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by DGA
Fri May 26, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 768

Re: The Importance of the Body

boda wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Irrelevant.


I think Mr. Swolenormous may disagree with you, if not outright flip you off.

Staying fit and exercise does improve mental function and reduce stress. That can't only help Buddhist practice.


Who is Mr. Swolenormous?
by DGA
Fri May 26, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Melong in Dzogchen
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: Melong in Dzogchen

Malcolm wrote:As far as dzogchen goes, no.


That's helpful, thank you. One more issue to clarify:

Does the melong serve a purpose in the context of Dzogchen apart from its symbolism, its function as an aide memoire to practice, or as a fashion statement?
by DGA
Thu May 25, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Melong in Dzogchen
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Melong in Dzogchen

I wanted to follow up on some other conversations we've had here about our old friend, the melong, in the context of Dzogchen practice. Are any or all of these claims true regarding the use of the melong in this context? May hold a ‘data bank’ of esoteric knowledge; Is aware and responds with autono...
by DGA
Thu May 25, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 30
Views: 266

Re: Classic English Poetry

I was taking the conservative approach, the traditional distinction between the classics (or "ancients") and moderns. The moderns would include everyone from Chaucer to the present. Then give us a poet before Chaucer whose English is comprehensible. Even Chaucer is often (mostly?) opaque ...
by DGA
Thu May 25, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 30
Views: 266

Re: Classic English Poetry

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) THE SECOND COMING Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; Th...
by DGA
Tue May 23, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 36
Views: 797

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

Queequeg wrote:True! True! True! :woohoo:


You see where I'm going with this. Or rather where I'm trying to lead our friend Minobu.
by DGA
Tue May 23, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 713

Re: How can I be sure its valid

20 odd years of hard laborious practice before even beginning to expect any benefit? Not a particularly attractive welcome message for those new to Buddhism. :/ Not expecting benefit is different from actually benefiting from the practice. It's an admonition against expecting an easy, primrose path...
by DGA
Tue May 23, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 30
Views: 266

Re: Classic English Poetry

Define "classic." . Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. Judgements vary among us - which is fine. I was taking the conservative approach, the traditional distinction between the classics (or "ancients") and moderns. The moderns ...
by DGA
Tue May 23, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 36
Views: 797

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

sort of a way of seeing the possibility in all things to aid sentients in samsara...All sentients have Buddha Nature or the possibility of living and acting like a Buddha would. too simple...????? True or false: According to the Lotus Sutra, all sentient beings have the ability to become Buddhas. A...
by DGA
Mon May 22, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 30
Views: 266

Re: Classic English Poetry

Define "classic." So far we've covered the Romantic period and one or two Victorians.

The only classic in the English canon is Paradise Lost. Self-consciously so.
by DGA
Sun May 21, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Sil Nyen and the export market
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Sil Nyen and the export market

This is interesting. http://www.nepalartcraft.com/product/singing-bells/shang-bell/om-mani-mantra-shang Om Mani Mantra Shang Highest quality Tibetan Shang, Unique instruments of the Bonpo. Each shang is hand chosen for the most harmonious tone which are made of handcaste of precious metals. The Shan...
by DGA
Sun May 21, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 802

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

Right, I get it...it just seems like there is no point in trying to "counter" someone with a point of view that excludes the whole subject of Buddha Nature, and who likely wouldn't consider Dogen an authority on anything. I mean Thanissaro is an interesting dude, I read him and enjoy some...
by DGA
Sat May 20, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 25
Views: 344

Re: Socialism & Communism

The secular ideologues of much of the Left still prefer political so-called solutions to try and fix samsara. What else? Do we leave it to rot? No, advocate and inspire people to ignore materialistic cravings. Instead turn them toward living the buddhadharma. One thing I like about living and pract...
by DGA
Sat May 20, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 25
Views: 344

Re: Socialism & Communism

For those who prefer videos to texts, ponder (not react immediately, if possible) on these offerings: https://www.youtube.com/user/VOCvideos Oh for lord's sake man. You're still fighting the cold war. For goodness sake, you really think it ended? The secular ideologues of much of the Left still pre...
by DGA
Fri May 19, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 820

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

Looking quickly at the Salon article i read it as saying he isn't being impeached. The only possible route for Trump to be ousted from the presidency is for him to voluntarily resign. How do read it otherwise?t Exactly. That's why I posted it: to explain to our Canadian friend that Trump won't be i...
by DGA
Fri May 19, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: R.I.P. Chris Cornell
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: R.I.P. Chris Cornell

It appears that Chris Cornell's suicide was premeditated: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/feel-really-sorry-next-city-chris-cornells-final-show-behaviour/ When I feel bad enough about myself as to think that my wife and children would be better off without me, I'll now think of the family ...
by DGA
Fri May 19, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 80
Views: 1233

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

I would agree with your premise, but i must ask. Have you met someone teaching the way to Buddhahood is through callous meanness? There are a small number of websites taking an extreme view of Pure Land teachings, that personal conduct doesn't matter whatsoever for those who call on Amida's name. i...
by DGA
Fri May 19, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 820

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

Nope. Here's why.

http://www.salon.com/2017/05/18/cool-yo ... happening/

Trump's meeting with Russian officials would be more than enough evidence — if the GOP weren't so slavishly loyal
by DGA
Fri May 19, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Hiatal hernia
Replies: 6
Views: 143

Re: Hiatal hernia

I admit my life is much more sedentary of late than I would like it to be. I have a long commute and a desk job. This means most of my time is spent seated. With an infant in the house, it hasn't been easy to find time for exercise and sleep. Hence the weight gain. Now that the little one is almost...
by DGA
Fri May 19, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4246
Views: 310674

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

It may be worth asking your nearest shop to find out if new melongs are being cast - I thought they were, with metal from a DC temple building in them. Alternatively, ask in a thread - someone may have one to sell. :) I noticed the US store has racked up the price enormously...so as is sometimes th...

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