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by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 46
Views: 1298

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Also: Visualization of oneself as a deity at a glance strikes me as a rather coarse practise compared to, say, the formless practice of prajnaparamita. What is the basis in vajrayana for this being a more productive practise than common kṛtsna shamatha? I've often seen the creation stage (identifyi...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do I stop feeling drawn back to the beliefs that I grew up with?
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Re: How do I stop feeling drawn back to the beliefs that I grew up with?

Well, what you resist persists..as long as you feel drawn to run away from your thoughts towards it, you will continue to feel drawn to it. Paradoxical as it is, that's my guess. So may be that you have to come to terms with your karmic connection to your old faith, and the thoughts that come with i...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 46
Views: 1298

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Hi, My name is Anders and I am a mahayanika for a goodly number of years now. I read much of the sutras quite literally, take the avatamsaka cosmology at face value, am an ekayanin who takes a fuzzy view on how long the path to buddhahood has to take, and either way think the whole "get there as fa...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1103

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

So who is Lama Jampa talking about? He specifically points a finger at "crazy wisdom," as I've mentioned. The premier iconic figure in the West for crazy wisdom is Trungpa Rinpoche. Yet Trungpa Rinpoche wrote the book on spiritual materialism and spiritual materialism, though not explicitly stated,...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1103

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I think if it were more fleshed out there would be some valid commentary too. I just reread it and still don't see what some of you are seeing, though I may have been somewhat off-base in my previous comments. I think what bothers me about it is the various sweeping generalizations that are apparen...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1380

Re: Another day in America

So i'm fully in favor of better regulation and licensing of firearms, and I think it's clearly sorely needed, though I don't see any real action until it becomes possible to sue gun manufacturers in the same way tobacco companies were. That said, i'd like to pick on a fallacy I see often in the gun ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: "Three Doors" meditation Tenzin Wangyal Source
Replies: 8
Views: 270

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Apologies if this is not the right place or right time to ask this question, but this is not very important and I didn't want to create a new topic for this. I am going through a book by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche(Spontaneous Creativity), and I like his presentation of what he refers to as the 3 Doors...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1103

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I don't think he says their [Westerners] moral framework is "wrong", he says that the moral framework of Buddhism is utterly different from what we take as the default in our society, and it's hard to argue that he is wrong on that, I think DGA nailed it with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQzkDz...
by Johnny Dangerous
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1103

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

pproach Buddhism with makes them prone to eventually abandoning it because their moral framework is flawed, essentially. He acknowledges that there has always been fakes or those who will take advantage of the cooperative elements of society, and I think he should go no further than that without a ...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6327
Views: 580667

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

in the great book "The Mirror", it is said: "it is this decisive knowing, this pure presence of the true original condition, that is called nirvana." so i thought the primordial state is beyond both samsara and nirvana. here it sounds otherwise. thoughts? I'm guessing it's no different than some su...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1380

Re: Another day in America

In 2010 the U.S. outlawed cockfighting and most people managed to get on with their lives, more recently Florida outlawed greyhound racing, which has 11 of the 17 tracks in the U.S. I find it hard to believe that the leaders of these countries rank a human life somewhere below a chicken and a dog's...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1380

Re: Another day in America

And statistically I could say that we're all going to die of something one day anyway, so why bother. They put seatbelts in cars and criminalised drink driving to make things a bit safer. I really can't see why it's so much harder with guns. That's actually not what anyone said at all, and that's a...
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 1103

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

Miroku wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:34 pm
Quite an interesting article from Lama Jampa Thaye. What do you think about his warning?

https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/diluted ... _medium=fb
I think it makes a lot of good points.
by Johnny Dangerous
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1380

Re: Another day in America

And statistically I could say that we're all going to die of something one day anyway, so why bother. They put seatbelts in cars and criminalised drink driving to make things a bit safer. I really can't see why it's so much harder with guns. That's actually not what anyone said at all, and that's a...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1380

Re: Another day in America

You keep saying that and yet every time I turn on my computer I learn of a new massacre. Every day. It seems that your statistical anomalies are becoming averages... Compared to car accidents, definitely. 101 people die every day in car collisions in the US. There's a bit of a difference Malcolm, w...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1380

Re: Another day in America

Even 1 would be too many Thats a low threshold. Murder with firearms is gonna happen, even in places far less crazy than America. Especially given the (very valid) information you've posted, perhaps a mindset of harm reduction is a little more realistic than that. I was just reading about Japans ap...
by Johnny Dangerous
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1380

Re: Another day in America

...these are statistically rare events... You keep saying that and yet every time I turn on my computer I learn of a new massacre. Every day. It seems that your statistical anomalies are becoming averages... They are becoming more common, and that's terrible. People are still in greater danger from...
by Johnny Dangerous
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 64
Views: 1380

Re: Another day in America

I read that he bought the extended magazine legally. Before they stopped having a latin dance night at that club about a year ago, incidentally, my wife and I used to go their regularly for years. Thousand Oaks has been rated as the fourth safest city in the US. It probably still is. As horrible as...
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Deepfakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1186

Re: Deepfakes

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:02 pm
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:32 am
crop of rich technocrats getting to decide the direction of humanity
There is a choke point. It happened yesterday. Its an annual thing.
I participate, I just dont maintain any illusions about the limitations of it.
by Johnny Dangerous
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Deepfakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1186

Re: Deepfakes

Rail against Trump, but then support another (supposedly liberal, but I agree their motivations are largely neither moral nor political) crop of rich technocrats getting to decide the direction of humanity...yeah, no thanks, hard pass.

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