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by Dan74
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No self (and no non-self)
Replies: 34
Views: 413

Re: No self (and no non-self)

I'm asking this because "having no self" is a cornerstone of Buddhist teaching. But, again, per the Madhyamaka (and the Heart Sutra, if I'm reading it correctly) it seems like just a half-truth. It is a half-truth — ordinary beings do not perceive absence of identity in persons and phenomena. This ...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No self (and no non-self)
Replies: 34
Views: 413

Re: No self (and no non-self)

As I understand it, Madhyamaka denies immutable essence and a fixed position. So to assert that there is no self as some sort of a inherent essence is a fixed position. Avoiding the clinging to any sort of essence and the thicket of views, the practitioner is liberated to see it as it is.
by Dan74
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

We were talking about individuals with questionable beliefs, now you counter by talking about individuas who committed horrific actions. This is called Category Error , one of logical fallacies, I believe. The Chicago School economic theorists didn't commit horrific actions. Ayn Rand didn't commit ...
by Dan74
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 916

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

Perhaps you could try to approach these situations as opportunities to train in Patience and Compassion. These people are same as you - they hurt, experience loneliness and confusion, fear and longing. They cling to their beliefs for comfort, like we all do, more or less, and are deserving of respec...
by Dan74
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

But that doesn't stop me from giving them credit where credit is due. That's back to the issue of man as a monolith. 'Coz it's not. Hitler built some nice roads and helped set up German industry, Mao helped modernise China, Tito brought the Serbs, Croats and Bosnians together, Pol Pot did wonders f...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

The short of it is that I don't see it as an 'us versus them' sort of a thing. I don't see it that way either, but I am also not going to supply a person that wants to beat me, with a stick. The Buddha did talk about wholesome and unwholesome conduct. He wasn't a moral relativist. Even a Bodhisattv...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

This probably warrants a long post, Greg. Maybe another time. The short of it is that I don't see it as an 'us versus them' sort of a thing. To a hammer, they say, everything looks like a nail. And to a fighter, you're either with us or against us. You're a psychologist, Greg, you know in life it is...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Do you make sure the artist votes for the right party before looking at his/her work? What if your favourite potter turns out to be a closet fascist? Smash those shino cups into tiny little pieces?? But more seriously, Greg, think of anatta. What we see as a person is a conglomerate of influences, ...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

So should we avoid brilliant works done by unsavoury characters and even folks with questionable personality traits or unpalatable political views? I don't care how brilliant their work may be, I avoid it . A person's creation is going to be based on their view. If their view is screwed then... Alt...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

And for those claiming Australia's success with gun control it doesnt hurt to hear the other sides views. This does not mean that I think we dont need gun control in the US..we just need gun control that actually works and is not a kneejerk reaction to some tragedy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

You know, Scott Adams is a major Trumpista, so you might not really want Dilbert as your avatar. This is very much off topic but perhaps an interesting tangent. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert (my avatar is actually Wally, but from the same cartoon - look it up especially if you are a techie) i...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 31
Views: 642

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

odysseus wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:08 pm
A machine can never become sentient.
Not sure about 'never' but our understanding of what this entails has a long way to go before that happens.
by Dan74
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Best Translation of Bodhidharma
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Best Translation of Bodhidharma

MT, Red Pine's translations are beautiful and well-annotated, but some people in the know question his grasp of classical Chinese. For accuracy at least, I'd recommend Guo Gu, though I haven't read his translations. Guo Gu is a long term Chan practitioner and teacher, having been Ven Sheng-Yen's att...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I take your point. It is sloppy to generalise about the US since it is a huge and a very diverse country. Nevertheless, it is still one Federal Government and so maybe even folks outside Nevada and those other states that sell assault rifles willy-nilly can do something to rein in the madness. It i...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

And yet... this does not happen. It does not happen in Switzerland either, which has a similar system. However gun possession in Switzerland does contribute to it's relatively high suicide rate. Kirt I'm not sure thats true anymore, Kirt. Seems to be lower than many European countries such as Franc...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Talk to Mexicans about that. I think they will heartily disagree with you. Now if Dan has simply said, between the US and the EU, the US has a much higher rate of murder, I would not argue the point because that is true. But the US is a much larger place than the EU with a much less dense populatio...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Dude: Mexico is not counted as part of the Western World. Just in case you didn't know. That's why Trump wants to build a wall, to stop all the brown people, remember? Talk to Mexicans about that. I think they will heartily disagree with you. Now if Dan has simply said, between the US and the EU, t...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:46 pm
Dan74 wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:35 pm
And maybe more importantly that the US culture is so saturated in violence
It isn't, actually. People watch too much TV.
So the highest rate of homicides in the western world is not indicative of the culture?
by Dan74
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Virtue signaling and righteous indignation are so satisfying to the ego...arent they? Pull your heads out of the clouds..this is samsara..it cant be fixed. Face it..there are bad people in the world who dont care what you think about, well, basically anything...and simply cant be reasoned with and ...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4331

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Virtue signaling and righteous indignation are so satisfying to the ego...arent they? Pull your heads out of the clouds..this is samsara..it cant be fixed. Face it..there are bad people in the world who dont care what you think about, well, basically anything...and simply cant be reasoned with and ...