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by ovi
Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anarchist Buddhist teachers, present and past?
Replies: 40
Views: 5296

Re: Anarchist Buddhist teachers, present and past?

I never mentioned anarcho-capatalists. While I haven't read the book, the wiki description talks only about anarcho-capitalism No one can reject a market economy, there have and always will be markets. Apparently, anarchists reject it Nozick proves that these hierarchies are inevitable. The monopol...
by ovi
Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anarchist Buddhist teachers, present and past?
Replies: 40
Views: 5296

Re: Anarchist Buddhist teachers, present and past?

Can you describe your confidence in the state so that I might begin to understand? You should read Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia , where he sets out the minimum conditions for a state, and why this is more desirable than anarchy. We have discharged our task of explaining how a state would arise...
by ovi
Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Myers-Briggs personality test
Replies: 85
Views: 12383

Re: Myers-Briggs personality test

I used to score as INFP, but now most of the time it's ENFJ.
by ovi
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: what makes Buddhist deathlessness not eternalism?
Replies: 238
Views: 23036

Re: what makes Buddhist deathlessness not eternalism?

Quotes from lam rim chen mo It is possible to overcome the misconceptions of those who think that things exist essentially. You can explain emptiness and show them that things are empty of essence, saying "As these are dependent-arisings, they are designated as this or that thing through the force o...
by ovi
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 7994

Re: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism

The way I see it, you can't teach the Dharma to the starving or in need of medical care and a warm soup once a month to some isn't enough. However, it's still better than nothing. If the best way to maximize the help you offer to others is to meditate now and help even more once you've managed to in...
by ovi
Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: what makes Buddhist deathlessness not eternalism?
Replies: 238
Views: 23036

Re: what makes Buddhist deathlessness not eternalism?

There is no inherent essence or intrinsic character. If you think there is, you see things as arising and passing away (nihilism/annihilationism) or staying that way forever (eternalism). It doesn't contradict the impermanence of form though. Selflessness is not an property of things, but an absence...
by ovi
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Seeking clarification on delusion, self and desire (long po
Replies: 13
Views: 1821

Re: Seeking clarification on delusion, self and desire (long

It's quite a basic article but I think that it appears to sum things up quite well, mainly that it is not the things that are the problem, nor is wanting the problem, but attachment that is the problem. (if I understand it correctly) How does this apply to secular/worldly life though? Is it ok to w...
by ovi
Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who's truth is it anyway ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2415

Re: Who's truth is it anyway ?

Subjective truths are "mere" opinions, and there are many of those. Objective truth is unknowable, or at least unverifiable. Then it's irrelevant. However, there is nothing subjective in a rock falling to the ground, subjectivity and objectivity actually mean something. Of course we can assume with...
by ovi
Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who's truth is it anyway ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2415

Re: Who's truth is it anyway ?

Arjan Dirkse wrote:Subjective truths are "mere" opinions, and there are many of those. Objective truth is unknowable, or at least unverifiable.
Then it's irrelevant. However, there is nothing subjective in a rock falling to the ground, subjectivity and objectivity actually mean something.
by ovi
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who's truth is it anyway ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2415

Re: Who's truth is it anyway ?

I'm pretty sure many of your laws of physics would cease to work in a black hole, or potentially in another part of the universe. So, physical laws are subjective. The laws of physics still hold in a black hole. Plus, that has nothing to do with subjectivity... Does the universe even exist without ...
by ovi
Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who's truth is it anyway ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2415

Re: Who's truth is it anyway ?

One person declares "I have the truth". Another hundred say "Your truth is a fabrication" Yet another thousand think "these fools know nothing but delusion" How can this be? How can there be as many versions of the truth as grains in a bushel? You should read the Kalama Sutta again. Because the tru...
by ovi
Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Has your memory deteriorated since practicing Buddhism?
Replies: 16
Views: 1346

Re: Has your memory deteriorated since practicing Buddhism?

As thoughts lesson, one merges into awareness etc has your memory deteriorated or anything else? What to do? If by memory deteriorating you mean not clinging all the time to passing ideas, then yes and it's a good thing. If you're really talking about memory, then no, your memory should improve, to...
by ovi
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Losing my religion
Replies: 34
Views: 3646

Re: Losing my religion

I can't stand this shit anymore. I can't pretend to have love and patience. If anyone mess with me again, I'll show them what I'm made of. To hell with loving your enemy. Yeah, you should definitely let your enemies destroy your inner peace. That will show them! :roll: . Oh, wait, that just means t...
by ovi
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Untraditional zazen?
Replies: 22
Views: 2550

Re: Untraditional zazen?

One thing that stops me from meditating is starting to meditate and then think: Am I doing this right? Is this zazen? Is this mahamudra? Is this anapanasati? Well, if I haven't figured out what this is, I might as well pick something to meditate and actually do it.
by ovi
Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13109

Re: Is there anyone home?

This leads to a few issues. If awareness comes and goes, what sees that? Awareness cannot be observed in it's absence. Second, where does awareness come to and go to? You can't say nothing, because nothing cannot exist --- if it existed, then it would be something. Also, nothing cannot create--- th...
by ovi
Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13109

Re: Is there anyone home?

The problem, as you know, with movements like Dhammakaya movement is that they try to end the contradiction - to take a position where the issue is resolved and awareness is something. The question 'Is there anyone home?' can't be answered and shouldn't be. It's the practice to live with this tensi...
by ovi
Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13109

Re: Is there anyone home?

Well I'm not sure I understand your point about consciousness. Are you saying that consciousness is like a movie with each moment being like a film slide? Or are you saying that each moment is a phenomena by itself? I think both ideas are found in Buddhist teachings and were key ideas in Vasubhandu...
by ovi
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there anyone home?
Replies: 199
Views: 13109

Re: Is there anyone home?

Right, just like different scientists have different opinions about climate change. Nah, there's an actual consensus with every scientist on board except those funded by the oil industry. Essentially there is the experience of this 'river-like' flow of consciousness -awareness and that's all we hav...
by ovi
Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma
Replies: 32
Views: 4594

Re: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma

Solver, I'm an ex-conspiracy theorist. A word of friendly advice: going through life with your mind constantly dwelling on these things is unhealthy for you and everybody else. If truth is painful then it burns what deserves it. Truth can only be to anyone's best, and not only 'human's'. There is o...
by ovi
Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma
Replies: 32
Views: 4594

Re: Nature and lifeforms what is the significance in Dharma

Well then environmentalism should be top priority in all dharma religions, sadly I can not see that. It must be top priority to recognize the causes for the extinction. The causes must be removed without any compromises. The solutions must be conversed without any compromises. Do you think Shiva is...

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