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by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 60
Views: 558

Re: Dharma government?

... but women covered head to toe and peaking through lace just speaks volumes that I can't relate to. If people want to live that way... I guess that's fine. I can't relate, though. I would like to. The burqa is a local dress, not an Islamic dress. Salafists have tried to export it as the correct ...
by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 28
Views: 2275

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

But really, the answer to the question is given in a number of teachings. The Daruka-khandha Sutta: The Log, for example.
by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 28
Views: 2275

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

discussionbuddhist wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:49 pm
It was actually Vachagotta that asked the Buddha if there is/isn't Atta. The Buddha actually told Ananda his reasons for being silent.
I was just being silly (don't know if you noticed).
by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 2940

Re: Charging for Dharma

by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: First mahayana sutras, when?
Replies: 29
Views: 4305

Re: First mahayana sutras, when?

This discussion is in the Academic Discussion sub-forum. Either people start coming up with references to back up their claims, or I shut it down.
by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 60
Views: 558

Re: Dharma government?

There's a similar principle in Christian philosophy, based on the verse 'render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar's', which became the basis for the theory of the separation of church and state. Another interesting historical note: 'secular' originally referred to a kind of time, not to a sy...
by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 28
Views: 2275

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

discussionbuddhist wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:47 pm
I thought the Buddha was silent when asked if there is "No Self"
Probably because he got tired of answering the same question over-and-over and expected better from Ananda. The Sutta does not describe Buddha's expression when he remained silent, I imagine it was a bit like this:


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by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4449

Re: Who is America ?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:05 pm
Well, nation states are not going anywhere anytime soon.
And that is one of the major sources of our current problems (globally).
by Grigoris
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 28
Views: 2275

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

Nothing immutable about yourself. Your present identity is only a temporary configuration of your energies. ^^^This^^^. I think the term anatman is not properly translated when it talks about no/not self. I think the term atman is closer to the term "soul", than "self". But when when it comes to re...
by Grigoris
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 60
Views: 558

Re: Dharma government?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:48 pm
Then they are not Dharma kings, just kings.
We are all just trying...
by Grigoris
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 60
Views: 558

Re: Dharma government?

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:38 pm
Dharma kings don't go on military campaigns.
In samsara they do.
by Grigoris
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 60
Views: 558

Re: Dharma government?

Abdicated his crown upon becoming a Buddhist: And afterwards, taking delight in the wisdom of the Elder, he handed over his kingdom to his son, and abandoning the household life for the houseless state, grew great in insight, and himself attained to Arahatship! The Milindapanha is not a historical ...
by Grigoris
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 60
Views: 558

Re: Dharma government?

. As Buddhists you ought to understand that only Dharma will end the suffering. On an individual level, yes, but there is no such thing as a Dharma government. Nor could there be. Should I bring up the obvious example of Asoka? Or is it too obvious? King Menander of Bactria? pre-Chinese occupation ...
by Grigoris
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 28
Views: 2275

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

discussionbuddhist wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:40 pm
Move to a realization of no-self? Isn't that ucchedavada?
So according to you the teaching of anatman nihilistic?

You better go inform the Buddha then.

I guess we are down to Three Dharma Seals then?
by Grigoris
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4449

Re: Who is America ?

Direct democracy does not scale. In New England, we also have direct democracy at the town level. But get to the county level, it begins to show signs of weakness. It does not scale in nation states. Direct democracy requires a confederate system to function properly. It can work within the context...
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4449

Re: Who is America ?

Because your statement is that the present condition is not due to representative democracy. According to you, its dead. How does a dead thing do anything? You posit a cause for the death of representative democracy, global capitalist colonialism, that doomed it from the start. Representative democ...
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 141

Re: HAM and A-shad

Ham as opposed to Hām.

Exactly how old was that post of mine? :)

2011!
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions
Replies: 14
Views: 275

Re: Vajrasattva meditation & disturbing emotions

Hi. I'm just looking for some advice. I am more than halfway through my Vajrasattva practice (as part of my Ngondro practice) and I find that I'm struggling with what appears to be an increase in disturbing emotions, anger in particular. Is this a normal occurrence during the Vajrasattva purificati...
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4449

Re: Who is America ?

But I don't get the credit for imaginatively trying to take action? I'm just a sellout committed to the TrumpClinton merry go round? Because I cast doubt on your participatory democracy dream? No, because you said: Representative democracy is a practical solution. Because you fail to acknowledge th...
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4449

Re: Who is America ?

But I don't get the credit for imaginatively trying to take action? I'm just a sellout committed to the TrumpClinton merry go round? Because I cast doubt on your participatory democracy dream? No, because you said: Representative democracy is a practical solution. Because you fail to acknowledge th...

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