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by Grigoris
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 19
Views: 201

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: 19
Views: 201

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: 19
Views: 201

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: 19
Views: 201

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: 22
Views: 2163

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: 225
Views: 4299

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: 225
Views: 4299

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: 134

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: 13
Views: 221

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: 225
Views: 4299

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: 225
Views: 4299

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 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 225
Views: 4299

Re: Who is America ?

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:52 pm
I'm not saying you're a child, but you set up the stark choice between dreaming and action...
No I don't. I act according to my dream.
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Swat Valley/Oddiyana
Replies: 71
Views: 967

Re: Swat Valley/Oddiyana

Also, I travelled with Lopon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche in Orissa some years ago. We saw for example a description of Padmasambhava life there on one plastica of Avalokiteshvara. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200921070023219&set=a.10200775599626550.1073741827.1659565386&type=3&theater https:...
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Space Force!
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: Space Force!

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:28 am
Is it silly for China to have a space force?
Or only silly for trump?
For both.
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 225
Views: 4299

Re: Who is America ?

At some point we have to grow up and make the best of what's before us, not what we wish it was when we're alone with our thoughts and reality is a distant distraction, Bartelby. So now you are saying I am not grown up because I can envisage a reality outside of the narrow confines of the existing ...
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 225
Views: 4299

Re: Who is America ?

There's no time for dreaming. Especially dreams of rabbits with horns. In which case your choice is to keep living your nightmare. Sorry, but I think I will pass on your (fatally flawed) plan. In Greece we say: When you screw an old lady, all you do is waste your sperm. Bang away my man, bang away...
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 225
Views: 4299

Re: Who is America ?

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:54 am
media
If we do not dream then we will never find solutions for this reality. If you are happy bouncing between Trumps and Hillarys for the rest of your life (and your offspring's too), then go right ahead.
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Neo nazi's march in DC
Replies: 14
Views: 494

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

People killed each other in large numbers before the internet was available, so it seems to me that you are tilting at windmills.
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 225
Views: 4299

Re: Who is America ?

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:51 am
Yeah, that's going to work when the US needs to work out a budget.
A budget? Ain't no budgets in direct democracies. No nation states either. No currencies in mutual aid. I am talking about a radical re-organisation of society, not shuffling goons between desks.
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: You will be tame!
Replies: 25
Views: 409

Re: You will be tame!

Crazywisdom wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:58 pm
Be great to focus on those details instead of silly apologies for heretic dharma.
According to you, anything that does not coincide with your view is heretic dharma. That is a serious degree of self-aggrandisement happening there.

And, no, I did not ask you to be my teacher.

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