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by Knotty Veneer
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: My father died on Dec 2
Replies: 22
Views: 292

Re: My father died on Dec 2

Crazywisdom wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:00 pm
Please mention Yesh Paul Puri in your prayers. And me too. My whole family, mom, dad and brothers are all dead.
In my prayers, CW.
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shambhala closes NYC center
Replies: 21
Views: 685

Re: Shambhala closes NYC center

Not just attract moneyed folks, but outreach in general. Not everyone living in Manhattan are filthy rich. You're right. I know that part of town well as my wife used to live there. Increasingly though it is more and more difficult for folks even with good white collar jobs to afford to live in Man...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shambhala closes NYC center
Replies: 21
Views: 685

Re: Shambhala closes NYC center

Frankly, it is ridiculous and obscene that any Dharma center pay $360,000 dollars a year in rent. Indeed. I know [a cult group that] has a biggish center on 24th st (between 6th and 7th, I think). I'm sure they must be paying something similar if they don't own the space. But if you want to attract...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shambhala closes NYC center
Replies: 21
Views: 685

Shambhala closes NYC center

According to Lionsroar.com, Shambhala is to close it's NYC center in Manhattan.

Based at 22nd Street between 5th and 6th, the article states that they can no longer afford the $30k per month rent.

Are we seeing the first tangible knock on effect of the recent scandal?
by Knotty Veneer
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Karmapa Thaye Dorje regarding Shamar rebirth
Replies: 9
Views: 635

Re: Karmapa Thaye Dorje regarding Shamar rebirth

Apparently Thaye Dorje has advised his students to stop saying aspiration prayers regarding the rebirth and recognition of the Shamar tulku. From the bottom of the linked page: “...In conclusion, His Holiness also advised the KIBI sanghas from today onwards to discontinue recitation of Swift Rebirt...
by Knotty Veneer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Long meditation session
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: Long meditation session

Could long meditation sessions be dangerous for my mental health if I do it properly? Could it be harmful? No, I don't think it would be harmful to your mental health - providing you are in good mental health to begin with. The real problem with long meditation sessions when you are starting out is...
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blue "ripple"
Replies: 40
Views: 1571

Re: Blue "ripple"

Not as good a night for Dems as hoped. Still not a good day for Reps.

Some check on Trump but more of the same division going forward.

Dems still need a personality to counter Trump.
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream - free ebook today
Replies: 13
Views: 1276

Re: Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream - free ebook today

I met him once. Over 20 years ago now. Really nice man.

He's been America's conscience for a long time. You'll miss him when the Republicans win tomorrow and Trump starts rounding up the intellectuals, the Jews, the gays and the gypsies.
by Knotty Veneer
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Glassman Roshi died
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Glassman Roshi died

Safe onward journey, Bernie.

You were a great exemplar.
by Knotty Veneer
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sangharakshita, founder of Triratna Buddhism, dead at 93
Replies: 3
Views: 574

Re: Sangharakshita, founder of Triratna Buddhism, dead at 93

Sangharakshita was an interesting character. Quite an important figure in the history of Buddhism in the UK - less well known in the US. He was one of the first British people to ordain as a Bhikkhu in India in the 40s or early 50s, I think. However, he was extremely eclectic and studied with severa...
by Knotty Veneer
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2196

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

Indeed, when was the last time you saw socialists running around crazy with guns.

No doubt, Fox News will be claiming this is false flag attack by Democrats to influence the election.

Just hope it finally convinces my Trump voting Jewish in-laws that they need to rethink their choices.
by Knotty Veneer
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 6241

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Amazing... for a generation we thought we had escaped the past. Alas, no so amazing in my opinion. The Irish have been battling the British presence in Ireland for many centuries. In a country that has always put more emphasis on the past than on the future a return to violence was probably inevita...
by Knotty Veneer
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 6241

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Speaking as someone who grew up in Belfast in the 1st half of the troubles, I'd say. The IRA did some horrible things Loyalist paramilitaries did some truly horrific things too The Govt forces were anything but impartial, they colluded with Loyalist paramilitiaries, they carried out extra-judicial m...
by Knotty Veneer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5836

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

:good: Thank you Karma Trinley. Your comments are helpful to me. After my initial happiness at the wonderful news, I started thinking about dark memories of our past dramas and feeling blue. It will take time to heal old wounds. I think it would be helpful if more elders meet with elder members of ...
by Knotty Veneer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5836

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

An interesting if not very deep analysis on the Karmapas' meeting: http://www.asianage.com/opinion/oped/181018/ignoring-top-tibetan-lamas-puts-india-on-wrong-side-of-history.html Not sure where the writer gets his info from but claims the meeting was at the behest of Thaye Dorje. The article portray...
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5836

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Generally the Karmapa has not been involved in temporal politics in Tibet, other than in regard to the spiritual hierarchy of the lineage if you want to call that politics. The Dalai Lama holds the position of the temporal head of Tibet, and is also a high tulku within the Gelug lineage. In general...
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5836

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

IMO, that is a very sad perspective. That’s not to say that there aren’t problems with the tulku culture, or that all tulkus are legitimate, or even that it shouldn’t peter out, but to categorically call it simply politics and organization is disheartening to a degree and a sign of degeneration, it...
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5836

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Have abandoned the idea that tulkus are actually tulkus? Or is it just political? Personally, I view it very cynically as all political. An useful tool for social organization perhaps in medieval times but useless now. There is nothing in the Buddha's teachings about tulkus. A Tibetan invention. Ka...
by Knotty Veneer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5836

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

If the 2 Karmapas can agree on the next Shamarpa, that will be a real cause for rejoicing. I think this Kagyu generation’s lamas can easily do a better job than the last generation did. I think if nothing else comes out of this, OTD will recognize TTD's son as Shamarpa (if of course TTD wishes that...

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