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by Simon E.
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46082

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

I have had a long hard think overnight and l am going to extend my self isolation to things online in order to concentrate on practice. Wishing you all well, and may all beings find peace. I am going to log off now, and hope to log on again in the Autumn when the world is likely to be quite changed....
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Centers Going Temporarily Virtual
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: Dharma Centers Going Temporarily Virtual

There is no reason per se why virtual Sangha should not be as effective and useful as meat world Sangha.
Dzogchen Community students for example have benefited for years from distance learning and transmissions.
by Simon E.
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How to Combine Loving-Kindness Meditation with Concentration Meditation?
Replies: 11
Views: 439

Re: How to Combine Loving-Kindness Meditation with Concentration Meditation?

Do you have a teacher 2nd chance? I know nothing of delta theta epsilon omega or anything like that.. :smile:
But I do recommend finding a teacher.
by Simon E.
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 41
Views: 2890

Re: Victims of Communism

The last 25 years of China's "economic miracle" has been the strongest period of economic growth in the history of capitalism. Does that mean communists are the best capitalists Nicholas? :applause: Quite clearly no purely capitalist system could have brought about the degree of general well being ...
by Simon E.
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 220
Views: 6894

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Pointing out that terminating zygotes does not equal terminating human life is not “ trolling”. Pointing out that ideas like the one that says your gender is determined by which gender causes you most aversion, are grotesque,is not “trolling”. Pointing out that the idea that we should aspire to deri...
by Simon E.
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 220
Views: 6894

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Minobu I give up. You are not getting the difference between a potential human life and a substantive human life. But lets leave it there. Please feel free to aspire to a situation where you eventually get masochistic pleasure from someone else’s sadistic pleasure..but don’t expect that to be seen w...
by Simon E.
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46082

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

All pubs and restaurants in the U.K. are on lockdown. Our local pub/ restaurant has put all its fresh products that would have been used in its kitchen on sale..veg, cheese, butter etc. Someone has just bought the lot and is taking it to our local hospital as gifts for the staff, who are coming off ...
by Simon E.
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Small Sang Offering in a Flat
Replies: 15
Views: 924

Re: Small Sang Offering in a Flat

Yup.
by Simon E.
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Small Sang Offering in a Flat
Replies: 15
Views: 924

Re: Small Sang Offering in a Flat

Chime R is pretty traditional...but he is a traditional pragmatist. Without wanting to stir a pot of different hue, he was asked once what he recommended as a diet for someone on a seven day home retreat “ A daily delivery of burgers with some salad “ he replied. “ you dont need to worry about it th...
by Simon E.
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 220
Views: 6894

The Great Abortion Debate

You are not addressing a vital point. There is no “ human life” in a collection of developing cells. Just the potential for human life. At some point in the development of a foetus it is appropriate to think of a separate human existence. Before that point it is a collection of cells with the poten...
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Small Sang Offering in a Flat
Replies: 15
Views: 924

Re: Small Sang Offering in a Flat

Chime Rinpoche when asked by someone who lived with an asthmatic husband who reacted badly to smoke, said that Juniper oil on a cotton swab would do just fine.
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 220
Views: 6894

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

You are not addressing a vital point. There is no “ human life” in a collection of developing cells. Just the potential for human life. At some point in the development of a foetus it is appropriate to think of a separate human existence. Before that point it is a collection of cells with the potent...
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46082

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Oh I not down playing either the severity or it’s anxiety making propensity.
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46082

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

There is an outbreak online of people imagining that they have it....not surprisingly. I have had it several times already in my mind.
The phenomenon has been dubbed “cyberchondria”. :smile:
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 220
Views: 6894

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

No one (I hope)is advocating abortion as a method of birth control. There are far more efficient ways of controlling the numbers of children born. But it seems to me that some Buddhists have been directly or indirectly shaped in their attitude to abortion by Catholicism. Certainly there is no Buddhi...
by Simon E.
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: B. i. t.
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: B. i. t.

Hello mate.
: :smile:
by Simon E.
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 220
Views: 6894

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Buddhism has always taught that abortion is the taking of an innocent human life. Your statement is false. In Buddhism, abortion is only considered the taking of a human life after the 19th week. How do we know this? A bhikṣu etc., only commits parajika, a complete defeat, if he causes an abortion ...
by Simon E.
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Beware.
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Re: Beware.

Comme ci, comme ca... :shrug:
by Simon E.
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46082

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

On the lighter side someone has just tweeted “My wife has ensured my full self -isolation by locking me in the shed. And I don’t even HAVE coronavirus!”.
by Simon E.
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Beware.
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Beware.

Beware Simon, of knowing all ABOUT Dharma but nothing OF Dharma is what I say to:myself everyday in the mirror, as a student of the Vajrayana.

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