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by Queequeg
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Good point^. But I think that the kalpa-ending conflagration would be a swift painless death, we then would all be reborn in the upper deva realms of the form realm for some time, and then ‘the universe’ would start all over again. In my comment in the presidential race poll thread, I was half-joki...
by Queequeg
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Hence the following post in this thread: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=32710&sid=77da627b75e10ad611993c4af9bff932#p515241 Well, I'm too dependent on this, whether I like it or not. I have a young family who would not fare well on the road in armageddon. I don't like to think of the p...
by Queequeg
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

For all his faults, Toynbee offers an interesting framework to look at this. The US has devolved to a Universal State where the creative minority has lost vitality, and now the guiding principle is to just maintain. Its the process of death. It could come quick, or it could get dragged out for thous...
by Queequeg
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

The exercise of military power abroad has become an unquestioned premise. Perhaps one day a president will have the courage to give the alternative a chance. The post-2001 wars have, to date, had direct costs to the US of 7-9 trillion. It’s almost inconceivable what could have been done with that m...
by Queequeg
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

It looks like old money thinking new money is uncouth. Obama committed the same crimes. He also arrogantly dismissed Trump publicly as a filthy peasant with money. The Trumpian perspective is the real elite is money. They seem to have a point and the properly educated and cultured whose hierarchies...
by Queequeg
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:16 pm
This is not the case with Mahāyāna pratimokṣa, only Hinayāna pratimokṣa.
Can you elaborate on that?
by Queequeg
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Caoimhghín wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:03 pm
It's like if I learned that Queequeg (sorry to use you as an example here)
There's no Queequeg to mind. :tongue:
by Queequeg
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Best not to express your views too openly if you happen to be a conservative. A pro-life, pro traditional marriage stance will get you banned fast even though you can find support for these viewpoints in Buddhist texts. Stop exaggerating. No one has ever been banned for expressing pro-life or pro t...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I think most people recognize that party alignment is a matter of expedience, and tomorrow, if the party shifts and stands for something else, time to abandon ship. Well, the party Jefferson started was called the Democratic-Republican Party. The modern Democratic Party was actually founded by supp...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Funny you should mention that, imagine a republican president fighting essentially for equal rights and Southern democrats defending slavery. Perhaps Buddhists should be among the first to recognize that such labels are illusory, or like window dressing that shifts with whatever is currently in fas...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 18
Views: 385

Re: Goma ritual

You know, I deleted the word "being" and replaced it with numerous others. I didn't feel any word could describe it correctly, even though "body" is the translation. I wanted to highlight the fact they weren't different, but only appeared different due to circumstances (circumstances being the mind...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 18
Views: 385

Re: Goma ritual

In Shingon, Shakyamuni is posited as emanating from Mahavairocana, placing them in a vertical relationship; the latter is proposed as primary, ie. Dharmakaya is somehow primary to the rupakaya - sambhoga and nirmana kayas. I'm not sure the source of the explanation above but it is contrary to what ...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

The following sentiment has been voiced a couple times or more in this thread - that Democrats and Republicans are basically the same... There's a deep criticism of the overall system that can be directed at both parties, and to an extent they engage in similar distasteful behaviors... but if you r...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I feel like these categories don't even work that well anymore though, when you take the general "right" and "left" categories, today you can find people on the right very dissimilar to their compatriots, same when you look on "the left". I agree with your observations, and I also stand by my obser...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

it seems to me that just as there is an instinctive 'batten down the hatches' in many conservatives, there is a 'tear down and throw away' in a lot of progressives. There are nuanced conservatives and black-and-white progressives, just as vice versa. Kind of selectively editing your post. I think w...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

What's different is the idea of the individual. What I find is that conservatives tend toward a rather mechanical definition of the individual - like they are a discrete particle defined by rights and privileges bouncing around society, whereas the progressive view is more along the lines of the Bu...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 18
Views: 385

Re: Goma ritual

As I understand, the main difference is the manner in which Shingon posits that all phenomena emanate from Mahavairocana while in Tendai, Mahavairocana and all Buddhas are co-equal emanations of Shakyamuni (and, if you shift perspective, the same can be mutually said of all Buddhas.). It might seem...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Difficult in letting breath be natural
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: Difficult in letting breath be natural

Sounds like the therapy itself has become an affliction. I think the advice here would be to take a step back from those thoughts themselves and observe them as they come and go. I suspect if you treat those thoughts the same way as the breath, they'll pass of their own accord and you'll be back to ...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Yeah, I feel pounced on for simply asking the question. The few Buddhist I know (Vietnamese Pure Land) are "rabid righty" to quote the Queequeg (I believe it was that poster). As JD pointed out, you made a provocative statement, and you got responses. Now you're complaining about the responses you ...
by Queequeg
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I'll just restate more clearly here in case it was missed -

If you want to see what Nagarjuna recommended as government policy, he put it down in the Ratnavali. Should be required reading for any Mahayanist who wants to be politically active.

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