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by Rick
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 65
Views: 1318

Re: Alan Watts

Dan74 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:25 pm
... a wonderful intellectual adventure, not a praxis.
Ja ... I know this well ... the first two wisdoms, listening and contemplation, can make for a fabulous adventure ... not just intellectual, lots of heart too ... just not bound for soteriological bliss.
by Rick
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why are some people so indecisive about which religion they believe in?
Replies: 14
Views: 437

Re: Why are some people so indecisive about which religion they believe in?

bcol01 wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:39 pm
If a person finds something in Nichiren Buddhism that works and that they feel is true, why would they keep jumping in and out of other religions?
Maybe they find things that work and they feel are true in several religions, philosophies, traditions.
by Rick
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Covid19
Replies: 11
Views: 881

Re: Covid19

Spring is still springing
Daffodils don't seem to care
Much ... about the fall
by Rick
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Madhyamaka view distillation
Replies: 20
Views: 1740

Re: Madhyamaka view distillation

MMK is not complex. I'm really glad to hear that! Slogging through the MMK can be hard for people like me who have zero formal background in philosophy or reasoning. (As you can tell by my postings here!) Without commentary I have to rely on intuition, which is a pretty ineffective tool for such a ...
by Rick
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Madhyamaka view distillation
Replies: 20
Views: 1740

Re: Madhyamaka view distillation

Thanks all around for the responses.

To quote Albert:

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

You have the radical simplicity of the Lotus Sermon and the radical complexity of the Mulamadhyamakakarika. Where is that sweet spot, as simple as possible but no simpler?
by Rick
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Madhyamaka view distillation
Replies: 20
Views: 1740

Madhyamaka view distillation

What, if anything, is lost by distilling the Madhyamaka view down to: All phenomena are empty, none exist inherently, all arise interdependently. Or even simply: All phenomena are empty. We are told that the view is difficult, complex, intellectually challenging, not for the faint of cognitive heart...
by Rick
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Is just (((IS)))
Replies: 8
Views: 754

Re: What Is just (((IS)))

Relinquish wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:08 am
What Is just (((IS)))
Your logic has brought you to <the foothills of> emptiness. Welcome! :namaste:
by Rick
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: An abundance of pictures and video clips
Replies: 11
Views: 1718

Re: An abundance of pictures and video clips

Brunelleschi, hi! :-) I understand your issues with images and videos. I agree that they can be a diversion from the 'meat' of the discussion. But, maybe because I'm a visual kinda guy, I think they can also enhance a discussion, deepen it, add to it. I'm almost always fine with images, because they...
by Rick
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Responding to insults
Replies: 16
Views: 1120

Re: Responding to insults

DharmaN00b wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:01 pm
We're anthropocentric, egocentric and ethnocentric
I detect a theme ... :

Image
by Rick
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A simplistic statement
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: A simplistic statement

Caoimhghín wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:25 pm
The mind itself is an unconditioned dharma according to some Buddhisms.
The notion of (a) mind being fully free of conditioning ... I dunno, seems a stretch. But that's me, not Buddhist teaching, so apply salt. ;-)
by Rick
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A simplistic statement
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: A simplistic statement

Can a mind ever be (fully) unconditioned?
by Rick
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 9443

Re: Our Anti-War President

Trump removed the un from unimaginable. (The magi too. The able's still there though, as in the Republicans and his supporters en-able him to do pretty much whatever he wants.)
by Rick
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 9443

Re: Our Anti-War President

Oi ... let's hope not. (I'd wondered about the same thing.)
by Rick
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: RealWorldPolitik
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: RealWorldPolitik

... uphold the ten virtuous actions and avoid their opposites, encourage others to do the same if and when you can. ... understand that samsara is like this ... take the culture war or whatever with a grain of salt and be more present in your own experiences than in some social narrative ... try he...
by Rick
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: RealWorldPolitik
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: RealWorldPolitik

Where can I get these lovely shoes? My current ones don't work all that well, they've got holes and The World keeps seeping in.

(Welcome back to the forum, Malcolm. It's nice to have you inna house.)
by Rick
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: RealWorldPolitik
Replies: 5
Views: 518

RealWorldPolitik

What does Buddhism have to teach us about ending the suffering that arises from living in such a violently divided political/cultural time?
by Rick
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Working with anger
Replies: 23
Views: 2407

Re: Working with anger

This is more psychotherapy than dharma, but if it works, it works: 1. Recognize the anger. Part of the problem for many people is that they don't realize, consciously, that they are mad. 2. Stay with it in its pure form, pure anger, without encouraging or even attending to the stories that accompany...
by Rick
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 156
Views: 12261

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

I found this editorial in the NY Times today to be illuminating: nytimes.com/2019/12/29/opinion/william-barr-trump.html America’s conservative movement, having morphed into a religious nationalist movement, is on a collision course with the American constitutional system. Though conservatives have l...
by Rick
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Book Recommendation "How to See Yourself as You Really Are""
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Re: Book Recommendation "How to See Yourself as You Really Are""

I second the recommendation! I really liked this book, it helped lead me to my first big insight into emptiness. And it's surprisingly full of content and analysis, despite the title that might make it sound a bit pop-casual.
by Rick
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Russell Brand Free Course
Replies: 18
Views: 1106

Re: Russell Brand Free Course

Looks interesting, thanks!

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