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by TharpaChodron
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 349
Views: 12269

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

sorry, the USA has betrayed everything that I hold decent, domestically and internationally. This evil empire has not satisfied it's thirst for empire and world dominance... not to mention the hundreds of thousands of civilians who have been killed by our bombs. We have no idea how much of the worl...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 37
Views: 565

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

That's a strange interpretation of pure vision you have there and an equally weird view of the guru. "Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss." The Supreme Sourc...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 349
Views: 12269

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

There's also this spelling: https://www.theonion.com/united-states-toughens-image-with-umlauts-1819564308 There's a difference between an article from The Onion though, and that of a persistent use of slurs/insults towards a country and its citizens. One is intended to be humor, the other is really...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 349
Views: 12269

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

True..I have about as much knowledge of Australian culture as you do about American... Sorry to inform you that you are 100% wrong. Tell me what you know about the great Australian hero Ned Kelly. What about the Eureka stockade? See out here in the rest of the world we get Amerikan culture and hist...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 349
Views: 12269

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Since people think it's a mental health issue, my idea is a required psychological evaluation and background check for anyone trying to purchase these guns. In addition to a criminal background check, access to your mental health history, academic record, employment, social media history...which al...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 349
Views: 12269

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Since people think it's a mental health issue, my idea is a required psychological evaluation and background check for anyone trying to purchase these guns. In addition to a criminal background check, access to your mental health history, academic record, employment, social media history...which all...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Best book on the Bardo Thodöl or Death in general

'Mirror of Mindfulness' is highly recommended.
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

The good thing about the Dharma is that it is not about niceties, rather it is about the truth. whatever it may be, I'm open to it. What if the truth wasn't the truth ? How can there be truth with all concepts are false ? I agree, but the Dharma seems founded on the idea there is some truth out the...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Life has no meaning because life by definition is just affliction --> action --> suffering --> affliction. In reality, questions like, "Is there meaning" are not Dharma language. From the point of view of Dharma, life has no meaning. This is why we have compassion for sentient beings who engage in ...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What about falling into the trap of extreme views? The argument that life has no meaning seems to fall into one of the two extreme views: nihilism. that life's meaning is relative and subjective is not to say it has no meaning. It has many meanings, perhaps. Life has no meaning because life by defi...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 37
Views: 565

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

They existed a long time ago in Singapore. Once one of them approached me. I laughed at him and said "you are a fake monk." in Chinese. He look shocked. I was surprised that he was shocked TBH, I would have thought an experienced scammer would take it in stride. Then I said further "I'll call the p...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3209

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What about falling into the trap of extreme views? The argument that life has no meaning seems to fall into one of the two extreme views: nihilism.

that life's meaning is relative and subjective is not to say it has no meaning. It has many meanings, perhaps.
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Everyday life tips
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Re: Everyday life tips

Very nice video. I struggle with the whole unscheduled time thing. My life Monday thru Friday is super busy...I feel like I need to have a busy schedule on weekends. A teaching from my school that I like is "Sealing appearances." You go throughout your day seeing everything as part of the extension ...
by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 37
Views: 565

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

We have these "fake monks" in SF. I have interacted with them. The clue is that they try to give you some trinket and then immediately ask for money. I have wondered if they are organized, or if this sort of thing is individually driven, but I can't say. I got into a discussion with one of them abo...
by TharpaChodron
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 349
Views: 12269

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Hard to parse the ramblings of a mad man, but sounds kinda like Chump thought the kids who got shot should have done more. From his Twitter... So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was ...
by TharpaChodron
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 349
Views: 12269

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

And another 17 murdered, aided by the neglect of US politicians to act: https://scontent.fbrs1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/27752422_10156116538735477_6247568159275181770_n.jpg?oh=ca06db71c8543caa37ae1c1f977d4e4b&oe=5B04549D While I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment, i'm gonna play devil's advoc...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 429

Re: Dog thread

I have a penchant for dogs. Perhaps partly due to being an only child whose dog, a sweet little Sheltie, was my closest companion. My mother married a man, and one day I came home and my little friend was gone. My step-dad didn't care for her and so they gave her away, while I was at school, and nev...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 37
Views: 565

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

Thanks everyone for your feedback. The consensus on DW is they're fake. I can't even fathom the type of person who would engage in these scams, talk about negative karma. Maybe my first thought was right, as I saw a "nun" trying to give a mala bracelet to people. I thought maybe she is a human traff...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 37
Views: 565

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

:lol: Now I kind of want to go see that display My spouse is a fire snake. I can only imagine what the set designers of the Strip would come up with for that one... There was an amazing fire dragon made of lights at Caesars Palace, so I think I've seen what it looks like. Quite impressive. :) That'...