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by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

In other words, we could say: Let's send those useful idiots of HK into the meat mincer so that we have one more irrefutable proof that the "universally recognized evil regime" of China is even more evil than we ever had imagined. This universal recognition would certainly be well worth the lives of...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

Tatpurusa, you've gone from suggesting that the Hong Kong protests are some plot orchestrated by the US government to arguing that the people of Hong Kong should just accept the hopelessness of their protests and submit to Beijing's will because they're Chinese, and after a century, they'll be just...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

Why does how much the US does or does not authentically care about international minorities matter? Why does it matter whether or not their politicians "give a shit" about people from Hong Kong? This is what confuses me, I suppose. We're taking about Hong Kong, not the US. I suppose one could argue...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

I don't really know who they are that say "rules based order" and "create their own reality that others only have the right to study," to be honest. While I thank you for your suggestion that we have a conversation about "power," I don't think know if I'll be able to reciprocate, because I don't re...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

My point is: It is all about geopolitics played out between superpowers. The rest is propaganda. The same way the US has for example deluded Hungary and let them down against the Soviet Union in 1956; the same way they deluded and let down the Kurds. This why I say HongKongers should be realistic. T...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

I think so. You'll notice that Canada's transition from British rule was actually rather gradual and peaceful, perhaps because of a more patient temperament on both sides, and we remain a Commonwealth country to this day. More patient temperament ... so what about the Malvinas? (Falkland Islands if...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

It should probably be based on what they want to do as a young nation. My own nation, Canada, is also quite young, and we make do. In 1967, Canada celebrated its 100 year birthday. Hongkongers, as a separate and distinct people, are 20+ years older than the entire nation of Canada as an independent...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

Mind your argument would justify all kinds of secessionism in all countries of the world. Brexit, anyone? Yes, quite aware. I've often contemplated what it would be like if the NYC metro area were to declare itself an independent city state. The said truth is that self-determination in Realpolitik ...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

The said truth is that self-determination in Realpolitik never depends on identity, history, justice, nationality, religion, opinion of millions, but purely on brute force. Not quite true. Sometimes you are simply given independence in a peaceful turnover, like in the case of Canada again. I feel l...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

Is that the problem for you? LOL. Not the millions of votes cast in favor of self-determination in the most recent election. OK. You are not credible. In contrast to Tibet or Sinkiang Hong Kong has always been Chinese, till robbed by UK from them. The inhabitants are Chinese too. What should self-d...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

Is that the problem for you? LOL. Not the millions of votes cast in favor of self-determination in the most recent election. OK. You are not credible. In contrast to Tibet or Sinkiang Hong Kong has always been Chinese, till robbed by UK from them. The inhabitants are Chinese too. What should self-d...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

Self determination hissing the US flag? You must be joking. Is that the problem for you? LOL. Not the millions of votes cast in favor of self-determination in the most recent election. OK. You are not credible. In contrast to Tibet or Sinkiang Hong Kong has always been Chinese, till robbed by UK fr...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
Replies: 167
Views: 3498

Re: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation

Just the general dismissal of an intellectual understanding I think I see. I am not dismissing intellectual understanding at all. I even said that it is an important prerequisite to the path. But no traditional Buddhist path would ever state that it is enough. The methods of the path are much more ...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

Is it hard to fathom? Between having the relative autonomy that they've enjoyed or becoming more integrated into the mainland social and political world, which seems more appealing? Should the people of HK just quietly submit to Beijing? Does not wanting to join THAT really mean foreign operatives ...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
Replies: 167
Views: 3498

Re: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation

smcj wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:33 pm
As a reminder, the Tibetan traditions all produce either khenpos or geshes. I hope no one is disparaging their activities.
Who, or which posting are you referring to by this?
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

A video worth watching IMO https://www.rt.com/news/474756-hong-kong-protests-china-us/ rt? really? Yes. In a world where all media is lying according to their interests, one fares better listening to both sides an interpolating the truth. Exposing oneself only to Western mainstream media, even if o...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
Replies: 167
Views: 3498

Re: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation

So I'm the one who originally made the statement that inspired this thread, and I think this all could have been avoided if I had defined how I was using the term renunciation (as is so often in these discussions about English terms that are used to translate what were originally several terms in S...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
Replies: 167
Views: 3498

Re: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation

I don't hesitate to say that all of Buddhas teachings can be seen as critical thinking and training in critical thinking even in Marcuses way of using that expression. Buddhism invite the practitioner to investigate every part of this world, every possible object and subject and find out for themse...
by tatpurusa
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
Replies: 167
Views: 3498

Re: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation

heart wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:26 pm
Renunciation is based on critical thinking, so I am afraid I don't get that reference.

/magnus
Not necessarily. I would argue that devotion is much more powerful in leading to renunciation than critical thinking.
by tatpurusa
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Hong Kong.
Replies: 90
Views: 1591

Re: Hong Kong.

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