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by Knotty Veneer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Long meditation session
Replies: 11
Views: 576

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: 1370

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: 1217

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: 340

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: 539

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: 2075

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: 5862

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: 5862

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: 5537

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: 5537

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: 5537

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: 5537

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: 5537

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: 5537

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...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5537

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Come on let's turn this into another who's the real Karmapa thread. Especially when we are going on the word of children - it proves nothing. As a 3 year old I was convinced I was spider man. The real Karmapa is the one who acts like one not just who says he is. Dawa Sangpo would be in the running i...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

Hello, I'm looking for the right buddhist tradition for me and I can't decide, so pleas help me by answering to my question. Thank you for everything! I think the important thing is join a legittimate tradition. Most important though is finding a good Sangha, a supportive group of good people who c...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5537

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Also to consider is that having been recognised by their respective teachers - is it even possible for either to say now that they are not the Karmapa without breaking their commitments to their teachers?????? I don't think that will be an issue. Either they will fudge it and one could have a Karma...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Revoking/undoing temporary refuge.
Replies: 5
Views: 472

Re: Revoking/undoing temporary refuge.

What is temporary refuge? I was confused by that term too. In some ways refuge ceremonies are superfluous. If you just say the refuge and mean it, you are taking refuge in the Three Jewels. I think refuge ceremonies are really to mark entry into a particular Buddhist community. It's a public declar...
by Knotty Veneer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 5537

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Things can change. Drikung used to be lead by members of one clan but now has two heads. Dalailama is probably choosing his successor now. And Sakya has also changed. If it is wha it takes to hold the lineage together and not break samayas then why not. Indeed, there is change throughout how lineag...

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