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by PeterC
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1231

Re: Another day in America

There are also many people who feel that they need guns to be able to figure against a rogue government, as if an AR15 can compete against an M1 Abrams tank. DS It pains me to say this, because their general views about "freedom" and "rights" are so silly, but their belief does actually have some h...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1231

Re: Another day in America

Yep. For better and worse, the Constitution is too difficult to change. There is something else going on with guns, though. Its a cultural thing. Take any cultural phenomena - I've been reading that Harley Davidson is in deep trouble right now because their customers have simply aged out of bikes. ...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Sakya
Topic: Requirements for Vajrayogini
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Requirements for Vajrayogini

There is a Sakya Vajrayogini empowerment coming up. The requirements listed is any HYT empowerment. Doesn't it have to be a Sakya mother tantra empowerment? HH41ST and others have said that other major empowerments can be acceptable though not ideal. But usually a major empowerment is given ahead o...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 51
Views: 623

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

The SAT Daizokyo says the phrase only occurs in 4 texts: what he's done is worse than selective selective quotation. Quoting only the section 法界對法界起法界 is not Ziporyn's idea, but Zhili's (see: T46n1928p706c11-12 ). Ziporyn discusses the passage in his review of Swanson's translation on p 20. Thanks....
by PeterC
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 51
Views: 623

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

But what really annoys me is that he doesn't provide a reference so that I can read the original in context. Sorry, I'm not so good at CBETA. The SAT Daizokyo says the phrase only occurs in 4 texts: 摩訶止觀:1911 (智顗説) (0006b15-0011a13) 十不二門指要鈔:1928 (知禮述) (0705b01-0708a19) 四明尊者教行録:1937 (宗曉編) (0900b09-0...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?
Replies: 51
Views: 623

Re: Lotus Vs wisdom Vs flower garland sutra worldview?

I'm no Chinese translator, but i'm not even sure how they get that translation from 法界對法界起法界 If I were to take a stab at it: the Dharma realm facing the Dharma realm awakens to the Dharma realm. Agree, it's selective quotation + poetic license = nonsense. But what really annoys me is that he doesn'...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1231

Re: Another day in America

To pass an amendment to the constitution you’d need a constitutional convention, which is extremely difficult. That's one way, but at a constitutional convention the entire piece of paper would be up for rewriting. They could scrap the whole thing and write something completely different. Then it w...
by PeterC
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chilling adventures of Sabrina. Did you watch?
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Chilling adventures of Sabrina. Did you watch?

Though it's not exactly the sort of thing I'd watch, I am encouraged that there is a market in US television for a series where the main characters are promiscuous devil-worshippers. I take this as a sign of hope for society. I'm also surprised that somewhere like Texas hasn't yet passed a law banni...
by PeterC
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1231

Re: Another day in America

What is the deal with referendums to push for changes in law, in the US? Could that be a possible avenue for "bottom-up" change? State law yes - there are various forms of ballot initiatives that basically do this - but federal law, no. To pass an amendment to the constitution you’d need a constitu...
by PeterC
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Deepfakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1154

Re: Deepfakes

White House press briefings are a joke anyway. They were never particularly useful but this administration has made them a complete waste of time by using them to lie and grandstand. If the press corps had any professional integrity they would, as a group, just stop reporting them and leave Trump an...
by PeterC
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blue "ripple"
Replies: 38
Views: 1252

Re: Blue "ripple"

I agree that Dems should not try impeachment, unless there is bipartisan support; however, they may now be in a position to subpoena records and protect Mueller. DS Yes. We will have to see what bomb Mueller drops. But I forsee DT being elected to a second term, unless something un-f-ing believable...
by PeterC
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blue "ripple"
Replies: 38
Views: 1252

Re: Blue "ripple"

How 'bout changing the constitution so that sparsely populated rural states don't hold the rest of the country captive? Wyoming only has 500,000+ people, while California has 37 million (I think that's the number). In other words, the population of California is 16+ times that of Wyoming. Yet both ...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

Nope. Murderous hateful assholes have been organising mayhem both individually, as groups and at a societal level, well before the advent of modern communication technology. I did say that...my point was that it’s a whole lot easier for them to find each other with the internet than with telegrams ...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

Watching that video it's hard not to conclude that a large part of the problem is modern communications technology. Nope. Murderous hateful assholes have been organising mayhem both individually, as groups and at a societal level, well before the advent of modern communication technology. I did say...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Deepfakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1154

Re: Deepfakes

Private companies had the capital to fund the Apollo program at the time it was done. They didn't, because it wasn't worth it at the time, but this isn't unusual. In most areas of science and technology there's a trajectory from theoretical work to basic science to translational science and through...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blue "ripple"
Replies: 38
Views: 1252

Re: Blue "ripple"

https://fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/2 ... tra_banner

The senate was lost from the outset given the combination of seats up this time, but the house seems to be going ok, as are the gubernatorial elections
by PeterC
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

Watching that video it's hard not to conclude that a large part of the problem is modern communications technology. Fifty years ago there were of course homicidal deranged misogynists, as there always has been. What wasn't available then was readily-accessible communities that validated and encourag...
by PeterC
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Deepfakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1154

Re: Deepfakes

We are now in an age when private parties can afford it, and it seems if you are an aspiring rocket scientist, you're sending your resume to Elon Musk instead of NASA. There's a few issues there - How is so much wealth being made and concentrated? Its also a testament to technological advancement t...
by PeterC
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 69
Views: 3542

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

First of all, one has to have respect for Jayarava’s commitment as an autodidact and his work ethic. Unfortunately he lacks the linguistic or research background to really be doing this work. True. I am competent in Sanskrit, but only muddle through in Chinese. Any corrects would be gratefully rece...
by PeterC
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: America”s Next Civil War
Replies: 44
Views: 2210

Re: America”s Next Civil War

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:50 pm
Hopefully, this will all be a footnote, like the Whisky Rebellion and Shay's Rebellion, and Black Panthers, and Weathermen, Bloody Kansas. Hopefully its not a chapter in US History text books.
Perhaps. But I feel your view of how this will play out is Panglossian.

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