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by TharpaChodron
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

He opens the back doors and I can hear the sound of a muffled voice, a struggling sound, then he fires four shots into the back of the SUV. Then calmly shuts the back doors, hops back in the drivers seat and drives off. I hid, panicking, thinking he may see me and realize I witnessed him murder som...
by TharpaChodron
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Disclosure: I was encouraged to get a gun for self protection when I was living in a really high crime area in South Central LA. I have some crazy stories, but I learned that if you aren't involving yourself with gangs and drugs, you really don't have anything to fear. As it turned out, I never had...
by TharpaChodron
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Disclosure: I was encouraged to get a gun for self protection when I was living in a really high crime area in South Central LA. I have some crazy stories, but I learned that if you aren't involving yourself with gangs and drugs, you really don't have anything to fear. As it turned out, I never had...
by TharpaChodron
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Disclosure: I was encouraged to get a gun for self protection when I was living in a really high crime area in South Central LA. I have some crazy stories, but I learned that if you aren't involving yourself with gangs and drugs, you really don't have anything to fear. As it turned out, I never had ...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

let's see it for what it is.... there is no public debate tho it may seem so. It comes down to the $$ bribes for our politicians. Law abiding gun owners are not the problem. That's what every pro-gun person argues...guns don't kill people, people kill people etc. Hence we shouldn't regulate or ban ...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

let's see it for what it is.... there is no public debate tho it may seem so. It comes down to the $$ bribes for our politicians. Law abiding gun owners are not the problem. That's what every pro-gun person argues...guns don't kill people, people kill people etc. Hence we shouldn't regulate or ban ...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: A Nice Surprise.
Replies: 13
Views: 586

Re: A Nice Surprise.

Years ago I volunteered to be the water/tea person for Khenpo during a two day teaching on Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness. I sort of regretted it, as I became so stressed about filling his tea cup every minute that I barely learned or heard a thing he said. There was a guy looking at ...
by TharpaChodron
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Like taken out of a dystopian novel... I assure you this is quite normal for places in the US like Miami. But not everywhere is like that. I'm just surprised that there's any kind of place in the US where they can enforce something as insane as this. It just feels like a human rights violation to m...
by TharpaChodron
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

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: 39
Views: 754

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 23
Views: 880

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: 3365

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: 3365

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: 3365

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: 39
Views: 754

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...