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by PeterC
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 565

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

...Kropotkin... A greatly underrated thinker. How rare to see his name even cited! ...both countries resemble/resembled state-capitalism far more than they do Communism... This is a very important point. Ideas can provide a narrative for popular uprisings. But when the dust settles, and a de facto ...
by PeterC
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 565

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

I see very little in common between Marx and the Dharma. Marx’s basic premise, which he adapted from Hegel, was that the fundamental defining feature of man was the ability to transform: the use of their energy on external objects to turn, say, a block of stone into a wall or a lump of metal into a ...
by PeterC
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 79
Views: 1928

Re: What is Art ?

Art is truth. It's just not the whole truth. Would you mind explaining how art is truth? There is no absolute “truth”, at least not in the realms of desire, form and the formless realm. What someone presents as the “truth” is an arrangement/selection of how they perceive the world. They’re trying t...
by PeterC
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 207
Views: 14662

Re: Socialism & Communism

The problem with that idea Greg is that most people that are financially well off have worked hard and taken a few chances. If they're then heavily taxed for doing well, it takes a fair bit of the incentive away to initially work hard and taken a few chances. I think you need to distinguish between...
by PeterC
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?

I have spoken to a number of people about this ( mostly non-Buddhist & with 1 Buddhist) , whom think she is emotionally manipulating me , putting all the blame onto me for her actions and spending habits; none of them think I should pay her any money for her decision making, and that it is 'out of ...
by PeterC
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 207
Views: 14662

Re: Socialism & Communism

Communism as practiced was and is inhuman. ... 1. There is abundant inhumanity evident in all systems of government. Without wanting to resort to whataboutism, the US and the UK before didn't exactly cover themselves in glory 2. The evil that communist countries do usually has less to do with them ...
by PeterC
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5515

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

Notice he does not disavow the principle entirely. Why would he? I have read on DW a few posts that opine against carte Blanche trust in the guru—ever. Just sayin’.... That's just wrong. The issue is whether we're talking about a genuine or a false guru. Many, many people here have opined against f...
by PeterC
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Lounge: Dharma Wheel Gold
Replies: 16
Views: 612

Re: The Lounge: Dharma Wheel Gold

I get the feeling that this thread isn't really working out as was intended
by PeterC
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5515

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

Analysis about the current situation from Anne Iris Miriam Anders (PhD) who conducts a three-year research project at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on Tibetan medicine - including research in abuse in Buddhist communi...
by PeterC
Thu May 30, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 2130

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

I hope you're right about Gorsuch. There's always hope that the new justices nominated to be conservatives will turn out to be more interesting than that. Like Souter. Until Kavanaugh and Gorsuch have a few years we won't know. I'm going to quote a little bit of a recent concurrence in part dissent...
by PeterC
Thu May 30, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5515

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

but who would be interested in harming fpmt? and why? Almost certainly the he-who-must-not-be-named crowd. They’re well organized, fpmt is a regular target of theirs, and this is their style. Most Dharma organizations or individual practitioners would not have been able to get a website fully popul...
by PeterC
Wed May 29, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5515

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

From the Whois entry it seems the website was set up around the 12th may. The owner used a proxy registrar to conceal their identity. The whole thing is basically a hit job on the fpmt. To date it’s been viewed 11k times. This is particularly annoying given how good the fpmt’s handling of the situat...
by PeterC
Sat May 25, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 5515

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

FPMT’s handling of this is pretty much exemplary. Neither defending nor prejudging the accused, and being completely transparent about what has happened
by PeterC
Fri May 24, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 1662

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

"Yabbazabba Rinpoche recognized me as Wingawanga Tulku and authorized me to teach the Zabbazabba cycle in a private 1-to1 interview on his death bed a few hours before he died." :rolling: ...or rather, I would be rolling on the floor laughing if that wasn't such an accurate description of so many s...
by PeterC
Fri May 24, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 1662

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

It's still not that straightforward, IMO. Look at Sogyal Rinpoche's credentials... Vajrayana is a very powerful medicine; if used incorrectly, it's a very powerful poison... If anyone had enquired into the amount of time Lakhar spent with his supposed gurus and his age during that training; what pr...
by PeterC
Tue May 21, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 19
Views: 897

Re: What would you buy?

If one were given a chance to receive a Buddhist item, what should one get (that's affordable and not some exotic relic)? A mala? A prayer wheel? A damaru? A bell? Or what? Especially for teena and young adults. That depends on whether the person giving it knows what they're doing. If it's a ritual...
by PeterC
Mon May 20, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 1662

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

£$&^@ wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 10:35 am
OK thanks. I might give it a go, despite being allergic to Bowie. Which
I know is near blasphemy for a Brit of my vintage. :smile:
He doesn't sing in this one - and he's only in a couple of scenes. But yes, that is absolutely blasphemy...
by PeterC
Mon May 20, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 1662

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

Sorry, I don’t get the reference. Greatly underrated film by Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento) starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis and - believe it or not - David Bowie as Nicola Tesla. Film was about stage magicians engaged in a protracted and...
by PeterC
Mon May 20, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 2026

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

Any place where one can find the freedoms and advantages? https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Eighteen_freedoms_and_advantages This is the right answer. More specifically - somewhere where you can earn a living and have enough free time to practice, and have sufficient access to qualified tea...
by PeterC
Mon May 20, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 1662

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

£$&^@ wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 3:04 pm
It’s not easy. But it is simple.
The Prestige?

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