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by Rick
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 32
Views: 869

Re: Mind transcends death

haha wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:25 am
So, death is unavoidable whichever way one chooses.
Bardos bardos everywhen/where!
That is not the subject of nutriment.
Yes, that makes sense ... though, again, there can be hunger for primordial awareness, like hunger for enlightenment.
by Rick
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 32
Views: 869

Re: Mind transcends death

The Four Nutriments of Life From Nyanaponika Thera's intro to this article: The contemplations on the four nutriments, as presented in these pages, cut at the very roots of the attachment to life. To pursue these contemplations radically and methodically will be a grave step, advisable only for tho...
by Rick
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 32
Views: 869

Re: Mind transcends death

Merci.
by Rick
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 32
Views: 869

Re: Mind transcends death

Mind endures because it is unborn and unceasing; it endures because it transcends our concepts of time and space; it is not fixed to one occurrence in time or to one place. Ultimately everything is by nature unborn, it does not mean that there is anything enduring from one moment to the next. Do th...
by Rick
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 32
Views: 869

Re: Mind transcends death

Astus wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:59 pm
Ultimately (what causes/sustains mind)?
There is nothing to sustain.
Nice. <It was a trick question. :twothumbsup: >
by Rick
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 32
Views: 869

Re: Mind transcends death

Astus wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:24 pm
The mind "transcends" death, the demise of the body, because it is not caused nor sustained by the body.
Conventionally, what does cause/sustain mind?

Ultimately?
by Rick
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 32
Views: 869

Mind transcends death

At some point, we make the discovery that, ultimately, mind transcends death. Who we are and where we are is mind. Mind endures because it is unborn and unceasing; it endures because it transcends our concepts of time and space; it is not fixed to one occurrence in time or to one place. It is mind ...
by Rick
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Democrats are Going to the Mattresses
Replies: 32
Views: 1261

Re: The Democrats are Going to the Mattresses

The question is how to play this for election advantage. Could the Dems hire Trump as an electioneering consultant? Dude has the pulse of his supporters WAAAAAAAY more than the Demi-crats. If this were TV, and it is, Trumpocracy would be a critic-despised fan-beloved guilty pleasure and The Demshow...
by Rick
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Democrats are Going to the Mattresses
Replies: 32
Views: 1261

Re: The Democrats are Going to the Mattresses

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:13 pm
Then the real play is something else here.
Looks like it.

Maybe it is just the right thing to do? In a(n alleged) democracy (allegedly) governed by constitutional laws and ethical principles ... ?
by Rick
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Democrats are Going to the Mattresses
Replies: 32
Views: 1261

Re: The Democrats are Going to the Mattresses

Fasten your seatbelts, mates ... it's gonna be a bumpy ride! (And that's saying something for this administration.) From the standpoint of story watching, it should be quite fascinating to watch this drama unfold. Whether it harms/benefits the Democrats, the country, its inhabitants ... remains to b...
by Rick
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Being "in the thought"
Replies: 37
Views: 1687

Re: Being "in the thought"

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:09 pm
Kind of a nit-picky question, but how would you explain the difference between being present "in" a thought in contemplation, vs. following a thought habitually?
Following a thought habitually ≈ dreaming
Being present with a thought ≈ lucid dreaming

?
by Rick
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Doomed, delusional, divided and corrupt
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: Doomed, delusional, divided and corrupt

If Democrats are doomed delusional divided corrupt ... and Republicans are waging a no-holds-barred culture war ... where does that leave us denizens of the (Dis)United States of America? Some things can be simply ignored without much consequence. Alas politics does not seem* to be in that category....
by Rick
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 953

Re: Right-wing psychology

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by Rick
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 953

Re: Right-wing psychology

Some kind of systemic change is all that will course correct. I don't claim to know what it is, but the problem is a lot deeper than one big fascist baby's personality. I think he's awful and is a bad sign, but the idea that his presidency created our situation is simply not accurate at all. He's e...
by Rick
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 953

Re: Right-wing psychology

Anger is huge and hugely poisonous, fer sure. And a big part of the real destructiveness of the current flood of anger is that most people never learn a constructive way to deal with their anger ... or to even recognize it that it's there! Therapy can help, a lot. Perhaps what we need is an army of ...
by Rick
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 953

Re: Right-wing psychology

It's a systemic thing. A system-driven perfect storm, worst of both worlds? ;-) I don't think Trump can be dismissed as a kind of placeholder. Just ask those who are addicted to him. He's a huge part of why things are as koo-koo as they are. Potential cult members might already be deluded, but they...
by Rick
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 953

Re: Right-wing psychology

Interesting ... so from a dharmic point of view, what's going on these days? No fair saying: global karma. That's like saying: It's an emergent phenomenon ... not necessarily untrue, but too wishy washy. ;-)
by Rick
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 953

Re: Right-wing psychology

I think of the state of the States as a bit of a perfect storm: perfect setting, perfect leader, perfect followers, perfect cultural and societal vibe. Trump might be more of a symptom or effect than a cause, but he's an extreme, and without him the big storm would not have occurred ... at least not...
by Rick
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 37
Views: 953

Right-wing psychology

A Salon article by Chauncey DeVega on the psychology of right-wing authoritarian supporters:

Donald Trump, king of chaos: New research on right-wing psychology points toward big trouble ahead

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