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by kirtu
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Caesar was “elected” dictator for life. He was killed to protect democracy. It didn’t work. The damage was done. I fear the same is true now. Really? How? The United States was never a democracy. The reassertion of the 1950's Deep South/Midwest KKK culture will obviously retard the USA even further...
by kirtu
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST at Tibet House NYC May 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 30

HHST at Tibet House NYC May 2018

by kirtu
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Heart Sutra in Sanskrit
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Heart Sutra in Sanskrit

by kirtu
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Machig Labdron Wisdom from an Old Lady
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Machig Labdron Wisdom from an Old Lady

Wisdom from an Old Lady For ninety-nine years, I have worked for the benefit of beings. Now this work is almost complete. I will not take birth again in this human realm in a physical form, nor will I leave behind any remains or relics. But my emanations in the world will be innumerable, and many w...
by kirtu
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 84
Views: 1060

Re: Dharma government?

But what's happening in the encounter of Buddhism and the West, is that Westerners bring a lot of our anti-religious samskara to bear both for and against Buddhism. We can't help but seeing it through the prism of our own cultural baggage. I know this is something I struggle with. Some people strug...
by kirtu
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 81
Views: 1273

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

A dispute arose in Chinese Buddhism with regard to whether insentient beings possess a Buddha nature, but the view that Buddhahood exists as a potential in all things and phenomena prevailed in China. This idea also became widespread in Japan. (See also enlightenment of plants.) I am very intereste...
by kirtu
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions
Replies: 17
Views: 395

Re: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions

Hi. I'm just looking for some advice. I am more than halfway through my Vajrasattva practice (as part of my Ngondro practice) and I find that I'm struggling with what appears to be an increase in disturbing emotions, anger in particular. Is this a normal occurrence during the Vajrasattva purificati...
by kirtu
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Koans and Kensho
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: Koans and Kensho

My question is whether or not that is possible when I already know the solution due to my work with other related Koans. I would also like to ask whether Kensho experiences keep happening as you continue working on Koans. Since my first breakthrough, I have had insights into some Koans but without ...
by kirtu
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advice Needed
Replies: 14
Views: 508

Re: Advice Needed

Hi Rachel - In general there are not that many physical communal living Buddhist communities in the West. There may be some in the British Isles that I am not aware of. You could check with the Irish Buddhist Union . In Europe there are nascent live-in Buddhist communities but these have generally b...
by kirtu
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4596

Re: Who is America ?

THis past week there was a great and eye-opening Frontline épisode about the Alt Right. These people are organized and dangerous. The United States will be lucky to at least in part escape something like the hysteria driven hatred that gripped Rwanda - not full blow genocide but larger scale murder...
by kirtu
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tai chi and Qi gong in your practice
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Tai chi and Qi gong in your practice

Miroku wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:56 pm
I'd suggest a class would be the best I think. There is a lot of fake qigong and taichi. Plus it is really better to learn from and instructor.
You can only learn taiji or qigong from an instructor. Videos are for refinement after you have learned something.

Kirt
by kirtu
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: german prosecution office investigates Ole Nydahl for incitement to hatred
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: german prosecution office investigates Ole Nydahl for incitement to hatred

german prosecution office investigates Ole Nydahl for incitement to hatred The public prosecutor's office in Kempten has initiated investigations against the Buddhist Lama Ole Nydahl. He is said to have repeatedly rushed against Islam and praised right-wing political movements. The reason for the i...
by kirtu
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichidatsu Fujii - Founder of Nipponzan Myohoji
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: Nichidatsu Fujii - Founder of Nipponzan Myohoji

Nichidatsu Fujii is one of the great Bodhisattvas of the 20th Century.

Kirt
by kirtu
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 31
Views: 679

Re: boring questions about losing weight

I'm trying to do the hand portion thing for now. Having trouble giving up my snack, so I'm making it smaller and eating less for meals. Clarence Bass and others have pointed out that most people cannot maintain that kind of calorie restriction (of course it depends, maybe you are eating a handful o...
by kirtu
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 31
Views: 679

Re: boring questions about losing weight

Eat for your target body weight. Calculate your BMI. If it is 30 or above you have basically 30% body fat (this is not a linear relationship though and the association is weak but a BMI >= 30 can be taken as 30% body fat although a BMI of 24 may in fact be 12% body fat depending on the body and body...
by kirtu
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2606

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

How exactly do define 'fascist'? a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism as well as a tendency toward ruthless protection of the status quo with the possibility of violence. Then examine the history of civil...
by kirtu
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2606

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

Kirt, the white demographic is on the decline. Which certainly wins the non sequitur award. Kirt Not at all-- the white demographic is declining, and millennials are socialist-oriented, even in conservative parts of the nation. They know they will never experience the prosperity of their grandparen...
by kirtu
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2606

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

Yes it can an often does. I live in one of those states where it is perfectly legal to do so and have been the victim of such discrimination in more than one setting, including a medical one at a hospital. It's completely tragic how some lives are seen as worth less than others by some people. Whic...
by kirtu
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2606

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

... Most of the US can legally refuse to provide goods and services to LBGTQ people.... Yes it can an often does. I live in one of those states where it is perfectly legal to do so and have been the victim of such discrimination in more than one setting, including a medical one at a hospital. It's ...

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