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by Grigoris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: To be somebody, or to be nobody
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: To be somebody, or to be nobody

Wicked Yeshe wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:27 am
A nobody ofcourse. I don't own a single thing that identifies me as a buddhist. Secret yogi indeed.
Well, you just identified yourself as a somebody: as a secret yogi.
by Grigoris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

How do you know you're not just making things worse thinking you're making things better (good intentions and all that jazz)??? Well, the safest path is the Hinayana approach, that's for sure. You can always temporarily revert to it if you are unsure of your motivation. In the meantime accumulating...
by Grigoris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can we write our next lives now?
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Can we write our next lives now?

Of course you can. Through your present actions to set up the conditions for your future rebirths and through purification practices to deal with some of the outcomes of your past lives.

But you have to work your ass off.
by Grigoris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: LARGE BRONZE OFFERING THINGY
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: LARGE BRONZE OFFERING THINGY

But wouldn't that be a pity, spending $5k on a couple of candle-holders? When you could just add $1k more and become recognized as a living female budha? https://www.generosity.com/faith-religion-fundraising/help-osun-to-next-stage-as-female-water-buddha Sorry, KL, couldn't resist... :jumping: The ...
by Grigoris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Meanwhile in Newnan, in The Land of the Free, heavily armed police (yes, one would be excused if they thought they were military personnel or Black Water mercenaries) point guns at unarmed peaceful (anti-Nazi) protesters.
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by Grigoris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:41 am
With all due respect Todd, Corbyn is an idiot.
There are idiots and then there is the President of the U$. I'll take my chances with the idiots, if you don't mind!
by Grigoris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 116
Views: 1564

Re: Collective karma

So you believe a Buddha's mind is conditioned and thus cannot see things for what they are. You believe that a Buddha is afflicted by ignorance. A buddha's mind stream is conditioned and relative; it is however free of affliction and endowed with omniscience. Doesn't conditioning imply/require igno...
by Grigoris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 116
Views: 1564

Re: Collective karma

How do you know? Is that an information inherent in the perceived object, or is it rather an understanding arrived at by inference? Inference. I can imagine that a human society that does not have a mathematical or numerical system will still know that two items are twice as many as one item. But n...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 116
Views: 1564

Re: Collective karma

Mathematical truths mean nothing to those who know nothing about mathematics, i.e. they do not exist for them. If you propose that mathematics is real, independent of minds, that might be so, but they still do not exist for those without relevant knowledge. I am not talking about mathematical truth...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

PS I wonder what is happening in Afrin, don't see much of that on the news, do you?

And I don't see anybody sending Tomahawk missiles to take out the Israeli snipers killing unarmed Palestinian protectors on a daily basis. Weird that.
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

In closing, and hopefully to pull the thread back on track: I actually don't doubt that Assad's forces used chemical weapons in Douma, what I doubt is the stated motivation of "the allies" for bombing Syria. This is what I severely doubt.
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

All your "fact" digging does is try and poison the well further. Are any of the facts reported by the website I posted false? Is it false that Freedom House was instrumental in Dewey's creation of SUNY? Is it false that Bayard Rustin was chairmen of Freedom House? Is it false that Roy WIlkins was p...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

We have, as a world, agreed that guns are "legal" weapons of military violence. We have, as a world, agreed that chemical weapons are not legal weapons of military violence. It is solely for this reason this discussion is important. Which just goes to show how arbitrary legality is. Mind you, in th...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

This, Greg, is exactly the logical fallacy called "poisoning the well." Check your facts first. I guess you missed this fact from the first sentence of the "About Us" page of the organisation itself: Freedom House was established in 1941 in New York City. Its creation was a result of a merger of tw...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 116
Views: 1564

Re: Collective karma

Showing it would mean that I experience exactly the way you experience, that my visual consciousness is identical to yours, etc. No, it does not mean that. For example: 1+1=2 REGARDLESS of your mental conditioning. Those do not explain how within anyone's experience there can be something independe...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Freedomhouse: when your government tells you that you are free. :rolling: You guys crack me up. Freedom House is independent, not part of the US govt. Questionnaire: How independent can an organisation set up by a President of the U$ be? A) Not independent at all. B) Really not independent at all. ...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Clinton was not brought down. He served the maximum term a president can serve— 8 years. Yup. After being impeached and then having the decision overturned by the Senate. Bush II was elected because Gore was an incompetent candidate, and was unable win a clear margin in the polls. Seems the Democra...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:02 pm
This obviously has not happened.
Bush: just happened to be the longest running director of the CIA and then by chance got his son elected after bringing down Clinton because he had extra-marital sex. No deep state here people, just move along.
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria
Replies: 333
Views: 3885

Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Freedomhouse: when your government tells you that you are free. :rolling:

You guys crack me up.
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Collective karma
Replies: 116
Views: 1564

Re: Collective karma

of course there are shared sense fields, even if we experience them individually. As Malcolm said, what I meant was that things are experienced individually. What you see as light is not what I see as light. What you think as light is not what I think as light. Furthermore, you cannot even show me ...