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by kirtu
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: One hand clapping
Replies: 14
Views: 374

Re: One hand clapping

"There is the sound of both palms hit together, but what is the sound of one hand?" Koans do not necessarily obviate a logical response although that would probably miss the point. They are intended to get dialog with a teacher going and to point to spiritual insight (which is indeed held by most t...
by kirtu
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2313
Views: 181475

Re: Music time

by kirtu
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Eliminating the pauses of the breath
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: Eliminating the pauses of the breath

"The pinnacle of practice is removing the pauses between inhalation and exhalation of the breath. All else is preliminary. " This strikes me as being a kind of Shaivite statement about meditation and can be interpreted in different ways (and not necessarily strictly physically). In fact I'm pretty ...
by kirtu
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2313
Views: 181475

Re: Music time

by kirtu
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Prayer to Namgyalma
Replies: 2
Views: 630

Re: Prayer to Namgyalma



by kirtu
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Special Days
Replies: 78
Views: 30728

Re: Special Days

Lhabab Düchen occurs on Wednesday October 31, 2018 this year. This is the 22nd day of the ninth month of the major Tibetan Buddhist calendar. This is the last of the four major holy days (düchen) that occur in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. According to legend Shakyamuni Buddha went to the Trāyastr...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Practicing and Finding a Teacher when you live in the middle of nowhere
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Practicing and Finding a Teacher when you live in the middle of nowhere

The problem is that I live in Western Pennsylvania; any Buddhist Sangha of any tradition is at least 30 minutes or 80 miles, and the nearest Tendai sangha is a five-hour drive from me. As a broke recent college grad with a beater of a car, it's not financially possible for me to attend regularly or...
by kirtu
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2313
Views: 181475

Re: Music time

by kirtu
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2313
Views: 181475

Re: Music time

by kirtu
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2313
Views: 181475

Re: Music time

by kirtu
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Multiple teachers, Tibetan and Tendai, is that ok?
Replies: 17
Views: 331

Re: Multiple teachers, Tibetan and Tendai, is that ok?

My question is, is it ok to potentially start doing Vajrayana practices within the Tergar lineage, and then later some day also pursue the Tendai Community? Does Tendai require people to exclusively practice within the Tendai lineage? Tendai has really only recently (last 20 years) become accessibl...
by kirtu
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

One could say that individual freedom is maximized in an authoritarian state... in so far as its allowed as much as possible in the authoritarian state. Individual freedom is maximized... in that system. That is a completely unsupportable argument even as a thought experiment. Authoritarian systems...
by kirtu
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I frankly see no compelling arguments that negate Hayek's basic thesis here, despite whatever faults his other work may bear. re: " The Road to Serfdom" - It's dated (it's a complete reaction to the rise of fascism in the 20 and 30's) and both Hayek's assumptions and conclusions are false. That sho...
by kirtu
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: millions die of drug addiction
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: millions die of drug addiction

What extent does familial and social trauma play in this? The few people I have known with this problem have all had trauma from family or society in general inflicted upon them.

Kirt
by kirtu
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 121
Views: 1998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

You are reduced to competing reality TV stars for governing a country. Having worked in politics it takes years to fully understand a single ministry or department. You are truly lost. Idiocracy is becoming a documentary. Anyone for Terry Crews for President? It’s not necessary for a president to f...
by kirtu
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 53
Views: 1395

Re: No end to samsara?

Really, the question is just, what rationale is there behind the idea that samsara doesn't end? Clearly people become unconfused. As for individual samsara, that is how it is framed in basically every tradition. There are many teachings that discuss how certain practices etc. will end samsara and b...
by kirtu
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 95
Views: 4078

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

Just a meta-comment on the overall conversation: Isn't the whole point of Karmapa, and the tulku system generally, that the spiritual and the political are not separate realms? No, the main point is that beings at different levels of enlightenment directly incarnate in order to preserve the influen...
by kirtu
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Ringu Tulku - Berlin Stupa dedication
Replies: 0
Views: 73

Ringu Tulku - Berlin Stupa dedication

by kirtu
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Replies: 18
Views: 325

Re: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says

To my knowledge we have not compiled network models that would permit us to calculate the effect on species loss on the food web - something that we really need to do now. Here is a computational ecology paper from 2005 talking about exactly this problem: Computational Ecology: From the Complex to ...
by kirtu
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Replies: 18
Views: 325

Re: Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says

Most of us probably won't live to see the worst of it. :shrug: With apologies to our friend, this is exactly how political conservatives tend to think. I was told this exact thing in a conversation at the US Department of Agriculture in 1988. I responded that we would indeed see some effects in our...

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