?

On a more serious note, I heard they are making sex robots now that are a kind of artificial intelligence, and they respond to you and so on. Not too sure how this will effect intimacy, lol. Great! Now the self-labeled "incels" who can't get a date (gee, why?) won't have an excuse to run over and k...
by justsit
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DNA TESTS
Replies: 78
Views: 2330

Re: DNA TESTS

by justsit
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DNA TESTS
Replies: 78
Views: 2330

Re: DNA TESTS

But seriously, folks, as interesting as the results of DNA testing might be, I would under no circumstances willingly submit such personal information to a faceless corporation which can be counted on to use it in deleterious ways in the future. People thought Facebook was harmless, too. Anyone her...

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