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by Dan74
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 46
Views: 1407

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

This is not a universally accepted scheme, Norwegian, and one I don't find persuasive or practical at all. But horses for courses.
by Dan74
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 46
Views: 1407

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

It is a futile exercise to compare the two, as there are (as far as I know) no people alive who are sufficiently advanced and knowledgeable practitioners in both systems to be able to contrast them from experience. So all we can do is compare language in texts and make conjectures - which can be in...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advice Needed
Replies: 14
Views: 509

Re: Advice Needed

Hi Rachel :hi: It's wonderful to find the Dharma, isn't it? There are teachers who make themselves available online, but most strongly recommend some physical world contact. I would urge you to write to teachers who you click with. This issue of sensitivity to products is also something you could ma...
by Dan74
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

The #1 thing that needs changing, IMO, is people's minds. Awareness of the system, how it is, warts-n-all, and a desire to change. Otherwise nothing is going to budge of course. Down here, in this 'shit hole' of a country called Switzerland (thanks Amanita), we have the closest thing to a direct dem...
by Dan74
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

It's quite a good article, thank you. I think it illustrates a phenomenon that is sweeping not only the US but Europe as well - fear, nationalism and white supremacist thinking. This is dangerous stuff and we need to come up with bolder and more imaginative ways to combat it. What strikes me is tha...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 14
Views: 530

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 Dan74
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

Yes, fascists/alt-right are big on memes and that screenshot proves nothing. But your second comment is telling. I don't think most voters in the US thought about it this way, but the fact that all the various faults of Trump on full public display were not enough of a deal-breaker should be a huge...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

Don't worry about the usa.Switzerland is truly a shit hole.Lots of Nazi lovers. https://forward.com/opinion/208252/switzerland-begins-to-confront-its-own-holocaust-p/ Trump used the term "shit hole" to describe poor country's.The opposite is true in most cases. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-airme...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

Yes, fascists/alt-right are big on memes and that screenshot proves nothing. But your second comment is telling. I don't think most voters in the US thought about it this way, but the fact that all the various faults of Trump on full public display were not enough of a deal-breaker should be a huge...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

Yes, fascists/alt-right are big on memes and that screenshot proves nothing. But your second comment is telling. I don't think most voters in the US thought about it this way, but the fact that all the various faults of Trump on full public display were not enough of a deal-breaker should be a huge ...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

It may feel like a valid tactic to you, but I would wager that it is losing support for the antifascist cause among the population at large. While the Antifa pat themselves on the back (and no, Cone, from my reading, they initiated the violence some if not most of the time), the voters start thinkin...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

blah Can you please describe what YOU believe is the correct tactic, because it seems to me the only thing you have been doing so far is to hover around and swoop down on other people's recommendations. It is awfully Socratic, but oh so tedious... Greg, I've said what I find to be worthwhile here h...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

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. What do you think are the right tactics to combat the alt-right, Cone? Outing them individually. This is what the reporters have done, and I believe it has had an effect...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

conebeckham wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:07 am
THis past week there was a great and eye-opening Frontline épisode about the Alt Right. These people are organized and dangerous.
What do you think are the right tactics to combat the alt-right, Cone?
by Dan74
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

I am not making a case. You are. Not interested in your case. I am just stating as a matter of principle that fascism cannot be allow to flourish and when fascist show up to spread their ideology in public, they should be opposed. And as group 43 illustrates, sometimes you just have to punch fascis...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

There's a big difference between direct action and punching fascists. It takes guts to remain non-violent. We're not talking about being a principled coward. And as group 43 illustrates, sometimes you just have to punch fascists, and that is the most effective way at stemming their influence... Not...
by Dan74
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

Malcolm, I worry not only about people getting hurt but this tactic backfiring. I think it already has delivered some PR coups to the alt-right/fascists.

You quote seems to touch on this in the last sentence, but I don't see an argument. Maybe it follows - I will have a look later, it's bedtime here.
by Dan74
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

Greg, I am all for robust action. Not a fence-sitter or apologist here (yes, maybe a mod shouldn't engage in ad homs, come on!), had my share of activism, though not violence, at least not against living beings. I am just 1. not at all sure that violent tactics will lead to desired results 2. not s...
by Dan74
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

Supramundane wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:39 am
this whole thread is eye-opening... but not in a good way
Eye-opening is always in a good way. Learning about what humans being think, so we are hardly representative of anything, except maybe the interwebs Buddhist fora
by Dan74
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4605

Re: Who is America ?

How do you guys square it with “Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.” Please don't give me the BS that "punching out a Nazi" is done with love and no hatred, that you are a wrathful manifestation of blahblah, that only Hinayanists...

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