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by PeterC
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 poll #1
Replies: 37
Views: 1068

Re: POTUS 2020 poll #1

Calculating Bayesian credibility intervals: https://www.international-criminal-justice-today.org/ipsos-appendix/ Virgo Had to read this to figure out why they didn't just call it a confidence interval - because, well, it's not: Since we want only one measure of precision for all variables in the su...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

The problem that Americans have, is that we find ourselves with an empire even if we don't look like a 19th c. colonial empire. Our empire is based on favorable trade, military protection, and the dollar as international reserve currency - we just don't actually annex foreign nations and administer...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

It looks like old money thinking new money is uncouth. Obama committed the same crimes. He also arrogantly dismissed Trump publicly as a filthy peasant with money. The Trumpian perspective is the real elite is money. They seem to have a point and the properly educated and cultured whose hierarchies...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

And who are these Tory eco warriors? The house magazine of Brit Conservatives is The Spectator and they are climate change deniers to a man..As is the current Home Secretary Priti Patel. No one actually knows what Boris really thinks about anything.. The late Roger Scruton wrote a book about enviro...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

I don’t really understand why I keep seeing stuff about transsexualism in media Maybe it's because there are still alot of people in the west who think that a man in a dress doesn't belong in the woman's restroom of a primary school ? Ah. So it wasn’t unintentional, you are just parroting talking p...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

look, the places where the most Buddhist people live are always. very conservative by western standards. It’s just a fact. And to those who say they have some ‘liberal’ asian friends, just ask them what they think of guys who want to dress like woman and/or cut their d**** off. I’d bet you’ll find ...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 130
Views: 4766

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

If you received empowerment from the same teacher. If they receive empowerment from HHDL and so do I... we're vajra siblings, right? Or does it have to be the same empowerment at the same time? Students of the same lama have also vajra siblings but have a closer relationship so I've been told. Like...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

That SMR is returning to Shambhala as an active teacher is also a news flash for me. Me too. Not exactly surprising, though. Note the way that he's invited back - it's not that he wants to start teaching again, but he can't refuse the sincere requests of the Shambhala organizers; they are aware of ...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

...the mirage of equality is neither real nor desirable - people are different. Only equal opportunity to flourish, which demands maximum freedom, is worth striving for. There are multiple interpretations of 'equality' - equality of outcome, equality of opportunity, minimum equal provision for ever...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 130
Views: 4766

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

No and yes. Yes and no. However the great likelihood favors the mundane view. On a practical level you choose your teachers cautiously and conservatively so that such an occasion cannot occur. Then you can give carte blanche—from a safe distance away from any lines. Sure but in the case of SMR and ...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

Pema Chödron steps down as an acharya. https://shambhalatimes.org/2020/01/16/letter-from-ani-pema-chodron/ That SMR is returning to Shambhala as an active teacher is also a news flash for me. Me too. Not exactly surprising, though. Note the way that he's invited back - it's not that he wants to sta...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 poll #1
Replies: 37
Views: 1068

Re: POTUS 2020 poll #1

I still think Sanders is the right choice. But here's the counterargument to that, put in a very compelling way

https://www.salon.com/2020/01/16/rick-wilson/
by PeterC
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

From the reading I've done and the few practicing Buddhists I know, I would gather that Buddhism leans to the right socially/politically, but online I see a lot 'hate' toward conservative points of view. Does Buddhism require you to be a liberal? Thanks According to Dharmawheel, yes. Best not to ex...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

And for my part, I have never understood how a republican can square their economic beliefs in unfettered free trade, their absurd climate change denialism, and their commitment to undermining education and healthcare with their supposed religious commitment to bearing love and compassion for all s...
by PeterC
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

No.

It does, in very general terms, require you not to be an asshole. You may conclude that certain modern political positions are incompatible with that.
by PeterC
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa
Replies: 20
Views: 1191

Re: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa

Simon E. wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:40 pm
Her replacement was from central office. A typical example of what Situ Rinpoche calls “Mr Monk”...
that’s a good expression. Somehow it had me thinking of the Mr Men...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa
Replies: 20
Views: 1191

Re: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa

The lamas you mention are the nice ones. I've seen situations where the lama has some idea, and keeps stuck to it, no matter whether it's realistic or not to be implemented. Then, if you dare questioning the lama's idea, you end up in a really awkward position, because s/he might take it as a perso...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa
Replies: 20
Views: 1191

Re: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa

Having money will indeed make you we one with sanghas and get you more access to teachers than, well, not having money. It can also leave you doubting your teachers because it will expose you to the business side of the dharma; and it can also create friction with sanghas when they pursue you for f...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 33
Views: 1336

Re: Role of meditative absorption in Tibetan Buddhism

However, there has been less emphasis or outright ignorance towards Dhyanas by modern teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. Who are these teachers that you're talking about who are ignorant of meditation? I have never come across them personally. Perhaps I've spent too much time hanging out with Kagyupas.....
by PeterC
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa
Replies: 20
Views: 1191

Re: Career Advice for a Young Nyingmapa

I recommend working at an investment bank, or at least in management consulting. You'll end up making a lot of money, which allows you to funnel into any direction you like. There are plenty of buddhist teachers who are very keen on finding financial supporters for their own project ideas - from bu...

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