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by Queequeg
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 17
Views: 169

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

Not kami. This is a wholly different teaching that came from China. Might have been conflated in Japan later.
by Queequeg
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Fiction with Buddhist influences
Replies: 16
Views: 270

Re: Fiction with Buddhist influences

Dharma Bums by Kerouac
by Queequeg
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Fiction with Buddhist influences
Replies: 16
Views: 270

Re: Fiction with Buddhist influences

justsit wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:44 pm
Cloud Atlas
Was just trying to remember the name of this one. Didn't read the book, just saw the movie. When I walked out of that movie (which got a standing ovation) had to look up the writer and sure enough he spent time in Japan.
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

On principle, I reject state-mandated religions, Buddhism included. I also reject Utopianism, even Buddhist Utopianism. There is nothing in Nagarjuna's counsel that suggests Buddhism should be a state-mandated religion. So your principle is not violated. I have never been impressed that Nagarjuna w...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 222
Views: 4113

Re: Who is America ?

Because your statement is that the present condition is not due to representative democracy. According to you, its dead. How does a dead thing do anything? You posit a cause for the death of representative democracy, global capitalist colonialism, that doomed it from the start. Representative democr...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 222
Views: 4113

Re: Who is America ?

But I don't get the credit for imaginatively trying to take action? I'm just a sellout committed to the TrumpClinton merry go round? Because I cast doubt on your participatory democracy dream? No, because you said: Representative democracy is a practical solution. Because you fail to acknowledge th...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 222
Views: 4113

Re: Who is America ?

I'm not saying you're a child, but you set up the stark choice between dreaming and action... No I don't. I act according to my dream. OK. But I don't get the credit for imaginatively trying to take action? I'm just a sellout committed to the TrumpClinton merry go round? Because I cast doubt on you...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 222
Views: 4113

Re: Who is America ?

No. You're aiming for a pipe dream. That is my judgment of your words: Yeah, that's going to work when the US needs to work out a budget. A budget? Ain't no budgets in direct democracies. No nation states either. No currencies in mutual aid. I am talking about a radical re-organisation of society, n...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 222
Views: 4113

Re: Who is America ?

At some point we have to grow up and make the best of what's before us, not what we wish it was when we're alone with our thoughts and reality is a distant distraction, Bartelby.

An imaginary alternative is not an alternative.
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 222
Views: 4113

Re: Who is America ?

There's no time for dreaming. Especially dreams of rabbits with horns.

We have shit to do.

by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 222
Views: 4113

Re: Who is America ?

Yeah, that's going to work when the US needs to work out a budget. A budget? Ain't no budgets in direct democracies. No nation states either. No currencies in mutual aid. I am talking about a radical re-organisation of society, not shuffling goons between desks. https://youtu.be/d_n3JHqLUGo
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Supramundane wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:38 am
probably because there is no way of dealing with it.
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Its a joke, people. A serious joke.
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sh#t is f@cked up and bull sh*t
Replies: 12
Views: 628

Re: Sh#t is f@cked up and bull sh*t

that article is way too pessimistic. the light on gatsby's dock is still there. What's the green light mean? Did not like that book. Never understood people who did. I felt like they misunderstood it. Like those people who watched Wall Street and thought Gordon Gecko was a hero. people can argue wh...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

I fear this weakness in our system is actually cyclical. we kept things together while there was the Soviet Union but now that it's gone, we seem to be back where we were before WW2. Europe can't protect its borders, as evidenced by millions of migrants who are simply walking into the open door, ha...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 222
Views: 4113

Re: Who is America ?

What do you see as a potentially effective form of government that could cultivate and protect the well being of citizens? Direct democracy with an economic system based on mutual aid. Yeah, that's going to work when the US needs to work out a budget. To be an elected representative does not requir...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Counterpoint: from another angle, it looks like they are winning. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/the-battle-that-erupted-in-charlottesville-is-far-from-over/567167/ It's quite a good article, thank you. I think it illustrates a phenomenon that is sweeping not only the US but E...
by Queequeg
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Tuned into Fox news and of course they're making a big deal of the Antifa knuckleheads saying they want to kill the president, assaulting police and journalists. These kids are not to be encouraged. They're not part of the solution. Civilians showing up to reject the Alt Right idiots was all we need...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

On an individual level, yes, but there is no such thing as a Dharma government. Nor could there be. That is something up for debate, I think. Nagarjuna counseled a king on how to promote Dharma through government. A dharma government would be one that enabled dharma practice and dharma culture. One...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Astika Buddhism?
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: Astika Buddhism?

If the non-Buddhist crowd is trying to differentiate between "good" Buddhisms that they don't mind and that bad Buddhism they don't like, then it might be better to make one kind of Buddhism more attractive, rather than run the risk of both being branded unattractive by public consensus. IMO I'm tr...
by Queequeg
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Astika Buddhism?
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: Astika Buddhism?

From the Wiki article Kim linked: "To Asanga, nastika are those who say "nothing whatsoever exists", and the worst kind of nastika are those who deny all designation and reality. Astika are those who accept merit in and practice a religious life." It sounds like it didn't have anything to do with T...

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