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by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: millions die of drug addiction
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: millions die of drug addiction

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/maddie-just-junkie-obituary-gives-drug-addiction-091600757--abc-news-topstories.html i'm a total softie, i guess i have to admit it. this article moved me deeply. i have lost many close friends to drug and alcohol addiction. they remain an enigma to me; when i was young i ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I generally find, though, that those in the US tend to have a very high estimation of those strengths and limited appreciation of life in other countries. Point taken. There are many possibilities from which one can take their lead. My point was really about Americans having some confidence in doin...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

As much as I loathe Trump, it's not as if most professional politicians do a "good" job. They usually do a job that helps them maintain power, and the status quo. Unless you are one of those people that somehow remembers the Obama, Bush or Clinton eras as these idyllic times, there's not much reaso...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

As much as I loathe Trump, it's not as if most professional politicians do a "good" job. They usually do a job that helps them maintain power, and the status quo. Unless you are one of those people that somehow remembers the Obama, Bush or Clinton eras as these idyllic times, there's not much reason...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 86
Views: 4229

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

Big dharma organizations with mortgages and globe hopping teachers could not possibly afford to support themselves if there was not a constant stream of new people jumping into the pool, and being notjust encouraged but coercedto do it. Investigating a teacher for 12 years may be good advice but it...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 86
Views: 4229

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

Psychoanalysis is not taken very seriously any more, and I've never seen the terms projection or counter projection used either. As far as transference and counter transference (the terms I've seen used), they are pretty simple, people in power postiions (usually therapist/counselor, but in this cas...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 23
Views: 264

Re: Right/wrong thought

There are no such thing as reliable relative truths, including this statement;)
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

The litmus test for me would be whether they are sincerely civic minded. At least someone like that, they're on the level and understand that criticism is part of the give and take system. At least someone like that you know its possible to find areas of flexibility while we also want them to stand...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I think we fundamentally agree here - look above, by no means do I think Amazon shouldn't be criticized. As you allude, Amazon is basically E-Walmart. Walmart is doing the same thing to their ground level workforce as Amazon - paying them as little as possible and effectively getting social safety ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

As I pointed out above, real estate is a tough issue. Its slow to respond to market forces, and tends to be exacerbated by the kinds of forces Yglesias pointed out about Austin - ie. NIMBY. Its always a fight to develop affordable housing. But, as much as I believe that distribution of wealth needs...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6236
Views: 563544

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Playing off that last sentiment, I just want to express appreciation for all the vajra siblings on this thread. Rinpoche changed my life, and despite living near Seattle there’s no Ling remotely near me, so it feels good to be in touch in some way with other practitioners for help and support. Ofte...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:10 pm
SMH. Have a day.
Yeah, Like I said, you don't live around or work with the results of Amazon-ification. My guess is you'd feel a little less enthused if you did.

You "have a day" too, though I'm not sure why that was necessary.
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Well, then, I guess all I can say is, noted. My general view of Bezos is not without reservations. I have deep reservations about many things. But, its OK. I'll be the straw man for corporatism. Straw man? You just said you'd vote for the guy lol.....If you don't want to hold the wealth-hoarders ac...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Dude, Amazon is partially responsible for a lot of the homelessness in my town, and yet Bezos refused to pay for the damage he's done, again, screw that guy. I want to see him and his ilk with less power, not more. Because they drive up the real estate costs? Real estate is slow to adapt to conditi...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I'd also vote for Jeff Bezos. The guy is a genius. His recent comments about Silicon Valley and DoD hit the right note. Yuck, no. Amazon is already defacto monopoly trying to take over aspects of government. Big Tech in general wields a level of power and influence that is pretty much unprecedented...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 92
Views: 1291

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I'd also vote for Jeff Bezos. The guy is a genius. His recent comments about Silicon Valley and DoD hit the right note. Yuck, no. Amazon is already defacto monopoly trying to take over aspects of government. Big Tech in general wields a level of power and influence that is pretty much unprecedented...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 540

Re: Why did you choose vajrayana buddhism?

Aesthetics initially.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 77
Views: 1733

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

It seems to me that the "mindfulness" movement is really about becoming more effective workers and not particularly concerned with teaching the "metaphysical" stuff. That is exactly what it is. It repurposes those techniques to allow people to gratify their egos and enjoy samsara. But: it’s still b...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 77
Views: 1733

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

You think being at mass events will teach you what you need to know? Do they live here? Did they even learn proper English? I can see this is getting people very defensive. That is good. This glide path is very obvious and should be talked about. It depends on the person, some can certainly progres...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6236
Views: 563544

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Playing off that last sentiment, I just want to express appreciation for all the vajra siblings on this thread. Rinpoche changed my life, and despite living near Seattle there’s no Ling remotely near me, so it feels good to be in touch in some way with other practitioners for help and support. Ofte...

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