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by Dan74
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 1908

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

Of course, if European identity is even 'a thing', it is an extremely heterogenous diffuse 'thing'. And yet, there are such things like German cinema, Irish music, Greek cuisine, English humour, etc. There are within and between the nations, a diversity of cultural heritage that is surely worth pres...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 1908

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

I think what HH the Dalai Lama is saying is not quite realistic. When is this 'ultimately' he refers to? When their children are born in Europe, go to European schools, speak the local language better than the language of their parents, when the war in their country of origin is over, their should ...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 1908

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

I think what HH the Dalai Lama is saying is not quite realistic. When is this 'ultimately' he refers to? When their children are born in Europe, go to European schools, speak the local language better than the language of their parents, when the war in their country of origin is over, their should j...
by Dan74
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hofstadter
Replies: 11
Views: 293

Re: Hofstadter

I remember that book and remember finding it fun. Not sure how much it has to do with Buddhism. Lots of cool logical puzzles, patterns and self-references. Dennett's philosophy is rather dry though, from memory..
by Dan74
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 1272

Re: Is lineage enough?

I've been following the dicussion about Nakpa International on another thread and the role of lineage. I, probably like most people here, would want to know that a teacher belongs to a bona fide lineage before seeking teachings from them. And I think this holds true for the major orthodox forms of ...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3053

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

I don't remember hearing anyone claiming Harvey Weinstein was displaying crazy wisdom.. his victims may have been silenced/stayed silent for various reasons but I doubt any of them felt his exploitation was a display of kindness for their benefit. That to me differentiates cult vs. not. (Of course ...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 929

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

I've sat with Soto groups and recently did a short Rinzai sesshin. So that makes me no kind of an expert. :D Firstly, my impression is that lineages matter. So Soto is not the same as Soto. And teachers matter too. Some teachers know little and share less, no matter how well meaning. But that's anot...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 77
Views: 3053

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

Power corrupts..

Funnily enough, my first Dharma talks were Sogyal and Ven. Sheng-yen who visited Melbourne within months of each other. Two almost diametrically opposed characters.

May the victims find healing and peace. And may he too..

_/|\_
by Dan74
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1274

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

It's usually about the system. The leaders are products of the system. Plenty of talent in the US. Just not so much among Presidents. But regardless, as Sanders said once, whatever leader you elect, is pretry much bound by the system.
by Dan74
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1274

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Thank you for the detailed answer, QQ. (also thank you, Greg and PC, for replying and offering your perspectives). As an outsider, it seems to me that the growing rift in society and lack of interest in dialogue and genuine engagement feed this phenomenon. Of course, a 50-year-old man hardened in ha...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 47
Views: 1274

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

Greg, do you really believe that most of those marchers would want to kill millions of people? Maybe I am just being naive, but to me, they are largely disgruntled and ignorant people, not psychopaths..
by Dan74
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 647

Re: Enlightenment

Looking at the Buddha's life, he didn't seem much like a 'floating space rock'. And check out contemporary masters from all traditions (Dilgo Khyentse R., Ajahn Chah, Kusan S., Kodo Sawaki, Omori R, etc. etc.) I'd say they were pretty happy. Enlightenment is liberation from delusion. Delusion doesn'...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Klein Bottle
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: Klein Bottle

Burkard is a former colleague, a fun guy, a dedicated educator and a Mathemagician supremo. He has a hugely popular mathologer channel on youtube now.
by Dan74
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 63
Views: 2752

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: 63
Views: 2752

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: 15
Views: 621

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: 5303

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: 47
Views: 1274

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: 47
Views: 1274

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: 5303

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...

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