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by DGA
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Do we have free will?
Replies: 42
Views: 699

Re: Do we have free will?

Our choices are not causeless. Choices are legible in actions. Actions follow from intentions. Intentions emerge from [the complex of mental processes and sensory inputs that predicate intention]. Which is to say that it is easy to discern a Buddhist doctrine of choice, especially in light of diffe...
by DGA
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trumpcare is immoral
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: Trumpcare is immoral

Trumpcare will result in the loss of healthcare coverage for millions of people, including children, the elderly, and the disabled, all so that the very wealthy can receive hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts. I fail to see how this fits with the Buddha's teachings, or with Trump's promises...
by DGA
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guru Yoga & Lamanism: Speculations on Shingon and Nichiren Schools
Replies: 46
Views: 2761

Re: Guru Yoga & Lamanism: Speculations on Shingon and Nichiren Schools

In circulation in the blogosphere and on discussion boards not unlike Dharmawheel, one can find masterpieces such as this: http://markrogow.blogspot.com/2013/12/on-sgi-guru-yoga-vajrayana-faith-and.html Here, it is claimed that there is a historical continuity from Shingon-shu to some Nichiren scho...
by DGA
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Do we have free will?
Replies: 42
Views: 699

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? I would readily concede that volition = choice-making in general but -- assuming Garfield is right (I can only assume it, I am a...
by DGA
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hypnotherapy to enhance meditation/mindfulness
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: Hypnotherapy to enhance meditation/mindfulness

This is an interesting topic. Here is the story of my one contact with hypnosis. This was in... 2006-07. I was working part-time at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, USA while working full time at the University of Idaho up the road in Moscow, ID. I noticed a flyer in the hallway recruitin...
by DGA
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Do we have free will?
Replies: 42
Views: 699

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: 15337

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: 15337

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: 15337

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: 15337

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: 85
Views: 1085

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: 85
Views: 1085

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: 85
Views: 1085

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: 191
Views: 3718

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: 191
Views: 3718

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: 191
Views: 3718

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: 496

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: 496

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: 496

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: 496

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...

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