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by Queequeg
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: The Stupa Builders
Replies: 2
Views: 73

The Stupa Builders

Thereupon the Buddha addressed the great assembly of bodhisattvas, beginning with Viśiṣṭacāritra: “The transcendent powers of the buddhas are as immeasurable, limitless, and inconceivable as this. Yet if I were to use these transcendent powers to teach the benefits of this sutra so that it would be...
by Queequeg
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Discovering Tree Hugging
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: Discovering Tree Hugging

Trees are awesome. :smile:
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off

In another thread, Johnny Dangerous suggested you find a teacher... you need one. But to answer your questions... No. Not correct. As I wrote earlier, your thinking exhibits signs that your basic assumptions are materialist. Its basically inescapable if you've grown up in the developed world. Your ...
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: Desire/Suffering Is a Water Faucet That Can't be Turned Off

In another thread, Johnny Dangerous suggested you find a teacher... you need one. But to answer your questions... No. Not correct. As I wrote earlier, your thinking exhibits signs that your basic assumptions are materialist. Its basically inescapable if you've grown up in the developed world. Your a...
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 597

Re: Right-wing psychology

The problem is not the psych profiles of these ding dongs. The problem is oligarchs weaponizing them for their political ends. You could just as easily program then to be civic minded and helpful to society. We did it all the time in the army. Agree to an extent. The oligarchs are taking advantage....
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Simon E. wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:51 pm
I hear you..tricky, this life business.
Mara is so insidious... Every time I thought I was making progress smashing him, I find him laughing, peddling the bike I thought I was riding to get out of the mess.
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

The way to know if you are simply letting go of things or subtilely attached to them is if you find yourself judging others who have made a different lifestyle choice to yours, that suggests attachment with a minus sign in front. I know this the hard way. I am a very judgmental person who is trying...
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Well there is a recognition or a knowledge which is (‘that’ knows) as the subject and nature as object. This knowledge/recognition is still appearance. ‘That’ is consciousness. Only in a Buddhist forum do those elliptical lines even appear workable. I am sorry language is tough. No need to apologiz...
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Yeah, be careful talking about Buddhanature. That needs explanation and is easily misunderstood and takes even more work to untangle. Well there is a recognition or a knowledge which is (‘that’ knows) as the subject and nature as object. This knowledge/recognition is still appearance. ‘That’ is con...
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

For laypersons, consider the Vimalakirti nirdesa.
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the mindful state
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Hello from the mindful state

Yo.
Welcome.
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Yeah, be careful talking about Buddhanature. That needs explanation and is easily misunderstood and takes even more work to untangle.
by Queequeg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

If you follow the logic completely, dropping out is the only thing that makes sense. Most of us can't handle dropping out. Be honest about your wants, desires and attachments. Be moderate. Suffer what there is to suffer. Enjoy what there is to enjoy. Continue on the path of refuge. For now, it appea...
by Queequeg
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Elizabeth Warren for President
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Elizabeth Warren for President

Warren is surging. Between her and Bernie, she's got the momentum right now. Frankly, I'm getting a little worried with Sanders' expanding list of plans. Seems he's rolling out a new "freebie" plan every week. I'm on board with fixing the wealth distribution system, but its starting to make his plat...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Need your help with chinese inscription
Replies: 10
Views: 203

Re: Need your help with chinese inscription

A Ming Statue!!!!! The art market is full of Chinese fakes. Even Christie's passes fakes off more often than they will ever admit. What's mind boggling is that some fakes are several hundreds years old themselves... they've been counterfeiting antiques in China for centuries. On a related note... a ...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 848

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Sorry Queequeg, I get a bit excited when I have a chance to undo some of the wrongs I did in the world. I got fed up being poor and sold out hard to the state security apparatus. It's a profoundly compromised system that still has some decent democratic bones if we could ever get to them. Many of t...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 597

Re: Right-wing psychology

Anger is the predominant poison of our age, according to some. (I remember Malcolm commented on this from time to time, so may be a Dzogchen thing) Ever been in a blind rage? That's a lot of what's going on right now. You can see it all around. (See my Asura comment above). Incidentally, anger is an...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 848

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Or maybe some individuals have too much power and are gaming the system to their advantage. I'm sure factory owners using child labour or running exploitative company stores were not meaning to be evil. But we had no choice but to ban child labour and form unions. We didn't say kids can only work 4...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 848

Re: So, you read pirated books?

I think the oligarchs are driving the collapse. One an educated democratic world could very easily have avoided 3 decades ago. That's Illuminati level conspiracy theory. It would actually be reassuring if there were people intentionally driving things - that would mean a change of plans could chang...
by Queequeg
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: any fast way of burning up karma?
Replies: 14
Views: 379

Re: any fast way of burning up karma?

One coarse way of dealing with karma is the whackamole approach of trying to deal with each incident one-to-one, ie. something angers me, I apply a counter meditation and cool it. A more advanced way is to cultivate states of mind that make one immune to irritants like someone intentionally trying t...

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