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by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between the two truths?
Replies: 23
Views: 3229

Re: What is the difference between the two truths?

tomschwarz wrote::namaste: There is none!!!!! :twothumbsup:

Agree? No? :

They are two different ways of seeing the same world. One is in accordance with the truth, the other is not.
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 8644

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

Urgyen Dorje wrote:I've been instructed to share the dharma with those who are open and interested. In fact, that is a serious vow.

Of course. You mention that you are involved in buddhism somewhere and a person shows interest and asks you about it. Then youanswer these questions. That's not converting people.
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 8644

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

Personally I find more in common with Christians than with materialists and nihilist. Depends very much on which type of Christian. The current pope? Yes, definitely? The local Jehova's Witnesses with their threat of eternal damnation? Nope, certainly not, in that case I prefer a humanist agnostic.
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 8644

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

As Buddhists, I think it's really important to understand that many people are motivated by genuine compassion and love when they seek to convert others to their faith. Their motivation is really no different than a vajrayana buddhist making visible "liberation on seeing" images. It's really a nega...
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 8644

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

There are so many stresses and pains, people have to undergo. I am not willing to force that further.. The truth sometimes is stressful. But the stress of the truth is the only stress that is actually positive. If you tell an alcoholic he is an alcoholic, then you might stress him, but you might al...
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 8644

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

That is a possible view on that incident. But I hurt them.. No. They hurt themselves. They assumed they have the superior argument and then found out that this is not the case. Their hybris got cut back to a realistic outlook. That they didn't like it is entirely their problem and I find it rather ...
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 8644

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

Since I once lead a discussion with two bapstists, I now refrain from any covincing discussion with christians. That day they started this discussion with much joy and faith. They felt superior and blessed. After half an hour of discussion I had turned the tables with a line of argument. Then they ...
by theanarchist
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 37318

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

No, it is not. Here "path" means "method." Neither the method of Vajrayāna practice (the two stages) nor the method of Dzogchen use the method of renunciation as the path (taking restrictive vows, eschewing objects of desire and so on). . Renunciation means, you have realized that samsara is crap. ...
by theanarchist
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 37318

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

If you don't renounce, it's not buddhism. Even in Dzogchen you have to renounce your samsaric views, attachment, aversion, ignorance etc. You can not keep your delusions, while being enlightened, no matter which set of teachings you follow. Dzogchen is not a path of renunciation, not by any stretch...
by theanarchist
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 37318

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

If you don't renounce, it's not buddhism.

Even in Dzogchen you have to renounce your samsaric views, attachment, aversion, ignorance etc. You can not keep your delusions, while being enlightened, no matter which set of teachings you follow.
by theanarchist
Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 8644

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

Maybe when confronted with zealot Christians who ask what your belief is, tell them you are a satanist. Then they are so shocked that they leave you in peace. :mrgreen:
by theanarchist
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 8644

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

What do you do in a work environment where your coworkers are hostile or disparaging of your beliefs? Why would you make religion an important topic at your workplace? Is your boss a christian zealot? And what would they do if they had a native Indian hindu or sikh or Chinese buddhist co-worker? I ...
by theanarchist
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Adderall, ADHD...
Replies: 29
Views: 5744

Re: Adderall, ADHD...

With notable exceptions, most ethnically tibetan lamas are not good at personal advice.. Yeah. A really good, empathic psychotherapist or counsellor is better for personal relationship, job etc problems. Though a lama is the right person to ask about dharma practice with a mental illness/condition.
by theanarchist
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Strangeness while turning off toughts
Replies: 32
Views: 5592

Re: Strangeness while turning off toughts

Nosta wrote:
theanarchist wrote:
Never heard about that. Are there any studys, reports, etc, saying that stopping toughts creates madness??.

If you use forceful methods and do it regularly you can cause mental illness.
by theanarchist
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Doubts about Pure land
Replies: 76
Views: 14599

Re: Doubts about Pure land

I can't. I come from a Tibetan buddhism background (where prayers and practices to be reborn in a pure land are also common, but not the main practice for most practitioners) And in the tantric literature you find teachings about pure lands / the transcendent buddhas and bodhisattvas. It's also esse...
by theanarchist
Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Doubts about Pure land
Replies: 76
Views: 14599

Re: Doubts about Pure land

There are prayers in Tibetan buddhism to be reborn in the pure lands. There is even a whole cycle of practices to transfer one's consciousness (or that of someone else) to a pure land during the process of death. If pure lands exist and it's possible to be reborn there, then why not aspire for it, ...
by theanarchist
Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Doubts about Pure land
Replies: 76
Views: 14599

Re: Doubts about Pure land

There are prayers in Tibetan buddhism to be reborn in the pure lands. There is even a whole cycle of practices to transfer one's consciousness (or that of someone else) to a pure land during the process of death. If pure lands exist and it's possible to be reborn there, then why not aspire for it, i...
by theanarchist
Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Purchasing things made by slave labor
Replies: 21
Views: 3774

Re: Purchasing things made by slave labor

Consuming less is really the only way to mitigate complicity in economic hegemony. Yep. I buy most of my clothes second hand, I buy only as much electronic equipment as absolutely necessary and only replace what is broken (my computer is 6 years old and I traded it for some work from a friend when ...
by theanarchist
Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Purchasing things made by slave labor
Replies: 21
Views: 3774

Re: Purchasing things made by slave labor

Wondering ... if one doesn't purchase products of slave laborers, won't these people ... just die ? Not if you buy products that are produced under fair conditions instead. Plus, multinational corporations are in many cases the reason that these people don't have another source of income in the fir...
by theanarchist
Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Purchasing things made by slave labor
Replies: 21
Views: 3774

Re: Purchasing things made by slave labor

This type of slavery goes hand in hand with human overpopulation, a generally unfair global economy and armed conflicts.

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