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by PeterC
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure view without being Panglossian.
Replies: 26
Views: 564

Re: Pure view without being Panglossian.

But more relevant than Voltaire: We are pleased to announce that our KNSL Teaching Room series will continue with teachings on “The Two Truths” with Khenpo Pema Namgyal. At the express wish of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the esteemed Khenpos and Lopons from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling will provide thorough and...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure view without being Panglossian.
Replies: 26
Views: 564

Re: Pure view without being Panglossian.

In Candide Voltaire was making fun of an optimistic philosophy of his day. The character Pangloss represents those ideas. The ensemble of his characters undergo horrific suffering of outlandish proportions. And then at the end he gives them a “happy ending”. However the complaint then is, “This is ...
by PeterC
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure view without being Panglossian.
Replies: 26
Views: 564

Re: Pure view without being Panglossian.

In Malcolm’s post... https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php? ... l#p379425 For a being with a pure mind, Avici hell is no different than Akaniṣṭha Ghanavyuha, the buddhafield of Vairocana/Vajradhara. ...how are we to understand that without being Panglossian? The point Voltaire was making was that D...
by PeterC
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure view without being Panglossian.
Replies: 26
Views: 564

Re: Pure view without being Panglossian.

I think this issue can be difficult at a few stages of practice. ... It's completely reasonable for people to have trouble with these points. They are difficult, and often I feel they're not explained very well, though there are good answers to all of them. Yes. It really helps if they understand t...
by PeterC
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Akaniṣṭha is the gzhi
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Akaniṣṭha is the gzhi

90hj209gh0g49h wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:26 am Is this correct?
Do you mean zhi or kunzhi?
by PeterC
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 15
Views: 375

Re: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

Aemilius wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:21 am I think that magic powers (abhijña) and levitation exist, they have existed, in some of the previous cultures on planet Earth when modern technology did not exist, in many ways they served the same function.
OK, but this is a discussion about technology in premodern China?
by PeterC
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 15
Views: 375

Re: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

There are some controversial things, for example: Ed L. Shaugnessy says in his book that the Chinese had developed a two phase rocket with wings in early 1200's. That is 700 years before the German V1 & V2. Yes, and Wan Hu invented the rocket one hundred years before Shakespeare coined the expressi...
by PeterC
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 15
Views: 375

Re: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

I think you’d enjoy some of the speculation around the “Needham question”. Attaching an article that has some of the answers that have been offered for it.

https://academicworks.cuny.edu/cgi/view ... xt=gc_etds
by PeterC
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 23
Views: 1073

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

Demographers and women’s-rights advocates alike say the looming baby bust is a damning indictment of the health care and childcare systems in the U.S. America is the only developed country that does not guarantee paid leave to new parents, and it does not offer universal childcare or universal pre-...
by PeterC
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pure view without being Panglossian.
Replies: 26
Views: 564

Re: Pure view without being Panglossian.

I think this issue can be difficult at a few stages of practice. Early on, a student is told that it's grasping and aversion that cause suffering, not any sort of objective 'good' or 'bad' out there, for instance in the analogy of the bowl of water being perceived differently by pretas, devas, etc. ...
by PeterC
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7616
Views: 941579

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Agree. There are teachings of ChNNr's that I didn't receive and I would like to receive. But: the main issue is keeping his teachings alive. If nobody transmits them, then that's it, in a few decades all his termas are lost. That's the only important thing here. Now if the DC survives in some form, ...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7616
Views: 941579

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

bah, in any case, point is that he wasn't traditional. He was very traditional. Just not a tradition that is common in mainstream Nyingma lineages these days. They typically follow the scheme of preliminaries, three roots, etc. That wasn’t always how Dzogchen was presented, and indeed isn’t always ...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7616
Views: 941579

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

bah, in any case, point is that he wasn't traditional. He was very traditional. Just not a tradition that is common in mainstream Nyingma lineages these days. They typically follow the scheme of preliminaries, three roots, etc. That wasn’t always how Dzogchen was presented, and indeed isn’t always ...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7616
Views: 941579

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Try and make peace with the understanding that the IDC is a spontaneous order structure. Laissez-faire, not a fried chicken fast food franchise chain, with “I want to see the manger” people holding up the increasingly impatient, frustrated line of folks waiting to get their fix of the special, secr...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China
Replies: 15
Views: 375

Re: Military Use of Gunpowder in Ming Dynasty China

There are some controversial things, for example: Ed L. Shaugnessy says in his book that the Chinese had developed a two phase rocket with wings in early 1200's. That is 700 years before the German V1 & V2. I find that a little...questionable. They didn’t have the mathematics necessary to do calcul...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words
Replies: 73
Views: 1978

Re: Words

You throw around "the Holocaust" is if it were nothing. Words to be used in an argument. It’s called reductio as absurdum. Please look it up. If you prefer, please read the thread substituting in any of the following: Slavery The Black Death The Khmer Rouge The Armenian Genocide The elimination of ...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words
Replies: 73
Views: 1978

Re: Words

The only mindless comments are yours. Do you think eternal argument endless hostility and antipathy has anything to do with Buddha and Dharma? Harsh speech such as "you're full of %@&$" Is a direct result of your words. Yes the perpetrator of that offense. We are responsible for each other, as we a...
by PeterC
Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7616
Views: 941579

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I’m going to guess that it’s almost certain that the organization doesn’t make it, purely for financial reasons. As the current members age and people gradually drift away to other teachers it will be very hard to sustain the level of fees needed. That’s sad in that the organization was an important...
by PeterC
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words
Replies: 73
Views: 1978

Re: Words

You think bullying and cursing others out is Buddhist? Your actions led to that. Where was someone cursed out? In fairness, I did say that I thought M.O.P. was full of shit. But I then went on to explain, with reasons and references, why I believed that. Since 'full of shit' is a well-understood te...
by PeterC
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words
Replies: 73
Views: 1978

Re: Words

May I humbly suggest to the moderators that this thread be closed. Cussing someone out and the rest of the bombardment is anti Buddhist, anti Dharmic in every way. Buddha said countless messages of goodness, and absolutely none of those are represented in the hostile attack of m.o.p.'s thread and p...

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