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by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Here’s my point: Paying taxes supports the military. You would not murder someone even if threatened with jail and/or a large fine. So, why are you paying taxes that support the military? Is it too inconvenient to stop paying taxes? I pay my taxes with the understanding that I am complicit in actio...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

No, but I didn’t say anything about gangs or climbing out of poverty. If joining a gang entails engaging in illegal activities, then no, of course not. But the military is not an illegal organization. The first precept says: Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami; "I undertake the training rule...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

clyde wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:16 pm
Now you’re making excuses.
This is the third time I am asking this question:

Would you make the same excuses for a person that chooses to join a gang to climb out of poverty (for example)?
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Now you’re making excuses. No I am not. Our government (and yours too I believe) is democratically elected and reflects the will of the people. :rolling: If we didn’t want our tax dollars going to the military, we could vote for candidates who don’t support the military - or not pay our taxes. Good...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:57 pm
That class identification never took deep roots among white Anglo Americans.
I beg to differ: IWW.
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by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Good luck with that, people still put nation before class. I agree. People do not want to identify as working class, as the idea that the working class is actually the motor of modern history has become unfashionable. People like to identify as something higher or loftier. Identification with one's...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

We are all integral parts of the killing machine/process. No we are not. For example: The military is payed for by tax money, but the tax payer is not asked where their taxes will go. An individual, group or company willingly supplying and supporting the military though, well that is a different st...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

I guarantee that a large number of yellow jackets voted fir Le Pen. A number of times some far-Right elements tried to infiltrate the demonstrations, but were beaten and kicked out by other protestors. In Greece, during the anti-austerity protests, Golden Dawn members physically supported the polic...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Backwards Ati
Replies: 26
Views: 1168

Re: Backwards Ati

Given that CTR is not around to defend against accusations and to explain the context and meaning of this statement, it would be fair (for all involved) to say that the time has now come to lock this thread.
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

ford_truckin wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:57 am
When did being a chef or medic who saves lives become wrong livelihoods? :thinking:
When you are feeding people and patching them up specifically so that they can be more effective at killing. When you are integral part of the killing machine/process.

Nothing exists in a vacuum, yah know?
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

There aren't really many options out there for lower income people in the states. It isn't like Norway or Sweden where everyone has a chance to get ahead. That is a pretty poor excuse to engage in Wrong Livelihood. A minute ago (in another thread) you were talking about the definitive nature of The...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 52
Views: 920

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

ford_truckin wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:49 pm
Military option is always there. It offers free college, healthcare and stable jobs that arent directly involved in killing.Not a bad way to earn a living and climb up the socio economic ladder.
Oh look, a disclaimer. How cute.
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?

Off topic discussion on definitive teachnings split to here.

Off topic discussion on Theravada and Bodhicitta split to here.

Topic locked.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: malas (again)
Replies: 14
Views: 501

Re: malas (again)

Both of you have made valid points and there is no need to get personal... So chill. Thank you.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?

2ndchance wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:32 am
Lately, I have been delving into Theravada teachings as they seem pretty straightforward compared to Vajrayana teachings.
Oh, indeed they are! I spent a large part of my early years of Buddhist practice translating Pali Canon Sutta from English to Greek.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Meditating Buddhist monk killed in India leopard attack
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: Meditating Buddhist monk killed in India leopard attack

Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:33 pm
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Nah, it is more like misanthropic Greg feels that the life of a leopard (a species on the brink of extinction) is more important than that of a foolish monk who went to meditate in an area where there have been three previous leopard attacks.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

Could you give an example of when to practice this? I'm afraid incorporating this into daily life is rather...difficult. When somebody praises you, investigate the feeling of pride and it's source. When somebody insults you investigate the feeling of anger and it's source. In both instances find wh...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

Tenma wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:13 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:33 pm
The Sutra says not to grasp at inherent qualities.

Good or bad...
So how can we practice this?
By not grasping at phenomena as if they have inherent qualities.
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

Tenma wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:28 pm
So the sutra preaches the first one and sees the concept of the second's purity, etc. as delusional(like sticking to one precept may become very harmful such as to always tell the truth or to always never eat meat)?
The Sutra says not to grasp at inherent qualities.

Good or bad...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

You have to remember that there are two truths. So, on the one hand all phenomena are ultimately empty and thus lack inherent characteristics (good, bad, pure, impure, etc...). At the same time phenomena have a relative truth so that one acts good and not bad, concerns themselves with purity and imp...

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