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by DGA
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Do we have free will?
Replies: 9
Views: 169

Re: Do we have free will?

OK, but we have the skandha of mental formations, which constitutes all the stuff the predicates volition (intentional action), and what is volition if not choice-making?

for clarity, I'm not claiming that the capacity to make choices is the same as having freewill in any particular sense.
by DGA
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 15156

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

The cause of terrorism from Muslim countries is Western economic imperialism. If this were the case, then why are so many Muslims in Arabia victims of terrorism from Muslims? I think the situation is far too complex to come up with simple single cause conclusions. Many of the victims of slavery in ...
by DGA
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 15156

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

You seem to be shifting the conversation from the "PC" state of discourse on the left, and making it into simply being against FGM and its supporters - not exactly a controversial position, i'm guessing we will all agree it's abhorrent. So then it was a stupid example, never mind. I think...
by DGA
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 15156

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

https://www.rhizzone.net/articles/sam-harris-fraud/ A puerile hatchet job that has no business being posted on a Dharma forum. The claims made in that blog post can be verified. The most relevant ones would concern the means by which he achieved his PhD at UCLA. Those who know something about the f...
by DGA
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction
Replies: 422
Views: 15156

Re: Sam Harris receives a (literal) pointing out instruction

Malcolm wrote:https://www.rhizzone.net/articles/sam-harris-fraud/


Well, that was fun. Is the "Salzberg" in quoted presumably Sharon Salzberg?


In the second installment, I’ll be making the case that Sam Harris is not only a fraud, but also a white supremacist. See you then!
by DGA
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra
Replies: 60
Views: 731

Re: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra

Rhetorical question: do you want a palliative or a cure? I want you to subsidize my healthcare. Otherwise, could you elaborate? I'd like for you to study the economics of health insurance in a serious way. the provisional paths are like palliatives in that they help you cope with the hurt. the ulti...
by DGA
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra
Replies: 60
Views: 731

Re: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra

For my money the "did it happen or not" question is an imponderable. True, but I think the discussion is about what it might mean from the perspective of a practitioner. This parable is worthy of serious contemplation in the context of one's own life. Rhetorical question: do you want a pa...
by DGA
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra
Replies: 60
Views: 731

Re: Question about Burning House Parable in Lotus Sutra

In the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha in a discussion with Sariputta basically says that the wealthy man who wants to save his children from a burning house might tell them that there are three types of carts outside - one with a sheep, one with a deer, and one with an ox. When the children get outside, t...
by DGA
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 155
Views: 2680

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

You don't think that ngondro is a practice developed and related through the Tibetan culture? Of course I think that. Why do you ask? Once I checked Japanese vajrayana/shingon curriculum for the initial retreat. What was interesting for the first four weeks there is practice of prostrations. But de...
by DGA
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 155
Views: 2680

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

I did lots of prostrations for 3-4 months then had to stop bc of (separate) back issues ... then I felt guilty for stopping. Then I felt silly for feeling guilty. Then I felt guilty about feeling silly. Maybe that is going to be my "ngondro" practice for a while ... I got some injuries in...
by DGA
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: who's ngondro is it anyway
Replies: 155
Views: 2680

Re: who's ngondro is it anyway

I learned a lot from "uncommon" ngondro. It helped me tremendously and in surprising ways. I'm very, very glad I did it.
by DGA
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone
Replies: 30
Views: 464

Re: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone

I use to have music in my head only. So nobody bothers. :smile: It's funny that you mention that. From the ages of maybe eight until 20, I had a song in my head (the "ear-worm" of Europe) all the time, even in my sleep. About the same time I began vipassana meditation, I noticed that I fi...
by DGA
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone
Replies: 30
Views: 464

Re: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone

There's a Dharma discussion here, there's a workplace sanity discussion, and there is a debate to be had about what makes a piece of music annoying to a reasonable person. I'd like to bracket the annoyance question and the Dharma question and get back to the workplace question. Generally, one person...
by DGA
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone
Replies: 30
Views: 464

Re: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone

Boda, I'm pretty lucky to have control over my own music in my own space but headphones I think would be a step too far. I still need to communicate with coworkers and the like. But it's a worthy suggestion. Dzochungpa, I am listening to something I found on YouTube. The mantra is recited by Su Chi...
by DGA
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone
Replies: 30
Views: 464

Re: Creating an aversion to the Dharma in someone

Depending on what recording it is, if you did this at my workplace, I could get quite annoyed with it. They used to play these honey-sweet weird (to my ears) mantra recordings with sing-sang style melodies in a Dharma center's kitchen when I had kitchen duty. I didn't say anything back then, out of...
by DGA
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?
Replies: 75
Views: 1019

Re: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?

This is so sad to watch I'm going to actually help you troll me, Grigoris. Out of social status, intelligence, morality, and I guess humor, I'm most insecure about my intelligence, so if you can figure out a subtle way of triggering that insecurity you may illicit an emotional reaction from me. Of ...
by DGA
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Japanese Fascism
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Japanese Fascism

Fair enough. My point was that anti-semitism and racialized sentiment were not integral to Italian Fascism early on in the way it was to German Fascism. Appeals to a weird national ethos and purity of blood, sure, that's a Fascist trip. I think the OP can ask himself if many Japanese may have peculi...
by DGA
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 36
Views: 1340

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Trungpa looked glazed over in the interview. Hangover? Deep samadhi? I wouldn't even call it a conversation. :zzz: He looked bored after all that rattling on and on and on from J Krishnamurti. Does JK appear to be in dialogue mode for the first half of that video? It's a very nervous expostulation ...
by DGA
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?
Replies: 75
Views: 1019

Re: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?

But Ann Coulter shouldn't be listened to anyway, and really the (Trumpist) right has no place whatsoever complaining about the left "inciting violence", given some of the outlandish, straight up threatening things the American right has been doing towards their political since at least th...
by DGA
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?
Replies: 75
Views: 1019

Re: The Resistance goes live-fire... Really?

I've been looking at CNN and Breitbart daily since the election, and then look at more moderate outlets for perhaps a less partisan view. I try to keep an open mind though, and check how deeply I may be drinking the liberal Kool-Aid. This story seems to be well off-the-rail though. do you somehow i...

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