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by kirtu
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Frankly, no Capitalist country has ever come close to the bloodshed inflicted on the world by Communists and Fascists, not in your wildest dreams. A frankly ridiculous statement. The Belgian exploitation of the Congo alone is estimated to be between 1-15 M (with the 15M figure used quite a bit but ...
by kirtu
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Suicidal Thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 284

Re: Suicidal Thoughts

what is samadhi? Is it pure emptiness without thought? No, samadhi is just single pointed undistracted concentration. We actually do have momentary samadhi on some subject. Usually something negative, producing negative karma and more impure mind. Or is it emptiness with realization in it through t...
by kirtu
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: I've been so wrong/pure lands
Replies: 108
Views: 2111

Re: I've been so wrong/pure lands

So, it seems to make more sense that instead of jumping to negative assumptions about others, we ought to give our fellows the benefit of the doubt. I think the Buddha said it the best, "Mañjuśrī, seeing afflictions is bodhi." My observation of sentient beings is that they are afflicted. Plain and ...
by kirtu
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer request
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Prayer request

May you be well, happy, peaceful and determined.

THAYATHA OM BEYKANZE BEYKANZE MAHABEYKANZE BEYKANZE RAJA SAMUGATE SOHA
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by kirtu
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Indian Roots of Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 0
Views: 67

The Indian Roots of Tibetan Buddhism

by kirtu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Loppon Sonam Tsemo Day, HHSTr, Walden, NY
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Loppon Sonam Tsemo Day, HHSTr, Walden, NY

HH Sakya Trisur will preside over the celebration of Loppon Sonam Tsemo's Day on December 29, 2017 at Tsechen Kunchab Ling,Walden, NY. All are welcome to attend.
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by kirtu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Sravasti Abbey: Buddhist reasoning & debate
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Sravasti Abbey: Buddhist reasoning & debate

I don't have the details but Sravasti Abbey is going a course on Buddhist reasoning & debate. Here is the current live stream:

https://livestream.com/sravastiabbey/buddhist-debate
by kirtu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

[media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjv-MtGpj2U[/media] Ricky - The debt is mostly a fake concern (although not entirely). The US is not having trouble finding borrowers. The increased debt per year is minor in comparison to the federal revenue. Most of the debt is owed to ourselves and not fore...
by kirtu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

That will plunge the country into deeper debt unless we can reduce spending in some other places, but first priority should be to pay it all off rather than increasing the burden on future generations. Austerity is the path to bankruptcy. Kirt Can you elaborate on this for the economic dunces in th...
by kirtu
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Country is already in colossal debt. Where will they get the money for these programs? Nowhere, that is where. Nevertheless, the universal healthcare thing is a no-brainer. Conservative economists in the 60's were calling for UH because they recognized that no one can make intelligent choices in a ...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fire destroys temple and pagoda in Sichuan
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Fire destroys temple and pagoda in Sichuan

So this was the 16 story Lingguan Tower, in the Nine Dragons Monastery (Jiulong Monastery), in Mianzhu , Deyang Prefecture , Sichuan. It looks like this is just over the old Tibetan-Chinese border on the Chinese side. This was one of two pre-blaze pictures in the links. Curiously it is the only pict...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

For starters, a viable minimal income + universal health care , these two alone, fix most problems. Country is already in colossal debt. Where will they get the money for these programs? See Krugmann on the debt issue (and there are others as well). If you refuse to think outside the box nothing po...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Funny what you say about the US economy. It is in shambles but you and others (mostly with incrementalist Democrat tendencies) refuse to see it. It is not in a shambles over all. Obama;s policies were largely successful. It may yet fall into a hole too big to dig out of as a result Herr Drumpf's me...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

And: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/an-intimate-history-of-antifa But in the article (and presumably in the book [“Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook”, Mark Bray]) it's violence all the way down. Kirt Well, Gandhian tactics would not have prevented Mussolini or Hitler...however, the rea...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

“The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech,” the younger Tefft reportedly said to his father. “You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.” And: Bray, for his part, believes that one can practice “everyday anti-fascism” by confronting bi...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fire destroys temple and pagoda in Sichuan
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Fire destroys temple and pagoda in Sichuan

The temple dates back to the Ming dynasty and the pagoda stood 16 stories high and was called one of the tallest in the world. The news report and videos here: http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/17/12/10/n9943552.htm The most touching picture is here: http://k.sina.com.cn/article_6378162993_17c2b0b310010...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 667

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Is this at a private house? It looks like one takes the Fichtburg line to Littleton. Can one then get a cab from there to the venue? Thanks! Kirt It is not a private house, it is a motel. It is very difficult to get their by public transportation, but yes, one could get an cab or an uber. Thanks! K...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: DJKR, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Dharma in the West...
Replies: 58
Views: 1938

Re: DJKR, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Dharma in the West...

Yeah, I suspect Malcolm is right. Anyway, an Afghan calling the Tibetans out on harsh punishment is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. Read about the traditional culture of the Pashtuns sometime. I will, in the meantime, try to read "Voyage" just for general Tibetological interest -- is i...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China

Sure there are people devoted to Tsar Putin for various reasons. However he can't manipulate the constitution endlessly and his time will likely really be up after the coming election (which he will once again steal). The revitalized institution of the Tsar won't outlast him (which I admit is *cont...
by kirtu
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 104
Views: 1394

Re: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China

That's what I thought. Putin revived the institution of the Russian Tsar. This has been a problem and will be a problem for Putin himself in the future. It may not be a real problem for Russia though since the instituion isn't beloved by Russians. Kirt Unlikely .... Sure there are people devoted to...