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by Mkoll
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best political system for Dharma
Replies: 52
Views: 913

Re: Best political system for Dharma

Losal Samten wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:51 am
Cakravartinism.
AKA the (Dharma) wheel-turning monarch.
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Kill Daesh Jihadists from Britain says Government
Replies: 83
Views: 1491

Re: Kill Daesh Jihadists from Britain says Government

You keep changing who you were referring to. You're getting more and more specific. No, I have from the beginning been referring to Daesh fighters, people actively engaged in armed combat who refuse to put down their arms. So if a 13 year old Daesh fighter engaged in armed combat was disarmed and c...
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Kill Daesh Jihadists from Britain says Government
Replies: 83
Views: 1491

Re: Kill Daesh Jihadists from Britain says Government

I'm assuming you didn't know that some ISIS fighters were kids when making those statements. So are you still in favor of executing all ISIS fighters, now knowing that some are brainwashed minors? You can't seriously think that the international community can allow Daesh to survive anywhere. Of cou...
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Kill Daesh Jihadists from Britain says Government
Replies: 83
Views: 1491

Re: Kill Daesh Jihadists from Britain says Government

When someone is an enemy of the Dharma and sentient beings, like Daesh, then it is justified. Do you mean if they are close to completing the karma of killing, specifically? Daesh should be eliminated. They are exactly the kind of sentient beings that should be the object of the lower activity. It ...
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantric Liberation, Padmasambhava and Bonpos, etc.
Replies: 114
Views: 2173

Re: Tantric Liberation, Padmasambhava and Bonpos, etc.

No, liberation is a kind of wrathful phowa, actually. I understand this my dear Malcolm, but what we are actually talking about ('ccept in the case of Guru Rinpoche, maybe) is Military personnel dropping bones from drones on unknown people that look like ISIS members. Now if you consider that "libe...
by Mkoll
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Republican Rebellion Against Trump
Replies: 15
Views: 282

Republican Rebellion Against Trump

Republican Senator Corker called the White House an "adult day care center" a few weeks ago and has continued to say things along the same tack. Today, Republican Senator Flake gave a stirring speech (copy-pasted below) announcing that he won't be seeking re-election and condemning Trump. Is this th...
by Mkoll
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 257
Views: 5934

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Well, I for one definitely want to take away all of their semi-automatic weapons. They can keep their single shots, flintlocks, and even winchesters. What about their blunderbusses, should they be allowed to keep those? I mean they are pretty easily concealable tucked away in one's waistcoat, under...
by Mkoll
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 257
Views: 5934

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

That does not answer why. If you want the answer, you have to look at pre-Civil war attitudes towards the 2nd amendment (militias) and post Civil war, when the NRA began actively encouraging an understanding of the 2nd Amendment as something for personal gun ownership. Obviously it's not the whole ...
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 257
Views: 5934

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Come on Malcolm, that's not an answer. Why is the NRA's lobbying amongst the American people so successful? Because guns are embedded deeply within our culture, like football and cheeseburgers and movies. People get very defensive about their culture and cherished traditions. That does not answer w...
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 1585

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

Very often people who question the validity of the Mahayana sutras instead uphold the supremacy of the Pali Canon while paradoxically rejecting rebirth/karma. The "Why Secular Buddhism Is Not True" thread is fresh on my mind, so that's where my response came from. Sorry for the tangent! :smile: IME...
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 51
Views: 1585

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

Very often people who question the validity of the Mahayana sutras instead uphold the supremacy of the Pali Canon while paradoxically rejecting rebirth/karma. The "Why Secular Buddhism Is Not True" thread is fresh on my mind, so that's where my response came from. Sorry for the tangent! :smile: IME...
by Mkoll
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 257
Views: 5934

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

kirtu wrote:Come on Malcolm, that's not an answer. Why is the NRA's lobbying amongst the American people so successful?
Because guns are embedded deeply within our culture, like football and cheeseburgers and movies. People get very defensive about their culture and cherished traditions.
by Mkoll
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 1443
Views: 118251

Re: Music time

The most memorable sax part in a song ever? Song as a whole isn't half-bad either. ;)

Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

by Mkoll
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ChNN on Jesus?
Replies: 527
Views: 13886

Re: ChNN on Jesus?

Stream Entry is essentially happens when one becomes a Vinaya upholding Monastic and maintains this for their lifetime. There are various definitions of stream entry given in the suttas. None of them say anything about being a monastic. The sotapanna has abandoned the first three of the lower fette...
by Mkoll
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Pressure Rising
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: Pressure Rising

I remember first seriously getting into Buddhism and meditation as a very exciting and intense, even tense, period. Things settled down with the passage of time. I'd guess the OP's problem has resolved. But I'd be interested to hear what happened from the OP himself...
by Mkoll
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 111
Views: 2958

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

I think your question's answer can only be understood by you once you become awakened to a certain extent because these terms and the meanings you've attached to them are unique to you. Conversing about it here may help move you in that direction, but I highly doubt you'll reach a satisfactory under...
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 1443
Views: 118251

Re: Music time

How have I not heard this before? I had no idea that MCA (Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys was a Buddhist! Beastie Boys - Bodhisattva Vow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF__e1-LI80 Lyrics As I develop the awakening mind I praise the Buddhas as they shine I bow before you as I travel my path To join ...
by Mkoll
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Unkindness at dharmawheel
Replies: 49
Views: 1873

Re: Unkindness at dharmawheel

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by Mkoll
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 1443
Views: 118251

Re: Music time

First time listening to prog-metal band Dream Theater. Trying their album Images and Words. The critics aren't kidding: these guys' technical skills are top notch. First 2 tracks are my favs and there are some great solos peppered throughout.

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by Mkoll
Thu May 25, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 1723

Re: The Importance of the Body

Mindfulness of the body is very important in the Theravada tradition as well. As well as being the first foundation of mindfulness in the Satipatthana Sutta (MN 10), mindfulness of the body has its own sutta, the Kayagatasati Sutta . Many modern Theravada teachers also stress the importance of mindf...